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Habakkuk Part 8 – I Will Rejoice in the Lord

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“I Will Rejoice in the Lord”

Key Verses:  Hab 3:12 – 3:19

Last week we saw Habakkuk acknowledge the work of the Lord’s Christ, The Body in bringing the fire and light to bear that is saving us.  Light shining on our sins is necessary for sins to be confessed, forgiven and ultimately cleansed by the love of God growing in our hearts. Trusting in the Lord’s promises to come we stand in faith and rejoice in the glory to be revealed.

Rom 5:1  Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:

Rom 5:2  By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

The sun and the moon of the old man, are standing still and bowing down to the Truth.  All the lies and strength of our flesh will be devoured when the Lord is come with His armies.

Rev 19:13  And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.

Rev 19:14  And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.

We are being saved by each other and collectively Jesus Christ as His Body in which He has come in the flesh.  We see our salvation in progress and the “is, was and will be” character of the Word as we are turned and brought into the marvelous light that is The Christ.  The seven golden candlesticks are the Christ, the church by which the wisdom of God is being imparted into a new heaven and new earth.

Rev 1:12  And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks;

Rev 1:13  And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle.

Habakkuk did not have a clue to the deep spiritual truths and symbolism’s he was writing when the Spirit of God gave him these words, but he was very much ministering God’s Elect who would not arise until the day of Pentecost (1Co 10:11, 1Pe 1:10-12).  Which leads us to our verses for today that will also complete the Prophecy of Habakkuk.

Hab 3:12  Thou didst march through the land in indignation, thou didst thresh the heathen in anger. 

Hab 3:13  Thou wentest forth for the salvation of thy people, even for salvation with thine anointed; thou woundedst the head out of the house of the wicked, by discovering the foundation unto the neck. Selah. 

Hab 3:14  Thou didst strike through with his staves the head of his villages: they came out as a whirlwind to scatter me: their rejoicing was as to devour the poor secretly. 

Hab 3:15  Thou didst walk through the sea with thine horses, through the heap of great waters. 

Hab 3:16  When I heard, my belly trembled; my lips quivered at the voice: rottenness entered into my bones, and I trembled in myself, that I might rest in the day of trouble: when he cometh up unto the people, he will invade them with his troops. 

Hab 3:17  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: 

Hab 3:18  Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation. 

Hab 3:19  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. 

It is the unfaithful and unbelieving carnal man of sin upon whom the Lord’s anger is always focused in the day of judgment.

Joh 3:36  He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.

Through Him we will be baptized and drink of the cup of wrath that is delivered through the Body of Christ.

Rev 14:10  The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:

Until this wrath subsides, and we learn to walk by faith, we will not be given to enter His rest.

Heb 3:11  So I sware in my wrath, They shall not enter into my rest.

Rev 14:19  And the angel thrust in his sickle into the earth, and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast it into the great winepress of the wrath of God.

Gaining the mind of Christ comes about only by being beheaded.   Coming to see our marred abominable condition as flesh (Mat 24:15) and sinful nature as brute beasts (Ecc 3:18) is done by the light of the world.  The day of the Lord will reveal the wicked which will be destroyed by the brightness of Jesus Christ.

2Th 2:8  And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming

It is the Body, both now and in the future (we are the lake of fire); who pour out the seven vials that will complete the Lord’s work and save us.  It is these fiery trials and chastening that saves.

Rev 15:1  And I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvellous, seven angels having the seven last plagues; for in them is filled up the wrath of God

This is the third time we see “Selah”, meaning INTERLUDE or BREAK in Habakkuk’s prayer adding importance to the Truth just told on which we should be meditating.  The profound truth of the roles of the Body and that only here “in Christ” is salvation to be found (Oba 1:21) is just that  important to remember.  Habakkuk further acknowledges the work of the Body of Christ in bringing destruction to his man of sin and by the ensample given to our man of sin.

The Lord’s people are redeemed with judgment (Isa 1:27) that us smiting the old man and the heads of the chiefs and princes in the land, nations and cities within us (Luk 17:21).

 Hab 3:14  Thou didst strike through with his staves the head of his villages: they came out as a whirlwind to scatter me: their rejoicing was as to devour the poor secretly. 

The word “staves” here is the plural of staff and is more often used as ROD [H4294].  Habakkuk is speaking here to the chastening grace that which is beheading the chiefs of the heathen nations within us and bringing about the mind of Christ (a new heaven) as we are corrected in our judgment.   This is the function of grace.

Tit 2:11  For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,

Tit 2:12  Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;

It is The Christ of Christ who minister grace and bring it via the Word.

1Pe 4:10  As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.

Eze 34:16  I will seek that which was lost, and bring again that which was driven away, and will bind up that which was broken, and will strengthen that which was sick: but I will destroy the fat and the strong; I will feed them with judgment.

