Habakkuk 3:17-19 – Responding to Trials with Joy. ‘The Lord is my strength,’ and if we will rejoice in the Lord we shall find that Habakkuk’s experience was lower than ours, inasmuch as he knew less of God than we do; and we shall be able to surpass his saying with the other one of the Prophet: ‘The Lord is my strength and song; He also is become my salvation.’ That is the first blessing that this ancient believer, out of the twilight of early revelation, felt as certain to come through communion with God. "Commentary on Habakkuk 3:19". I note that the three clauses of our text present three aspects of what our lives and ourselves may steadfastly be if we, too, will rejoice in the God of our salvation. I am inclined to refer this to their return to their own country, though some give this explanation,—“God will give the swiftest feet to his servants, so that they may pass over all obstacles to destroy their enemies;” but as they might think in their exile that their return was closed up against them, the Prophet introduces this most apt similitude, that God would give his people feet like those of hinds, so that they could climb the precipices of mountains, and dread no difficulties: He will then, he says, give me the feet of hinds, and make me to tread on my high places. ", "He maketh my feet like, hinds' feet, and setteth me upon my high places;", John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible, Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments, George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged, Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers. From one end of Canaan to the other did the Lord, as the leader of Israel's army, march in indignation against the wickedness of the inhabitants, and threshed them in anger, as corn on the floor. Do we feel at home there more than down in the bottom, amongst the swamps and the miasma and the mists? This inscription, To the leader, למנצח, lamenatsech, frequently occurs in the Psalms. 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. 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. God to a man for his strength. II. It appears from the last words, To the chief musician, on his stringed instruments, that this prayer was sung in the temple service. “The Lord God is my strength”: God’s response to Habakkuk’s perplexities not only promised divine wrath but also provided assurance of divine favor and hope. do not let us deprive ourselves of the lofty consolations and the mysterious influx of power which may be ours, if we will open our eyes to see, and our hearts to receive, what is really the central blessing of the Gospel, the communication through the same faith as Habakkuk exercised when he said, ‘I will rejoice in the God of my salvation,’ of an actual divine strength to dwell in and manifest itself majestically and triumphantly through, our weakness. In “high places” men breathe more freely, so pure and exhilarating is the rarefied air. I am at home there, and walk at liberty in the loftiness, and fear no fall amongst the cliffs. And so he says further, how we can use it as our own. 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. 1870. And when this singer, or his brother psalmist in the other psalm that we have referred to, says, ‘Thou makest my feet like hinds’ feet,’ what he is thinking about is that light and easy, springing, elastic gait, that swiftness of advance. "Commentary on Habakkuk 3:19". On the heights a man can do more than on the low places of ordinary life. 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. High places of vision. Joseph Benson's Commentary. She was in good spirits and smiled at him. 3rdly, The tidings of distress which the prophet heard concerning his countrymen, though there was hope in the end, affected him deeply. And he will make my feet like hinds’ feet] As these do swiftly and suddenly run up to the top of inaccessible rocks, so shall I quickly escape out of trouble and walk upon mine high places again in the holy land; yea, as Jacob, after he had conversed with God at Bethel, lifted up his feet and went lustily on his way to Padanaram, Genesis 29:1, so shall I go lightly on my long journey to heaven; and, having my soul supplied with the oil of spiritual joy, I shall find it made more lithe, nimble, and ready to every good work. In the midst of the years make known thy pity, providence, and love: in wrath remember mercy, and shew them some signs of reconciliation, that they may not sink into despair. The Lord God ... will make my feet like hinds' feet ... to walk upon mine high places. BibliographyGill, John. "Commentary on Habakkuk 3:19". It closes with a doxology in which Habakkuk praised God and recommitted himself to faith in and faithfulness to Yahweh as he anticipated hard times to come (ch3). The high places of faith. 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. 4. The high places of enjoyment. Hail then, thou glorious, gracious, great I AM the visible Jehovah of thy Church and people! See App-64. "Vincunt aeripedes ter terno Nestore cervi." The buoyancy of the one will lift the leadenness of the other. Then he gathers himself together to vow that in this God, thus manifested as the God of his salvation, he ‘will rejoice,’ whatever penury or privation may attach to his outward life. Copyright StatementThese files are a derivative of an electronic edition prepared from text scanned by Woodside Bible Fellowship.This expanded edition of the Jameison-Faussett-Brown Commentary is in the public domain and may be freely used and distributed. God will lead, but we must walk. His rivers cleaved the earth, when in the barren wilderness the stony rock at his command poured forth a torrent of waters. 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. Our souls may be like stars, and dwell apart, and yet may lay the humblest duties upon themselves, and whilst we live in the high places, we “may travel on life’s common way in cheerful godliness.” So we may go on until at last we shall hear the Voice that says, “Come up higher,” and shall be lifted to the mountain of God, where the living waters are, and shall fear no snares or hunters any more for ever. First, such communion with God brings--, I. Habakkuk specified the use of stringed instruments to accompany the singing undoubtedly because they set the proper mood. Habakkuk 3:19 Habakkuk Rejoices in the Lord. “He will make my feet like hinds,” which bound upward through His imparted strength, trod, when scared by alarms here below, flee tearless to their native reeks, spring from height to height, and at last shew themselves on some high peak, and standing on the Rock, look down on the whole world below their feet and upward on high. In the primitive times happy was he held that could repeat aliquid Davidicmn, anything of David’s doings. New York. And will make me to walk on my high places.’. "Commentary on Habakkuk 3:19". Habakkuk 3:19 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. 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.