Verse 35. O God, thou art terrible out of thy holy places. You inspire awe and fear. Thy saints obey with fear and trembling, and thine enemies flee in dismay. From thy threefold courts, and especially from the holy of holies, thy majesty flashes forth and makes the sons of men prostrate themselves in awe.
The God of Israel is he that giveth strength and power unto his people. In this thou, who art Israel's God by covenant, art terrible to thy foes by making thy people strong, so that one shall chase a thousand, and two put ten thousand to flight. All the power of Israel's warriors is derived from the Lord, the fountain of all might. He is strong, and makes strong: blessed are they who draw from his resources, they shall renew their strength. While the self sufficient faint, the All sufficient shall sustain the feeblest believer,
Blessed be God. A short but sweet conclusion. Let our souls say Amen to it, and yet again, Amen.
EXPLANATORY NOTES AND QUAINT SAYINGS
HINTS FOR PASTORS AND LAYPERSONS
- Consider God's jealousy towards his people for his
holiness in the three "holy places."
- In the outer court of profession.
- In the holy place of our priesthood.
- In the holy of holies with his Son.
- Consider his terribleness to his foes, as inferred
from those "holy places."
Verse 35. Blessed be God. A brief, but very suggestive text.