“O Lord, I have heard the report of you, and your work, O Lord, do I fear. In the midst of the years revive it; in the midst of the years make it known; in wrath remember mercy. God came from Teman, and the Holy One from Mount Paran. Selah. His splendor covered the heavens, and the earth was full of His praise. His brightness was like the light; rays flashed from His hand; and there He veiled His power.”

// Habakkuk 3:2-4

Here we have an interesting description of Habakkuk’s encounter with the Lord. He speaks of having heard “the report of you,” but then he relates the experience of seeing the Lord when “His splendor covered the heavens,” etc.  Much like Job, who knew the Lord by the hearing of his ears, but then saw the Lord and, as he said, “repented in dust and ashes,” [Job 42:6] Habakkuk’s encounter follows the same trajectory. What’s interesting is how both Habakkuk and Job present to us our own journeys — first hearing of the Lord from others’ experiences of Him and then moving into having our own encounters.

Truth be told, we cannot truly worship God from our heart until we encounter His heart for us, when He himself reveals His heart to us. We must be a people who move past what others say about God and move toward becoming those who have something to say of Him, drawn from how we have personally and intimately experienced Him. Worship flows from revelation of the Lord, from how He reveals Himself to us. We, like Habakkuk, must see His splendor, must be awed by His brightness and the rays that flash forth like lightning from Him. This kind of experience is not just for prophets of old, but for us today, for Paul wrote that the heroes of faith from old longed to see our day [Hebrews 11:13]. Think on that! We have a better deal than Habakkuk!

How, we might ask, do we get the better deal? Paul prayed for the Ephesians that the eyes of their hearts would be opened and enlightened with the experiential knowledge of God. We worship from the heart by having the eyes of our hearts opened by Him, and then filled with the light of who He is — His self-disclosed revelation. Ask Him, today, to open the eyes of your heart. Ask Him to fill your eyes with His revelatory light. He longs to do this for us, so let’s align our prayers according to His desires, so we can worship Him in spirit and truth!

// Samuel Nicolosi