Habakkuk – Revealing Our Joy in God

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

In the Book of Habakkuk, Jesus Christ is the marvelous wonder whom God would send to redeem, and he is our joy in God. The marvelous wonder of Jesus Christ’s life is so thrilling to our lives as we come to know him more and more, the greatest and most marvelous wonder of all is his Resurrection and our subsequent new and eternal life that we receive through him.

Habakkuk 1:4-5:
-4: Therefore {because of strife and contention} the law is slacked, and judgment doth never go forth: for wickedness doth compass about the righteous; therefore wrong judgment proceedeth.
-5: Behold ye {Israel} among the heathen, and regard {look and behold}, and wonder marvellously {in astonishment}: for I will work a work {miraculous miracles} in your days {in the days that the Messiah would be present}, which ye will not believe, though it be told you.

Israel was living among the heathen, i.e., the unbelievers, and they refused God’s Law that was written and spoken to them, and they refused the righteous judgment that only God’s Word could reveal.

Verse 5 is a prophecy regarding the coming of Jesus Christ, whom Israel would behold with their very eyes. They would see him and be completely astonished with utter amazement at the miraculous ways he presents himself and his Father to them, and still not believe that he was the Messiah.

This prophecy is also written in Acts 13:41 in the past tense, because Christ came, and today we can be astonished in his completed work on our behalf and rejoice in him.

Following are only a few examples of Israel’s astonishment in the miraculous work that Jesus would do.

Matthew 7:28-29:
-28: And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, {the Sermon on the Mount}, the people were astonished at his doctrine:
-29: For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.

Mark 5:42 – And straightway the damsel arose, and walked; for she was of the age of twelve years. And they were astonished with a great astonishment.

The damsel in Mark 5 was dead and Jesus raised her, which was nothing short of a miracle. When the people saw this miracle they were greatly astonished.

Everywhere Jesus walked he gave infallible proofs that he was the true Messiah, yet in the end of his ministry they refused to believe on him, and so Israel as a nation rejected and crucified him. There were some who always believed in hope, but they were few, and the few had great joy because of their steadfastness in their believing God’s healing Word.

Habakkuk was a prophet of the Most High God, and Habakkuk in the midst of Israel’s unbelief received joy from his God because he believed.

Habakkuk 3:18-19:
-18: Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation.
-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.

A hind is a deer that places his two back feet in the exact place his front feet were, and his front feet went first to check and make sure that the ground was safe.  What Habakkuk was saying is that when we believe and look to God through our Savior, then we will also be walking in the steps of Jesus Christ, who always walked perfectly with his heavenly Father.

Walking with God will always bring to us joy and rejoicing in the God of our salvation, and in our Lord who made our salvation a reality, and today our “high places” are at the right hand of God.

God Is Our Buckler (The Longer Version)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Psalms 18:30:
As for God, his way is perfect: the word of the Lord is tried {or is refined}: he is a buckler to all those that trust in him.

A buckler is a shield, but a special kind of defensive shield that also has a long metal point as an offensive mechanism so as to not only shield oncoming attacks but also to fend them off as well. This is an analogy of our God because He takes care of all those that trust in him. These bucklers were used as body shields and could be raised as an overhead roof to protect from incoming barrages of arrows and spears. God’s point is that He will not allow the forces of darkness to completely engulf us, as Psalms 18:28 promises, “the LORD my God will enlighten my darkness.” God will manifest Himself as our buckler as we look to His way, which is perfect, and we believe the Word of God that is refined to perfection.

Psalms 18:3:
For who is God save the LORD? or who is a rock save our God?

God is our buckler, our LORD and our rock. Many have retorted that “Christians only use the Bible as a crutch because they are weak and feeble,” but I say if that statement was true, then God’s Word would be a crutch that will never break. But it is not an actual true statement, and we can find no Scripture ever referring to God or His Word being crutches for His children, rather He is our rock from beneath, and our buckler from around and above. I’ll go a step further and point out that the unbeliever’s crutch is not having the intestinal fortitude to accept their personal Savior and receive wholeness to walk with God. It takes heart, commitment, and courage to stand and walk with God day by day, and as we rise up to do so, we will discover that our God is the rock of our inner strength, a rock that we can stand on and one that will support us, and one that will never crumble. Our rock will continuously sustain us through any storm coming from any direction (Matthew 7:24-27). Besides, standing on the rock is certainly safer than standing on one’s own abilities without God and without hope in this world (Ephesians 2:12).

Psalms 18:32:
It is God that girdeth me with strength, and maketh my way perfect.

Our God and buckler can strengthen us from the inside, out, and cause our way to be perfect. Philippians 2:13 says, “For it is God which worketh in you,” and Philippians 4:13 promises “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me {or, Christ infuses inner strength into me as The Amplified Bible* records}.” With God on our side (and inside) as our buckler, our rock, and our strength, the sky is literally the limit because “For with God nothing shall be impossible” (Luke 1:37).

Psalms 18:33:
He maketh my feet like hinds’ feet, and setteth me upon my high places.

A hind is a female deer and as she walks on the steep cliffs where the slopes are slippery, she first places her two front feet to test whether or not the ground could safely support her back feet and her entire weight. Then she jumps up and places her back two feet in the exact spot where her front feet were. Then her young follow her up and down the cliffs, placing their feet in the same places she tests. What the verse is saying is that when we believe and look to God as our buckler, our rock, and our strength, then we will be walking in the steps of His Word. So, if you ever feel you are walking on shaky ground and feeling unsafe in a particular situation, please recall God’s promise to set us on safer and higher ground.

Spiritually speaking, Jesus is our front feet; he tested the ground for us and made sure that when we walk with God, we would indeed have a unique part in helping support the entire body of Christ, as I Corinthians 12:27 informs us, “Now ye are the body of Christ, and {you are} members in particular.” God setteth me upon my high places because we are each a prominent member of the body of Christ in an honored and esteemed place of renown. This is why whenever and wherever we walk with God, our feet will be walking in the place where Jesus Christ also walks, for we have Christ within (Colossians 1:27). Jesus said, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father” (John 14:12), and he did, and so we can! Jesus left us his “example, that ye should follow his steps” (I Peter 2:21).

Walking with God will always bring to us joy and rejoicing in the God of our salvation, and in our Lord, Jesus Christ who made our salvation a reality. Today our high places are spiritually at the right hand of God; as Ephesians 2:6 declares, “And {God} hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.”

Psalms 59:9:
Because of his strength will I wait upon thee: for God is my defence.

In times of trouble, worry, or fear, God is your defence and your buckler, and He never thinks any less of you when calling on Him for help. In truth, God continually waits patiently to help in times of need.

So please do not ever feel that you are asking “amiss” when asking (in prayer) for God’s help, because He loves you, and He will never let you down or fail you in any way (Hebrews 13:5). Remember that our God is a buckler to all those that trust in him.

God’s Word guides the believer in the way that He deemed perfect (Psalms 18:30, above), and He also perfects our way to Him (Psalms 18:32, above).

Have a wonderful day standing on your high place, on the rock of God’s magnificent Word, knowing that God is our buckler.

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” ~Martin Luther King, Jr.~

“Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.” ~Joshua J. Marine~

Habakkuk 3:18-19:
-18: Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation.
-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.

II Samuel 22:31:
As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the LORD is tried: he is a buckler to all them that trust in him.
Psalm 18:2:
The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.

Psalms 91:4:
He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.

*Scripture taken from THE AMPLIFIED BIBLE.
The Amplified New Testament copyright (c) 1958, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation.
Used by permission.