hinds' feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places. To the chief
singer on my stringed instruments. KJV1611)
This is part of a beautiful passage, and it is the end of a song as well. The line at the end mentions what kind of instruments it is intended to be played on, and the first verse of the chapter tells what melody is to be used, in the same way that music leaders and singers tell those musicians accompanying them in what key to play a piece. Habakkuk 3:1 So, it is a prayer intended to be sung originally. This means simply that it is praise and worship directed toward God, as is the whole chapter. Habakkuk is praising God for His strength, His restoration, His ability to lift us out of the depths of problems.
The song is interlaced with prophecy, as well as praise, for all praise usually encounters prophecy in that praise admits that God will do a work in the Earth, and in our hearts and lives. I believe that God is able to work a work in our lives, just as He did in the Bible. This is what Habakkuk is pointing out in this chapter, as He lived long after the days of Moses. He is speaking of the wilderness deliverance of Moses and the Israelites, as if God can do the same work for the Israelites of His day just as he did for the early Hebrews. He lived about 626 years before Christ, but he saw the problems his nation faced as a whole. And, he recognized a need for deliverance.
But, on a larger scale, the song goes beyond saying that God will deliver the nation out of their bondage to the Romans, and restore them to their mountains. It claims that God will endue them with supernatural power, like deer able to scale mountain ledges. God will not remove them from the rocky ledges of the mountains, but will make them strong enough to leap upon the rocks without falling. It is such a beautiful picture of God's gift of empowerment for His people...for you and I today!