Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Yet Will I Rejoice!
2 O LORD, I have heard the report of you, and your work, O LORD, do I fear. . . . His splendor covered the heavens, and the earth was full of his praise. 4 His brightness was like the light; rays flashed from his hand; and there he veiled his power. . . . 6 He stood and measured the earth; he looked and shook the nations; then the eternal mountains were scattered; the everlasting hills sank low. His were the everlasting ways.
You split the earth with rivers. 10 The mountains saw you and writhed; the raging waters swept on; the deep gave forth its voice; it lifted its hands on high. 11 The sun and moon stood still in their place at the light of your arrows as they sped, at the flash of your glittering spear. 12 You marched through the earth in fury; you threshed the nations in anger. 13 You went out for the salvation of your people, for the salvation of your anointed.
Habakkuk 3:2, 3b-4, 6, & 9b-13, English Standard Version
Do we really understand God? Do we really know who He is? I fear that in our passion to proclaim the love of God, we may miss the judgment and anger of God against sin. Yes, God is truly a God of love; his love surpasses anything we can imagine. But, in His zeal for His people, God does and will judge the whole earth. That judgment is also a display of His deep love for His own.
Habakkuk questioned God. Why would God let his people, Israel, be overtaken by a wicked heathen nation? The book of Habakkuk is a conversation between Habakkuk and God. God shows to Habakkuk that He is righteous in judging the sin of His own people, and in the end the entire earth will suffer for its sin against Him and against His people.
As we read through Habakkuk 3, the rage of God is revealed, and His splendor is displayed before the prophet. Read through the passage above and marvel at the power and holiness of our God. His brightness was like the light; rays flashed from his hand; and there he veiled his power. . . . He stood and measured the earth; he looked and shook the nations; then the eternal mountains were scattered; the everlasting hills sand low. His were the everlasting ways.
How did Habakkuk resolve this matter in his own heart? May his rejoicing in the LORD, shown in these verses be our testimony as well.
17 Though the fig tree should not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines, the produce of the olive fail and the fields yield no food, the flock be cut off from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls, 18 yet I will rejoice in the LORD; I will take joy in the God of my salvation. 19 GOD, the Lord, is my strength; he makes my feet like the deer's; he makes me tread on my high places.
Habakkuk 3:17-19, ESV
God Bless You,