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Don't Let An Election Steal Your Song

The Book of Habakkuk

Some of you—many of you—may be discouraged today. You are disappointed in the way the November election turned out.  Perhaps what you voted for did not transpire. You can’t get past the way things look today to see that God is reigning, never once losing control of His creation. “Don’t Let an Election Steal Your Song,” the title of our study of the book of Habakkuk, may be what your heart needs today.

By the time we finish our examination of this short, 3-chapter book, you will be amazed at the timelessness of Scripture. Only an omniscient God could have brought together the words of Habakkuk so that its teachings are right on target in 2016, just as they were 600+ years before Christ.  In the end you’ll know how you can face times such as ours with our faith and hope intact. And you’ll have a solid understanding of this book.

As a bonus, you’ll find that the little book of Habakkuk contains one of the foundational pillars of all of Christianity—a truth so important, Habakkuk is quoted in three books of the New Testament.

Habakkuk could have been written today. It describes a situation—the distress of the prophet’s heart over what was happening in his nation—that mirrors how many of us feel about our land.

A CLOSER LOOK AT HABAKKUK

Habakkuk was a prophet living in Jerusalem and was a contemporary of Jeremiah. Both prophets lived in a time of great decline for the nation Israel. Habakkuk wrote his book in 607 B.C., during the reign of Jehoiakim. Just a couple of years afterward, Nebuchadnezzar (Babylon—the Chaldeans) invaded Jerusalem. That’s when Daniel and others were carried away as captives. 

Some scholars speculate Habakkuk’s name comes from the Hebrew khavak meaning "embrace" or “wrestle.” His name may have something to do with the message of the book. Perhaps because he was wrestling with this difficult issue: God was about to punish His people with a people even worse than they were, because of their continued rebellion against God, the very one who had brought them forth as a nation.

You may be wondering, “How did it come to this for Israel? Didn’t good King Josiah uncover the Word of God in the temple? And didn’t the people repent before the Lord and get back on track?” Yes, but not long afterward, they abandoned that repentance. The kings after Josiah sank right back into disobedience and idolatry. It all quickly fell apart.

Habakkuk’s book is among the group known as the “minor prophets”—not because their messages were minor, but because their books are much shorter than, for example, Isaiah or Jeremiah. The classification is a matter of length, not importance. Every word, divinely inspired by God, is important.
Dr. Warren Wiersbe titled his commentary on Habakkuk From Worry to Worship. Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones called his From Fear to Faith. As we do our study, you’ll see why.

Let’s get started.  You’ll find Habakkuk in the Old Testament, just 3 books down from Jonah.

CHAPTER ONE: A PERPLEXING PROBLEM

It begins with a conversation we get to listen in on. Habakkuk lays out his great disappointment and complaint against the Lord.  Although he begins this way, he doesn’t end this way, so let’s walk through it with him.

1. Turn to chapter 1. What are the first 2 words of this book?

2. (v. 2) What has Habakkuk so distressed?


3. As if God didn’t already know how bad things were, Habakkuk makes sure He does. Habakkuk says what many of us often think. I’m glad Habakkuk bravely said it for us. He calls out a number of problems in 1:2-4.

2O Lord, how long shall I cry, and Thou wilt not hear! Even cry out unto Thee of violence, and Thou wilt not save.

What is Habakkuk’s main complaint?
 

There are 2 words in Hebrew for the idea of “cry.” One of them is like a plea for help. That is not the word used here. This one means a shout. He’s saying, “God! Where are You?”

Have you ever shouted at God? I did one time, not out of disrespect, but out of agony. I was so perplexed, I shouted at God. I can understand how Habakkuk felt. You may be feeling that way today. He says, “Oh, God, where are You?” Heaven’s silence perplexed him.  He continues….

4. Verses 3-4:
For why dost Thou show me _______________, and cause me to behold ____________? For ____________ and ________________ are before me: and there are that raise up __________ and ____________________. Therefore the ______ is slacked, and ________________ doth __________ go forth: for the ___________ doth compass about the ______________; therefore wrong judgment _________________.

His first complaint was directed toward heaven’s silence. His second was his horror at earth’s sin. The condition of Habakkuk’s day was deplorable—and not that much different from our day.

Jeremiah had something to say about this as well. Remember, they were contemporaries.  

5. Going outside Habakkuk for a moment, turn to Jeremiah 5:30-31. Jeremiah diagnoses the problem—why there was so much sin on earth—especially among God’s people.

