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. ~Habakkuk 3:19
The word “hind” describes an animal that could be a mountain deer or, perhaps, a goat or ram. The hind was an animal that was much admired and respected by Bible writers and was used in an analogous way. At a time when he was humbled and brought to the realization of his dependence upon God, Habakkuk said that the Lord made his feet like hinds' feet.
We see the barren.
“Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls.” Habakkuk is referring to the barrenness of Judah and Jerusalem after the Babylonian invasion. This barrenness was a direct result of the people’s continued idol worship and disobedience to God. Barrenness speaks of emptiness and fruitlessness. There would be widespread famine, hunger, and poverty. Sin leaves us barren. The sin of prayerlessness leaves us barren. The fields looked dead and forsaken. The people went through hard times and experienced frustration and weakness.
We see the blessed.
“Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation.” In spite of God’s chastening on His people, Habakkuk had an encouraging spirit. He considered his blessings and did not let the circumstances steal his joy. He rejoiced because he knew that “whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth.” He rejoiced because God was in control of things. He rejoiced because he was safe and secure in his salvation. He considered how blessed he was in the Lord. The best spirit for us to have is one that is satisfied and rejoicing in our salvation.
We see the brawn.
“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.” Habakkuk’s strength was in the Lord. Our strength when we are weak, discouraged, sorrowing, or in a major setback is always in the Lord. His strength is made perfect in our weakness. Then, He makes our feet like hinds' feet. Hinds' feet are for climbing. He leads us in the path of righteousness for His name’s sake. Climbing requires us to go up and to go higher. We must press on the upward way. Hinds' feet are made for rugged terrain. The places where we walk can sometimes be trying and difficult, but they can be climbed. Hinds' feet are made for tight spots. God makes it possible that we can climb out of tight spots. Hinds' feet are quick. There are times when we need to move with speed, and the Lord gives us the ability do so when needed.
The Lord gives us strength when we need it the most. He enables us to navigate through difficult situations. He gives us quickness when it is needed the most. Rejoice today in whatever circumstance you are in, and let the Lord give you strength for your journey.
Have an enabled God Morning!
Bible Reading Schedule: Ezekiel 9-12