HABAKKUK’S PRAYER UPON SHIGIONOTH (Cont’d)
Scripture Reading: Habakkuk 3
The reference Scripture continues as follows:
16 When I heard, my belly trembled; my lips quivered at the voice: rottenness entered into my bones, and I trembled in myself, that I might rest in the day of trouble: when he cometh up unto the people, he will invade them with his troops.
The belly, connoting our seat of hunger or mental faculties, lips with which we speak, and bones which speak to our frame by which we are built are shaking at this Voice. We are advised to serve God with fear and trembling and to employ the same to work out our own salvation (Psalm 2:11, Philippians 2:12). When one asked Jesus the great commandment in the Law, Jesus said, "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind (Matthew 22:37)." The believing heart can now understand Habakkuk’s expression better.
Habakkuk was not as a cowardly character in the famous epic, The Wizard of Oz, but rather a hearer and doer of the Word. His belly trembled because the Word of God penetrated His heart which was full of love for God hence the quivering of his lips which expressed his heart. "For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh – (Matthew 12:23)." His body responded to the great shaking of the heaven and earth with the Word of God. "And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain (Hebrews 12:27). Once our heart is given fully to God and we speak His goodness out of a pure heart, our bodies will be established in spiritual matters, and we can rest in the day of trouble!