Habakkuk 3

Before Reading.

  • Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.

Reading.

  • Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
  • Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
  • Take a note if you have question, inspiration.   

Read Habakkuk 3

Overview

Habakkuk’s prayer.   

After two times of dialogue with the Lord, prophet Habakkuk concludes with prayer in a form of psalm. “Selah,” is a musical refrain. “Shigion’oth,” is an Akkadian term meaning lamentation. That the Lord manifest divine work in the world is the point in his prayer.

His prayer exalts God, remembering historical event in exodus, and God’s victory over the enemies, and reaches its height by rejoicing in the Lord as the saving God, by judging enemies. His prayer in chapter three exhibits a clear thematic connection with chapter one and two.

His prayer concludes with the image of a deer treading on the height to express his confidence, along with the image of fig tree and sheep pen (v.17). His joy comes from the presence in the Lord, and communion with the Lord (v.18), which is actually the answer to his questions in chapter one and two.

1. What does this passage tell you about God?

2. What does this passage tell you about people.?

3. What does this passage tell you about yourself and God’s will for you?  

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