Friday, August 6, 2010

I will take joy in the God of my Salvation


“I will take joy in the God of my salvation” (Habakkuk 3:14)

Habakkuk celebrates the truth about God. This comes from Habakkuk’s rejoicing in seeing the great God of the universe. God has just revealed himself to Habakkuk and now Habakkuk’s response is praise and adoration to our everlasting Creator. “I will take joy in the God of my salvation.”

Who is this God that saves sinners for his own glory? Strictly from the truth that he saves sinners we know this God loves, he is merciful and gracious. Earlier in chapter three we read more about this great God: “His splendor covered the heavens, and the earth was full of his praise. His brightness was like the light; rays flashed from his hand; and there he veiled his power…He stood and measured the earth; he looked and shook the nations; then the eternal mountains were scattered; the everlasting hills sank low. His were the everlasting ways” (Hab. 3:4,6). This is a God bigger than our minds can comprehend. No human beings splendor covers the heavens. We cannot measure the earth or shake the nations. These realities belong to God alone. This is the God who has revealed himself to us in his Word yet it would take all eternity to know him. The amazing part is he desires to know us. Not know that we exist because he already knows that about us but he wants to know us intimately. He wants to adopt us into his family where we can all him our Father.

Christian, have you consider the magnitude of this reality? The God of the universe, the very One who holds the entire world his in hands, also holds you in his grip. The God who would be perfectly just to send each and every one of us to hell because we have rebelled against him instead has redeemed us. He paid the penalty for our sins by crushing his only Son upon the cross. His holiness demanded a payment for sin and that payment is death. The amazing part is because of Christ it is no longer our death but Christ’s atoning death on our behalf. This does not only save us from the wrath to come. It not only washes away all of our sins. Salvation means we can know God now and have fellowship with him. Through Christ we can approach the God whose splendor covers the heavens. When Habakkuk realized this reality of who God is his first response was: “I hear, and my body trembles; my lips quiver at the sound; rottenness enters into my bones; my legs tremble beneath me” (3:16). This should be our response when we see through the lens of Scripture and creation the greatness of God. But with this dread should also come great joy because, as his children, he has rescued from his holy wrath and made us his own. This is what brings excitement to say, “I will take joy in the God of my salvation.”

We can trust God with our lives. We can know for sure because of his goodness that everything he does is for our good. This does not mean health and wealth but rather a confidence in God’s goodness to do as he promises. Part of the joy of salvation is looking for that day when we will be freed from sinning and in his perfect presence for all eternity. While here on earth may we keep our trust in our great God. Habakkuk had this trust: “Though the fig tree should not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines, the produce of the olive fail and the fields yield no food, the flock be cut off from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the LORD; I will take joy in the God of my salvation.” May we be faithful to rest upon God’s promise to never leave us nor forsake us.

Grace upon grace,
JRL

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