In the Midst of the Years

Habakkuk 3:1–8 (NKJV)

3:1 A prayer of Habakkuk the prophet, on Shigionoth.

2 O Lord, I have heard Your speech and was afraid;

O Lord, revive Your work in the midst of the years!

In the midst of the years make it known;

In wrath remember mercy.

This passage in Habakkuk records the prayer of the prophet after hearing the aweful woes that would come upon Israel for their sin and the nations around them for their treatment of God’s people.  Habakkuk intercedes for the nation, praying for God to restore His work in Israel.

3 God came from Teman,

The Holy One from Mount Paran. Selah

His glory covered the heavens,

And the earth was full of His praise.

4 His brightness was like the light;

He had rays flashing from His hand,

And there His power was hidden.

5 Before Him went pestilence,

And fever followed at His feet.

6 He stood and measured the earth;

He looked and startled the nations.

And the everlasting mountains were scattered,

The perpetual hills bowed.

His ways are everlasting.

7 I saw the tents of Cushan in affliction;

The curtains of the land of Midian trembled.

8 O Lord, were You displeased with the rivers,

Was Your anger against the rivers,

Was Your wrath against the sea,

That You rode on Your horses,

Your chariots of salvation?

Habakkuk then describes the powerful images of God delivering justice and judgment on the earth for the sins of the people.  His hands produced flashing rays, perhaps lightning.  His feet left pestilence behind.  He startled the nations and the mountains were scattered.  His appearance would frighten entire nations and judgment would come.  In light of this vision of God given to Habakkuk, He prays for redemption and restoration.  The powerful discipline of God will not be denied, but Habakkuk knows that once the judgment comes, the merciful God of creation will restore if the people repent.  Pray today for redemption.  Repent, and believe that God will revive and remember you in the midst of the years.

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