There’s a wonderful Psalm (Psalm 18) that paints a very vivid picture of how God expresses his anger on our behalf when we are under attack. I’m going to include some verses here but it’s a long Psalm, fifty verses. I urge you to look it up and read the entire chapter for yourself. I read it often when I need to be reminded that God hates what I’m going through even more than I do.
Beginning with verse 6:
“In my distress I called upon the Lord, and cried to my God for help;
He heard my voice out of His temple and my cry for help before Him came into His ears.
Then the earth shook and quacked, and the foundations of the mountains were trembling
And were shaken, because He was angry.
Smoke went up out of His nostrils, and fire from His mouth devoured; Coals were kindled by it.
He bowed the heavens also, and came down with thick darkness under His feet.
He rode upon a cherub and flew; and He sped upon the wings of the wind.
He made darkness his hiding place, His canopy around Him, darkness of waters, thick clouds of the skies.
From the brightness before Him passed His thick clouds, hailstones and coals of fire.
The Lord also thundered to heavens, and the Most High uttered His voice, hailstones and coals of fire.
He sent out His arrows, and scattered them, and lightning flashes in abundance, and routed them.”
I just love this. I love this whole Psalm. How unfathomable that the God of the universe comes to our aid with such fierceness. It’s a side of God we seldom think about, probably because we don’t want to. But I like this side of God. It reminds me that while he’s a loving Father, he’s also my protector and avenger.
Then verses 30b through 33:
“He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him. For who is God, but the LORD? The God who girds me with strength and makes my way blameless? He makes my feet like hinds feet and sets me upon my high places.”
Isn’t that wonderful?