The fruit of the righteous is a tree of Life, And he who wins souls is wise. (Proverbs 11:30)

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Habakkuk Sings to God ♥ ♫

  The book of Habakkuk is that it is permissible to question what God is doing, although with respect and reverence. Sometimes it is not evident to us what is going on, especially if we are thrown into suffering for a period of time or if it seems our enemies are prospering while we are just barely getting by. The Book of Habakkuk, however, affirms that God is a sovereign, omnipotent God who has all things under control. We just need to be still and know He is at work. He is who He says He is and does keep His promises. He will punish the wicked. Even when we cannot see it, He is still on the throne of the universe.

In Chapter 3 Habakkuk Praise God, he sings Praises to the Lord. Habakkak understands that his God is the "All Mighty God" the God who answers our questions in His own time. 

Habakkuk 3:1-19
A prayer of Habakkuk the prophet, on Shigionoth.[a]
    2 O LORD, I have heard Your speech
and was afraid;
      O LORD, revive Your work in the midst of the years!
      In the midst of the years make
it known;
      In wrath remember mercy.
    3 God came from Teman,
      The Holy One from Mount Paran.  Selah  

      His glory covered the heavens,
      And the earth was full of His praise.
His brightness was like the light;
      He had rays
flashing from His hand,
      And there His power
was hidden.
    5 Before Him went pestilence,
      And fever followed at His feet.
   6 He stood and measured the earth;
      He looked and startled the nations.
      And the everlasting mountains were scattered,
      The perpetual hills bowed.
      His ways
are everlasting.
    7 I saw the tents of Cushan in affliction;
      The curtains of the land of Midian trembled.
   8 O LORD, were
You displeased with the rivers,
Was Your anger against the rivers,
Was Your wrath against the sea,
      That You rode on Your horses,
      Your chariots of salvation?
   9 Your bow was made quite ready;
      Oaths were sworn over
Your arrows.[b]  Selah  

      You divided the earth with rivers.
  10 The mountains saw You
and trembled;
      The overflowing of the water passed by.
      The deep uttered its voice,
And lifted its hands on high.
  11 The sun and moon stood still in their habitation;
      At the light of Your arrows they went,
      At the shining of Your glittering spear.
  12 You marched through the land in indignation;
      You trampled the nations in anger.
  13 You went forth for the salvation of Your people,
      For salvation with Your Anointed.
      You struck the head from the house of the wicked,
      By laying bare from foundation to neck.  Selah
  14 You thrust through with his own arrows
      The head of his villages.
      They came out like a whirlwind to scatter me;
      Their rejoicing was like feasting on the poor in secret.
  15 You walked through the sea with Your horses,
      Through the heap of great waters.
 16 When I heard, my body trembled;
      My lips quivered at
the voice;
      Rottenness entered my bones;
      And I trembled in myself,
      That I might rest in the day of trouble.
      When he comes up to the people,
      He will invade them with his troops.

A Hymn of Faith
  17 Though the fig tree may not blossom,
      Nor fruit be on the vines;
      Though the labor of the olive may fail,
      And the fields yield no food;
      Though the flock may be cut off from the fold,
      And there be no herd in the stalls—
  18 Yet I will rejoice in the LORD,
      I will joy in the God of my salvation.
 19 The LORD God [c] is my strength;
      He will make my feet like deer’s
      And He will make me walk on my high hills.
   To the Chief Musician. With my stringed instruments.

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