Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | February 27, 2018

“You went forth for the salvation of Your people, For the salvation of Your anointed. You struck the head of the house of the evil To lay him open from thigh to neck.”

Today’s devotion comes from Habakkuk chapter 3.  Here is a link to this chapter –

I quote only the following verses.

“13 You went forth for the salvation of Your people,
For the salvation of Your anointed.
You struck the head of the house of the evil
To lay him open from thigh to neck.  Selah.
14 You pierced with his own spears
The head of his throngs.
They stormed in to scatter us;
Their exultation was like those
Who devour the oppressed in secret.
15 You trampled on the sea with Your horses,
On the surge of many waters.

16 I heard and my inward parts trembled,
At the sound my lips quivered.
Decay enters my bones,
And in my place I tremble.
Because I must wait quietly for the day of distress,
For the people to arise who will invade us.
17 Though the fig tree should not blossom
And there be no fruit on the vines,
Though the yield of the olive should fail
And the fields produce no food,
Though the flock should be cut off from the fold
And there be no cattle in the stalls,
18 Yet I will exult in the LORD,
I will rejoice in the God of my salvation.
19 The LORD God is my strength,
And He has made my feet like hinds’ feet,
And makes me walk on my high places.  …”  Habakkuk 3:13-19.


Other doctrine presents a god of their desires and imaginations of only mercy who loves everyone, a kind of Santa Claus.

But, Reformed Doctrine presents the God of Scripture, a God of both wrath and mercy, Who only loved His people, His chosen ones, and Who, as part of their salvation, destroyed the wicked with much fierceness and power.

On His chariots of salvation, the LORD raged.

“8 Did the LORD rage against the rivers,
Or was Your anger against the rivers,
Or was Your wrath against the sea,
That You rode on Your horses,
On Your chariots of salvation?
9 Your bow was made bare,
The rods of chastisement were sworn.  Selah.
You cleaved the earth with rivers.
10 The mountains saw You and quaked;
The downpour of waters swept by.
The deep uttered forth its voice,
It lifted high its hands.
11 Sun and moon stood in their places;
They went away at the light of Your arrows,
At the radiance of Your gleaming spear.
12 In indignation You marched through the earth;
In anger You trampled the nations.”  Verses 8-12.

If the righteous like Habakkuk were saved through fearing and trembling (verse 16), then what will happen to the wicked who trifle with the LORD, rebel against Him, and think they can control and manipulate Him?!

“9 ‘You shall break them with a rod of iron,
You shall shatter them like earthenware.’”

10 Now therefore, O kings, show discernment;
Take warning, O judges of the earth.
11 Worship the LORD with reverence
And rejoice with trembling.
12 Do homage to the Son, that He not become angry, and you perish in the way,
For His wrath may soon be kindled.
How blessed are all who take refuge in Him!”  Psalm 2:9-12.


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