You shall not be affrighted at them: for the LORD your God is among you, a mighty God and terrible.
This description of God is a terror to sinners, but an encouragement to Christians. His mighty presence is —
1. Unmerited. The aid we get from earthly friends is often a reciprocity of kindness — a discharge of obligation. But our goodness extends not to God. We have done nothing to deserve help.
2. Unexpected. In most extreme danger and when most unlikely, comes deliverance. "Man's extremity is God's opportunity." The Mace of fear and sorrow becomes one of joy and triumph.
3. Singular. "God's methods are peculiar to Himself. Events Which appear to combine to work our ruin bring our salvation. In the deliverance from Egypt and the conquest of Canaan God was terrible to His enemies.
4. Timely. We think He has forgotten or forsaken us if He appears not when we wish; but He knows better than we do when it is time for Him to work. "Too late" can never he said of His mercy. "A very present help in trouble."
5. All-sufficient. Earthly friends fail. God is always among us, "a mighty God and terrible." He conquers most formidable foes, rescues from the greatest dangers.
Parallel VersesKJV: Thou shalt not be affrighted at them: for the LORD thy God is among you, a mighty God and terrible.