30A wonderful and horrible thing is committed in the land. 31The prophets prophesy _____________, and the priests bear rule by means.” [That is, the priests were taking bribes and serving only for what they could get out of it.] “And the people love to have it so.

What was the root of the problem?
 

In America, the root of the trouble originates not from the White House but from the church house. In the land of Judah, the prophets were not preaching the Word of God. The priests were worldly and selfish. And unbelievably, the people loved it.

When America was founded, we had scores of preachers who thundered the truth of the Word of God from almost every pulpit. We had Founders, signers of the Declaration and writers of the Constitution, who believed in the precepts of godly living.

But we have a generation of preachers today who tell people what they want to hear rather than what they need to hear, who are telling young people that sex outside marriage is fine. Some pastors today tell you homosexuality is an acceptable lifestyle and that it’s all right to take the lives of little pre-born babies. “They prophesy falsely. They serve for greed. And the people love to have it so.”

Our elections are not a referendum on the candidates’ character but a referendum on the character of this nation.

6. Continue to Jeremiah 8:12.

 Were they ______________ when they had committed _______________? No, they were not at all ashamed, and neither could they __________: therefore shall they _____ among them that fall: ‘In the time of visitation, they shall be ______  _______,’ saith the Lord.

Jeremiah is saying, “You would think they would be ashamed, but they weren’t. They couldn’t even blush.”

Throughout our media today, our eyes and ears are assaulted by people who flaunt their sin, their fornication, their incest, their sodomy. They don’t blush; they boast. Sin that used to slink down back alleys now struts down main streets in parades and says, “We’re proud of this.”

A generation of unblushables is a nation on its last legs.

What’s bothering Habakkuk is—

  • Heaven’s silence (“God, how long will I pray and You won’t hear?”)
  • Earth’s sin (“Oh, God, don’t You know what is happening?”)

7. Back to Habakkuk chapter 1 verse 4:

Therefore is the law ______________.”

This word literally means “paralyzed.”

Have you ever felt that our laws have become paralyzed? That there are those who ignore the law and flout their lawlessness? Today we have more judges and more laws on the books than we’ve ever had, yet we have more lawlessness and crime than ever.

8. Continuing in chapter 1, a formidable enemy is on its way. Read the description of them in verses 5-11.

5“Behold ye among the heathen, and regard, and wonder marvelously: for I will work a work in your days, ___________  ___  ______  ____  ____________, though it be told you.  6For, lo, I raise up the Chaldeans [Babylonians], that bitter and hasty nation, which shall march through the breadth of the land, to possess the _______________  _____________ that are not ____________.”

9. Remember, this book is a conversation. Who begins speaking in v. 5?

10. a. Who claims responsibility for the attack of the Chaldeans? (v. 6).


b. Continuing to verse 7,
7“They are terrible and dreadful: their judgment and their dignity shall proceed ___ _______________________.”

A clearer translation says: “Their justice and authority originate with themselves.” In other words, “They are a law to themselves.” That’s a scary enemy—one who makes up his own rules as he goes along.

“They,” “their,” and “his” in the following verses refer to the enemy, Babylon.
The enemy God is sending is …

FIERCE
Their horses also are swifter than the leopards, and are more fierce than the evening wolves: and their horsemen shall spread themselves, and their horsemen shall come from far; they shall fly as the eagle that hasteth to eat.

FORMIDABLE
They shall come all for violence: their faces shall sup up as the east wind, and they shall gather the captivity as the sand.

UNDEFEATABLE
10 And they shall scoff at the kings, and the princes shall be a scorn unto them: they shall deride every stronghold; for they shall heap dust, and take it.

c. In verse 11, who will the Babylonians/Chaldeans credit for their victory over Judah? 

11 Then shall his mind change, and he shall pass over, and offend, imputing this his power unto his god.

11. This situation is setting up great conflict within Habakkuk. Seeing the coming enemy, Habakkuk reacts, “Hold the fort…”

“12Art Thou not from everlasting, O my God, mine Holy One? ___  ______  _____  _____.” [Oh, Lord, don’t let that happen to us.]  O, Lord, Thou hast ordained ________ for judgment; and O mighty God, Thou hast established _________ for correction.

