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The Trembling Heart and the Favor of God

Oh, to be a soul that shudders with holy fear at the thought of offending the Lord! In this day of shallow spirituality and tepid devotion, where are those who seek the smile of the Almighty with trembling? The church is filled with those who claim His name but lack His power, for they do not know the trembling heart that stays close to His grace.

Consider the heart that beats in rhythm with the fear of God. Such a heart knows that the beginning of wisdom is the fear of the Lord (Proverbs 9:10). It is a heart that trembles not in dread of punishment, but in awe of His holiness and majesty. This trembling is not born of guilt or fear of wrath, but of a deep, abiding reverence for the One who is thrice holy.

What does it mean to seek the Lord’s smile with trembling? It means to live in such a way that every thought, every word, and every deed is weighed in the balance of His pleasure. It is to ask daily, “Lord, does this please You?” It is to walk the narrow path with a keen awareness that the eyes of the Lord are upon us, beholding both the evil and the good (Proverbs 15:3). It is to yearn for His approval more than the applause of men, for what is the praise of men but empty wind compared to the favor of God?

The heart that seeks the Lord’s smile with trembling is a heart that will never stray far from His grace. Grace, beloved, is not a license to sin but the power to live holy. The trembling heart understands this, for it is perpetually humbled before the throne of grace. It does not presume upon God's kindness but receives it with gratitude and awe. Such a heart knows that apart from Him, it can do nothing (John 15:5).

In an age where the church has lost its fear of God, the call is to return to the ancient paths. The call is to be men and women whose hearts are marked by a holy trembling. Do we dare to seek His face with such reverence? Do we dare to live in such a way that His smile is our highest ambition? Oh, that we would be those who tremble at His word (Isaiah 66:2), for in this trembling, we find our surest place of grace.

The trembling heart is a heart at rest. Paradoxical as it may seem, there is no greater peace than in the presence of the Holy One. There is no greater security than in the shadow of the Almighty. The trembling heart is not an anxious heart but a heart anchored in the fear of the Lord, knowing that His grace is sufficient.

So, dear reader, examine your heart. Do you seek the Lord’s smile with trembling? Do you live in the holy fear that keeps you close to His grace? May we all be found among those who tremble at His word and seek His face with awe. For in this, we shall find not only His grace but His enduring favor.

In the words of the prophet Micah, let us walk humbly with our God (Micah 6:8), ever trembling at the thought of His holiness, ever seeking His smile, and never far from His grace.