PREVAILING VOICE DAILY
Topic: ROUNDING OFF WITH PRAISE
Text: Habakkuk 3:17-19
17: Though the fig tree does not blossom and there is no fruit on the vines, [though] the product of the olive fails and the fields yield no food, though the flock is cut off from the fold and there are no cattle in the stalls,
18: Yet I will rejoice in the Lord; I will exult in the [victorious] God of my salvation!
19: The Lord God is my Strength, my personal bravery, and my invincible army; He makes my feet like hinds’ feet and will make me to walk [not to stand still in terror, but to walk] and make [spiritual] progress upon my high places [of trouble, suffering, or responsibility]!
The human nature reacts to circumstances, when good things happen you find out that you become joyous unconsciously, when unpleasant things happen the natural becomes sad, and by human assessment, when you check your expectation list for the year and how you worked so hard to get them achieved, you tend to have a little or no excitement. God does not expect us to lose our hearts of gratitude, because we are to live by faith and not by sight.
Our reasoning about life, should not be from carnal perspective but spiritual view, a carnal man loses his heart of gratitude when his dreams, goal and expectations are not met, but that isn’t the case with spiritual men, Prophet Habakkuk here is an example of a spiritual man, a man who understands the things of the spirit. I wish you can get a true picture of what prophet Habakkuk is saying here.
V. 17 of our passage is saying after making serious effort to ensure there is a good harvest, after I have put so much on the farm land, in clearing weeds, and planting precious seeds, but finds out that there is no fruit in vine, and the fig tree does not blossom, and products of olive fails, and the flocks are cut off, and the field yields no food, even at this time I will not lose my senses to the point losing my heart of gratitude to God. Looking at all that has happened, from carnal point of view I should be discouraged but I will not, I will only rejoice in the Lord, and the God of my salvation.
The Psalmist in his understanding instructed his soul to bless the Lord and not to forget all his benefits in Psalms 103:2, he knows that it is possible that soul forgets that God has done some things in the course of the year. He understands that after comparing his achievement with that of his friends and colleagues, there is high tendencies that his soul forgets that God has done so much for him. So he considered it absolutely important to talk to his soul ( himself ),’ bless the Lord….and forget not all his benefits ‘.
What I am explaining here happens to everyone, most times we feel like we should have gotten more, and move higher in life and achievement, but a man wise will talk to himself as David did ‘ bless the Lord, oh my soul, and forget not all his benefits ‘ . God has done so much from January till now, give him the best of your praise as we round off this year. God bless you.
* I am grateful Lord for all you have done.
READING THROUGH THE BIBLE
Judges 13, 1 Timothy 1,
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