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After you log in your content will be available in your library. Viewing of. Cancel Save. Print Twitter Facebook Email. Click the button below to continue. The parallel with Midian makes people think of an Arabian tribe, possibly nomads. The context indicates that the same land or people is intended as the Old Testament elsewhere calls Cush, yet vaguely and not in any strict geographical usage that would limit it to Africa.
Distress ' aven conveys the idea of to come to naught and thus is strictly nothingness. Trembling ragaz means to quake, shake, quiver as with any violent emotion, in this context clearly fear of God's wrath. God is here portrayed as the Divine Warrior who intercedes on behalf of his own. This motif will reach its climax in Hab — With such a defender available, the believing heart may rest secure Ps Then every eye shall see Him, and the vision of Habakkuk shall receive its finalized fulfillment.
Is Your wrath against the rivers? Or is Your rage against the sea when You ride on Your horses, Your victorious chariot? Was your anger against the rivers, or your indignation against the sea, when you rode on your horses, on your chariot of salvation? Are you angry with the rivers? Are you enraged at the sea? Is this why you climb into your horse-drawn chariots, your victorious chariots? Were you displeased with them? No, you were sending your chariots of salvation! Did the LORD rage Interestingly some commentators say this calls for a "no" He did not come to fight the natural forces or "yes" the LORD came in rage, anger, wrath.
He came riding on His chariots of salvation to deliver His people. God did not fight against the sea, but used its power to defeat the Egyptian army. Earlier the prophet had alluded to God's anger, referring to His wrath in Hab In the previous passages Habakkuk has presented a majestic theophany, depicting God's awesome presence and power.
Now in this one verse, Habakkuk speaks not about God but directly to God "Your anger Your wrath You rode Your chariots". The prophet then returns to his description of God's appearance in Hab With rhetorical vividness, Habakkuk addressed the Lord directly, rehearsing His judicial actions against anything that opposes His will. Salvation yeshuah means deliverance, help, victory, prosperity. The main idea is to rescue one from danger Ex , 2Chr Generally deliverance comes from an outside source. A title of God, Savior Dt Yeshuah - 77v - Translated - deeds of deliverance 1 , deliverance 6 , help 4 , prosperity 1 , salvation 61 , save 1 , saving 1 , security 1 , victories 1 , victory 1.
Gen ; Ex ; ; Deut ; 1 Sam ; ; 2 Sam ; ; 1Chr ; 2Chr ; Job ; ; Ps , 8; ; ; ; ; ; , 5; ; ; , 9; , 11; ; ; ; f, 6; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; f; ; ; f, 21; , , , ; ; ; Isa f; ; , 18; , 6; , 8; , 8; , 10; ; , 17; ; ; Jonah ; Hab Habakkuk Your bow was made bare, the rods of chastisement were sworn. You cleaved the earth with rivers. Selah You split the earth with rivers. You cause flash floods on the earth's surface. Selah You split the earth with rivers;. Selah You divided the earth with rivers. You split open the earth with flowing rivers.
The NET Note on " the rods of chastisement were sworn " explains that this refers to those that have sworn allegiance. In context As the Lord comes in a thunderstorm the downpour causes streams to swell to river-like proportions and spread over the surface of the ground, causing flash floods. Habakkuk The mountains saw You and quaked; The downpour of waters swept by. The deep uttered forth its voice, It lifted high its hands. The deep - word often refers to the forces of the sea which obey the Lord Ex , 8; Isa ; Ezek ; ; Ps ; ; Habakkuk Sun and moon stood in their places; They went away at the light of Your arrows, at the radiance of Your gleaming spear.
Sun and moon stood still - This presumably refers to another time in history when God's enemies were judged by His intervention as recorded in Joshua Is it not written in the book of Jashar? And the sun stopped in the middle of the sky, and did not hasten to go down for about a whole day.
Patterson "For the participation of other celestial phenomena in earthly events, see Jdg ; Isa , Habakkuk In indignation You marched through the earth. In anger You trampled the nations. In indignation You marched As discussed below this description seems to have eschatological implications, awaiting a yet future fulfillment. In indignation - God's anger is not like man's anger! God's wrath is never petty or inappropriate, but is always perfectly righteous. Indignation za'am describes either the expression or experiencing of intense anger or wrath.