The whirling wheels of Ezekiel are the brethren, grace ministers who are used of the Lord to teach and correct those the Lord is saving in this age.  Like Job, the Lord will teach us in our judgment out of the whirlwind (Job 40:6-8).  Collectively, the Body is that whirlwind (aka tempest) where the fiery trials and storms of life are the norm rather than the exception.

Isa 41:16  Thou shalt fan them, and the wind shall carry them away, and the whirlwind shall scatter them: and thou shalt rejoice in the LORD, and shalt glory in the Holy One of Israel.

The Lord’s heavenly army speaks the words that take captive sin (Jer 5:14) and provide the strength through faith to overcome the flesh.  In this verse, being poor is a negative meaning one is outside of faith and having little treasures in heaven.  Such a one leans on their own understanding and the righteousness of the law (self-righteousness) that is hidden in their hearts and minds.   Yet God sees our hearts and is changing us via the fiery words we hear from Christ.  Our lies and unbelief are gobbled up at the great supper announced by the Elect angels of the Lord.

Rev 19:17  Then I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the birds that fly in the midst of heaven, “Come and gather together for the supper of the great God,

Rev 19:18  that you may eat the flesh of kings, the flesh of captains, the flesh of mighty men, the flesh of horses and of those who sit on them, and the flesh of all people, free and slave, both small and great.”

It is at this great supper aka marriage feast that we the Body of Christ are dying daily as a living sacrifice to our flesh.  It is here at the wedding feast where we are being given to overcome all things.

Mat 22:4  Again, he sent forth other servants, saying, Tell them which are bidden, Behold, I have prepared my dinner: my oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready: come unto the marriage.

We first come unprepared to the feast not having been through trials of faith and needing more to be given a proper wedding garment that contains none of our own righteousness.  Such is the purpose for the temporary prosperity of the wicked (Hab 1:12) we bemoan at first and our being stripped naked, so we can be given His garments.

Php 3:9  And be found in him, not having mine erown righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:

The Lord and His Armies are bringing the war in heaven (Rev 12:7) and helping us to fight the good fight of faith.  This results in salvation and destroys the sea that represents the flesh and carnal mindedness of all mankind.

 Hab 3:15  Thou didst walk through the sea with thine horses, through the heap of great waters.

These clay vessels of mankind are what the  heap of great waters symbolizes.  The translators really obscured the meaning of this verse, by inventing a once off use of H2563 as “heap”.

H2563, chômer

Total KJV Occurrences: 30

clay, 11

homer, 10

mortar, 4

mire, 2

heap, 1

heaps, 1

homers, 1

Flesh is clay and is also represented as the sea in scripture.  Some examples…

Isa 60:5  Then thou shalt see, and flow together, and thine heart shall fear, and be enlarged; because the abundance of the sea shall be converted unto thee, the forces of the Gentiles shall come unto thee.

 Psa 18:16  He sent from above, he took me, he drew me out of many waters.

Psa 40:2  He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.

The new heaven and earth (mind and walk) coming to all mankind will have no more seas once all flesh is destroyed at the Great White Throne Judgment.  Such time is now in down payment form for the Elect and who are the first to be judged in the fire (1Pe 4:17).

Rev 21:1  And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.

We all are brought to our wits end of crying out for deliverance only by the Lord working many trials, tribulations and storms (i.e His wonders) in our seas.  These are the wonderful works of the Lord to the Israel of God and the means devised through which we are being saved.

Psa 107:23  They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters;

Psa 107:24  These see the works of the LORD, and his wonders in the deep.

Psa 107:25  For he commandeth, and raiseth the stormy wind, which lifteth up the waves thereof.

Psa 107:26  They mount up to the heaven, they go down again to the depths: their soul is melted because of trouble.

Psa 107:27  They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, and are at their wits’ end.

Psa 107:28  Then they cry unto the LORD in their trouble, and he bringeth them out of their distresses.

Psa 107:29  He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still.

Psa 107:30  Then are they glad because they be quiet; so he bringeth them unto their desired haven.

Our desired haven in is to walk by faith which means flesh is silent and in submission to the Lord.  This is how the promised rest for God’s people is entered into.  Finding His Rest is not entered into except with much tribulation

Hab 3:16  When I heard, my belly trembled; my lips quivered at the voice: rottenness entered into my bones, and I trembled in myself, that I might rest in the day of trouble: when he cometh up unto the people, he will invade them with his troops. 

Hearing the word is how faith comes (Rom 10:17) and how the old man is decreased and destroyed from the inside out. Our gift of faith and ears to hear, which allows us to eat at the King’s table (Heb 13:10) brings with it fiery trials and bitterness to our flesh.

Rev 10:9  And I went unto the angel, and said unto him, Give me the little book. And he said unto me, Take it, and eat it up; and it shall make thy belly bitter, but it shall be in thy mouth sweet as honey.

Eze 2:10  And he spread it before me; and it was written within and without: and there was written therein lamentations, and mourning, and woe. 

