Trembling at His Word
The people of Israel and foreign visitors gloried in the Temple. Solomon’s elaborate handiwork resulted in an opulent structure unlike any other in the ancient world. The First Temple was valued at $56 billion in today’s American dollars.
But did the Eternal Mind of God find ultimate satisfaction in a house erected with men’s hands? Was His pleasure really in temples of man’s making? Or, was His furthest goal to find temples which had been raised to Him inside the human heart?
Human temples lifted by the poor in spirit, those who are self-abasing and self-denying, who truly sorrow over sin on the earth, and which are marked by an awe of scripture, are tabernacles of a different sort. This is the kind of temple He favors. He dwells in this temple and delights in its sacrifices.
Isaiah was the Prophet in Judah. He lived near Solomon’s Temple, and beheld this fine structure. Yet he wrote, “But to this one I will look: To him who is humble and contrite of spirit, and who trembles at My word” (Isaiah 66:2b).
The word tremble is chared, which means to be reverently afraid. The validity of every act of worship, including any sort of altar sacrifice, rests upon hearts which are dedicated to Him and His word.
To this brand of Living Temple, His richest blessings come. His eyes are looking to and fro throughout the whole earth, to give strong support to those whose hearts find peace in Him (2 Chronicles 16:9).
Future blessings do not depend upon the success of a newly elected president, or any other government official in the nations. Blessings are for those who humbly read God’s word - and tremble.
Published November 29, 2016