Most often za'am refers to God's indignation , but occasionally to individuals Jer , Ho Za'am is often coupled with other Hebrew words that also describe anger ' ap [ ] in Ps , Isa , 25, ; Zeph ; ' ebrah [ ] in Ps ; Ezek ; Ezek and qesep in Ps ; Jer In Daniel 11 za'am describes the time of the Great Tribulation cp Zeph which describes Rev note Daniel note "Then the king The Antichrist will do as he pleases, and he will exalt and magnify himself above every god and will speak monstrous things against the God of gods; and he will prosper until the indignation is finished Greek reads "until the wrath shall be accomplished" , for that which is decreed will be done.
Through the earth - If one interprets this passage literally, it seems to describe God's wrath poured out on the entire world. The only time yet future that such an event will occur is in the time Daniel's Seventieth Week , a seven year period, the last 3. Threshing was often a symbol of judgment Isa ; Mic The Lxx uses the Greek verb katagnumi which means to break in pieces or break in two Mt , Jn and is in the future tense which indicates in His wrath, God will break the nations in pieces.
Has this event happened? Clearly this prophecy awaits a future fulfillment when God's wrath is finally and fully poured out on the nations, those who have rejected His offer of salvation. Habakkuk saw God the Master Farmer threshing the nations, throwing them away as useless chaff in order to preserve his chosen people. I also trod them in My anger, and trampled them in My wrath; And their lifeblood is sprinkled on My garments, And I stained all My raiment. Tony Garland comments on Rev : This is not a fruitful winepress, for it is the winepress of the wrath of God.
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This is the time of the treading of the grapes of wrath see discussion of Grapes of Wrath , the final conflagration when God wipes out all His enemies at the second advent of Christ Isa. Rev note And from His mouth comes a sharp sword, so that with it He may smite the nations; and He will rule them with a rod of iron; and He treads the wine press of the fierce wrath of God, the Almighty. Garland comments : He Himself treads is autos patei : He, He is presently treading. As with His rule, His identity as the One Who treads is emphasized. His rule is future tense whereas His treading is present tense.
This provides further evidence that His rule upon the throne of David begins after His return Mt Although the armies of heaven are with Him Rev. Arnold Fruchtenbaum writes that "Isaiah made it clear that although the armies of saints and angels will return with Him, they will not participate in the fighting.
Messiah will fight this battle by Himself. Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision! This glowing hot feet foreshadow His trampling the winepress in judgment which John sees now. See commentary on Revelation Here are some other " threshings " in a military or war context - Judges ; 2Ki ; Isa ; Isa ; Da ; Amos In many contexts the Gentiles are also referred to as the "peoples.
Habakkuk You went forth for the salvation of Your people, for the salvation of Your anointed. You struck the head of the house of the evil to lay him open from thigh to neck. Salvation yesha ' means deliverance, safety, rescue, liberty. Occasionally used as a title of God 2Sa ; 1Chr ; Isa Your anointed masiyah - To whom does this title refer? Scholars differ widely in their interpretation. Some say Moses, others Cyrus Isa Some favor that this refers primarily to the Messiah the Hebrew masculine noun masiyah which means "anointed one"-see Da note or the corresponding NT term Christ , the Greek noun Christos which is derived from the verb chrio meaning to anoint, rub with oil or consecrate to an office, as was done in the OT for a prophet, priest or king Jesus is eternally all three!
Others interpret anointed as referring to "Your people" but see MacArthur's note below. Ultimately, it foreshadows a subsequent, future deliverance in anticipation of the Messiah cf. Ps promised in the Davidic Covenant cf. But while He comes thus, executing wrath and judgment upon the ungodly, He comes in mercy. He goes forth for the salvation of His people, for the salvation of Thine anointed , that is, the elect nation Israel and the God-fearing, waiting remnant of the last days see Ps.
And there will be on the earth in that day the. Historically the evil head may refer to Pharaoh, who led Egypt against Israel. For the prophet it would be equally relevant to see a coming judgment upon the king of Babylon. So whether the reference includes the Exodus, the Exile or an eschatological enemy, it places the victory squarely with the Lord. Hab Habakkuk You pierced with his own spears the head of his throngs. They stormed in to scatter us; Their exultation was like those Who devour the oppressed in secret.
The reader should note that this verse is extremely difficult to interpret, leading one writer to state "this text seems to defy comprehension. Like the poor, Israel appeared to be easy prey for the pursuing Egyptians. Others see this as an allusion to the Babylonians.
