HABAKKUK 3:17-19: “Even if the fig tree does not bloom and the vines have no grapes, even if the olive tree fails to produce and the fields yield no food, even if the sheep pen is empty and the stalls have no cattle— even then, I will be happy with the LORD. I will truly find joy in God, who saves me. The LORD Almighty is my strength. He makes my feet like those of a deer. He makes me walk on the mountains. For the choir director; on stringed instruments.”
OBSERVATION: Worship is a choice! This is a lesson I learned when everything in my life was falling apart. I had faced one disappointment after another. In the natural I did not feel that I could face one more thing. I was tired, discouraged, and ready to throw in the towel. Then I read these verses by chance in my daily devotional reading – and everything changed!
Habakkuk, like many of the prophets of the Old Testament, had the daunting assignment to write of the coming judgment of the world and of Israel. It was not a fun or popular job. Many prophets were imprisoned, and some were even killed. As the prophet Habakkuk looked over the condition of Israel, as he pondered the words of judgment that the Lord had spoken through him, he had a choice to make. Would he simply give up, or would he choose to worship? This is a choice that each of us has to make in these difficult times in our life.
If we choose to worship, something wonderful happens!
It is not always that our circumstances break open and the answer to our prayer comes in like a flood. This does not always happen. However, there is one thing that is guaranteed to happen. The Grace of God will come upon us in a new and deeper way. We will be met with the power of a rushing mighty wind, the indwelling presence of the Spirit of God. Our hearts will be flooded with the love and mercy of God. Our hope will be renewed. It will not be a hope that is tied to our circumstances. It will be a hope that is anchored in our relationship with God. It will be a hope that gains a glimpse into the eternal and finds rest and comfort in His faithfulness!
This is why the prophet could proclaim – “…even then, I will be happy with the LORD. I will truly find joy in God, who saves me. The LORD Almighty is my strength. He makes my feet like those of a deer. He makes me walk on the mountains.” No matter what my circumstances at the moment, the Lord is my joy, my strength, and my song! He will restore! He will heal! He will deliver! Paul learned this very important truth in all the difficulty and adversity that he suffered in life.
- “…But we suffered so that we would stop trusting ourselves and learn to trust God, who brings the dead back to life. He has rescued us from a terrible death, and he will rescue us in the future. We are confident that he will continue to rescue us, since you are also joining to help us when you pray for us. Then many people will thank God for the favor he will show us because many people prayed for us.” (2 Corinthians 1:9-11 GW)
Lord, help me choose worship! Help me to humble myself before You in both the times of rejoicing and the times of weeping. Lift me above my circumstances so that my faith and confidence in You does not rise and fall like the tide, but stays constant and flows like a mighty river that never runs dry.
For You will make my feet like those of a deer! With You I will run and leap upon the mountain tops of joy!
In Jesus Name!