The reading for today brought me face to face with one of the passages of Scripture that from the time that I first read it, it became one of the essential, stand-out verses in the Bible. Even though we don’t read or talk about Habakkuk much, nobody names their babies after him, and it certainly isn’t a very long book of the Bible, it contains a verse that from the very first pulled me into its center. This verse in the 3rd chapter of Habakkuk is a part of a prayer that this prophet was offering to God.
Habakkuk 3:2 (NIV)
2 Lord, I have heard of your fame; I stand in awe of your deeds, Lord. Repeat them in our day, in our time make them known; in wrath remember mercy
I also like the way that Eugene Peterson translates it in the Message Bible.
Habakkuk 3:2 (MSG)
God, I’ve heard what our ancestors say about you, and I’m stopped in my tracks, down on my knees. Do among us what you did among them. Work among us as you worked among them. And as you bring judgment, as you surely must, remember mercy.
As I said earlier, from the first time I read this powerful, reverent, worshipful prayer from Habakkuk, it stirred my soul. It moved my heart. It opened up belief that the God of old can be, to us, the God of the present. It says that the incredible, unimaginable power of old can be the power of now. It’s as if in his prayer, Habakkuk is opening up a road from the events of the past to the events of the present. The effect of the faith-filled words that are coming out of his mouth, could be likened to turning on a spigot and releasing the power of God into the events and circumstances of his life and time. Habakkuk’s prayer is becoming a change agent of what is happening and what is going to happen in his day. WOW!
Would you join me in heart and spirit and be among those of our church family who will be challenged by Habakkuk’s boldness in his prayer and will begin to pray the same prayer only not in reference to Habakkuk’s time, but if reference to our times. I invite you to join me in making this a daily prayer to the Lord. Can we even imagine what will happen in response to that prayer.
I ‘m going to close today’s blog with my own paraphrase, my own words being wrapped around this awesome prayer. You might want to consider sitting down and writing it out in your own words as well.
Father from the time that I was a little boy, I have been told about, been taught about, and have read about many of the mighty things that you have done in the past. I am blown away by your greatness and your ability to do anything. I ask you Lord, to please release your power and presence in my day that they may cover every situation and every circumstance that my life encounters and may all those around me be touched by you. Amen