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Habakkuk’s Song

June 8, 2017

Revised and re-posted is the Verse of the Day for June 8, 2017 taken from Habakkuk 3:19 in the Message Bible:

Though the cherry trees don’t blossom and the strawberries don’t ripen, though the apples are worm-eaten and the wheat fields stunted, though the sheep pens are sheepless and the cattle barns empty, I’m singing joyful praise to God. I’m turning cartwheels of joy to my Savior God. Counting on God’s Rule to prevail, I take heart and gain strength. I run like a deer. I feel like I’m king of the mountain! (For congregational use, with a full orchestra.)

This particular verse is the last verse of Chapter 3 of Habakkuk which is actually a prayer that paints a portrait of the destruction of Israel. In the midst of impending destruction, the prophet expresses confidence that the Lord will prevail over the enemy. The third chapter is a sublime song dedicated “to the chief musician,” and therefore intended apparently to be used in the worship of God.

This magnificent song of triumph crescendos with the last three verses of the final chapter of the prophetic word offered by Habakkuk, as rendered in the Amplified Bible:

17 Though the fig tree does not blossom and there is no fruit on the vines, [though] the product of the olive fails and the fields yield no food, though the flock is cut off from the fold and there are no cattle in the stalls,
18 Yet I will rejoice in the Lord; I will exult in the [victorious] God of my salvation!
19 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]!

Complete Jewish Bible renders verse 19 in this way:

ELOHIM Adonai is my strength! He makes me swift and sure-footed as a deer and enables me to stride over my high places.

Barbara Lardinais describes this “sure-footed deer” in more detail in “The Secret of the Hind’s Feet”:

The hind is a female red deer whose home is the mountains. The rear feet of the hind step in precisely the same spot where the front feet have just been. Every motion of the hind is followed through with single-focused consistency, making it the most sure-footed of all mountain animals.

This reference to “hind’s feet” also brings to mind a Scripture Memory Song with a similar comparison:

God Is the Strength of My Heart

My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart,
My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart,
My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart,
And my portion, my portion, and my portion for evermore.

He makes my feet like hinds’ feet, and sets me on my high places.
He makes my feet like hinds’ feet, and sets me on my high places.
He makes my feet like hinds’ feet, and sets me on my high places.
He’s the lifter, the lifter; He’s the lifter up of my head.

To conclude, the Broken Lantern Project offers this rendering of “Habakkuk’s Song”