Habakkuk’s Song

I was reading through Habakkuk last night because, of course, everybody spends so much time in this very short book… and I realized that there was a great song here.

Habakkuk is basically composed of him making two complaints to God that essentially ask the same thing: (in California-speak) — “Dude — why don’t you do sumthin’?”

To Habakkuk’s first complaint, God answers simply (in California-speak again): “Dude, you think that was bad… I’m gonna put even more smack down.”

But, the most wonderful thing of all is that Habakkuk, in his pain, struggle, questioning, shouts an amazing thought that becomes the crux of the chorus:

Habakkuk 3:18-19

[Y]et I will rejoice in the LORD,
I will be joyful in God my Savior.

19 The Sovereign LORD is my strength;
he makes my feet like the feet of a deer,
he enables me to go on the heights.

But, the greatest point of all is the one that is mentioned often in the New Testament and is the crux of the Protestant movement: “The righteous shall live by his faith.”

Amen!

You can download the MP3 of the song here.

Lyrics:

Habakkuk’s Song
Habakkuk and Rob Reed

How long O Lord must I call for help
Do you listen?
I cry to you please can you help me
But do you hear?

Destruction and violence before me
There’s strife and conflict
The law seems paralyzed
And justice perverted

But you say
The righteous will live by faith

So I will rejoice
In the Lord
I’ll be joyful in God My Savior
The Lord is my strength
He makes my feet run like the feet of a deer
I will soar on the wings of eagles
Because of you my God

Though the fig tree does not bud
No grapes on the vines
The crops are failing
The land’s run dry

But you say
The righteous will live by faith

So I will rejoice
In the Lord
I’ll be joyful in God My Savior
The Lord is my strength
He makes my feet run like the feet of a deer
I will soar on the wings of eagles
Because of you my God

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In May, 2005, Rob was a secular, Jewish, thirty-something, Los Angeles, personal injury attorney whose idea of getting up early on a Sunday was getting up for the third quarter of the first televised, NFL games.

Thirsting on the idea of playing in a band for the first time in a decade, Rob finally accepted his neighbor's request to get up at seven-in-the-morning on Sundays in order to participate.

Eleven months later, his world was turned upside down by Jesus. Instantly, he began leading songs on the worship team and, today, he now leads that same LIFEhouse worship team in which he was initially invited to join as a non-believer.

God is cool like that.