Brothers and Sisters,
In listening to an episode of “The Briefing” podcast this morning, I heard Al Mohler (the host and president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) make reference to a New York Times article titled: “Coronavirus Turns Urban Life’s Roar to Whisper on World’s Seismographs.” The gist of the article is that “shelter-in-place” measures around the world have literally silenced humanity. This silence reflects in the readings of seismometers all over the globe. A seismometer is an instrument that records vibrations in the earth. They’re used, as the article writes, “to detect earthquakes, but their mechanical ears hear so much more…Even the everyday hum of humanity – people moving about on cars, trains and planes – has a seismically detectable heartbeat.” With our world’s response to the coronavirus, the human signature on seismometers is now measurably, even significantly, quieter than before.
As we reflect on a curiosity article like this one, it seems appropriate that the oddity of quieted seismometers would turn our attention to God’s Word:
Psalm 46:10 (ESV) – “Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”
Psalm 65:7-8a (ESV) – “By awesome deeds you answer us with righteousness, O God of our salvation, the hope of all the ends of the earth and of the farthest seas; the one who by his strength established the mountains, being girded with might; who stills the roaring of the seas, the roaring of their waves, the tumult of the peoples, so that those who dwell at the ends of the earth are in awe at your signs.”
Habakkuk 2:20 (ESV) – “But the LORD is in his holy temple; let all the earth keep silence before him.”
In a special way, we’re experiencing these texts while we wait for coronavirus to pass. Praise God that he will be glorified, come what may!