This chapter is a prayer in the form of a song. It is Habakkuk’s response to God’s answer in chapter 2. In the midst of the world’s evil and God’s ultimate justice and judgment, he has learned to live by faith in God and to trust the wisdom of God’s methods and purposes.
Renew them in our day
The prophet knew of God’s great power and had heard accounts of God’s miraculous actions on behalf of His people in the past, and He longed to see such things again. But because of wickedness and rebellion, the people had not experienced God’s presence in a powerful way for quite some time. In fact, they had offended Go so greatly that the only display of power they were bound to see any tie soon would come in the form of His judgement. Therefore, Habakkuk made two requests.
In these verses, Habakkuk refers to the time when God miraculously liberated His people from slavery in Egypt (Exodus 14). The same God who brought freedom and salvation in the past would come again in all His glory. All who were waiting and looking forward to that coming would experience true life. Someday all who have placed their full trust and hope in God will witness His triumph over all empires and all nations.
I Will Rejoice In The Lord
Habakkuk did not serve God because of what God could give him. The prophet’s service was given because he personally knew God - the Sovereign Lord of the universe (with all power, control and authority to do as he desires). For that reason alone, the Lord is worthy of praise and honor. Even though God’s judgment was coming on Judah and they would certainly experience suffering and loss (Verse 16), Habakkuk chose to rejoice in the Lord. God would be his Savior and an unfailing source of strength. He also knew beyond a doubt that a portion of God’s faithful people would survive the Babylonian invasion, and he was confident that those who lived by faith in God would finally be victorious (Habakkuk 2:4)
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I'm Margaret "Margarita". I am a Christian, wife, mother and grandmother. I talk about faith, my Christian walk, & our life on the farm. I have learned so much & continue to learn from the Word of the LORD. I hope this space will give you encouragement and inspiration in your walk with God.
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