“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 the unrest of wars and what appears to be the advancement of evil, we are left with this assurance, 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 can be hard to wrap one’s mind around this concept when we see terrible things happening in the land. When our eyes witness children hurting and mothers left without any hope, it becomes hard to view the world through another possibility. When we see fathers in despair, feeling helpless to lead and feed their families. When we see evil trying to claw its way to the top, we are reminded in the Word that through it all, God is still 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 them deepen their dependency on the things that will never satisfy the hungering soul. But 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 cannot find comfort anywhere else. Is this not a blessed place to be? For if one found comfort among the false and depraved, 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, and is 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 will 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 for, “The LORD is King forever and ever…” (Ps. 10:16a). And for all the rest, hush and quiet your ways before Him before it is 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
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