Thus saith the Lord of hosts: Haggai 2:6
Yet once, it is a little while, and I will shake the heavens, and the earth, and the sea, and the dry land.
I wrote [this hymn] after a sermon series on Haggai preached by my pastor, Scott Fleming at Rocky Springs [Presbyterian Church] in Harrisville [Pennsylvania]. Scott has a gift for making clear connections between the prophecy of the Old Testament and the fulfillment of that prophecy in the New Testament—something I hope is clear in the text of the hymn.
As in the days of Haggai when
The Hebrews hewed from stone
Jehovah’s temple, built again
To serve their God alone,
So too our hearts can be remade,
From stone to flesh—the heav’nly blade
Carves out an earthly home.
The temple of Zerubbabel,
Like that of Solomon
Sustained attack, gave way, and fell
To rise and fall again.
But when God’s temple died and rose
He kept the promise giv’n to those
Who built the temple then.
God shook the earth and Gentiles then
Brought treasure to His store,
But heaven and earth will shake again
When our King comes once more.
Then all that can be shaken will
Be purged and dross removed until
He clears His threshing floor.