Habakkuk 3:9–19 (NKJV)
9 Your bow was made quite ready;
Oaths were sworn over Your arrows. Selah
You divided the earth with rivers.
10 The mountains saw You and trembled;
The overflowing of the water passed by.
The deep uttered its voice,
And lifted its hands on high.
11 The sun and moon stood still in their habitation;
At the light of Your arrows they went,
At the shining of Your glittering spear.
12 You marched through the land in indignation;
You trampled the nations in anger.
13 You went forth for the salvation of Your people,
For salvation with Your Anointed.
You struck the head from the house of the wicked,
By laying bare from foundation to neck. Selah
14 You thrust through with his own arrows
The head of his villages.
They came out like a whirlwind to scatter me;
Their rejoicing was like feasting on the poor in secret.
15 You walked through the sea with Your horses,
Through the heap of great waters.
16 When I heard, my body trembled;
My lips quivered at the voice;
Rottenness entered my bones;
And I trembled in myself,
That I might rest in the day of trouble.
When he comes up to the people,
He will invade them with his troops.
Habakkuk continues sharing the vision of God as a veangeful destroyer. The mighty God causes the mountains to tremble and the rivers to overflow. The wicked are struck down by their own weapons. The prophet trembled at the sight of God’s awesome power.
17 Though the fig tree may not blossom,
Nor fruit be on the vines;
Though the labor of the olive may fail,
And the fields yield no food;
Though the flock may be cut off from the fold,
And there 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;
He will make my feet like deer’s feet,
And He will make me walk on my high hills.
To the Chief Musician. With my stringed instruments.
Habakkuk then changes direction completely and crafts a hymn of faith unto Yahweh. He declares his unfailing trust of God to restore and bless him. Even though Habakkuk cannot see the blessings of figs, grapes, olives, or vegetables; though he cannot see the flocks in the fold or the herd in the stalls, yet he will rejoice in the Lord. This example of faith is reminiscent of the faith of Job who said, “Thou He slay me, yet will I trust Him.” Rejoice in the Lord in the midst of sorrow. Trust in the Lord to make you strong, even in the midst of loss. He will make your feet strong and sure. He will lift you above your circumstances to walk on the high hills. Sing to the Lord in the midst of the years and know that He will walk the path with you!