Romans 8:28 “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” That’s why we ask you, REVIVE US LORD!
The works of God are interesting, they have a complex of matters and ideas of material and spiritual things, and in his great wisdom God rules everything. And the things that happen to the saints or the things that happen to everyone who loves God there is a purpose in them, there is something that we cannot understand humanly. Some activity, some work that is close to us has its purpose, but sometimes it is difficult to embrace that purpose, to understand the will in which God wants to execute on that person, so Romans 1:17 says something interesting “For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.” It is important to understand everything by faith as Habakkuk understood it, who uttered the same words when he prayed for a sinful people, a people who would suffer greatly and fall into the hands of the Chaldeans, they were going to be victims of Babylon, and Habakkuk complains, he enters into a moan for his people about how is it that God will use a sinful people to punish and humiliate his people, and enters into different arguments, asks questions and challenges the ideas and the form of the works of God and concludes and says when he receives the answer from God: “Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith.” David said something similar, Psa.138:7:8 “Though I walk in the midst of trouble, thou wilt revive me: thou shalt stretch forth thine hand against the wrath of mine enemies, and thy right hand shall save me. The Lord will perfect that which concerneth me: thy mercy, O Lord, endureth for ever: forsake not the works of thine own hands.”
David places all his trust in God, that is the secret of him who lives by faith. But the psalmist here says that there are anxieties, pains, afflictions, works that the human being cannot sometimes carry, but if we remember the verse of Romans says that all those things that come upon those who love God, everything like a whirlpool Is going to help you for good, there is something there that God is working, there is something there that is needed in our life so that he can then perfect his work. Paul said that God will not finish until he completes the perfect work in us. If the pain one is going through, that moment of affliction that you are suffering, if we put our trust in God as he says, “The just shall live by faith” that work, that anguish, that pain, has its deep meaning in the will of God for those who love God to help you reach that place where you need to be by the divine grace of God. David said here, “Though I walk in the midst of trouble, thou wilt revive me.”
The word “to revive” is to give life: There are moments that we no longer have strength, that we are already without any breath, but that trust, that faith will revive us, because it says “you will make me alive.” When we look at the end that there is no longer escape and we no longer look at that little light, there is still hope for the righteous, there is life for him who believes in God.
There is something very interesting about Habakkuk. What do I want to say? In his natural state the ordinary man cannot resist that storm that comes from the Almighty, but there is something supernatural in us, and that is the grace of God, the mercy of God. Habakkuk said, “in wrath remember mercy”.
In Hab. 1: 13-13 it is a way Habakkuk is speaking to God about how he is questioning him because He was going to humiliate them with these evil people. But in chapter two he receives one of the answers, he speaks of that prophetic experience that he had with the Lord of how he was going to prophesy to the people of what was to come and he could not understand how God was going to do this. Sometimes we are in the same situation and we wonder why we are in a certain situation? Why it is that God will be doing the other? Why do we have to go through that? But in all things these will serve a good purpose for those who love God.
Hab. 2: 4 “Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith.” The proud, the lofty, he who does not want to humble himself, will have what he is seeking, But he says, “But the just shall live by his faith.” That faith, that trust in God, everything that is happening to you will ultimately result in good. Hab. 3: 1-3 is the prophet’s prayer, the Jews have done it as a hymn, this whole chapter is like a hymn, it is a prayer, it is a prayer sung with the strings, with the guitars of those times. It is a tone of music that goes with the strings, he is saying “on this tone he wants this prayer to be sung” this prayer, as in Psalm 6 David instructs on which strings the tone must be played, gives the note in which he wanted that this psalm to be sung, just as it is what it meant and in verse two can be found the message. The questions of Habakkuk in chapter one are all those questions that the prophet had, he did not understand how in a holy people a punishment so horrible would happen that came upon them by the Chaldeans as instruments of God to do a work.
Habakkuk 3:2 “O Lord, I have heard thy speech, and was afraid…” How many of us also on our knees, fasting, having made supplications and petitioning in prayer for something, have we received the answer that has left us trembling at times? Habakkuk receives the answer and says “O Lord, revive thy work in the midst of the years, in the midst of the years make known…” And that is something important in the life of the church, how much have we heard out there, “ah sometimes the church does not understand it, does not have enough prayer sometimes,” “does not have enough activities”, but, YOU are the church! You are the one who needs to pray to God as David prayed to the Lord in that psalm: “Lead me in the midst of the anguish” You are the one who has to ask the Lord, “Lord, in the midst of this pain, Revive me; In the midst of this anguish, Revive me, in the midst of preaching, Revive me!” Let them be personal prayers, let them be petitions and entreaties in general, as the prophet said, “OH LORD” and he heard the voice of God, trembled, he was afraid of those answers, and so we to the answers we receive from God, To the commandments of the Holy Spirit, Lord! Revive me! “I feel weak, I have anguish, I am passing something that is weakening my faith, Lord, revive me in the midst of your law” and it says, “Oh Lord, stir up your work.” What does it mean to revive? Give strength, give vigor, give encouragement.
When you see the fire, what do you do to stir up the fire? You take leaves and dry wood to revive it. We need our God to revive us, do not blame the church for being cold, you ask God to revive your being, do not blame anyone who is lacking in prayer, who is lacking in fasting or consecration, You ask God! Revive me Lord! Do not blame anyone, if you do not want to enter a service, plead to God, “Revive me!” Do not blame anyone if you do not want to ask for prayer, you ask for the prayer! The word of God is to be feared because it is a two-edged sword, it is a hammer that can break the hardest of hearts, but we only need the Lord to revive us. And in the life of each and every single one of us we need this revival on the part of the Lord, in the midst of pain, in the middle of laughter, in the middle of consecration, of any circumstance in which you are, if you are walking, sitting, in your bed, in your deed, “Lord, Revive Me” that’s what Habakkuk said, “Revive thy work in the midst of the years, in the midst of the years make known!” But not in your time, not in your personal will but in the will of God, in the midst of the times make it known! How important it is to make known the work of God and many do not do this because we lack strength and vigor, and we need the Lord to revive us. And he said, “in wrath remember mercy,” because God can punish, with a look he can silence the whole congregation, with a single word he can command the angels to come in defense, so in the middle of any problem you’re going through, any pain, whatever it is, you say always and forever, “Lord, have mercy on me in your anger, and Revive Me!
May God Bless You All.