The Book of Habakkuk

“Lord, Send A Revival”

by Pastor Frank J. Cuozzo

Lesson 13 - “Rejoicing In The Lord”

Pastor Frank Cuozzo

Habakkuk 3:17-19, “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.”

We are completing our study in the Old Testament book of Habakkuk and we have learned that the prophet was a burdened man. His country of Judah was on the eve of captivity by the mighty Babylonians. He cried out to God and God came and showed Habakkuk that judgment would indeed come to both the Jews and Babylonians and nothing could prevent it. What we want to see in this concluding lesson is that in spite of the coming judgment, Habakkuk declared his praise to the Lord in the closing portion of chapter three.

Notice again what the prophet declared in verse eighteen after hearing more bad news to come, “Yet I will rejoice in the Lord!” I don’t know of a greater verse in all of the Bible that should bring greater joy to the Christian life than that very powerful statement! You see folks, God has designed the Christian life so that even when things are not exactly going smooth, we can still rejoice in the Lord and be victorious! We all know Godly Christian people who are suffering and we wonder how they can continue and the answer is, “They continue by faith!”

Habakkuk was saying, “Although things are going to get seriously bad around here, Yet will I rejoice in the Lord.” We need to learn like Habakkuk to live in the “YET.” Living in the “YET” means that we are living consciously in the presence of the Lord even when our surroundings may be falling apart.

In the closing verse of the book, Habakkuk declares, “The Lord God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds feet.” Animals that have “Hinds” feet are those animals that have hooves that enable them to climb to the top of mountains. They can dig in and give the animal traction so that they can reach the top of the peaks. That’s why the prophet says, “He will make me to walk upon mine high places.” You see when we are down and in the valley of despair and loneliness and rejection and fear, our God becomes our only source of strength and help.

Paul encourages us in Colossians 3:1-2, “If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.” The Lord wants us to fix our eyes on heavenly things and not to dwell on the things in the world that we have no control over.

The fact is, we need to fix or set out eyes on Christ Himself! When we have Christ as our Savior and the Holy Spirit in our hearts, that is all we need. As Habakkuk said so well, “HE is my joy; I will rejoice in Him!”

Notice what Moses said about God after he led the children of Israel through the Red Sea and God brought them through miraculously to the other side in Exodus 15:1 & 2, “Then sang Moses and the children of Israel this song unto the LORD, and spake, saying, I will sing unto the LORD, for he hath triumphed gloriously: the horse and his rider hath he thrown into the sea. The LORD is my strength and song, and he is become my salvation: he is my God, and I will prepare him an habitation; my father's God, and I will exalt him.”

Psalms 118:14 says, “The LORD is my strength and song, and is become my salvation.”

Isaiah 12:2 says, “Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation.”

The question is, “How does the Lord become our strength, our song and our salvation?”

-He becomes our strength when we are so weak that we know we cannot make it alone and declare our total dependence upon Him. We find that when we are weak, that He is strong.

-He becomes our song when we have done all the singing about the things of this world and what it can do until there is no song left in us and all we have left is Jesus. That is when He becomes our song.

-He becomes our salvation when we need deliverance and help and we have nowhere else to turn in this world and we turn to the Lord and find He becomes our salvation.

Habakkuk saw that there was nowhere else to turn, his help was gone, his nation was about to be gone, his friends were gone and everything was gone but GOD!!!! That’s when he said, “Yet will I rejoice in the Lord.” “The Lord God is my strength.” Knowing these facts about God, we too can rejoice as Habakkuk did.

#1) Rejoice because He is able.

Ephesians 3:20-21  says, “Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.”

Remember Habakkuk was a prophet with a burden. He cried out to God for help and God answered him. He knew that his land was about to be taken captive and in spite of all that was about to happen, he could rejoice because he knew God and he could take his eyes off his problems and focus on the God Who would be with him through the problem. He is able.

Jude verse 24 says, “Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy.” We can rejoice because we serve a God Who is able amen?

#2) Rejoice because He is available.

Habakkuk cried out from the depths of his heart because of a burden he had for his land and his nation. The good news is that God answered him. He didn’t like the answer he got but he got an answer. God doesn’t have a heavenly answering machine when we call out to Him!

Jeremiah 33:3 says, “Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.”

Hebrews 4:16 says, “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”

Thank God that He is never too busy to help in our time of need amen?

He is able, He is available and,

#3) Rejoice because He is always the same.

Malachi 3:6 says, “For I am the LORD, I change not.”

Hebrews 13:8 says, “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever.”

James 1:17, “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.”

When everything was about to change for Habakkuk, he knew that there was one constant in his life and it was his God! God never changes! We trusted Him for our salvation and we can trust Him for our every need!

Let’s pray.

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