Elul 19, 5772 – Teshuvah Day 19 (9/6/12)

Posted: September 6, 2012 in Teshuvah 40 Day Devotional
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Psalm 27:7, Hear, O LORD, [when] I cry with my voice: have mercy also upon me, and answer me. (8) [When You said], “Seek My face,” My heart said to You, “Your face, LORD, I will seek.”

These verses remind me of the prophet Habakkuk, who was crying out to God in the times much like we are living in right now. The first verses of Habakkuk, word are used to cry out to God “Why”….see trouble…. plundering…. violence….. strife….. contention arises….. law is powerless… justice never goes forth…. wicked surround the righteous,…perverse judgment proceeds.

Habakkuk’s problem is where he was seeking, where his eyes were looking.  The things in Judah were going from bad to worse and he was discouraged and losing hope because he was looking at the things on the earth.

God’s answer was found in 2:4b, “But the just shall live by his faith.” Once Habakkuk corrected his vision, and looked to God he ended the chapter with singing and dancing.

Habakkuk was part of the Levitical choir, “with my stringed instruments” (3:19).  Verses 17-19 are sung as a hymn, proclaiming that no matter what it looks like in the natural we will rejoice and praise God! We choose to trust, we choose to live by faith.”

Don Moen sings these verses beautifully http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ijh_f7sTdGE

  1. sue.peterson007 says:

    Thank you Mary. I have been out of the country and am just reading this. What a joy to remember in the midst of everything. The joy of the Lord..that peace /shalom is my strength. Oh Glorious day we have a God who is Greater, wiser more powerful and just but is so loving that longsuffering brings men to times of refreshing. Blessed be the Lord God Almighty, who was, who IS and who IS to COME.

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