The Lord Is In His Holy Temple Hymn

The Lord Is In His Holy Temple Lyrics

William Kirkpatrick

The Lord is in his holy temple,
The Lord is in his holy temple:
Let all the earth keep silence,
Let all the earth keep silence before him —
Keep silence, keep silence before him.

Who Wrote The Lord Is In His Holy Temple?

The words of this song are from Habakkuk 2:20, ‘But the Lord is in his holy temple: let all the earth keep silence before him’.

The tune is from William Kirkpatrick who added the music in 1900.

Habakkuk was a prophet who lived approximately in the 7th Century B.C. He wrote this verse at a difficult time for the kingdom of Judah.

They had rebelled against God and worshipped idols among other evils.

As a consequence, the Lord sent the Babylonians to punish them soon after these words were written.

God is saying regardless of your actions people of Judah, I am still God, I am still in control. I will punish you but I will also restore you if you repent.

The temple is the throne room of God and shows Him in charge. And just as we all stop doing anything we are doing when a Monarch sits on his throne so too should we be attentive as this is a serious occasion.

William J Kirkpatrick was born on February 27, 1838, in Keerogue, County Tyrone in Ireland. The family later immigrated to Philadelphia, US in 1840 leaving William behind. He followed later on in 1854.

He started learning music at a very young age and was able to play musical instruments such as the cello, fife, flute, organ, and violin.

He did most of his music training in the United States studying vocal music under Professor T Bishop.

William Kirkpatrick published over 100 works on anthems for Easter, Christmas, and children’s choirs.

He passed away in 1921. He had just told his wife that he had a tune in his head that he did not want to lose and wanted to write it down.

His wife went to bed but when she awoke she discovered that he was not there. She went to look for him and found him slumped in his chair in his study room.

William J Kirkpatrick - The Lord Is in his holy temple hymn
William J Kirkpatrick

William Kirkpatrick composed or contributed to many songs including,

“A Wonderful Savior is Jesus My Lord”

“Away in a Manger”

“Jesus Saves! (We Have Heard the Joyful Sound)”

“Lead Me to Calvary”

My Faith has Found a Resting Place

“‘Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus”

“Blessed Be Thy Name”

“The Comforter Has Come”

“Give Me Thy Heart”

“Lord, I’m Coming Home”


“His Grace Aboundeth More”

“He Hideth My Soul”

We Have An Anchor

For other powerful hymn stories and lyrics visit:

The Great Speckled Bird Song Story and Lyrics

The Lord Is In His Holy Temple YouTube Video

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