Friday, April 17, 2009

Habakkuk's Revival

We used this text during our community Good Friday service:
O LORD, I have heard the report of you,
and your work, O LORD, do I fear.
In the midst of the years revive it;
in the midst of the years make it known;
in wrath remember mercy.
God came from Teman,
and the Holy One from Mount Paran.
His splendor covered the heavens,
and the earth was full of his praise.
Habakkuk 3
In the Old Testament manifestations of God and meditations upon God were physical: Moses on the mountain, "the word of the Lord," the Exodus, the festivals, the sacrifices, Abraham's three friends, and on and on and on. These were glorious and powerful but fading and a shadow of the reality. In contrast the New Testament speaks of a glory that does not fade away because it is a "ministry of the Spirit." 2 Corinthians 3
Lord, I need a miracle. I have heard the reports of your past works. Revive them again. Come down upon the mountains and cover the skies with glory so that we might praise you again.

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