Heavenly Father, thank you for another new day started anew! Thank you for the majestic sunrise and masterpiece sunset. Thank you for the moon and the stars in the night. Thank you for the noon day sun. Thank you for the clouds with their rain and snow. Thank you for this wonderful world that you created for us. Thank you for giving us Your Word as our scriptures. And thank you for the scripture to base today’s prayer for your daughter:
Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith. (Habakkuk 2:4)
Lord, what an interesting time we are in. And in the midst of the many things going on all around me, I enjoy taking time away from it all to sit with you. And now with tears I come before you on behalf of your daughter Lindsey. With tears and bated breath as you allow me a glimpse of what it can be like to be in the spotlight day after day. And so I pray another big prayer today for your daughter Lindsey who loves you so very much. Remember her this day Lord for she wants to live by her faith. Lord, be with her this day and help her walk by faith. Show her the way to walk and give her the courage to walk it. Lord, Habakkuk reminds us what it means to NOT live by faith … I ask that you help Lindsey to not stray from your path. Help her to not become puffed up. Keep her on your path and help her to keep her ego from being inflated. She wants to live with integrity Lord, so be with her every step of the way. And we will glorify you Lord. We will sing your praises. All the glory is to you Lord. I pray this in the name of Christ Jesus, King of kings. Amen.
Interesting … here we find a simple definition of living by your faith … simply avoid lifting yourself up in a way that is not upright … simply avoid becoming “puffed up” … don’t become too proud and don’t let your ego be inflated. Don’t lift oneself up without integrity and desires that are not upright! All that from just one verse in Habakkuk? It seems so, especially after clarifying the verse with a few other translations (see: references) to help understand what it is saying:
Behold, his soul is puffed up, it is not upright in him; but the righteous shall live by his faith.
Behold, his soul is puffed up; it is not upright within him,
but the righteous shall live by his faith.
Look, his ego is inflated;
he is without integrity.
But the righteous one will live by his faith.
Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith.
Behold, as for the proud one,
His soul is not right within him;
But the righteous will live by his faith.
See, the enemy is puffed up;
his desires are not upright—
but the righteous person will live by his faithfulness
Behold the proud,
His soul is not upright in him;
But the just shall live by his faith.
Look at the proud!
They trust in themselves, and their lives are crooked.
But the righteous will live by their faithfulness to God.
Listen to the whole book of Habakkuk with music and song intermixed (using the 1984 NIV translation I think):
Click to listen => 2100 Classics (jump ahead in audio to 13:00 for the song, then at 15:40 is the conclusion and bit about being “puffed up”)