The Terrible One

I fought with myself for three (3) days because God birthed in me a hunger for the deep that I could not comprehend. He was calling me into a new realm, stirring up gifts in me that I thought were not for me. In tandem with what God started doing, I was drawn to Apostle John Eckhardt’s new book, The Spirit of Asaph and began to read it last night.

This morning, I’m having a refreshing view of God as I read the first Psalm of Asaph, Psalm 50.

Psalm 50:1-3

The mighty God, even the Lord, hath spoken, and called the earth from the rising of the sun unto the going down thereof.

2 Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God hath shined.

3 Our God shall come, and shall not keep silence: a fire shall devour before him, and it shall be very tempestuous round about him.

God is not silent in His entry. It is very turbulent round about Him, fire devours before Him!

This gives a picture of what I call ‘violent glory’ .

In the Old Testament, God is revealed as the great and terrible God of judgement. While the New Testament highlights His grace and reveals Him as the God of grace, appearing to be more lenient, it does not nullify the Old Testament’s revelation of Him because He cannot change. He is the God of judgement AND mercy, of great wrath AND grace, the terrible God who is so gentle.

Scripture reveals the wholeness of God’s character in terms of His ability to rule without compromise in love and His administration of grace. Therefore, our view of God should never be one sided, lest we should become too fearful and avoid Him or too casual and disrespect Him.


Father, how great and awesome You are! You are the terrible God of grace, who devours and ministers gently. I pray that my view of You would be elevated today, as You draw me deeper into who You are. I pray this in Jesus’ name, Amen.

By Joanna Lloyd


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