Habakkuk 3: 17-19

When afraid, Praise God – Habakkuk 3:17-19

Habakkuk 3:17-19

  • 17Although 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:
  • 18Yet I will rejoice in theLord, I will joy in the God of my salvation.
  • 19TheLordGod 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.
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When Afraid, Praise God - Habakkuk 3:17-19
Habakkuk 3:17-19

Habakkuk 3:17-19 – The Prophet Habakkuk has a vision

Jacob had 12 sons. Juda, the 4th son, became the leader of one of the 12 tribes of Israel, which eventually became a nation. The bible speaks more of the tribe of Juda than any of the others.

Habakkuk, a prophet of the tribe of Juda, was given a very graphic vision of disaster. One that made him almost collapsed at just the thought of what was to come upon the people. Especially, at the hand of the Babylonians.

Habakkuk saw everything dead or taken. There was no food, no water, nothing that could keep the people alive. Thousands upon thousands would die.

Every vine, every crop taken and the rest burned to the ground. All livestock gone. All possessions ransacked, with the Babylonians taking what they wanted. What they didn’t take, they would completely destroy. Habakkuk saw that there was absolutely nothing left. And then at the end of this pillaging, the Judean’s left, would become the captives of the Babylonians.

Habakkuk is in agony knowing what is coming.

Habakkuk knows that God is allowing the destruction and that it will happen. He understands the people deserve a time of judgement because of the way they have fallen away from God. What worries him most? That God is going to use the Babylonians to show the tribe of Judah just how far they have drifted. Habakkuk worries, knowing it will come at the hand of Nebuchadnezzar’s army, who are known to cause total destruction and take captives.

Although Habakkuk is devastated by his vision, he knows that if God is bringing this type of judgement, then the people deserve it. Furthermore, there is nothing he can do to stop it, even if he calls out for God’s help.

So what does Habakkuk do?

He praises God!

“How can he possibly do that?” Habakkuk has faith that God is a just God. Although he is not happy with what lies ahead, he can find peace that God is a sovereign and just God. Therefore, he begins to praise Him.

Habakkuk has no idea when these events will happen. He goes to the people prophesied the events that will take place. Then praises the Lord in spite of what the future holds.

Habakkuk wants to give the people hope of better things to come. So, he praises God and speaks of trust in Him. He wants to encourage the people to have hope, even when everything looks disastrous. He wants them to have the attitude of “not my will, but your will”.

Habakkuk rejoices

Habakkuk rejoices in the Lord, declaring that God is his strength. He claims that he will not slide, but will have a good foothold and will stand strong. His desire is to lead the people by faith.

The last verse (and he will make me to walk upon mine high places) may mean that God is taking the people to places they didn’t want to go. However, they can have a good foothold and stand in faith and strength. They can believe that God will deliver them from their trials eventually.

The NIV Bible interprets it “He enables me to walk on places I could not go without his help.”

Habakkuk 3:17-19  When afraid praise God. Prophet Habakkuk has a horrific vision. Picture of a deer standing in fallen leaves.
When afraid praise God – Habakkuk 3:17-19

My Prayer for Habakkuk 3:17-19

Almighty God,

I bless your holy name. You are the eternal King.

Although hard, Christians must always have complete faith in you. In spite of the situation, we need to remember that you are always in control. You know exactly what is happening and you know the outcome.

Like Habakkuk, it is my desire to praise you and glorify you in all times and situations. Because you know what is best for me, even when I don’t. You know what is truly buried in my heart and what needs to be worked out.

I know Father, that in your holiness, it is impossible for your children to live in sin and rebel against you. I know, that although it grieves you, you are willing to allow me to go through troubled times.

By allowing the Babylonians to go through a time of disaster, they realized that they needed a shaking up. Many times after we come out the other side of a situation, we can see your reasoning very clearly.

Like Habakkuk, may I always find the strength to praise you, no matter what I’m going through. Help me Father to never slip so far away that I need a lesson like the tribe of Juda.

In the name of your blessed son, Jesus Christ, I pray Amen.

We need to make a sacrifice to become cleansed.

Psalm 108:1-6

Feeling Overwhelmed?

Psalm 108:1-6

  • O God, my heart is fixed; I will sing and give praise, even with my glory.
  • Awake, psaltery and harp: I myself will awake early.
  • I will praise thee, O Lord, among the people: and I will sing praises unto thee among the nations.
  • For thy mercy is great above the heavens: and thy truth reacheth unto the clouds.
  • Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens: and thy glory above all the earth;
  • That thy beloved may be delivered: save with thy right hand, and answer me.
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Psalm 108:1-6
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Psalm 108:1-6

Some say this Psalm was written by David, while others say it is a combination of two of David’s Psalms, (Ps. 57:7-11 and Ps. 60:5-12) Many people believed the two Psalms were combined by the captives of Babylon near the end of their captivity. Others say it was used in the Temple by the Jews. In fact, the identity or the reason it was written is not known.

The Psalmist starts off overwhelmed, possibly even thinking that God has left him. However, we see that he will not give up! The fleeing thoughts of defeat do not stop him from praying for deliverance. In fact he declares that he is fixed (faithfully) to God with his whole heart and soul. The Psalmist declares that he will wake up early to sing and praise God with his voice and with musical instruments. As his heart and soul soar, so does his disposition!

The Psalmist Will Go Among the People

He will go among the people (Jews) and among the nations (Gentiles), surrounding himself with all types of people. Furthermore he is openly showing and singing his love and praises for God. That is to say, he is not bribing God! This is a heartfelt promise.

The Psalmist declares that he will go before the people, telling them of God’s mercy that is great throughout the universe. Praising that the truth of God reaches higher than the clouds and that God is exalted in all the heavens.