The entire phrase “he will invade them with His troops” all comes from the Hebrew word H1464 “gud” that is used in its only other use to mean to overcome. 

Gen 49:19  Gad, a troop shall overcome him: but he shall overcome at the last.

This is just another witness that it is through Christ, His Body, that salvation comes.  We are His troops (Rev 19) and it is by sojourning with this army (Christ), that we walk in the light and are cleansed from our sins (1Jo 1:7).

Habakkuk and us by living through our experience of evil is coming to see the Lord’s power at work in his life and the life of Israel.   With maturity we gain the faith and wisdom to begin to give thanks for all this trouble knowing it is the very thing saving us.  All things are truly for our sakes says the Scripture (2Co 4:15) yet coming to know this truth deeply takes time and it is only then we can begin to rejoice in the Lord and give thanks for ALL THINGS.  All of our suffering and dying is good stuff and for an intended good.

Rom 8:18  For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.

Rom 8:19  For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.

Rom 8:20  For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope, 

Rom 8:21  Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.

The righteous will fall down seven times but they get right back up (Pro 24:16).  This is us as we are encouraged in faith, and look to the hope of salvation and are no longer doubting  in the Lord’s promises.   It is in this place of rest where we are able to weather the storms the Lord is working in our seas and help and comfort others who are behind us in this learning.  No matter what we see in the physical we are learning to spiritual sing songs of rejoicing to the Lord.

Hab 3:17  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: 

Hab 3:18  Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation. 

Hab 3:19  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.

The works of the flesh AND the works of the Spirit are all the Lord’s work in us.  Whether we do good or evil, sprout or wither, succeed or fail, have plenty or endure famine; the Scriptures declare it is all of HIM.  All things are by Him and we in Him.

1Co 8:6  But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.

Act 17:28  For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.

All things the Lord does work together for the greater good in preparing those He loves for service in His Kingdom (Rom 8:28).  It is coming to truly believe this, despite what our physical senses and the wisdom of this world say, that allow us to rest in Christ and rejoice.

Psa 107:22  And let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, and declare his works with rejoicing. 

Psa 48:11  Let mount Zion rejoice, let the daughters of Judah be glad, because of thy judgments

Rev 19:7  Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.

All things are proven in the Lord’s kingdom and that includes our faith (1Pe 1:7).  I hope we have grown to see the Lord’s purpose and hands at work in trying us in all of our seasons of life.  Nothing will separate us from the love of Christ, all these situations and seasons in our lives are HIS WORK and are being used to reshape us.  We should and will learn to rejoice in Him no matter our circumstances.

Rom 8:35  Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

Rom 8:36  As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.

Rom 8:37  Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.

Rom 8:38  For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,

Rom 8:39  Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Gal 4:27  For it is written, Rejoice, thou barren that bearest not; break forth and cry, thou that travailest not: for the desolate hath many more children than she which hath an husband.

1Pe 4:13  But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.

 

When we prove faithful, the Lord promotes us and gives us more things to rule over.  This is how dominion comes and our joy in the Lord increases little by little as we mature.

Mat 25:23  His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.

Isa 51:11  Therefore the redeemed of the LORD shall return, and come with singing unto Zion; and everlasting joy shall be upon their head: they shall obtain gladness and joy; and sorrow and mourning shall flee away.

Making our feet like hind’s feet is the Lord causing us to follow HIM.  This is how we will tread on the high places (false gods and idols) and be overcoming the beast and all the giants in the land.  The Lord is our head, whom we follow through which we will get the victory if we stay connected to the living Christ.  The people are God, His sheep are led by the Spirit and go whichsoever way HE leads them (Joh 10:27).

Eze 1:12  And they went every one straight forward: whither the spirit was to go, they went; and they turned not when they went.

Eze 1:13  As for the likeness of the living creatures, their appearance was like burning coals of fire, and like the appearance of lamps: it went up and down among the living creatures; and the fire was bright, and out of the fire went forth lightning.

Habakkuk ends with a notation to the chief singer on his stringed instruments.  This Psalm is written to us as an encouragement and admonition to stay the course.   The just shall live by His faith!  We are the singers and musicians [H5329] having been taught a new song no other man can sing.

Rev 14:1  And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father’s name written in their foreheads.

Rev 14:2  And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder: and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps:

Rev 14:3  And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth.

 

Psa 149:1  Praise ye the LORD. Sing unto the LORD a new song, and his praise in the congregation of saints.

Psa 149:2  Let Israel rejoice in him that made him: let the children of Zion be joyful in their King.

Our names are written in heaven and the Lord admonishes us all to rejoice in that above everything else.

Luk 10:20  Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.

Everyone of us is right on schedule, exactly where the Lord planned it from the beginning of the world (Psa 139:16, Isa 46:10).  The Lord is faithful even when we are not.  I hope we all can grow in faith and be prepared to stand strong in the trials we know are coming (1Pe 4:13) to shape and mold us as the Lord completes the good work He started in us.

1Jn 3:2  Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.

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