12. Habakkuk questions the Lord in verse 13 of this chapter. 

13 Thou art of purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not look on iniquity: ________________ lookest Thou upon them that deal treacherously, and holdest Thy tongue when the wicked devoureth the man that is more righteous than he?

a. Put Habakkuk’s question in your own words:
 

b. What reasoning does Habakkukk use with the Lord, hoping to persuade Him to choose a different course of action? (13a)
 

c. Who in Habakkuk’s estimation should be coming under God’s judgment?

 

Habakkuk is saying, “God, You’ve got it mixed up. You’re blessing the wrong people, and judging the wrong people. How can You use someone (even to chastise us) when they’re worse than we are?”

As we’ve said, this was written in a time of national calamity, when everything not nailed down was coming loose, and the devil was pulling nails.

Can you identify with Habakkuk Chapter One?

Habakkuk was intensely patriotic. He loved God. He loved God’s people. He loved his land. He wanted God’s glory, but nothing he wanted worked out. He was like so many of us. We stain Heaven with our prayers, we fast and pray, and things don’t get better. As a matter of fact, they seem to get worse.

Our day is just like it—anarchy in the nations, apostasy in the churches, and apathy in many hearts. It seems as though Heaven is silent, earth is sinful, and hell is successful. Corruption and sin have overtaken us. They have possessed that which is not theirs.

If you remember our heritage and our founding, you understand that America doesn’t belong to the humanists, to the perverts, or to the baby-killers. It was founded by people who loved God. They established Plymouth Colony so they and others could worship Him freely. So like Habakkuk, we ask “Why doesn’t God answer prayer? Why doesn’t God do something? Is God so weak He can’t do anything? Or so hard-hearted He doesn’t even care? Where is God?”

God doesn’t give Habakkuk an explanation at all. He only says,

“Habakkuk, I’m going to do something, but it wouldn’t do Me any good to explain it to you, because you couldn’t understand it. You’re wondering why I don’t do something? Let me tell you what I’m going to do. I’m going to raise up the Babylonians. You think it’s bad, Habakkuk? It’s going to get worse. I am going to raise up a bitter and hasty nation to come upon My people. I am the One who is doing it, because that’s the only thing My people would ever understand. I’ve tried to be good to you. I’ve tried to show you love. I’ve tried to show you mercy. I have called you with lovingkindness, but you would not answer. So now I’m raising up the Babylonians. They’re going to capture people that don’t belong to them, and invade and live in a land that was not theirs.”

You say, “Well, Pastor, how does that apply to us today?”

I believe the church is in a Babylonian captivity. I’m talking about Christendom in America, in general. We’ve been taken captive by the world, the flesh, and the devil. And why does God allow this? Though we don’t want Him to, God does this in order to sober us up and to bring us back to Him.

This sums up Habakkuk Chapter One.

Keep going. God is going to give you what you need to face today and tomorrow.

CHAPTER TWO: A PROPER PERSPECTIVE

In chapter two, Habakkuk moves from a burden to a vision, a perspective. Habakkuk had been doing what we often do, saying, “Now listen, Lord, Your servant is speaking,” rather than, “Speak, Lord, Your servant hears.”

Then Habakkuk did what we must do if we want to hear from God: go to a quiet place. Get alone. Sit down. Say, “I am going to listen and hear what God says to me.”

13. As Chapter two opens, where has Habakkuk gone to wait for a message from God?

14.
And the Lord answered me, and said, “___________ the vision, and make it plain upon tables [tablets], that he may _______ that ____________ it.”

a. What is God’s first instruction to Habakkuk?
 

b. Specifically, in what manner was he to do it?
 

This was so that the man who reads it may then run with that message as a courier, an announcer, a herald of what God said. The implication is, don’t run till you read it.

Verse 3a:
For the vision is _____ for an ________________ time.”

c. What does the word “yet” tell you about the message?
 

d. What does the word “appointed” tell you about it?
 

e. The rest of verse 3:

But at the end, it will speak and not lie: though it tarry, ___________ for it: because ___ _____  _______ _______, it will not tarry.”

I think the vision is for our time, and I believe we’re living at the end time.

May I suggest to you: this is what every child of God needs to do in these desperate days:
Get quiet, get centered on God, and listen to what God has to say.

Do you have a quiet place where you can get alone with God? Do you spend time, not telling God what to do, not asking God for what you need, but just simply learning to listen to God? If you do, you’ll get a proper perspective. You’ll get a vision.

In His vision for Habakkuk, God wanted Habakkuk to have a proper perspective on all that seemed to be coming down in his land. God gives Habakkuk four truths to lean against. In this day, you and I need to rest upon these.

