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)
In Habakkuk 3:17-18, the prophet says:
17 Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, 18 yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior.
Verses 17 and 18 show us that Habakkuk chooses to praise the Lord and to be joyful in Him in spite of life’s challenging circumstances.
He maketh my feet like hinds’ feet, and setteth me upon my high places. (2 Sam 22:34 & Ps 18:33 KJV)
So what is the significance of hind’s feet? A hind is a female deer (or a gazelle) who is able to place her back feet unerringly where her front feet have walked. Because of this, a hind is able to run unreservedly on the roughest terrain. In times of peril, the hind can run securely and stay on course. Because the hind can scale high places, it can elude predators.
The spiritual lesson for us is that, despite our circumstances, when we are truly anchored by faith in Jesus, we’ll be able to run with joy the race that is set before us. The Word reminds us that God Himself is our strength, and in Him our spiritual feet have become as sure-footed, nimble, and fast as the hind.
The strength that God gives to us is an inward strength—confidence and assurance and courageousness in the face of all external afflictions and trials.
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. (Phil 4:13 NKJV)
. . . that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man . . . (Eph 3:16 NKJV)
We are the temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor 6:19), and the strength of the Lord is within each one of us. Glory to God!