Feet of a Deer

From Pastor’s Desk: 3-31-13

Habakkuk 3:19 (NIV) The Sovereign LORD is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to go on the heights.


There may be animals more nimble than a deer, but in my limited knowledge in that area, I don’t know of any. Watching deer run and play is sheer joy to me. To see them in mountainous regions, running and jumping from boulder to boulder is breathtaking. It would seem there would be no possibility for one to jump from point A to point B, but never faltering, slowing, or showing fear, on they run and play.

But it is not all about running and playing. Sometimes necessity causes deer to move about the mountain. When they sense danger they are able to quickly remove themselves from harms way, due simply to this inherent ability God has instilled within them.

Verse 19 is a summation of Habakkuk 3, as he sang this prayer to God. He began the song in verse 2, “I have heard all about you, LORD, and I am filled with awe by the amazing things you have done.” Verses 3-17, sandwiched in between, is verbiage denoting the awesomeness of God. Nearing the end, verse 18 he sings, “…yet I will rejoice in the LORD! I will be joyful in the God of my salvation.” Then, showing his faith in God’s faithfulness, he concludes with verse 19.

Point being that God will enable and empower us to escape from danger in ways where there seems to be none.

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