Habakkuk 3:17-18 Though the fig tree does not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines; though the yield of the olive fails, and the fields produce no food; though the flocks are cut off from the fold, and there be no herd in the stalls— 18 yet I will rejoice in the Lord; I will exult in the God of my salvation.
Trusting God no matter what? Is this where you find yourself on today?
Rejoicing and singing praises to the Father in Heaven in spite of circumstances surrounding your life? Does this describe you?
Have you chosen to bless the name of the Lord our God in your uncomfortable situations by singing and giving Him praise?
This is where we find the Prophet Habakkuk in this text in the midst of judgment and hardship, declaring to sing and praise God in the midst of it.
During this time in history, the people of God were lead back into idolatry and away from God under the rule of King Jehoiakim.
God commanded in Exodus 20:3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
Well, we know the story, they were worshiping the gods of their surrounding nation and had moved away from the true and living God, therefore God spoke judgment against them through His Prophet, Habakkuk.
Serving other gods and rejecting the True and Living God will not only bring about wrath, but judgment also.
Who are you worshiping and singing praises unto? Remember, God says there shall be no other gods before Him.
The prophecy of Habakkuk is different from those of other prophets who normally speak to the people on behalf of God, but in this text, Habakkuk is speaking to God about the people.
Habakkuk questions God's timing of His judgment upon His people and He questions God as to how He, being a holy God would use their enemies, the Chaldeans, who were more wicked than them to bring judgment on the children of Judah.
Having accepted the Word of the Lord, Habakkuk moved from a place of questing God to a place of trusting God no matter what.
Habakkuk declares in vs#16-that he will wait patiently for the day when calamity comes on the people who will invade them.
It is the Prophet Habakkuk who declares that the “just” shall live by faith.
It is only through faith in Christ Jesus that we are able to rejoice in the worse of circumstances.
Having accepted God’s response and having placed his faith and hope in the Lord His God, Habakkuk chooses to rejoice and sing a hymn of faith even when everything around him had signs of the pending judgment that was to come.
Habakkuk hymn of praise went like this in vs#17-18Though the fig tree does not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines; though the yield of the olive fails, and the fields produce no food; though the flocks are cut off from the fold, and there be no herd in the stalls— 18 yet I will rejoice in the Lord; I will exult in the God of my salvation.
Figs blossoming, fruit on the vine, harvest producing fields, flocks in the stall are all signs of hope of what is to come. But, in this judgment, there is no signs for the future. The trees does not bud, there are no grapes on the vine and there is no food in the fields.
God’s promise of coming judgment shows no visible sign that these things will ever come to be again, but in the midst of them all, Habkkuk declares that nevertheless, He will rejoice in the Lord.
How about you? Can you say that though evil appears to prosper, though loved ones die, though your dreams are not yet fulfilled, though you may not the desires of your heart at the moment, that yet you will rejoice in the Lord God of our salvation? Can you say that in the midst of pending trouble?
Psalm 34:1 “I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth.”
Philippians 4:4 “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice.”
How are you standing in the midst of trouble? Singing hymns of praise? I know you would be.
God bless you all.