HABAKKUK’S PRAYER UPON SHIGIONOTH
Scripture Reading: Habakkuk 3
The reference Scripture begins as follows:
1 A prayer of Habakkuk the prophet upon Shigionoth.
2 O Lord, I have heard thy speech, and was afraid: O Lord, revive thy work in the midst of the years, in the midst of the years make known; in wrath remember mercy.
The prophet Habakkuk’s name means to embrace which may be a token of affection or according to Webster’s Dictionary, it may mean to seize eagerly or to receive or take with willingness that which is offered. Habakkuk’s mere name suggests that his testimony of Jesus Christ is worthy of our receiving it both with eagerness and willingness as we obey His Word to set our affections on this above.
The complete meaning of Shigionoth is unknown; however, its root is found in a word which means to err or go astray. It is also found in the title of Psalm 7. This bit of information on its root meaning may account for the prophet’s fear, awe, and reverence and his request for mercy expressed after hearing Jehovah or the Existing One’s speech. The use of the word speech means tidings, a report, or fame. Our hearts can be quieted as we are now assured that that report of the Lord means good tidings for the believer, and the target of His wrath is wickedness. An erring one needs to hear the Gospel or good tidings of Redemption for the power unto salvation lies therein. The report is so filled with awe, the prophet Isaiah asked, "Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?" Within Hababbuk’s prayer, the arm of the Lord is revealed to the open heart.