Perspective #1—The Reliability of the Scriptures

Back in verse 2, the Lord had said, “Write the vision I’m going to tell you to write.” This became the book of Habakkuk, and now we have it, black print, white paper, leather-bound, in our hands today.

What Scripture will do for You:

  • GIVE YOU PROMISES YOU CAN DEPEND ON

God makes promises in His Word, and you’d better get a bulldog grip upon them. F.B. Myers said to another generation, “If any promise of God should fail, the Heavens would clothe themselves with sackcloth, the sun, moon, and stars would reel from their courses, the universe would rock, and a hollow wind would moan through a ruined creation the awful message that God can lie.” But God cannot lie.

  • YOU CAN’T DEPEND ON THEM IF YOU DON’T KNOW THEM.

The first thing God showed Habakkuk is the fact of the reliability of the Scriptures. God’s Word is true.

Perspective #2—The Resource of the Saints (Faith)

15. The wicked man is so rotten, so full of pride that his soul is leaning; it’s not upright. The wicked is a veritable Leaning Tower of Pisa. By contrast, the saints’ resource is faith. Here is how Habakkuk puts it (Habakkuk 2:4).

Now we arrive at the jewel—the bonus—the most famous verse in all the book of Habakkuk.

 “Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him. But the ________ shall ______  by his __________.” (v. 4)

The apostle Paul in Romans chapter 1 quotes this very verse. Remember, we said it is one of the foundational verses of the Christian faith.

To survive this dark age, you must put your faith in God’s facts. Faith is what will keep us going in dark days. Faith sees beyond the physical to the spiritual. Faith sees beyond the present to the future. Faith sees beyond the temporary to the eternal. Faith does not judge by the appearances of the hour.

Don’t lose your faith. Faith cannot fail. Sin cannot win. Faith is the only message that will see us through. It’s the only force that can change anything.

16. Turn for a moment to Romans chapter 1 and read verses 18-32.

a. What strikes you about this passage as it relates to our modern day?
 

Verses 24-32 reads like a list of plot lines from our television, films, and best-sellers.

b. Compare Romans 1:32 and Jeremiah 5:31. Though they were written 600 years apart, what phrase do you see in Romans 1:32 that mirrors Jeremiah 5:31?
 

17. Before Paul gives the diagnosis in Romans 1:24-32, he has already given the remedy. Look back at Romans 1:15. 

“15 Forasmuch as in me is, I am ready to preach the Gospel to you that are at Rome also. 16For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”: “17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, ‘____  ______  ______  _______  ___  ________.’”

When Paul says, “As it is written,” he’s quoting Habakkuk.

A CLOSER LOOK AT HABAKKUK 2:4
the just shall live by faith

The doctrine of salvation by grace through faith, not works, is what has turned the world upside down.

In other religions, one achieves heaven or nirvana or approval from a supreme being by works, not by faith. It’s all dependent upon what you can achieve, not by God’s grace. Salvation by grace through faith is what transformed the life of Martin Luther and brought on the Protestant Reformation. Luther was studying Romans chapter 1 for a lecture he was preparing to give, and came to a stop at “the just shall live by faith”—the very passage Paul quoted from Habakkuk.

Only the Gospel, only faith, will enable you to endure. Paul said in Romans 1, “I’m going to Rome, and I’m going to preach the Gospel to Rome, and it is the Gospel of Jesus Christ that will honeycomb and undermine the Roman empire. The Gospel.”

Faith—the Gospel applied in faith—is the only thing that can change things. If we want a better land, we must live transformed lives. The only thing that transforms lives is the Gospel. Government cannot make us better. Only the Gospel of Jesus Christ can do that.

Perspective #3—The Retribution of the Sinner

18. Skim over chapter 2 looking for the word “woe.” How often does God use “Woe” in this chapter? ________ You may want to circle them each time you see them.

A CLOSER LOOK AT “WOE”

“Woe” (ouai in the Greek) is not the “whoa” used to make a horse stop. This “woe” can be an exclamation of grief. But it’s even more powerful than that. When Jesus used the word “woe,” He was pronouncing judgment from God.

 Dr. John MacArthur writes, “Jesus used ‘woe’ against the scribes and Pharisees as a declaration, a divine pronouncement of judgment from God. He did not use the term in the sense of the profane phrase ‘Damn you!’ He was not wishing for the damnation of those false leaders, but He was certifying it. As already noted, it was not His desire that they be condemned, but rather that they repent and come to salvation. But He knew if they did not repent and believe, they were doomed to hell under God’s righteous and just wrath. When God utters woe against evil men, He sets divine judgment in motion.”

