A Short Study of Habakkuk 3:2

“O LORD, I have heard thy speech, and was afraid: O LORD, revive thy work in the midst of the years, in the midst of the years make known; in wrath remember mercy.”
(Habakkuk 3:2)

Almighty God, having revealed unto Habakkuk His great work in the latter days when righteousness and judgment would meet in Messiah, moved the prophet to prayer and supplication for a greater revelation of His tender mercies, mercies which would be unaltered by the execution of His wrath upon sin, but would rather be confirmed, as promised in the eternal covenant of grace, in the salvation and comfort of His people. Nowhere is God’s wrath and mercy more clearly revealed than at Calvary. The judgment and wrath of God executed upon our Lord Jesus as He was made sin, and bore our sin in His own body on the tree, initiates an incomprehensible, reverential fear, and an unspeakable peace and comfort to the heart of the awakened sinner.

O LORD, make known unto us your immeasurable hatred for sin and your infinite love, mercy and grace personified and executed in our dying substitute! Little is known in our generation of the wrath and mercy of God, especially as executed in Christ, because today’s contemporary ministry and religion is silent upon the character and virtues of Almighty God and the perfections and accomplishments of the God-man, Christ Jesus our Lord. However, there are a few to whom the Lord has spoken and made known His work and they are fearfully and prayerfully proclaiming His wrath and mercy as revealed in the center and circumference of all truth. “Behold, The Lamb of God.” And a few shall hear!

“Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls: Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation.”
(Habakkuk 3:17-18)

T. Robbins

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