Habakkuk 3* The prophet beseeches God for his people. (1,2) He calls tomind former deliverances. (3-15) His firm trust in the Divinemercy. (16-19)1,2 The word prayer seems used here for an act of devotion. TheLord would revive his work among the people in the midst of theyears of adversity. This may be applied to every season when thechurch, or believers, suffer under afflictions and trials. Mercyis what we must flee to for refuge, and rely upon as our onlyplea. We must not say, Remember our merit, but, Lord, rememberthy own mercy. 3-15 God's people, when in distress, and ready to despair, seekhelp by considering the days of old, and the years of ancienttimes, and by pleading them with God in prayer. The resemblancebetween the Babylonish and Egyptian captivities, naturallypresents itself to the mind, as well as the possibility of alike deliverance through the power of Jehovah. God appeared inhis glory. All the powers of nature are shaken, and the courseof nature changed, but all is for the salvation of God's ownpeople. Even what seems least likely, shall be made to work fortheir salvation. Hereby is given a type and figure of theredemption of the world by Jesus Christ. It is for salvationwith thine anointed. Joshua who led the armies of Israel, was afigure of Him whose name he bare, even Jesus, our Joshua. In allthe salvations wrought for them, God looked upon Christ theAnointed, and brought deliverances to pass by him. All thewonders done for Israel of old, were nothing to that which wasdone when the Son of God suffered on the cross for the sins ofhis people. How glorious his resurrection and ascension! And howmuch more glorious will be his second coming, to put an end toall that opposes him, and all that causes suffering to hispeople! 16-19 When we see a day of trouble approach, it concerns us toprepare. A good hope through grace is founded in holy fear. Theprophet looked back upon the experiences of the church in formerages, and observed what great things God had done for them, andso was not only recovered, but filled with holy joy. He resolvedto delight and triumph in the Lord; for when all is gone, hisGod is not gone. Destroy the vines and the fig-trees, and youmake all the mirth of a carnal heart to cease. But those who,when full, enjoyed God in all, when emptied and poor, can enjoyall in God. They can sit down upon the heap of the ruins oftheir creature-comforts, and even then praise the Lord, as theGod of their salvation, the salvation of the soul, and rejoicein him as such, in their greatest distresses. Joy in the Lord isespecially seasonable when we meet with losses and crosses inthe world. Even when provisions are cut off, to make it appearthat man lives not by bread alone, we may be supplied by thegraces and comforts of God's Spirit. Then we shall be strong forspiritual warfare and work, and with enlargement of heart mayrun the way of his commandments, and outrun our troubles. And weshall be successful in spiritual undertakings. Thus the prophet,who began his prayer with fear and trembling, ends it with joyand triumph. And thus faith in Christ prepares for every event.The name of Jesus, when we can speak of Him as ours, is balm forevery wound, a cordial for every care. It is as ointment pouredforth, shedding fragrance through the whole soul. In the hope ofa heavenly crown, let us sit loose to earthly possessions andcomforts, and cheerfully bear up under crosses. Yet a littlewhile, and He that shall come will come, and will not tarry; andwhere he is, we shall be also.
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