Yet I will exult in the Lord,
I will rejoice in the God of my salvation.
The Lord God is my strength,
And He has made my feet like hinds’ feet,
And makes me walk on my high places.
Habakkuk 3:18-19 (NASB)
Habakkuk 3:19 was my given scripture writing challenge today, and as is my habit I read before and after the chosen scripture to understand the proper context. Thus I could not separate my two chosen verses, in my understanding they belong together as a statement of great hope and resolve in following God despite the circumstances.
The preceding portion of the chapter talks of a people in great strife, under attack from many enemies. The latter part of the chapter declares that even if harvest fails and famine strikes, God’s people will not despair for the certainty of His presence and protection in their lives. This brings us to our two chosen verses today.
Imagine being effectively destitute; no home or food with no help on the horizon. Let us put ourselves in the place of the poor souls of the Tongan Islands right now, may we also remember them in our prayers today. Having imagined yourself in such a situation could you confidentally proclaim todays’ verses? As Matthew Henry says so well, once the comforts of this world have been stripped away on the children of God have any hope beyond this world. He alone is our strength in our own weakness, the One who lifts us high when we are at our lowest point. By His hand we skip over rocks and fences as deer in the wilderness, without Him we trudge slowly through the mire of this wicked world.
Dear reader, the world you live in is broken, but your Father God is in supreme control of your present and future – and what a glorious future it is brethren! Maybe like me you live with long term illness in a defective body; my friend in our weakness He can still do great things for His Kingdom, until that day when we get a Heavenly upgrade. We may weep in the moment of despair, but then let us pray to Him who holds us close, rejoicing in our certain Hope.