I love this image of God jumping up from the throne to be with his people:
“Be silent before the Lord, all humanity, for he is springing into action from his holy dwelling.” 2:13
It reminds me of the story of the prodigal son (Luke 15), when the man spots his son walking back home after a HUGE fall out. Still a ways off in the distance, his dad picks up his robe and runs towards him.
Or when King Darius woke up early and went in haste to see if Daniel made it through the night in the lion’s den (Daniel 6).
Kings, and any men holding high honor, do not pick up their robes and hustle. That is servant-like behavior and not dignified or respectable. Yet when it comes to someone they love and care about, their position of power doesn’t matter. They lay that aside and respond out of love.
God does not hesitate to spring into action from his throne, and rescue us.
Does he feel absent from your life? Do you have a hard time recognizing his presence? If you struggle to relate to the idea of God stepping in when you need help, ask him about it. Challenge him and question him about it. He can take it. (In my experience with this, you might not like the answer, but it’s worth sorting it out with him.)
The Old Testament is so rich with God’s love for his people. Thank you, Lord, for allowing us to be included as your special possession, and for the deep love you have for us.