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15th May 2024

From Lament To Praise



I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation.

 

Habakkuk 3:18


O Lord, how long shall I cry ?” (Habakkuk 1:2). The prophet Habakkuk lamented God’s inaction regarding the people in power who perverted justice (v 4). Think of the times we have turned to God in desperation—expressing our laments due to injustice, a seemingly hopeless medical journey, ongoing financial struggles or children, family or friends who have turned away from God.


Each time Habakkuk lamented, God heard his cries. As we wait in faith, we can learn from the prophet to turn our lament into praise, for he said, “I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the of God my Salvation” (3:18). He did not understand God’s ways, but he trusted Him. Both lament and praise are acts of faith, expressions of trust. We lament as an appeal to God based on His character. And our praise of Him is based on who He is our amazing, almighty God. One day, by His grace, every lament will turn to praise.

Bible Reading

Habakkuk 3:17–19.



Prayer

Let me be reminded, Lord God, each day of what You have done for me in You Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.





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