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From Lament to Praise: Habakkuk 3

by | Sep 15, 2021 | faith, God's Word, old testament, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Habakkuk 3 is a prayer of triumph; it is so beautiful and encouraging!

“I am filled with awe by your amazing works. In this time of our deep need, help us again as You did in years gone by, and in your anger remember your mercy.”

Habakkuk 3:2

This book reminds me of Isaiah 61:3 which reminds us to replace a spirit of heaviness with the garment of praise. Habakkuk began the book with a spirit of lament and heaviness but ends the book wearing a bold garment of praise. How beautiful it must be to God when His children wear garments of praise! This is what happens when we approach the Lord. He hears us, answers us and in turn, we can praise Him for His faithfulness.

I’ve had seasons, however where I feel my prayers fall empty, have you? We must know they don’t and never will. The Lord hears His people when they call to Him for help (Psalms 34:17) and our prayers can be counted as incense before Him (Psalm 141:2) lingering at His feet. He will answer, rescue, and redeem EVERYTHING in His perfect timing, and we can praise Him no matter what because of who He is.

“Even though the fig trees have no blossoms, and there are no grapes on the vines: even though the olive crop fails, and the fields lie empty and barren: even though the flocks die in the fields and the cattle barns are empty, yet I will rejoice in the Lord! I will be joyful in the God of my salvation. The Sovereign Lord is my strength!”

Habakkuk 3:17-19a

Let’s try this for ourselves. Fill in the blank for your “even though or even if”. Share in the comments if you would like!

Even though ________________, I will rejoice the Lord! I will be joyful in the God of my salvation. The Sovereign Lord is my strength!

A prayer:

Father, thank you for this book that applies to so much of what we see today. Your Word is alive, active, and so relevant. May we rejoice always and be joyful in who You are, Your promises and Your truths. Your plans and purposes are good and are worked together for our good and Your glory. May we look to Your face always and let You be our guide and our strength. Oh righteous, just God, help us to trust you in all things and to know that no matter what our eyes see in this world, YOU ARE GOOD. May we renew our minds with Your Words, not the world’s or even our own understanding. You are worthy! We praise your Holy Name! AMEN.

Rejoicing,

Sarah

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