The truth is prayer always changes us, not God. 1 Chronicles 12:8. To give Israel an opportunity to destroy their enemies, the sun and moon stood still in their habitation, Joshua 10:12-13. It is to be noticed that a parallel saying, almost verbatim, the same is that of my text, occurs in the 18th Psalm. The best part of this song is that it shows that Habakkuk truly grasped what God was teaching him. Some are of opinion, that Habakkuk speaks only of the strongholds of the land; but if we reflect on the naked and defenceless state that Judaea was in when the Jews returned from captivity, we may rather be induced to think that the prophet meant no more than this; that after the land had rested seventy years, and enjoyed its sabbaths, it should become fruitful again; and that then the Jews should once more delight themselves in the plenty of its pleasant hills, as the hind on her favourite high places. He will establish me upon the heights, to gain the victory in his canticle." He will make me — To conquer and triumph. Habakkuk 3:19, ESV: "GOD, the Lord, is my strength; he makes my feet like the deer’s; he makes me tread on my high places. He supposes the worst of calamities which can happen; that drought, blasting, mildew, or the ravages of an enemy destroy their vines, fig-trees, and olives; that pestilence and famine devour the cattle, so that the barren fields are quite forsaken: Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation. Some think that this was said with regard to Judea, which is, as it is well known, mountainous; but I take the expression more simply in this way,—that God would make his faithful people to advance boldly and without fear along high places: for they who fear hide themselves and dare not to raise up the head, nor proceed openly along public roads; but the Prophet says, God will make me to tread on any high places. Selah. It helps us adjust our attitude from one of pessimism and even despair to optimism and rejoicing. Most worthy to be laid up in that Persian casket embroidered with gold and pearl, which Alexander reserved for Homer’s Iliad. This is an image of spiritual life. Are you and I familiar with these upper ranges of thought and experience and life? 2. But there is an implied contrast between God and those supports on which men usually lean. The high places of faith. “High places” are the best things in life and experience. To the chief musician on my stringed instruments] This is David-like indeed, as in the whole prayer or song he resembleth that sweet singer of Israel; and the verse hath caused a cloud. The events that unfold in our world seldom make sense. Euthymius saith of David, that he was Primi regis et lingua et cor et calamus, the tongue, heart, and pen of Almighty God. O Lord, I have heard thy speech, and was afraid; because of the sad tidings concerning the desolations of his people, which affected him exceedingly. NAS Habakkuk 3:18 Yet I will exult in the LORD, I will rejoice in the God of my salvation. Houbigant, however, gives the last words another turn, rendering them thus: And shall bring me to the tops of the mountains to victory in my song; or, that I may overcome, when those things which I here sing shall have their completion. And what is it now, O Lord, now thou hast finished redemption work, and art returned to glory, but every day, and all the day, renewed manifestations of the same, that Jesus will bring home his ransomed ones finally, fully, and completely; that where he is, there they shall be also. Habakkuk 3:18 Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation.. Ver. Their rejoicing was as to devour the poor secretly; they were confident of victory over God's poor people; or this was a part of their crimes which provoked these judgments of God against them. Clarke's Habakkuk 3:19 Bible Commentary The Lord God is my strength - This is an imitation, if not a quotation, from Psalm 18:32-33 (note), where see the notes. It is the mount … For it is not our own and it is our own; not our own, i. e., not from or of ourselves; but our own, since It is in us, yea “He the Lord our God is our strength,” not without us, for He is our strength, but in us. Because of the description (in 3:1; and the inscription in 3:19), some have inferred that Habakkuk was a Levite who assisted in the music of the temple. We hence see that the Prophet entertained firm hope, and by his example animated the faithful, provided they had God propitious, however might all other things fail them. And He gives him feet that can clamber without slipping, and makes him walk in the high places, within his soul far from strife and trouble. Septuagint, "He will order my feet unto perfection. See App-64. In Habakkuk, we can