Do you sometimes think God has gone soft on sin? That He doesn’t know what’s happening? No, God says, “I understand what the sinner is like.”

Habakkuk 2: 5-19 shows three kinds of sin: material corruption, moral corruption, and spiritual corruption, sins America is guilty of.

19. Material corruption

 “5 Yea also, because he transgresseth by wine, he is a __________ man, neither keepeth at home, who enlargeth his ___________ as hell, and is as death and cannot be _______________, but ________________ unto him all nations, and ______________ unto him all people.  6 Shall not these take up a parable against him, and a taunting proverb against him, and say, ‘Woe unto him that ________________ that which is ____ his! How long? And to him that ladeth himself with thick clay!’”

The wicked in their greed are insatiable.

Americans have “In God we trust” on our money but “Me first” in our hearts. We think, “If I’ve got money in my pocketbook, I’m doing fine.” A cynical politician a few years ago said, “It’s the economy, stupid!” Materialism has become the god of the land. One reason we don’t stop killing innocent babies is that Americans are more interested in their pocketbooks than they are the lives of these little children.

20. Moral Corruption  

15 Woe unto him that giveth his neighbor drink, that puttest thy bottle to him, that maketh him ______________ also, that thou mayest look upon their nakedness! 16 Thou art filled with _______________ for glory: drink thou also, and let thy foreskin be _________________: the cup of the Lord’s right hand shall be turned unto thee, and shameful spewing shall be thy glory.

No further commentary necessary.

21. Spiritual Corruption

18 What profiteth the graven image that maketh thereof, that the maker thereof hath graven it; the molten image, and the teacher of lies, that the maker of his work trusteth therein, to make dumb idols. 19 Woe unto him that saith to the wood, ‘Awake;’ to the dumb stone, ‘Arise,’ and it shall teach! Behold, it is laid over with gold and silver, and there’s no breath in it, at, at all in the midst of it.”

a. What are the molten image, the wooden image, and the dumb stone, overlaid with gold?
 

b. How is God ridiculing this idea?
 

Would you be shocked to learn that America is full of idolatry? We are. Among the things we worship, in addition to material things, to our celebrities, rock stars and movie stars, we’re worshipping the earth. We have gone from Father God to Mother Earth. We have gone from a red Gospel to a green gospel. The great sin today is not to sin against Almighty God but to sin against a spotted owl, an eagle or a snail darter. I’m in favor of taking care of endangered species and protect our natural resources. God gave Adam the Garden with the responsibility to tend and care for it. We are stewards of His creation. That’s not the point. I’m saying that we have come to love the creature more than the Creator. And we make “idols” of people who choice of lifestyle should have us praying for their salvation.

The third perspective we must keep in mind is that there is going to be retribution for the sinner. There will be a “Payday someday.”

Just before Habakkuk moves to into the answer to his distress (chapter 3), he sees in a life-transforming truth:

22. Look at 2:14. Among all the “woes” we looked at in this chapter, there is a verse that should fill you with hope today. Write 2:14 out here: “For the earth…
 

Do you believe that? I hope you do. Jesus taught us to pray: “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.” Our Lord would never tell us to pray for something God was not going to do.

Folks, it is not over yet. Believe it! God is going to put His Son upon His holy hill of Zion, and “The earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as waters that cover the sea.” And “Jesus shall reign where e’er the sun doth His successive journeys run. His kingdom spread from shore to shore, till moon shall wax and wane no more.”

23. Continue to verse 20:

But the ___________ is in His holy temple. Let all the earth _______   _______________ before him.

What are your “quiet times” like? Describe them. Are they times of quiet? Or are you ‘On the run”?
 

The Lord Jesus often had to get away from the crowds and find a place of solitude to commune with His Father. Often He rose early and in solitude sought the Father.

Habakkuk has been saying, “God, where are You?” but God said,

“I’m right up here, Habakkuk, in My holy temple. If you’d settle down, you would see Me here. There’s no panic here. The Holy Trinity is not meeting in emergency session. I know exactly, precisely, what I am doing, and you had better understand this.”

Keep reading, because we are about to enter the pay-off chapter of this book, and we’re walking through the portals of praise.

