Sunday, May 8, 2011

"Sweet Hour of Prayer"

I've been honored to be able to study the book of Habakkuk with a group of online friends that has become quite a community.  Anyway, I was particularily encouraged by this week's study on Habakkuk 3 and thought I would share my thoughts with you all as well.  I also want to preface it with the following verse from Habakkuk 1:5.  Hoping you all enjoy the relationship we have  or can have with our creator!

"Look among the nations! Observe!
Be astonished! Wonder!
Because I am doing something in your days--
You would not believe if you were told."

Habakkuk 3

As I read the following verses, I was thrilled and filled with excitement
and expectancy...looking forward to the future!

3God comes from Teman,
And the Holy One from Mount Paran Selah
His splendor covers the heavens,
And the earth is full of His praise.
4His radiance is like the sunlight;
He has rays flashing from His hand,
And there is the hiding of His power.

These verses encouraged my heart once again...surely the Word of God is
living and active, seeing how the same verses can move my heart, emotions, being..

17Though the fig tree should not blossom
And there be no fruit on the vines,
Though the yield of the olive should fail
And the fields produce no food,
Though the flock should be cut off from the fold
And there be no cattle in the stalls,
18Yet I will exult in the LORD,
I will rejoice in the God of my salvation.
19The Lord GOD is my strength,
And He has made my feet like hinds' feet,
And makes me walk on my high places.

I think the book of Habakkuk is so exciting because it shows the human process in response to life. It show how he struggles with the things that God allows, but I think one of the important things is that he brings it to the Lord. As he does, we see how God brings truths to mind and reassures Habakkuk of who God is, that He (the Lord) is in charge, that He is trustworthy, that He has a bigger plan. Sometimes, I "know" these things, but, until I labor in prayer, wrestle even, I think I often miss God and His gentle words to me, His spirit reassuring me.

I am reminded of the old hymn, which I just read through again, and it seems so applicable:

Sweet hour of prayer! sweet hour of prayer!
That calls me from a world of care,
And bids me at my Father’s throne
Make all my wants and wishes known.
In seasons of distress and grief,
My soul has often found relief,
And oft escaped the tempter’s snare,
By thy return, sweet hour of prayer!

Sweet hour of prayer! sweet hour of prayer!
The joys I feel, the bliss I share,
Of those whose anxious spirits burn
With strong desires for thy return!
With such I hasten to the place
Where God my Savior shows His face,
And gladly take my station there,
And wait for thee, sweet hour of prayer!

Sweet hour of prayer! sweet hour of prayer!
Thy wings shall my petition bear
To Him whose truth and faithfulness
Engage the waiting soul to bless.
And since He bids me seek His face,
Believe His Word and trust His grace,
I’ll cast on Him my every care,
And wait for thee, sweet hour of prayer!

Sweet hour of prayer! sweet hour of prayer!
May I thy consolation share,
Till, from Mount Pisgah’s lofty height,
I view my home and take my flight.
This robe of flesh I’ll drop, and rise
To seize the everlasting prize,
And shout, while passing through the air,
“Farewell, farewell, sweet hour of prayer!”

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