Habakkuk You trampled on the sea with Your horses, on the surge of many waters. Ps Thy way was in the sea, and Thy paths in the mighty waters, and Thy footprints may not be known. Don't look inward, looking for a solution. Look upward.
Look to God! This is what Habakkuk does. He prays and the result is he sees the Holy One, trampling the sea with His horses. He sees God going forth for the salvation of His people, etc. We need to remember that whatever our circumstances are now, one day God will get the final victory for His people.
Habakkuk I heard and my inward parts trembled, at the sound my lips quivered. Decay enters my bones, and in my place I tremble. Because I must wait quietly for the day of distress, for the people to arise who will invade us. Calmly I await the day of anguish which is dawning on the people now attacking us. My frame went limp, as if my bones were decaying, and I shook as I tried to walk. I long for the day of distress to come upon the people who attack us. Habakkuk shows the proper response of man under the sovereign power of God.
He recognizes his own weakness and low standing before this God of all majesty and power. This description suggests that his skeletal frame could not even stabilize him, making him unsteady on his feet. Nuach means to rest, to remain, to be quiet. Compared to Habakkuk, Job was "not at rest" Job The Lxx renders nuach with the Greek the verb anapauo word study means strictly to make to cease and then comes to mean to remain quiet or restful, to be still and in some contexts includes the ideas of to revive or refresh as used in Mt note.
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Spiritual rest the absence of trouble is seen in Isa , 7 cf. Pr , and most clearly in Isa although this has clear soteriological overtones. At the beginning of his prayer, Habakkuk said " I have heard the report about You and I fear. He has been overwhelmed by his theophany or manifestation of the coming Holy One.
Picture Habakkuk's his heart pounding, his respiratory rate racing, his lips quivering. The phrase " decay enters my bones " Can we not identify with Habakkuk's description? He was a real person just like us and so the reality of the coming Babylonian judgment caused him to tremble. There are times in our life when we tremble, when we are so weak, we feel we might faint from fear or despair. And yet Habakkuk was to experience what Paul later described declaring "When I am weak, then I am strong.
Given his feelings, how could Habakkuk wait quietly for the day of distress? Clearly if he had depended on and yielded to his feelings "inward parts trembled Decay enters my bones I tremble" , he could never have waited quietly nor make such a great confession of faith. So what was Habakkuk's secret? A better question to ask is where was his focus? If Habakkuk looked ahead, he saw a nation heading for destruction, and that frightened him. When he looked within, he saw himself trembling with fear, and when he looked around, he saw everything in the economy about to fall apart.
But when he looked up by faith, he saw God, and all his fears vanished. To walk by faith means to focus on the greatness and glory of God. One of the marks of faith is a willingness to wait patiently for the Lord to work. When we run ahead of God, we get into trouble. Abraham learned that lesson when he married Hagar and fathered Ishmael Gen.
Habakkuk could wait quietly because he knew that God was at work in the world Hab. When you know that God is working in your life, you can afford to wait quietly and let Him have His way. And as Paul Harvey used to say "Now for the rest of the story" in Habakkuk His triumphant conclusion can also be ours beloved, for we worship and serve the same covenant keeping God!
Once he understood who God is and the principles and methods of his activities, Habakkuk was satisfied. He would trust God through the coming hour of judgment and rejoice no matter what may happen. It indicates intense inner turmoil Ps focusing on the emotional pain and distress of the situation Dt and the extreme discomfort. God delivers His people from this affliction Ge ; Job ; Ps. It is comparable to the pain of a woman bearing her first child Je It refers to terror at the approach of a raping army Jer It defines the quality of time when Judah suffers her severest punishment for violating the covenant Jer ; cf.
The land of a people that reject the Lord's word is described as full of distress, darkness, and the gloom of anguish Isa Figuratively thlipsis pictures one being "crushed" by intense pressure, difficult circumstances, suffering or trouble pressing upon them from without. Tsarah is used to describe Israel's future time of distress Da note , synonymous with the time of Jacob's distress Jer note , which will come to pass in the Great Tribulation. Tsarah - 71v in NAS - -affliction 1 , anguish 2 , distress 34 , distresses 1 , trouble 22 , troubles Gen ; ; Deut , 21; Jdg ; 1 Sam ; ; 2 Sam ; 1Kgs ; 2Kgs ; 2Chr ; ; Neh , 37; Job ; ; Ps ; ; ; ; , 22; ; , 17; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; Pr ; ; ; ; ; ; Isa ; ; ; ; ; ; ; Jer ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; Dan ; Obad , 14; Jonah ; Nah , 9; Hab ; Zeph ; Zech Because I must wait quietly for the day of distress - What was the " day of distress?
