This prayer was sung by the prophet Habakkuk* :
I am filled with awe by your amazing works.
In this time of our deep need,
help us again as you did in years gone by.
And in your anger,
remember your mercy.
3 I see God moving across the deserts from Edom,*
the Holy One coming from Mount Paran.*
His brilliant splendor fills the heavens,
and the earth is filled with his praise.
Rays of light flash from his hands,
where his awesome power is hidden.
plague follows close behind.
When he looks, the nations tremble.
He shatters the everlasting mountains
and levels the eternal hills.
He is the Eternal One!*
and the nation of Midian trembling in terror.
and parted the sea?
Were you displeased with them?
No, you were sending your chariots of salvation!
and your quiver of arrows.
You split open the earth with flowing rivers.
Onward swept the raging waters.
The mighty deep cried out,
lifting its hands in submission.
as your brilliant arrows flew
and your glittering spear flashed.
and trampled the nations in your fury.
to save your anointed ones.
You crushed the heads of the wicked
and stripped their bones from head to toe.
you destroyed the chief of those
who rushed out like a whirlwind,
thinking Israel would be easy prey.
and the mighty waters piled high.
my lips quivered with fear.
My legs gave way beneath me,*
and I shook in terror.
I will wait quietly for the coming day
when disaster will strike the people who invade us.
and there are no grapes on the vines;
even though the olive crop fails,
and the fields lie empty and barren;
even though the flocks die in the fields,
and the cattle barns are empty,
I will be joyful in the God of my salvation!
He makes me as surefooted as a deer,*
able to tread upon the heights.
(For the choir director: This prayer is to be accompanied by stringed instruments.)
3:1 Hebrew adds according to shigionoth, probably indicating the musical setting for the prayer.
3:3a Hebrew Teman.
3:6 Or The ancient paths belong to him.
3:16 Hebrew Decay entered my bones.
3:19 Or He gives me the speed of a deer.