The Psalm of Habakkuk

Hab 3:1 A prayer of Habakkuk the prophet, according to Shigionoth.

The third and final chapter of Habakkuk has several characteristics in common with many Psalms. For example, the musical term “Selah” is used three times. The last line of the chapter even includes a specific musical direction. In v1 the term “Shigionoth” is a musical direction, though the exact meaning is uncertain. The WEB translation says, “set to victorious music.” While this is speculative, it is probably correct. The prayer reads like a praise song because of the way that it vividly recalls the glory of God. Beyond praising the majesty, power and authority of God, the author is personally confident in the Lord.

This chapter remains anchored to the preceding chapters primarily because of the title given in this verse and the way faith expressed in Hab 3:16-19 is related directly to Habakkuk’s earlier prophecies. Much of the third chapter remembers what God did for the house of Israel in the days of Moses, but it also remembers the power of God over creation. Promised justice looks forward to fall of Babylon, but the same theme may apply universally to God’s promised justice at the end of time.

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About Lance Ponder

Christian author of "Ask James one"; public speaker; husband and father. Available to speak on Creation and the Gospel.
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2 Responses to The Psalm of Habakkuk

  1. Bee says:

    Very interesting! I never realized there was a “Psalm” in the book of Habakkuk.. makes sense though. (I am a little behind in my reading, but I do eventually get to them all.) 🙂

  2. Lance Ponder says:

    It is always an honor to see your comments here, Bee. I kind of thought you’d get a kick out of the c-rap post. LOL. But yeah, this is one of the best psalms especially for not being in the book of psalms. LOL. I’ve found a couple of psalms embedded in Samuel, too, then there’s Ex 15. I think Jonah’s prayer could have been a psalm, too. Anywho, thanks for dropping in.

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