This day of distress would bring a day of great calamity leading to severe famine and ultimate death for many of those in Judah. And yet even in the face of such sure and devastating defeat Habakkuk voiced one of the greatest expressions of undaunted faith, a most beautiful testimony of the supernatural power of true belief to be found anywhere in Scripture. In the following passages, Habakkuk declared that although everything fails, yet he will trust in the unfailing God, Yahweh, Who keeps covenant forever.
Here is the application to our lives beloved of the Lord - There is no affliction, however severe or trying, which can ever separate us from our Father in heaven Ro His covenant with us is sure and everlasting, because it is founded on the once for all shed blood of His Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. Hold fast to His Word of truth when the winds of affliction blow hard, so that this truth can hold you and support you through the storm. The storm will pass, but God's presence and comfort will endure forever for His ways are everlasting!
George Matheson was born in Glasgow, Scotland, in As a child he had only partial vision, and his sight became progressively worse, until it resulted in blindness by the time he was eighteen. Despite his handicap, he was a brilliant student and graduated from the University of Glasgow and later from seminary. He became pastor of several churches in Scotland, including a large church in Edinburgh, where he was greatly respected and loved.
After he had been engaged to a young woman for a short while, she broke the engagement, having decided she could not be content married to a blind man. Some believe that this painful disappointment in romantic love led Matheson to write the beautiful hymn which begins with the following stanza:. O love that will not let me go, I rest my weary soul in Thee; I give Thee back the life I owe, That in Thine ocean depths its flow May richer, fuller be.
Anticipating the consequent calamity which shall ensue in Judah and Jerusalem and lead to famine and death, the prophet voices one of the greatest expressions of undaunted faith, the most beautiful exhibition of the power of true religion to be found anywhere in the Bible. Habakkuk declares that although everything fails, he will trust in Yahweh. No affliction, however severe or trying, can sever the believer from his Lord. It is a terrible feeling to know that calamity is coming but that one can do nothing to prevent it. He could endure the prospect because he remembered that the omnipotent God of Israel had consistently defended her in the past and promised to do so in the future.
Earlier when the prophet heard about the powerful Babylonians, he wanted to talk with God Hab note. But now having been reminded of the infinitely more powerful Yahweh, he had nothing more to say cf. Job —6. God would handle the Babylonians. All Habakkuk had to do was wait. Oh, to enter more fully into the same spirit! The prophet now speaks of his own feeling, which reflects the feeling of the godly among the Jews when this great theophany becomes history. There is fear and trembling in view of the coming tribulation.
When he heard it he trembled; he is completely prostrated. Then faith is triumphant, and in one of the most magnificent outbursts the prophet declares his confidence in his God Hab Such will be the faith of the godly who pass through the time of great trouble.
Finally he rejoices in the God of his salvation and declares his hope Ed : not hope so but absolute certainty! Even so the remnant of Israel will be delivered. We leave the application to the Church-Saints with the reader. Habakkuk Though the fig tree should not blossom and there be no fruit on the vines, though the yield of the olive should fail and the fields produce no food, though the flock should be cut off from the fold and there be no cattle in the stalls, :. G Campbell Morgan writes "This is an arresting text. There is rhythm in its movement and a vividness in its description which compel our attention, yet that which is most impressive is the contrast between the conditions described and the experience claimed.
The conditions are these Hab and the experience is this Hab The earlier part of the text constitutes one of the dreariest pictures man ever drew. To summarize in a word, it is the picture of a scene of desolation. Jubilation in Desolation. Though the fig tree should not blossom - In context of the coming Babylonian invasion, Habakkuk is referring to the overwhelming desolation of the land and livestock which would be wrought by the invading hordes of savage soldiers.
Constable notes that "Many of these bad conditions did mark Judah when the Babylonians overthrew the nation cf. Yet - Yet is clearly a term of contrast. Whenever you encounter a term of contrast "but" is much more common - , pause to ponder the passage in context, asking questions like - What is being contrasted? Habakkuk presents one of the most striking contrasts in the entire Word of God. Habakkuk moves from a description of stark devastation to striking declaration of joy, from abject desolation to absolute jubilation, and all that in the space of two passages!
