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
When buying cold and pain relief medicine, the label description of “maximum strength” implies to me greatness of potency and something that will more than get the job done. Habakkuk made a discovery about maximum strength that changed how he lived.
We see the vital connection.
“The Lord God is my strength.” The most important realization we must come to in our spiritual life is that “the Lord God is my strength.” Paul declared, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me” (Philippians 4:13). It is interesting that Paul, Moses, David, Ezra, and Habakkuk are the only men on record who stated that the source of their strength is the Lord. Without the Lord, we can do nothing and we are nothing. Without the Lord as our strength, our labor is in vain. Without the Lord as our strength, we are just like other men. His strength is our power source that we plug into. With His strength, we are still strong when we are weak. With His strength, we can outrun a speeding chariot going downhill in torrential rain, just like Elijah did. With His strength, we are like Benaiah, who killed two lionlike men of Moab, a lion in a pit on a snowy day, and an 11-foot-tall Egyptian with the man’s own spear.
We see the valuable comparison.
“And he will make my feet like hinds’ feet.” Hinds’ feet are the feet of deer. The feet of deer were created to be able to stand on the smallest and narrowest of spots, especially on mountains. Deer are very swift and light on their feet. They move quickly and with great agility. They can leap very high and cover long distances in a short span of time. Hinds’ feet do not grow weary. Hinds’ feet can ascend and descend without difficulty. Having hinds’ feet speaks of our faith and confidence in God working in and through us. With hinds’ feet, we can exercise great faith. With hinds’ feet, we are unstoppable. With hinds’ feet, we can pray for what is impossible. With hinds’ feet, our devotional life is exhilarating.
We see the vigorous capability.
“And he will make me to walk upon mine high places.” God wants us to walk with Him in high places. High places are the mountain peaks of spiritual victory. When we walk in high places, we are out of the reach of the enemy. When we walk in high places, we have increased vision for things that can be done. When we walk in high places, “One man of you shall chase a thousand.” With hinds’ feet, God gives us vigorous capability. With hinds’ feet, Elijah ascended Mount Carmel and prayed down fire and rain in the same day. With hinds’ feet, David faced the giant Goliath in the valley of Elah and, with a sling and five smooth stones, defeated this giant with the first rock he hurled at him. With hinds’ feet, Adino the Ezrite defeated 800 Philistines with his spear at one time. With hinds’ feet, the Apostle Paul blazed thousands of miles of Middle Eastern landscape with the gospel and planted many independent Baptist churches that impacted their generation.
Let the Lord be your strength from this day forward. His strength in your life is maximum strength. Experience the leaps and bounds of hinds’ feet in your Bible reading, praying, service, witnessing, and dealings with people.
Have a maximum-strength God Morning!
Bible Reading Schedule: Psalm 70-73