He believes that when they will see how he has been delivered (saved) out of trouble. And in this case, just how far the arms of mercy and grace can spread, then people may start listening to him. The Psalmist believes that through the love of God, many people of all nations will turn to the Father. And furthermore turn away from their gods and idols. He suggests, that he would be their example (role model).

Then the Psalmist goes back to his current situation and prays for deliverance. He is no longer feeling overwhelmed. He is filled with hope. Still, he asks God to remember him, his (beloved) child. The Psalmist is truly asking God to help, knowing that the only way out of his current situation is through God’s grace.

He asks to be saved with God’s right hand. In olden days, the King would always place his highest ranking person to stand on the right hand side of the throne. Today Jesus sits at the right hand of the Father. Perhaps the Psalmist was asking God to send that right hand person, a mighty person (Jesus or perhaps an angel) to help and deliver him. He closes by asking God to answer his prayer.

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Psalm 108:1-6
Psalm 108:1-6

My Prayer for Psalm 108:1-6

Almighty God,

You are the God of all good things. The God of hope, and the God of deliverance. You are also the God of love, grace and mercy. Further more you are the God of everything created. You deserve our praise and prayers.

Allow me to praise you in the way the Psalmist did. He opened his heart fully and invited you in. He found a time and a place to praise you, whether in music, song or prayer,. And yes, even if it meant waking up early to spend some time with you!

Thank you Father for working in my life. You are giving me the strength (and want) to stand up with my whole being (soul) declaring my love for you and that Jesus is Lord!

You are so worthy of my praise. I will praise you now and forevermore.

In the Holy name of Jesus Christ, I pray, Amen

We are never alone John 14: 26-27

God’s Mercy Endures Forever – Yes Forever

Psalm 118 1-7

There are many opposing views as to who wrote this Psalm and why it was written. The most accepted view is that David wrote it when he became King of Israel.

David was writing to God in thanks for allowing him to be the King of Israel and for bringing him through the times that Saul had been chasing him.

Whenever David’s Psalm was sung, it was a reminder of how gracious God is. Three times David writes that thanks must be given to God for his mercy that endures forever.

1 – Let Israel say: “that his mercy endureth for ever. “

David tells a part of his story of how he overcame fear. He called out to God for mercy and was answered with the faith he needed to survive.

David knew that God was with him and because of that knowledge he tells the children of Israel that they also can receive God’s mercy and feel love and peace.

2 – Let the house of Aaron now say: “that his mercy endureth for ever.”

When God is within the priests, then the priesthood remains solid.

3 – Let them that now fear the Lord say: “that his mercy endureth for ever.”

There were many gods in those days and David reminds the people that only those who call out for mercy and become believers of the one true God will be watched over by The Lord eternally.

David goes a step further and asks a question to which he already knows the answer. “What can man do unto me?”

Nothing – is the answer. With God by his side, David knows, without doubt, that he can stand up to the enemy without fear and the enemy will be defeated.

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Heavenly Father,

How great is your loving kindness and mercy! How wonderful you are to teach me, as your child, the lessons I need to learn.

Although David’s song was written for his people of Israel, all Gentiles are also included. That is awesome Lord! Every person throughout the entire world, regardless of the era or race, colour, position, mind, sex, or sins, has (or has had) the opportunity to be your child and we are privileged to have you by our sides for eternity. All we have to do is ask!

Like David, I have lived through many wonderful and many difficult times. I realize now that the difficult periods have been times of growth and they have taught me how to stand strong in you and ride them out.

I know that I can cry out to you Lord in my difficult times, as did David. Because I have faith in you Father, through Jesus, I can pray for mercy, for strength, wisdom and advancement. You will hear my prayers and you will enable me to stand strong at all times knowing, without doubt, that you are giving me the strength to endure.

Like many people in the Bible, David made it through his trials, Jesus made it through his trials and I can make it through mine and will come out the other side a better person than when I went in.

Many, many thanks Father for the mercy you have shown me and for the love, courage, strength and faithfulness I have in you. I am blessed to be your child, now and forever.

Your name is Holy and I hold it above all other names. In Jesus, I pray.



Every Knee will Bow to Jesus – Phillipians 2: 9-11


[9] Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:
[10] That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
[11] And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (KJV)

When God sent his only son to earth, in human form, he gave him a name that was above all other names… JESUS!  A name to be held in high esteem forever.

When Jesus returns, he will come as a King! He will arrive in all of his glory and every person will know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that Jesus Christ is Lord!

Jesus will be acknowledged as King, Lord, the Son of the Almighty God, a part of the Trinity. Every being will bow down to Him, declaring that “Jesus Christ is Lord”, to the glory of God, the Father.


Almighty God,

May your name be highly exalted forever. You are so worthy of being placed above all others, receiving our praises, honour and love.

This passage tells us that the day will come when EVERY knee will bow and EVERY tongue will acknowledge and confess that Jesus is Lord.

All of creation? Yes! Regardless of our beliefs or denomination; everyone will bow. Yes, every angel, every saint, everyone who has already died and is buried. No matter what our race, no matter if rich or poor, no matter of our intelligence level or age, no matter our circumstance, no matter whether in heaven, on earth or under the earth, absolutely EVERY knee will bow, declaring Jesus is Lord.

Yes, even satan, will bow down to Jesus, along with his fallen angels, demons and all of the wicked (unrighteous). Each of them WILL bow down and declare that Jesus is Lord!

Thank you Father, that you have blessed me with the faith that allows me (already) to be enjoying a personal relationship with Jesus. It is my privilege and my honour to declare that “Jesus is Lord” now and into eternity!

In the wonderful, precious, holy name of my Lord Jesus Christ, I pray.