“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. On my stringed instruments.” Habakkuk 3:19

“The Sovereign Lord” … here the divine name Yahweh is tied to the term Adonai, which means “Lord.”

“Strength” is a word with military connotations and in many passages means “army.” Since believers know God is their strength, they are able to deal with life’s difficulties and setbacks.

“On the heights” means believers only need to look to the nimble and sure-footed deer and the fortified high places for examples of the kind of security found in God.

“Director of music” is probably a liturgical notation, indicating either that the director of music should collect the psalm for Israel’s worship services, or that the leader of the Levitical choir should speak this psalm.

“Instruments” … the Jewish Talmud records that the Levites usually played cymbals for beating time, nine soprano harps for melody, and two bass harps. Hebrew has a variety of words for stringed instruments, but harps seem to be the basic instruments of worship. Large orchestras were formed for special services.

The Book that begins with a complaint ends with an expression of joyful confidence in the God of salvation. When we look to ourselves and our own strength, we have reason only to despair. But when we are stressed and depressed, we say, “Yet I will rejoice in the Lord; I will take joy in the God of my salvation”.

Blessings on your day…

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