Worship, by definition, must have an object. It must be directed toward someone or something. Habakkuk 2:18-19 tells us that the Chaldeans directed their worship to wood and stone idols, reflections of themselves (1:11). Habakkuk, in contrast, directed his worship to Yahweh.
Habakkuk 3 is a prayerful song of exaltation. As an act of worship, the prophet penned this song to praise the Lord’s magnificence, His sovereign control over nature, His judgment against His enemies, and His salvation for His people. It should not be lost on us that this confused and tired prophet turned to worship to restore his weary soul.
Life has a way of beating us down, and in our weariness, we may not want to turn our hearts to the Lord in worship. Yet in God’s goodness, He has imparted a restorative element to worship. The physical act of singing of God’s character and authority restores our soul so we might approach God with a right attitude. For those physically, emotionally, and spiritually exhausted, worship is the best remedy for renewing one’s faith and joy in the Lord.
What God-honoring song could you sing right now to renew your soul?