My post from the "What to expect in the future" thread. I thought it might help those who would read this thread but not the other thread.
Folks, perhaps this will help us some. My pastor has, for the past two Sundays, preached from Habakkuk 1. He gave his "election" sermon before that, and he is calling his current series, "Why, God?" In Habakkuk 1, the author is essentially asking God, "why does it seem like You are letting all this iniquity I see around me happen?" My pastor preached that, at first, Habakkuk had all the same questions we all have today, but that later on, Habakkuk came to realize that he didn't "need" to know all the answers -- he only needed to know that God was there, that he could just cling to God. He gave the example of a child who is scared and doesn't understand "why" something is happening, but as long as that child has his parent to hold on to, nothing else really matters and he will be okay. Right now, dear ones, we don't know "why" -- but we can hold on to God and simply know that He is there. Habakkuk is a short book, and not one we hear preached from very often, but I think it is a very timely read for what we are seeing now.
The last 3 verses of Habakkuk shows the author's trust in God and the assurance that God is "there." According to my pastor, the last phrase, "to the chief singer on my stringed instruments" indicates that this prayer of Habakkuk was set to music and sung in worship. I'm reminded of songs like "Praise You in This Storm" which can be considered modern-day examples of this.
17 Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls:
18 Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation.
19 The Lord God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds' feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places. To the chief singer on my stringed instruments.
"Oir is leatsa an rioghachd, agus an cumhachd, agus a gloir, gu siorraidh, Amen." ("For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever, Amen" -- Scots Gaelic)