For behold, the kings assembled;
they came on together.
As soon as they saw it, they were astounded;
they were in panic; they took to flight.
Trembling took hold of them there,
anguish as of a woman in labor.
By the east wind you shattered
the ships of Tarshish.
As we have heard, so have we seen
in the city of the LORD of hosts,
in the city of our God,
which God will establish forever. Selah
by: Cheryl Steele.
Isaac Watts’ hymn, “Come We That Love the Lord” (Marching to Zion) comes to my mind when I read this passage. I can only begin to imagine how awe-inspiring and terrifying the “City of the Lord” would be to those who do not know Him. Unfortunately, most modern hymnals leave out the verses where Watts talks about the earthly City of God and its impact on those who see it. I have always marveled at the way God protected His city. The kings and leaders who saw it, rather than trying to conquer it and add its wealth to their own, were terrified and fled. We can rest confidently in the way God takes care of His own.