"The Sovereign Lord is my strength;
he makes my feet like the feet of a deer,
he enables me to tread on the heights." (Hab 3:19 NIV)
"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." (Hab 3:19 KJV)
It has been many years since I read, "Hinds Feet On High Places," an allegory, written by Hannah Hurnard. The journey of Much-Afraid and her friends Sorrow and Suffering, as they follow Shepherd to the high places, where they will walk as on hinds' feet, takes them through many dangers. It is a long journey. They must have patience. They must have persistence. But, in the end, they (we) will dance in the presence of God.
This is a familiar story to many of us as even daily we journey through many difficult times in anticipation and the hope of the promised land.
Just as Habakkuk prayed and waited patiently for the LORD to deliver God's people from the enemy, from the many dangers that surround them; we, too pray and wait patiently (sometimes not as patiently as at other times) for the LORD to deliver His people from the turmoil and dangers they encounter as they journey through the dark shadows of the valley of death.
The Lord is our strength. With Him we shall walk through dark valleys to the high places where the light does surely shine.
God's Peace - Pr. J