Habakkuk 2;18 – 3;2  

On Sunday 11th October Naomi will be speaking to us from Habakkuk, as she begins our new sermon series ‘Worshippers in the Wilderness’. In this series we will be looking at a few different Biblical characters whose worship took a variety of forms, learning together how we can “interrupt our preoccupation with ourselves and attend to the presence of God” (as Eugene Peterson said).  

As you read through this scripture you might like to consider the following questions; 

  • Have you had experiences of “keeping silence” before God in worship? What was that like? 
  • As you ponder the idea of silent worship, what thoughts or feelings come to the surface?
  • You might like to try spending a short time in silence on a few occasions this week (eg 5 minutes at a time), focussing your attention on God’s presence with you.  What do you notice?  
18 “Of what value is an idol carved by a craftsman?
Or an image that teaches lies?
For the one who makes it trusts in his own creation;
he makes idols that cannot speak.
19 Woe to him who says to wood, ‘Come to life!’
Or to lifeless stone, ‘Wake up!’
Can it give guidance?
It is covered with gold and silver;
there is no breath in it.”
20 The Lord is in his holy temple;
    let all the earth be silent before him.
Chapter 3; A prayer of Habakkuk the prophet. On shigionoth.[a]
Lord, I have heard of your fame;
    I stand in awe of your deeds, Lord.
Repeat them in our day,
    in our time make them known;
    in wrath remember mercy.

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