Though the fig tree may not blossom, Nor fruit be on the vines; Though the labor of the olive may fail, And the fields yield no food; Though the flock may be cut off from the fold, And there 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; He will make my feet like deer's feet, And He will make me walk on my high hills. (Hab 3:17-19 NKJV)
Out of nothing, in fact out of great loss, the prophet of old found the ability to offer worship to God. How could this be? Isn't our adoration of our God based on what He has done for us? We praise Him with thanksgiving in our heart.
How could Habakkuk utter these words? Hadn't God failed him? He lost it all. And here he is talking about having strength to climb the mountain of the Lord and walk on the high hills, thereby overcoming all of his difficulties.
The world would have us base our success by the things that we have amassed. As Christians we know that is not a vald measure. But, we still offer our praise on what He has done for us. How often do we say, "Lord, thank you for our nothingness."? Could it be that the things we count as success don't measure up to His measuring rod?
Out of the depths I have cried to You, O LORD;
Lord, hear my voice! Let Your ears be attentive To the voice of my supplications. (Ps 130:1-2)
So, what is this? A cry out of this nothingness? Why, to where? A cry from nothing to nothing? Who is listening? What does it matter? Can anyone help a person who is in the depths of nothing? Why would God, of all people (sic), be interested? And to top it off, this prophet has the audacity to speak a request (or is it a command?) to God, "Lord, HEAR my prayer".
Well, we see that he thinks he is going to be given strength to walk the high hills. I mean, really. If you are that sure of yourself and of your god, then I guess you can order God to listen to you.
You, which hast shewed me great and sore troubles, shalt quicken me again, and shalt bring me up again from the depths of the earth. (Ps. 71:20).
But, wait! A promise from God to bring us up - out of the depths! This is amazing. God Himself will take a person who is in the depths of nothing, and bring him out. What good is it? The poor sap still has nothing.
For the LORD thy God bringeth thee into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and depths that spring out of valleys and hills; (De 8:7).
Hold on here! Another promise. This is getting to be too much. Look'e here. Now God says He will bring him up into a land of fountains and springs. And these springs come from out of the depths! How could that be. Wasn't there nothing in those depths?
And again. He must really mean business.
He clave the rocks in the wilderness, and gave them drink as out of the great depths (Ps 78:15).
Alright, then. He brings this person out of the depths and puts him in a beautiful place of refreshing and abundance. Sooo.., what happens to the depths?
He does what? I don't think I heard you right.
He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea. (Mic 7:19)
This is more than I can handle. He puts my sins into the depths? What a mighty God!
May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;
And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. (Eph 3:18-19)
Oh no, you mean to say that God is in the depths? Oh man, I am undone!
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