In short, the prophet moves from a natural reaction based on his feelings to a supernatural reaction based on his faith.
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His faith is founded on the revelation of God - Jehovah's plan, Jehovah's presence cp Ps and Jehovah's power as recorded in Habakkuk G Campbell Morgan writes that "If we were reading this for the first time, or if we found it in any other literature than this, we should be driven to inquire, Was this man a fanatic?
Was he deluded? Or did he speak a wisdom of which this world knows nothing when he crowned the song which describes desolation with the song which expresses jubilation? We believe that this is a song of the higher wisdom, and that the singer was a philosopher in possession of the true secret of life His knowledge of God produced his confidence in God, and that confidence in God immediately and inevitably produced joy. I will exult I will jump for joy I will rejoice - Habakkuk makes a volitional choice is to rejoice, even in the face of imminent judgment. However, this choice is not simply "mind over matter", but reflects God giving His prophet the desire and the power to exult and rejoice Php NLT.
Exult alaz means to rejoice, to exult, to be jubilant and describes a state and act of celebration. TWOT says this Hebrew word group describes "an emotion of joy which finds expression in singing and shouting. It is more applicable to vigorous, enthusiastic expressions of joy and can even mean to spin round under influence of any violent emotion!
It is not surprising that most of the uses are in the psalms songs and mean to rejoice or be glad. Therefore they rejoice and are glad. A dancing in a circle. Gil is primarily concerned with verbal expressions of joy, it may also include the action of turning in circles with joy, based upon an Arabic cognate cf. The word often occurs in parallel constructions with other Hebrew words. It refers to spontaneous and enthusiastic cries of joy.
Most of the references are concerned with rejoicing in God's actions, but there are a few passages that refer to rejoicing in other things.
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The Lord promises living by godly wisdom will save a person from those who rejoice in the perverseness of evil Pr. The people and priests of Samaria had rejoiced over the splendor of their calf-idol Hos. Habakkuk compared the victories and joys of the Babylonian nation over the nations they conquered to a fisherman who rejoices over his catch Hab Many people are called to rejoice in the Lord, and many reasons are given for expressing this joy.
Those who have experienced the Lord's forgiveness and received his righteousness are to express their joy to the Lord Ps. The gods of the nations do not reign, but the Lord reigns, and He judges in righteousness and justice, so let all the people of the earth be glad Ps. The kings and rulers of the earth are to act wisely and rejoice with trembling in the King of heaven Ps.
Zion should rejoice in their King who is also their Maker Ps. Those who have experienced the Lord's care and concern, and his deliverance from their enemies should rejoice in the Lord Ps. After David was confronted with his sin with Bathsheba, he repented and sought God's forgiveness and cleansing.
He prayed, "Let the bones you have crushed rejoice," indicating joy can emerge from the Lord's conviction in our lives Ps. The messianic hope, was cause for rejoicing in the Lord. Zion is called to rejoice and shout because their King will come with salvation riding on a donkey Zech. The New Testament writers quoted this passage in reference to Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem Matt. The stone the builders rejected became the cornerstone, and that day of rejection became the day of salvation. The Lord made that day, and we are to rejoice and be glad in it Ps. The Lord promised Israel one day he would judge their enemies, restore them to their land, bless Jerusalem, and cause their land to produce abundantly.
This is cause for rejoicing Isa. In the future reign of the Messiah, the people of God will rejoice because their hope in the Lord as their savior will be rewarded. Total healing will come to all God's people, and they will reside in God's creation of the new heavens and earth Isa. Many passages refer to God's people rejoicing in their Lord, but two passages indicate God rejoicing over his people. The Lord will rejoice over the New Jerusalem and delight in his people Isa.
G Campbell Morgan has some insightful comments on these two Hebrew words for exult and rejoice I hope I shall produce no shock when I translate them literally. Take the first Hebrew word and express it quite literally, and this is it: I will jump for joy in the Lord. Take the second of the words and translate it with equal literalness, and this is it: I will spin round in the God of my salvation. Does that seem as though I were spoiling a great passage? I think some of these passages need spoiling in this way in these pre-eminently respectable days when congregations are shocked if a man say Amen!
