Friday, February 23, 2018

YET Will I Rejoice in the Lord

Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; Ephesians 5:20

It is so easy to proclaim a praise unto God when things are going our way.  The question is can you or will you praise Him in the midst of your distress.  Habakkuk did!  Even while questioning God as to the state of Israel, acknowledging the distress of His people, he still acknowledged that salvation is through God.  

Despite what we are going through, we still owe God  praise for His omnipotence; knowing that He is able to do all things.  God has an all seeing eye, He knows the situation that you are in.  When you recognize that God is in control of everything, you can appreciate that whatever your situation is, He either allowed it or willed it.  So give him a ‘yet’ praise even while you are going through your situation. 

We can take note of some of the prayers found in the word of God.  A prayer of Habakkuk the prophet upon Shigionoth:

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 wrath remember mercy. 

God came from Teman, and the Holy One from mount Paran. Selah. His glory covered the heavens, and the earth was full of his praise. And his brightness was as the light; he had horns coming out of his hand: and there was the hiding of his power.  Before him went the pestilence, and burning coals went forth at his feet.  He stood , and measured the earth: he beheld , and drove asunder the nations; and the everlasting mountains were scattered , the perpetual hills did bow: his ways are everlasting. I saw the tents of Cushan in affliction: and the curtains of the land of Midian did tremble . 

Was the LORD displeased against the rivers? Was thine anger against the rivers?  Was thy wrath against the sea, that thou didst ride upon thine horses and thy chariots of salvation?  Thy bow was made quite naked , according to the oaths of the tribes, even thy word.  Selah.  Thou didst cleave the earth with rivers.   The mountains saw thee, and they trembled: the overflowing of the water passed by: the deep uttered his voice, and lifted up his hands on high.   The sun and moon stood still in their habitation: at the light of thine arrows they went, and at the shining of thy glittering spear. 

Thou didst march through the land in indignation, thou didst thresh the heathen in anger. Thou went forth for the salvation of thy people, even for salvation with thine anointed; thou wounded the head out of the house of the wicked, by discovering the foundation unto the neck.  Selah. Thou didst strike through with his staves the head of his villages:  they came out as a whirlwind to scatter me: their rejoicing was as to devour the poor secretly.   Thou didst walk through the sea with thine horses, through the heap of great waters.

When I heard , my belly trembled; my lips quivered at the voice: rottenness entered into my bones, and I trembled in myself, that I might rest in the day of trouble: when he cometh up unto the people, he will invade them with his troops .  Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour 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:   

Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation.   The LORD God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds' feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places.  To the chief singer on my stringed instruments.  Habakkuk 3:1-22

Earth has no situation that you can go through that God cannot fix.  All you have to do is call on Him.  He is a burden bearer and He will carry you through it or fix it for you.  It takes faith to know that God is able and that is why we can praise Him in the very midst of our adversity.

In our Christian journey, we should already know that we are going to suffer.  But there is a reward at the end of it.

But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you. 
1 Peter 5:10

The apostle Peter tells us to arm ourselves for suffering even as Jesus suffered.

Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin; 1 Peter 4:1

We cannot become downcast and discouraged when we suffer; particularly for His namesake. Even if our troubles seems to have no spiritual connection, we still look to God knowing that no matter what our circumstance; God is with us.

Apostle Paul got to a point in his journey where he was able to say:

Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.   Philippians 4:11-13

Our testing, trials and sufferings should bring us into a closer relationship with God as we learn Him in His sovereignty! Apostle Paul experienced God so much in his life that he was further able to say:

For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39

Job, in spite of all he went through; was able to say:

Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: . . .  Job 13:15

We should never back away from our commitment to God because of our circumstances. There should always be a praise in our hearts and on our lips for God's goodness, His mercy and His grace toward us. Considering that our life could have gone in a totally different direction; on our way to a devil's hell. We could have been on the 'left' path instead of the right path.  

BUT, thanks be to God . . .

(Biblical Studies)


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