Perspective #4—The Reign of the Savior

As Habakkuk begins to worship the Lord, he sees God for Who He is. Habakkuk has moved from a burden (Chapter One), to a vision (Chapter 2), and now a prayer of
profound praise (Chapter 3).

CHAPTER THREE: A PROFOUND PRAISE

Praise never reaches a greater zenith than it does in the third chapter of Habakkuk. This book applies to me and you, now as never before. This is God’s book for today and for this hour.

Chapter three was specifically written to a Minister of Music 

24. Glance down to the last verse of the book, Habakkuk 3:19.

To the chief ____________ on my stringed  ______________________.

He’s saying, “I want the vocal and instrumental musicians to join in! I want the orchestra to help.” God has led Habakkuk in his conversation to what’s going to carry Habakkuk through in this difficult time: the reality that

  • he can rely upon the Scriptures,
  • his resource is living by faith,
  • the sinner will one day receive just retribution, and lastly,
  • Jesus is going to reign!

No matter how bleak or dark our day becomes, this is the rock-solid truth that will hold you steady.

25. God has been speaking in Chapter 2, and the vision has been terrifying. Chapter 3 begins with Habakkuk’s prayer of praise and worship.

(3:2) O Lord, I have heard thy speech, and was afraid: O Lord, revive thy work in the midst of the years, in the midst of the years make known; in ____________, remember ______________.

How often have you heard a beloved saint in intercession cry out “O Lord, in judgment, please remember mercy!” Habakkuk is interceding for his people with these very words.

These are words you need to be praying for your nation (if you haven’t already) beginning today.

REMEMBER GOD’S GREATNESS

Verses 3-16 are a dramatic picture of God coming in might and power. It would take all the resources of the Hollywood filmmakers to accurately portray on screen what’s happening here in Chapter 3:3-16. God is on His way!

26. Everything shakes and trembles as God advances. See the first part of verse 13.

Why is He coming?
 

13 Thou wentest forth for the ___________________ of ____   ___________, even for salvation with ___________  _______________; Thou woundedst the head out of the house of the wicked, by discovering the foundation unto the neck. Selah. [Whenever you see “Selah,” it means, “Pause and think about that.]

As The Message describes it, as He comes, “skies are blazing with His splendor and His praises are sounding through the earth. His cloud-brightness like dawn, exploding spreading, forked-lightning shooting from His hand! And what power is hidden in His fist!”

The greatness of God is overwhelming in Habakkuk 3:2-16. In the midst of the crises around us today, we need to allow ourselves to be overwhelmed by the greatness of God.

Here at the end of his conversation with God, Habakkuk sees a clear picture of what will occur when God comes to rescue His people.

Listen to the reliability of the Scriptures. Listen to the resources of the saints. Listen to the retribution of the sinner. Listen to the reign of the Savior. I am in control!”

REJOICE IN GOD’S GOODNESS

Verses 17-19 of chapter 3 are where praise reaches its zenith.

17Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines: the labor of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls: 18 yet will I rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation.

RELY ON GOD’S GRACE

27. Here’s the way it ends, and what you must determine in your heart today:

 19The Lord is my _________________. He will make my feet like hinds’ [young gazelle] feet and He will make me to ________ upon mine _______  __________. To the chief singer on my stringed instruments.

SUMMARY:

Remember God’s greatness. Rejoice in God’s goodness. Rely on God’s grace.

If you’re saved, if you know the Lord, it doesn’t matter if gasoline goes to three dollars a gallon. If you know the Lord, it doesn’t matter if Wall Street hits the bottom. If you know the Lord Jesus Christ, it doesn’t matter if they take away your fine house. The Bible says: “You can rejoice in the Lord your God!”

Habakkuk began this book by asking, “Why? Why, Lord, why?” God never did answer why. He just said, “I’m going to reveal WHO: Me. I am your strength. I am your strength! I will make you like a sure-footed gazelle, and you can live on your high places.”

When Habakkuk wrote his book, he said, “It’s for an appointed time.” I believe it was for today. Then he said, “Tell the minister of music not to stop singing.”

  • Rely upon the Scriptures
  • Your resource is living by faith,
  • Remember, the sinner will one day receive just retribution, and lastly,
  • Jesus is going to reign!

Don’t let an election steal your song!
Keep on singing!
Keep on praising!
Keep on believing!
Keep on loving!
Our God reigns!

And the just will live by his faith.”
You must put your faith in Jesus.

 

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