Exuberant joy, a bounding joy was this man's experience, and in these words we have such joy expressed. This was no cool, calculating word. I will jump for joy in Jehovah, I will spin round with delight in the God of my salvation. Do we know anything of that emotion in the midst of desolation, not when the ordinary activities of everyday life are prospering, but when it seems that there is the most calamitous failure everywhere, no blossom on the fig tree, no fruit on the vine, the labor of the olive failing, the flock gone from the field and the herd from the stall?
It is all Eastern; I should hardly know how to express that in the language of London, but you business men know. Perhaps we might employ a modern word, bankruptcy. Everything gone, yet will I jump for joy in the Lord, I will spin round with gladness in my God. I believe that one thing the Church most sadly lacks today is exuberant, buoyant joy in the Lord God.
I do not forget that a woman laughed at a king who danced before the Lord; but I thank God that the king danced before the Lord. This word of Habakkuk was compelled by the joy that sprang within him. This was not imitation joy. It was that of a man filled with delight even in the midst of circumstances of desolation. Exult in the LORD As Spurgeon said "Joy in God is the happiest of all joys. Not in circumstances can I rejoice oftentimes, but if I have this clear vision of God it is given to me to rejoice over them; if I simply look at them my heart will be depressed, filled with a sense of sorrow; but if I see the whole, the ultimate, the unveiling of the purpose of God; if I really believe that the bud may have a bitter taste but sweet will be the fruit; if I have seen God and know that His purpose is a purpose of great love, then surely I may triumph over circumstances, not in self, but in God.
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! Phil We have to be tuned to God. We will never be free from discouragement and despondency until we know and walk with the very fountainhead of joy The ability to rejoice in any situation is a sign of spiritual maturity No matter what the climate is, what the troubles are, what the difficulties are, there is joy for the child of God, because joy is produced supernaturally by the Holy Spirit in us.
Billy Graham in Quotes. Buildings would be destroyed, treasures would be plundered, and farms and orchards would be devastated. The economy would fall apart and there would be little to sing about. Our joy is in proportion to our trust. Our trust is in proportion to our knowledge of God. To know Him is to trust Him. To trust Him is to triumph and excel. May we be led into fuller knowledge and so find fuller faith and so enter the fuller joy. From his sermon Jubilation in Desolation. As someone has well said "Joy is the flag that is flown from the citadel of the heart when the King is in residence.
John Calvin said it this way "There is nothing in afflictions which ought to disturb our joy. J I Packer noted that "Joy is a condition that is experienced, but it is more than a feeling; it is, primarily, a state of mind. It is not something people can create by their own efforts. The Bible distinguishes joy from pleasure. Though vine nor fig tree neither Their wonted fruit shall bear, Though all the field should wither, Nor flocks nor herds be there: Yet God the same abiding, His praise shall tune my voice; For, while in Him confiding, I cannot but rejoice.
Habakkuk Habakkuk 1 The Prophet Worrying Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength. Worrying is carrying tomorrow's load with today's strength- carrying two days at once. It is moving into tomorrow ahead of time. Worrying doesn't empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength. Faith is like radar that sees through the fog -- the reality of things at a distance that the human eye cannot see. Habakkuk 3 The Prophet Worshiping This is what the past is for!
Every experience God gives us, every person He puts in our lives is the perfect preparation for the future that only He can see. You can never learn that Christ is all you need, until Christ is all you have. Jump for joy Ed Note on gil from TWOT - Root meaning is "to circle around" from which such ideas as "to circle in joy" are readily derived.
The root meaning is more applicable to vigorous, enthusiastic expressions of joy; but, in the OT, it and its derivatives serve as poetic and prophetic terms for various kinds of joy Spin around. A hallelujah jig. I will joy in the God of my salvation. The Lord God is my strength. He will make my feet like deer's feet. He will make me walk on my high hills to the chief musician with my stringed instruments. He sees the Babylonians coming.
He doesn't understand the means that God is going to use to judge His own people, the Jews. But he does trust in the motives of God, and that's important. Sometimes we question the means that God uses to do His work. Why would God do that?
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I don't get it. But never question God's motive. Here the prophet ends in faith. He begins with a furrowed brow. He ends with his hands raised. I'm going to rejoice in the Lord. Though I know the Babylonians are coming and they're going to strip the vines and the fig trees and the olive groves, and they're going to wipe us out with our animals in the stalls, I, he says, will rejoice not in my situation, not in the sorrowful condition and the temporary punishment.
