In a previous blog post, I wrote about staying in the sanctuary. This is where God speaks to us and we can gain His perspective about the world around us. As I have studied this more, I realized there is a whole lot more for me to learn about God and His sanctuary. While a sanctuary can be a place, there is also the aspect of God’s way and His holiness.
“Thy way, O God, is in the sanctuary: who is so great a God as our God?”
The Hebrew word used for ‘thy way’ means a road or manner. Spurgeon defines it as a mode of action. Derek Kidner in his commentary defines sanctuary as holiness. In other words, ‘thy way is in holiness’. I love how Kidner explained this. “Holy in such a context, is a formidable word, conveying the aspect of God as one who ‘dwells in unapproachable light’; fearful as an enemy but glorious as a friend.”
In verse 19 of Psalm 77 we read, “Thy way is in the sea, and thy path in the great waters, and thy footsteps are not known.” We don’t always understand what God is doing. We can’t always see His footsteps and know the path that He is taking. We can’t see His footprints in the sea. We do know that God is holy. Because of this, we can be sure that whatever He is doing is just and right. Spurgeon says “…it is rich consolation that we can trust [His way], for it is in holiness.” When we are staying in the sanctuary “all is light, all is clear” even though we may not understand exactly what He is doing.
As we seem to be watching the world fall apart around us and we face our own daily trials, may we stay in the sanctuary of God’s Word. It is there that we can learn of His ways and find the peace that we crave. It is there that we learn of His holiness so that we can gain the perspective that whatever He does is just and right.
I like to use the Blue Letter Bible app for study. It is easy to look up the meanings of the words in the original language. There are also commentaries available in the app to use. I do have a set of Spurgeon’s Treasury of David, but it is also available in the app.
The photo is of Matsumoto Castle.