Savior Series

Our Sovereign Savior

I know I said that we aren’t going to look at the word Savior anymore, but this one sneaked by me, and I think it’s worth taking a look at!

This comes from the prayer of Habakkuk,

yet I will rejoice in the Lord,
    I will be joyful in God my Savior.

The Sovereign Lord is my strength;
    he makes my feet like the feet of a deer,
    he enables me to tread on the heights. Habakkuk 3:18-19

Habakkuk was a lesser known prophet who was most known for his prayer in Habakkuk 3. While the first two chapters of the book are a long discourse between him and God, mentioning and exclaiming his frustration that he longed to see God to move, the third chapter is a focused prayer and a praise to God.

I don’t know about you, but right now, again with what is going on in this moment, I long to see God move in a mighty way. The pandemic we are currently experiencing means one thing in the abstract, but it takes on a whole new meaning when it starts to affect you or your loved ones personally.

Your prayers might go differently if you know someone on the front lines taking care of people with this virus.

You might pray a little more persistently if you know someone personally who is ill with COVID-19.

You might pray differently if your livelihood has been completely affected by the economic shutdown.

Not to say that you don’t pray for protection and healing otherwise, but when you see the virus close up and the consequences of the fallout you feel compelled to pray. This urge to pray for others has a name.

Intercessory prayer

Intercessory prayer is, “the act of praying on behalf of others.” It is also referred to petition in the bible.

I know we’ve been riding this humility train for a few days now, but I’m not quite ready to jump off of it yet.

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Humility is a precursor to effective intercessory prayer. 

if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14

In Habakkuk’s prayer he starts out with a posture of humility by recognizing and claiming God’s power over all. He acknowledges what God had accomplished through His creation, both by means of protection and destruction.

With his own spear you pierced his head
    when his warriors stormed out to scatter us,
gloating as though about to devour
    the wretched who were in hiding.
You trampled the sea with your horses,
    churning the great waters. Habakkuk 3:14-15

After he acknowledges to God his understanding of His mighty power, the prophet speaks of his humble response:

I heard and my heart pounded,
    my lips quivered at the sound;
decay crept into my bones,
    and my legs trembled.
Yet I will wait patiently for the day of calamity
    to come on the nation invading us. Habakkuk 3:16

Honestly it seems that in some ways we are experiencing our own invasion by means of COVID-19. Everywhere you turn this virus is rampant and wreaking havoc and destruction on the lives of so many.

It seems that we are “waiting patiently for the day of calamity” Seeing everywhere on the news that this virus is getting worse and not better, and that the “domino effect” of this all is continuing to spread.

We wonder if we’ve reached that point already, and can’t imagine (and don’t want to imagine) how it could get any worse.

But then we remember that God is our Sovereign Savior. And even if we don’t see any outward reason to praise God:

Though the fig tree does not bud
    and there are no grapes on the vines,
though the olive crop fails
    and the fields produce no food,
though there are no sheep in the pen
    and no cattle in the stalls, Habakkuk 3:17

His saving grace, His might power and His Sovereign hand is enough for us to praise Him.

yet I will rejoice in the Lord,
    I will be joyful in God my Savior. Habakkuk 3:18

As we rejoice and praise God, we are calmed through the calamity by calling out His name. We can praise Him in spite of our circumstances.

Recognizing who He is and what He gives us:

The Sovereign Lord is my strength;
    he makes my feet like the feet of a deer,
    he enables me to tread on the heights. Habakkuk 3:18

Strength. Hope. Faith. We have physical strength to keep walking by faith to keep pushing forward no matter where He calls us to go and what He calls us to pray.

Action Step:

This one might be a little tough but I know you can do it! How can you humble yourself before God and ask Him to give you names or people or groups of people to pray for? (Sometimes we have a special affinity for people who are in similar circumstances as us, or people that have gone through what we’ve went through)

How can you continue in humility and willingness to pray on behalf of others in regards to praying for your enemies or “those that persecute you”?

Additional Scripture References:

But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, Matthew 5:44

Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. 1 Peter 5:6

Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. Hebrews 5:16

 

 

 

 

 

 

Habakkuk had reached that point where he was complaining and asking God to move, tired of in his case, the injustices that were all around him. But instead of complaining about it, he turned those complaints into prayer and praise.

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