In my distress I called upon the Lord , and cried unto my God: he heard my voice out of his temple, and my cry came before him, even into his ears. Then the earth shook and trembled; the foundations also of the hills moved and were shaken, because he was wroth …He sent from above, he took me, he drew me out of many waters. He delivered me from my strong enemy, and from them which hated me: for they were too strong for me.
Psalms 18:6-7, 16-17
I didn’t include the whole passage simply because it is quite lengthy but as I read verse 7, I was in awe! It says that the earth shook and trembled, the foundations of the hills shook because of God’s wrath.
In this passage, David is talking about when he was in battle and it looked like the enemy was winning. So David did what he knew best to do and he cried out to God. The passage goes on to say that this caused God to become angry with David’s enemy and he formed a huge storm to destroy them.
I couldn’t help but cry when I read that because it shows the love that God has for David and David is a reflection of us. When the enemy tried to kill David, it made God so mad that He destroyed them that tried to hurt His anointed.
God used to do that all the time and it didn’t stop in the old testament. He still fights our battles today. Although they might not be fleshly enemies, He still defends us against spiritual battles.
Isaiah 59:19 says So shall they fear the name of the Lord from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him.
In other words, when the devil rises up against us and starts to tell us lies and sends us discouragement and tries to get our eyes off of Jesus, all we have to do is cry out to God. God loves us so much that when we are attacked, it makes Him angry and He wants to defend us. That’s why David calls God his rock, fortress, place of safety, and his hiding place.
When we go through hard times, we can run to the Lord for safety and He will lift up a standard between us and the devil and protect us.