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The Consequences Of Making The Lord Your Strength
"The Lord God is my strength..." Can you say that today? Do you acknowledge Him as the author and giver of your natural and spiritual strength...the strength of your heart when you're ready to faint or sink...the One Who helps you over the difficulties and oppositions that you meet in the way...the One Who bears you up under your trials and afflictions and carries you through them...or the One Who gives you power over your adversaries and enables you to avoid evil and do good?
The Prophet Habbakuk boldly declared - "The LORD God is my strength..."(Habbakuk 3:19). By proclaiming that, he was saying that God was his stronghold...His support and assistance to bear all his burdens, overcome all his enemies, and perform all his duties...and His source of strength in danger. He was the One Who was keeping him alive in spite of the fact that life is so fragile and can be easily crushed by trouble and sorrow. Through Him, the Prophet knew that he could obtain strength to meet his enemies, overcome sins, discharge duties, encounter temptations, and bear afflictions. His God alone was able to strengthen him by His manifested power.
By acknowledging the Lord as his "strength," He became very bold and confident. There were two blessings that he knew would come his way as a result.
Listen to what he said - "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..."(Habbakuk 3:19).
"...and He will make my feet like hinds' feet..." - This very phrase is repeated three times throughout the Scriptures - once by Habbakuk and twice by David in 2 Samuel 22:34 and Psalm 18:33. Let's be sure to note its significance in our Christian walk.
What does it mean when the Scripture says that God - " will make my feet like hinds' feet"? One of the greatest qualities of a warrior in battle is that he is able to make a sudden attack upon his enemy or pursue him vigorously. He is able to do this because his "feet" are "like hinds' feet."
It also means that he is able to rise up with eagles' wings and escape to God as his refuge. The feet of the female deer stand firmer and more upright than the male - hence the mention of the "hind" or female stag. When God makes His warriors' "feet like hinds' feet," they are given swiftness in the pursuit or attack of their foe. They can fly upon him and overtake him with such alertness and speed. They also have the advantage in combating or escaping from him.
The second blessing that comes to all those who acknowledge God as their "strength" is that He - "makes me to walk upon mine high places." This phrase is also repeated throughout the Scriptures in different forms - but having basically the same meaning.
Habbakuk 3:19 says - "...and He will make me to walk upon mine high places." This means that God will empower him to gain ground...conquer and triumph...give him the victory...and then enable him to keep it.
2 Samuel 22:34 and Psalm 18:33 say - "...and setteth me upon my high places." God planted him in a high place where he is able to maintain his triumph and rule. Here he enjoys safety and security from all danger.
Deuteronomy 32:13 says - "He made him ride on the high places of the earth..." To "ride on the high places" meant that he would be enabled to conquer and then possess his enemy's territory - while enjoying the highest degrees of prosperity. He would be given the utmost authority to rule. And also, he would be above the reach of danger.
Lastly, Deuteronomy 33:29 says - "...and thou shalt tread upon their high places." The warrior would be empowered by God to trample on his enemy's back.
For the man who acknowledges God as his "strength," he - in turn - is given "feet like hinds' feet" and is enabled to "walk," ride," and "tread" upon the "high places" - where he rules in authority over his enemy.
One thing must be stressed here. To acknowledge God as one's "strength" is not to simply confess this fact with one's mouth. This truth must be evident in the individual's life. In other words, any Christian who acknowledges Jesus as his "strength" will be certain to constantly remain in the Word of God and in prayer throughout the day. He understands that he cannot afford to go one day without feasting on the Scriptures and spending quality time in communion with His God - gathering strength for the battles at hand.
Who is willing to pay this costly price of "abiding" continuously in Jesus - in His Word and prayer?
He will be the one who will triumph over all his foes and then maintain his victory.
He will know no defeat.
May God Bless His Word.