What would happen if God did rend the heavens and come down? In this passage, the sky is compared to a tent curtain. When God “rends,” He tears apart and breaks through. He actually did this when the temple curtain ripped in half on the day Jesus died on the cross. When Jesus comes back to earth, on His return, He will rend the heavens in the fullness of His glory with all of heaven with Him!
Today, He still “rends the heavens” and comes down when we are in distress. Look what He does on our behalf: “In my distress I called to the Lord; I cried to my God for help. From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came before him, into his ears… He parted the heavens and came down; dark clouds were under his feet” (Psalm 18:6, 9, NIV).
God goes into the darkness for us and puts our darkness under His feet! In the Old Testament, “…Moses approached the thick darkness where God was” (Exodus 20:21, NIV). This happened even after the Ten Commandments (the Old Testament Law) was written.
God not only stands on our darkness, “He mounted the cherubim and flew; he soared on the wings of the wind. He made darkness his covering, his canopy around him—the dark rain clouds of the sky” (Psalm 18:10-11, NIV). Maybe that’s why darkness covered the earth after Jesus was crucified and when the curtain was torn in the temple? He became darkness! He made darkness His covering! The King of Glory made our darkness, our sin, His covering! (Selah)
His Presence Scatters the Enemy
Continuing with the Psalm, “Out of the brightness of his presence clouds advanced, with hailstones and bolts of lightning. The Lord thundered from heaven; the voice of the Most High resounded. He shot his arrows and scattered the enemy, with great bolts of lighting he routed them” (Psalm 18:12-14, NIV).
He Reaches and Rescues
How does He rescue? “He reached down from on high and took hold of me; he drew me out of deep waters. He rescued me from my powerful enemy, from my foes, who were too strong for me. They confronted me in the day of my disaster, but the Lord was my support. He brought me out into a spacious place; he rescued me because he delighted in me” (Psalm 18:16-19, NIV).
NOTE: A spacious place is one where we are free to roam, unconfined by the threats and dangers that hemmed us in. No more affliction; no more oppression!
Yes, Lord, rend the heavens and come down! We remember the awesome things You have done (and are still doing)! You are the same yesterday, today and forever!
He Remembers His Covenant
He wants us to remember, too! “…How awesome are your deeds! So great is your power that your enemies cringe before you” (Psalm 66:3, NIV).
“Come and see what God has done, his awesome deeds for mankind! He turned the sea into dry land, they passed through the waters on foot—come, let us rejoice in him. He rules forever by his power, his eyes watch the nations—let not the rebellious rise up against him” (Psalm 66:5-7, NIV).
Yes, God still moves on behalf of mankind! Even when the Israelites forgot what God did for them in the wilderness, “Yet he took note of their distress when he heard their cry; for their sake he remembered his covenant and out of his great love he relented” (Psalm 106:44-45, NIV).
God remembers His covenant; He remembers YOU!
Remembering His Faithfulness and His Love,
~Mary Beth Pecora