see an important relationship between emotion and action. Habakkuk 3:1-19. And as he had confessed the Father, under the Name whereby He revealed Himself to Moses, and the Son, “the Lord God of my salvation,” so he confesses God the Holy Ghost, who, in us, is our strength. grant, that like thy servant the Prophet, whether fig-trees blossom or withhold their fruit; whether the olives fail, or fields yield their meat; Jesus lives and loves, and will live and love forever. Aeneid. Unless that is true, that Christianity gives to a man the Divine gladness which makes him ready for work, I do not know what is the good of his Christianity to him. "Habakkuk teaches us to face our doubts and questions honestly, take them humbly to the Lord, wait for His Word to teach us, and then worship Him no matter how we feel or what we see." First, such communion with God brings--, I. He adds, on my beatings. Even so when at the end of the world all shall fail, and the love of many shall wax cold, and the Church, which is likened to the fig tree the vine and the (Luke 13:6; Isaiah 5:1; Isaiah 21:33; etc. 3rdly, The tidings of distress which the prophet heard concerning his countrymen, though there was hope in the end, affected him deeply. The way forward was not going to be filled with worry and sleepless nights and ulcers. The preposition al would, however, in this case be appropriate rather than b’ On the terms used, see Psalm 4:1. This formula at the end of the ode, directing the kind of instrument to be used, agrees with that in the beginning of it, which directs the kind of melody (compare Isaiah 38:20). Many of the Psalms are directed in the same way. The ending will appear much more dignified, this line being separated from it. Having had his eyes turned to God (Hab. Like hinds feet — That I may escape to God my refuge. He at last adds, To the leader on my beatings. The mighty sons of Anak, strong as the everlasting mountains, were scattered and broken; and all the nobles and princes of the land, who thought their possessions sure as the perpetual hills, did bow before the God of Israel: for his ways are everlasting, nor can any of the sons of men frustrate his decided counsels, or stay his arm when he is determined to destroy. For the leader; my song on the stringed instruments. It has been inferred from the use of the possessive pronoun, “my stringed instruments,” that Habakkuk was a Levite, and therefore himself entitled to accompany the Temple music. The prophet had in his own, and in the name of all the godly, made a full profession of his faith, and resolution to behave himself with joy in midst of troubles, Habakkuk 3:17,18; now he gives us account on what ground he speaks so, it is not in his own strength he can do it, but it is because the Lord God is his strength. Do we feel at home there more than down in the bottom, amongst the swamps and the miasma and the mists? My God will return my captivity, and when I am set at liberty, as I shall be, by Cyrus, my God will be my strength, that, as a hind let loose, I may hasten to the mountains of Israel. I. To the chief singer on my stringed instruments. “He is our strength,” so that through Him, we can do all things; “He is our strength,” so that without Him, we can do nothing; “He is our strength,” so that when we put forth strength, we put forth nothing of our own, we add nothing of our own, we use not our own strength, of which we have none, but we do use His; and we have It ever ready to use, as if it were our own. 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. 3d, We may be successful in our spiritual enterprises, He will make me to walk upon my high places: that is, I shall gain my point, shall be restored unto my land, and tread upon the high places of the enemy: see the notes on Psalms 18:33; Deuteronomy 32:13; Deuteronomy 33:29. Not man shall "direct his own ways," but "He will make me to walk (as on a plain way) upon my high place." The prophet had to traverse the deep places of poverty and famine, but he went downhill without slipping, for the Lord gave him standing. The Lord God is my strength] And hence his joy of faith, and ability to bear up under pressures of afflictions, as a man that is well lined within, and hath abundance of good blood and fresh spirits, can endure to go with less clothes than another. Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers, Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament. Will make me to walk upon mine high places - This last verse is spoken in the person of the people, who seem to anticipate their restoration; and that they shall once more rejoice in the hills and mountains of Judea. I. do not let us deprive ourselves of the lofty consolations and the mysterious influx of power which may be ours. The "high places" are called "mine," to imply that Israel shall be restored to his own land, a land of hills which are places of safety and of eminence (cf. my stringed instruments. Our prophet, as he partly imitated, and partly transcribed them in this Canticle, yea, in this verse, {confer Psalms 18:33-34} so he concludeth as David many times beginneth, To the chief chanter or music master, or, To him that excelleth in the art of singing and playing on instruments, those holy Levites, whose charge it was, 1 Chronicles 9:33, and for whom he doubted not but God would afford and provide new matter of psalmody, by compassing his people about with songs of deliverance. xviii. The singer has been describing a great delivering manifestation of the Most High God, which, though he knew it was for the deliverance of God’s people, shed awe and terror over his soul. But the elevation will not be such aa to make us despise the low paths on which duty--the sufficient and loftiest thing of all--lies for us. Interpreters think that God is signified here by this title, for he presides over all the songs of the godly: and it may not inaptly be applied to him as the leader of the singers, as though the Prophet had said,—“God will be a strength to me; though I am weak in myself, I shall yet be strong in him; and he will enable me to surmount all obstacles, and I shall proceed boldly, who am now like one half-dead; and he will thus become the occasion of my song, and be the leader of the singers engaged in celebrating his praises, when he shall deliver from death his people in so wonderful a manner.” We hence see that the connection is not unsuitable, when he says, that there would be strength for him in God; and particularly as giving of thanks belonged to the leader or the chief singer, in order that God’s aid might be celebrated, not only privately but at the accustomed sacrifices, as was usually the case under the law. Habakkuk 3:19 AMPC The Lord God is my Strength, my personal bravery, and my invincible army; He makes my feet like hinds' feet and will make me to walk [not to stand still in terror, but to walk] and make [spiritual] progress upon my high places [of trouble, suffering, or responsibility]! Genesis 19:17, "escape to the mountain;" and Matthew 24:16). Thou didst strike through with his staves the head of his villages; turning their own arms against them, and ruining the country throughout. Browse Sermons on Habakkuk 3:19. A prayer of Habakkuk the prophet: The first two chapters of Habakkuk give us the prophet's "question and answer" time with God. Habakkuk 3:19 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] Habakkuk 3:19, NIV: "The Sovereign LORD is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to tread on the heights.For the director of music. The 18th Psalm gives a somewhat different and inferior version of that thought when it says, “It is the Lord that girdeth me with strength.” But Habakkuk, though perhaps he could not have put into dogmatic shape all that he meant, had come further than that, “The Lord is my strength.” He not only gives, as one might put a coin into the hand of a beggar, while standing separate from him all the while, but “the Lord is my strength.” And what does that mean? By high places, the prophet seems to mean the fruitful hills of Judaea; at least Moses uses the word in this sense, Deuteronomy 32:13. One wave of the hand, and they are miles away. To the chief singer; let this be kept on record for public use, this be a pattern for others as well as it is a declaration of my faith, hope, desire, and prayer. True, the revelation is made,--it is all in the book. For YHWH, the Lord of creation and deliverance as revealed in the poem, is his strength. Of course, the work that we have to do one day seems easier than the same work does another. His meaning then is,—that even when evils impetuously rage against us, when we vacillate and are ready to fall every moment, God ought then to be our strength; for the aid which he has promised for our support is all-sufficient. This Hebrew manuscript was written around 75 BC and contains the two first chapters of the book of Habakkuk. God makes a man’s feet like “hinds’ feet”; that is, He makes the heavy, sluggish mortal into a light active being. Habakkuk lists out some of the worst trials that people faced in his days. It appeareth by the context of this whole chapter that the prophet Habakkuk was well versed in the Psalms, which is a sweet field and rosary of promises, a summary of the Old Testament, saith Luther; the good soul’s soliloquy, saith another, wherein are amulets of comfort more pleasant than the pools of Heshbon, more glorious