I'll rejoice in the Lord. When we face trouble and our first instinct is, oh, Lord, how can I get out of this? Stop and think. Hold on to those things you know to be true about God. God's holy. He's my God. I'm under his new covenant, the blood of the cross. He has a plan for me. He has a plan to deal with the evil. In the meantime, I'm going to trust. The just shall trust. That will bring a level of joy as you commit it to the Lord. Your eyes are off of what you see, and by faith, you see him.
And the joy comes from him. So instead of, how can I get out of this? Lord, what can I get out of this? What are you trying to teach me? So from perplexity to anxiety, and now to ecstasy, how? The same journey as the prophet. The life of faith. Now you know, we do suffer. In this world, you will have tribulation. That's a promise for you from the word of God. It's not a promise you like to hear, but it is a promise. However, do you know that suffering in the hands of a loving God can result in some of the most marvelous work of God in your life?
God can take and use the most horrible situations and bring about great good. And if you think about it, God proved that on himself. God played by His own rules God show that the very worst thing that could ever happen in human history could actually become the best thing. I'm talking about the cross. When God died, that could be regarded as the greatest historic tragedy. God was killed on a cross.
But God showed that what could be regarded as the greatest tragedy was actually the greatest blessing, because it opened wide the doors of salvation to anyone who would believe in the finished work on that cross. God showed that He can take the worst situation and work the best. If God can do that at Calvary, then God over and over again in our lives can bring great good out of what we think is horrible.
God, I don't get it. I don't understand. Live by faith. Your joy will go sky high when you learn to commit what you don't understand to God. And just hold on to those things you do, understand. Though it was not clear how Judah would survive, Habakkuk had learned to trust God amid injustice, suffering, and loss. He would live by his faith in God alone. With this kind of faith came joy in God, despite the circumstances surrounding him.
We too can rejoice in our trials, have surefooted confidence in God, and live on the heights of His sovereignty. The Choice To Rejoice --Habakkuk - When a grief-stricken woman was sharing her feelings, her friend said sympathetically, "Sorrow does color life, doesn't it? Facing the possible loss of crops and livestock, he declared, "Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation" Hab The words "I will" revealed Habakkuk's belief that he could choose his response to loss--either to sink into despair or to rejoice in God's redeeming power.
His decision to rejoice wasn't a denial of the pain. It was a decision of trust based on the truth that God would remain with him to be his strength and enabler Hab The choice to rejoice is with us every day Comment : One caveat - Don't try to make this choice in your own strength - yes, we must each individually make the choice to rejoice, the desire and the power to do so comes from the indwelling Spirit - see Php NLT- note.
It's not " self reliance " but " Spirit reliance " that will allow us to rejoice [supernaturally] independent of the circumstances we are experiencing! To refuse to choose is itself a choice. I recently met a disabled elderly woman who exemplified this. When I inquired, "How are you," she replied cheerfully, "Just fine! If I were any better, I'd have to be twins! Loss and pain do color life, but we can choose the color--joy! Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.
When rough the path from day to day, When sorrows fill our eyes with tears, Our choice to find our joy in Christ Can soothe our soul and calm our fears. See above caveat re "choice to rejoice". Joy—Even In Poverty - In the book Stories for Life, Gust Anderson tells about visiting a church in a farming community of eastern Alberta, Canada, where there had been 8 years of drought. The farmers' economic situation looked hopeless.
But in spite of their poverty, many of them continued to meet together to worship and praise God. Anderson was especially impressed by the testimony of a farmer who stood up and quoted Habakkuk With deep feeling, he said, "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—yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation.
It's not wrong to find pleasure in the good things money can buy, but we should never rely on them for happiness. If our fulfillment depends on material possessions, we are crushed when we lose them. But if our joy is found in the Lord, nothing can disrupt it, not even economic distress. Yes, those who know and trust the Lord can rejoice—even in poverty! Pleasures of earth, so seemingly sweet, Fail at the last my longings to meet: Only in Thee my bliss is complete; Only, blest Lord, in Thee.
Happiness depends on happenings; Joy depends on Jesus! Not only did he die that year, so did Mom, who was a believer. We can rejoice—when we are rejoicing in the Lord, our strong refuge and righteous Judge.