Habakkuk 3: Habakkuk Teaches us to Pray

(19 verses, 1:59 to read)


What I am about to READ

  • The end of the previous reading and the beginning of this reading seems to give us the location of this prayer: the temple.


  • 1-3a: The report that Habaukkuk hears is the Bible.  He hears the Lord’s Word, especially God’s deliverance of His people from Egypt, and is thus strengthened to pray: revive this work Lord, in wrath remember mercy.
  • 3b-9a: Habaukkuk seems to receive a revelation of God in this “brightness.”  Perhaps, though, he is simply hearing the Lord’s Word read and having God’s deliverance/salvation painted in a picture before him.  Note here that “salvation” is exactly what the name Jesus means (Matthew 1:21).
  • 9b-13: Here, creation itself pauses and watched the Lord save His people, “for the salvation of you anointed.”  Another note: “anointed” would be translated as Christ in Greek.  Thus, you have the name and title of the Son of God, Jesus the Christ, clearly revealed in the prayer of Habaukkuk as he intercedes for God’s people.  We can also see that the first promise that Scripture gives us of the Christ is revealed, “You crushed the head of the house of the wicked,” (Compare with Genesis 3:15)
  • 14-19: The conclusion of this prayer perhaps could be summarized in two words, “quietly wait.”  Habakkuk knows he is saved, justified, by grace through faith for the sake of God’s anointed, the Christ.  Thus, as trouble surrounds him and he feels fear in his bones, he waits and rejoices in God his strength.  


  • Lord, help us to quietly wait for you, having confidence in the the promise that just shall live by faith.  Your Son has crushed the head of Satan, our accuser, but You have still allowed him to be on a short leash for now.  Help us not to fear him, but continually trust in You, our strength; for the sake of Christ, our Lord, who entrusted Himself to You and is the true temple and sacrifice.  Amen.
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Christopher Stout, Pastor of Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, Kannapolis, NC & Abundant Life Lutheran Church, Charlotte, NC

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