Then were assembled unto me every one that trembled at the words of the God of Israel, because of the transgression of those that had been carried away; and I sat astonied until the evening sacrifice. ~Ezra 9:4
A tremor is a shaking, agitation, or upheaval. A physical tremor is when a person has an involuntary muscle spasm that makes a limb or other part of the body shiver, shake, and tremble. An earth tremor is an earthquake or movement in the ground that causes shaking and unsettledness. This morning, we see a situation where people experienced heart tremors: a shaking or trembling in their heart. A heart tremor is a spiritual experience that is necessary for a believer.
We see the company.
“Then were assembled unto me every one that trembled at the words of the God of Israel.” A group of people who trembled at the Word of God consorted with Ezra. People who revere and respect God’s Word have tender hearts to it. They are like Samuel, who gave great attention to God’s Word and did let none of His words fall to the ground. They are like Job, who said that he esteemed God’s Word more than his necessary food. They are like King Josiah and his inner circle, who discovered God’s Word and, after reading it, feared greatly. There is a camaraderie among those who fear God’s Word.
We see the cause.
These people trembled because of the transgression of those who had been carried away captive. They remembered that they were the descendants of those who were taken away captive because of their sins. They remembered being God’s people in a strange land. They remembered the separation from family and friends. They remembered being captives. They remembered that those taken captive were a group of people who did not fear God’s Word.
We see the convulsing.
They trembled at the Word of the Lord. They were shaking in their hearts and soul. I think of Acts 5, when the sin of Ananias and Sapphira was found out. This husband and wife sold a piece of land and misrepresented that they would give the entire proceeds to the Lord. They kept back a large part of the price. Peter confronted both of them, and, separately, they fell backwards and died. Great fear, or trembling, came upon all the church and upon as many as heard of this. A God-fearing people tremble at the Word of the Lord. They know that there are serious consequences for disobedience. Are you one who identifies with those who tremble at God’s Word?
We see the conviction.
People who tremble at God’s Word have a conviction about it. They fear His Word every time it is read, opened, and preached. They trust God’s Word. They obey God’s Word. They love God’s Word. “My flesh trembleth for fear of thee; and I am afraid of thy judgments” (Psalm 119:120). In Isaiah 66:2, the Lord says that He looks on the man who has a poor and contrite spirit and who trembles at His Word. Trembling at God’s Word is the response that we are to have. It is when we have been cut to the heart and quickly obey it or confess a sin that is in our life.
May the Lord help all of us to always have a tender heart to God’s Word and tremble because we fear it. Let us pray for our church to be a people who tremble at God’s Word.
Have a shaken God Morning!
Bible Reading Schedule: Psalms 26-31