than the tower of Lebanon, more redolent than the oil of Aaron, more fructifying than the dew of Hermon. Habakkuk 3:19. He will make me to walk upon mine high places; to my native country, to my beloved city, and thy more beloved temple, which were built like high places to that munition of rocks, &c., Deuteronomy 32:13 Isaiah 33:16. In “high places” men breathe more freely, so pure and exhilarating is the rarefied air. Blessed be the Lord for this sweet ministry of thine; and blessed be thy labours. olive, shall yield no fruits, and sweetness shall be corrupted by vanities, and the oil of mercy shall be dried up, and lamps go out, and its promises shall fail and it shall lie, having “a show of goodness, but denying the power of it; in words confessing God, and in works denying Him;” and through their own negligences, or the carelessness of pastors, the sheep of Christ shall perish from His very fold, and they who should be strong to labor 1 Corinthians 9:9-10. shall cease, God‘s elect shall joy in Him, “beholding His goodness, and loving Him in all things, and He will give them free affections, and fervid longings of holy love, whereby they shall not walk only, but run the way of His commandments and prevail over the enemies of their salvation.”, Yet though this strength is inward, and used by man, still God who gives it, Himself guides it. The last of the thoughts here is, communion with God brings--, III. on my stringed instruments; which were either invented by him, or used by him in the temple, or were his own property: or he sent this prayer or ode to him who was over these instruments, had the care and use of them; and which were such as were to be stricken with the hand, bone, or quill; and are the same that are called "Neginoth" in the title of the fourth Psalm Psalm 4:1, and others. So the revelation is in the book, but you must get up the mount of vision to see it. The purpose of Habakkuk’s prophecy is twofold: (1) To warn Judah of its coming judgment at the hands of Chaldea, and (2) To comfort Judah concerning Chaldea’s ultimate destruction. Habakkuk 3:19. Moses on the heights of Pisgah saw the goodly land of promise spread out before him. (b) , Sept.; "et ponet", V. L. Pagninus, Montanus, Burkius; "qui disponit", Junius & Tremellius; "et possuit", (c) "Fixerit aeripedem cervam licet----" Virgil. The last words, למנצּח בּנגינותי, do not form part of the contents of the supplicatory ode, but are a subscription answering to the heading in Habakkuk 3:1, and refer to the use of the ode in the worship of God, and simply differ from the headings למנצּח בּנגינות in Psalm 4:1-8; Psalm 6:1-10; Psalm 54:1-55:23; Psalm 67:1-7, and Psalm 76:1-12, through the use of the suffix in בּנגינותי. 21–23), But some will doubt that he captures the significance of the picture of a hind in Habakkuk 3:19-note when he sees only swiftness ascending and gracefully gliding (262–63). Hebrew. Elevation. This book can be a great help to people who are discouraged about their present circumstances and or can see nothing good coming in the future. But even if he wasn’t, he was writing in terms that all of the farmers around him could relate to. The song is a prayer, the response that he promised God in Habakkuk 2:1.After being greatly chastened, he … The book opened with a dialogue between Habakkuk and Yahweh in which the prophet vented his fears and the Lord responded in love (ch1). Steep and slippery places and crags of the reeks are but ways to the safe height above, to those whom God makes to walk on them; and since he has passed all things earthly, what are his high places, but the heavenly places, even his home, even while a pilgrim here, but now at the end, much more his home, when not in hope only, but in truth, he is "raised up together, and made to sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus?" God never explains himself. What a contrast that is to the way in which most of us get through our day’s work! Read The Power of Yet (Habakkuk 3:17-19) - Your Daily Bible Verse - May 29 from today's daily devotional. “He makes my feet like hinds’ feet.” The stag, in all languages spoken by people that have ever seen it, is the very emblem of elastic, springing ease, of light and bounding gracefulness, that clears every obstacle, and sweeps swiftly over the moor. thy God is my God; and He is the horn of his people. Thus the prophet, who began his prayer with fear and trembling, concludes it with joy and triumph; for prayer is the support and consolation of a pious soul. But in most details he is excellent, and the work is well worth the cost and time. First, such communion with God brings God to a man for his strength. 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