The presence of God strikes fear in the hearts of those without Jesus Christ. Throughout the Bible, fear and dread is present when God or an angel encounters people. They are startled and fearful at the sights and sounds, and then are frequently crushed by the holiness of the Lord while being confronted with their own sinful, dirty, and perverted lives. But those who have followed Jesus find the presence of God precious. As you read today, praise the Lord that through Christ you can call God your “Father.”
Shout aloud and sing for joy, people of Zion, for great is the Holy One of Israel among you.