Just in case you missed it, here is this week’s lesson once again.
“But the LORD is in his holy temple: let all the earth keep silence before him,” Habakkuk 2:20
Through the many tragedies that unfold in this life and experiencing the unrest of wars and what appears to be the advancement of evil, we are left with the assurance that God is still in control. Not only is He still in control, but He remains in His proper seat of authority, ruling in His holy temple.
Sometimes it’s hard to wrap one’s mind around this concept when all we see is the terrible and the detestable happening in the land. When our eyes witness children being torn and broken; and mothers left without any hope, it’s hard to view the world through another possibility. When we see fathers in despair, feeling helpless to lead and feed his family. When we see evil trying to claw its way to the top, we are reminded, He is there, never to be moved or usurped; never to be replaced or shaken from His seat of power and supremacy.
Oh, we watch the world as men set the idols of their hearts up. We watch as we see they deepen their dependency on the things that will never satisfy the hungering soul. Through it all, we look to His Majesty. The King is on the throne. O earth, be still before Him and honor His presence.
This is a comfort to the soul who can’t find comfort anywhere else. Is this not a blessed place to be? For if one found comfort among the false and depraved then would they not also think as other men? Take comfort, O soul, in your God who is always present. The head of all principality and power still bears the crown obtained for the salvation and deliverance of mankind. He that holds that holy scepter, and Himself is the Scepter that rises out of Israel (Num. 24:17), remains in control, worthy of your trust and honor.
O earth, “Be silence before Him.” O false ways, your arrogance will one day bow before Him and you’ll not be able to utter a word against His rule. “The LORD shall endure for ever: he hath prepared his throne for judgment,” (Ps. 9:7).
Therefore, be at peace, he that trusts in the rule of his sovereign King. Allow your soul this holy rest, “The LORD is King forever and ever . . .,” (Ps. 10:16a). And for all the rest, hush and quiet your ways before Him before it’s too late, for “the heathen are perished out of his land,” (Ps. 10:16b). But, “the LORD is in His holy temple,” forever to reign.
“The LORD hath prepared his throne in the heavens; and his kingdom ruleth over all,” Psalm 103:19
Here is this week’s Sunday School lesson once again. Enjoy!
“And I saw as it were . . . them that had gotten the victory . . . and they sing the song,” Revelation 15:2-3, KJV
Songs. Movements of the heart and soul. I don’t know how they come about. Do they start with words that won’t let the mind rest until the lyrics are expressed? Or, is it a tune, a melodious humming in one’s being that beckons to become more?
Songs come and go at anytime and there’s one for every occasion. Most great songs come from one’s life experiences. Whether in good times or bad, happy or sad, the man inside calls for a tune to join the ceremony.
Songs express joy and times of rejoicing. A good song motivates one when it’s hard to push forward in life and lifts one out of times of sadness. We see the power of this type of inspiring music in 1 Samuel 16:23, when David played the harp before Saul and the evil spirit left him.
Music is no doubt powerful. The most precious and heart-felt songs come after times of hardship and struggles. When we have gone through the wringer of life, made it to the other side, and have squeezed out a heart that expresses gratefulness to God. Music that tells the world that yes, it was hard, but I made it to the other side. After crossing the Red Sea did not Miriam put a tambourine in her hand and say, “Sing ye to the LORD, for he hath triumphed gloriously,” (Exodus 15:21, KJV)?
In the book of Revelation, we see songs of deliverance going up before God. They had overcome “the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having harps of God,” (Rev. 15:2, KJV). And, what did they do? “They sing!” (Rev. 15:3, KJV). Their praise cannot be constrained any longer. They have never felt freer then when they had overcome. That kind of joy starts to seep out every crevice of one’s being until it pours over in song, releasing praise to God!
Music and songs are wrought throughout the Bible. The psalmist exhorts us to “Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands. Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing,” (Ps. 100:1-2, KJV). When the Assyrians were prophesied to be destroyed, Isaiah 30:29 emphatically declares, “Ye shall have a song!” (KJV). When Paul and Silas prayed and sang praises, the earth quaked and prison doors were opened (Acts 16:25-26). After the Last Supper “they had sung a hymn,” (Mk. 14:26, KJV). James said, “Is any merry? let him sing psalms,” (Ja. 5:13, KJV).
I don’t have the best voice but I have a praise in my soul that I have to let out!
I’m shy in front of other people, but I’m living to please an audience of one! It doesn’t have to be in front of a crowd (yikes!). A praise can wring out of your spirit at anytime and in any place.
Give your heart – your spirit – your soul permission to rejoice. God has been so good to us – so, Sing!
You are an overcomer also. “Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us,” (Rom. 8:37, KJV).
Those in Revelations had every right to sing, and so do you. Just sing! He’s worthy of it today!