“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