Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Verse of the Day

"Though the fig tree should not blossom,
nor fruit be on the vines,
the produce of the olive fail
and the fields yield no food,
the flock be cut off from the fold
and there be no herd in the stalls,
yet I will rejoice in the LORD;
I will take joy in the God of my salvation.
GOD, the Lord, is my strength;
he makes my feet like the deer's;
he makes me tread on my high places." Habakkuk 3:17-19 (ESV)

I first discovered this passage my junior year of college. I was going through a study on prayers in the Bible and Habakkuk 3 was one of the prayers. I was amazed by the power and splendor of God in Habakkuk's vision and by the place Habakkuk was in after the vision. The book of Habakkuk begins with H's complaint about evil and injustice in Judah. God responds that justice will come when He brings the Babylonians to punish the wicked Judeans. H. complains that the Babylonians are even worse than the wicked people they'll punish so how can that be just. God promises punishment for the Babylonians as well. Then H. receives his vision of the coming of God to deliver His people and judge the earth. H. responds by affirming his faith in God no matter what external circumstances appear. H. will rejoice and worship, come what may. God is his strength and salvation.

If I get motivated I'll post about my fun weekend tonight.


Tooz said...

I hope you get motivated. This world needs more fun. Love you.

Jenn-Jenn, the Mother Hen said...

I see on the news sites that Chicago is flirting with 100-degree temperatures. Now you get to experience what life in San Antonio is like - but without the cacti!

Hope you're staying cool!

ann said...

Is this the song that is set to joyful, exuberant music? I heard Beth Moore recently (on her archived radio show...might not have been that recent) talk about a song very similar to this one that was set to joyful, exuberant music. Those might not have been the exact words (joyful and exuberant), but it was something like that. And maybe it's not hte same song. I think I remember something about the olive tree not producing oil, but maybe that's a translation thing. Anyway, do you know? Maybe I should look that up, huh. I do have a Bible.

(dujweid...maybe that's what God is calling me right now..."look it up yourself, dujweid." ha ha)

Everett said...

We're keeping pretty cool. Our air conditioner keeps the apartment pretty nice. It was tough on Saturday though because I'd turned it off on Friday night before going to bed and then forgot to turn it back on before we left for the cottage. It cooled the living room down okay but my room was pretty miserable Saturday night. Combining heat with my cough I had a lot of trouble falling asleep. I almost made a remark about heat earlier but then I remembered I have readers who live in places it where it's really hot.

Everett said...

Ann do you mean "set to joyful exuberant music" like that is part of the scriptural description of the song or like that is how someone set the song? I don't think I know the song. It might be this one if that's the one someone has chosen to translate "shiggionoth" in verse 1.

ann said...

that's what I meant--shiggionoth. I may have to go back and hear where Beth Moore got that, but anyway, yeah, that's what i meant.