March 3, 2005
A prayer of Habakkuk … 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 year’s make it known; in wrath remember mercy.
The last step in moving toward conquering victoriously in this life is to move into the wonder of worship. It’s a smooth flow from the doorway of doubt, to the wisdom of waiting, and into the wonder of worship. And something happened to the heart of Habakkuk as he waited on God. His “whys” were turned to worship and his pain and perplexities to praise.
Habakkuk 3 contains a beautiful expression of the worship of a believing heart. Out of enduring faith, he offers a prayer and petition to God, and then he offers praise. Habakkuk knew the situation and that God had every right to do exactly what He wanted.
He said, “If your plan is judgment, Lord, you don’t owe me an explanation. I may not understand it all. I may not even like it. But, Lord, I’m trusting You. I only ask that in the midst of the wrath that is going to come…revive Your people, and along with judgment, send mercy and grace.”
In this prayer, we see something of the heart of the prophet for the people of God. Habakkuk called upon God, who he knew to be the God of mercy. And he feared the Lord, and submitted to His will offering Himself up. And while Habakkuk was afraid, he understood that God knew best.
When you get a chance, read this entire chapter in Habakkuk. It’s an expression of worship and praise to the mercy, might, and majesty of God. Habakkuk says, “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 stall—yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation. The LORD God is my strength; He will make my feet like deer’s feet, and He will make me walk on my high hills” (Habakkuk 3:17-19).
When it all falls apart, and everything seems to be lost, we must promise to rejoice in the Lord. Habakkuk took his gloves off because he knew that his arms were too short to box with God. He took his gloves off and offered up folded hands of worship and praise. When your faith is troubled, run and embrace the Lord in dependence, love, and adoration.
GROWING FAITH IS REJOICING FAITH.