“Yet I will rejoice
I will exult
In the God
Of my salvation!
Is my strength.
He makes my feet
Like the feet of a deer.
He makes me tread
Upon the heights.”
To the choirmaster: with stringed instruments.
Habakkuk ended his song or hymn with great rejoicing in Yahweh his God, who saves him. Clearly this was a psalm or canticle with the notation about the leader or choirmaster and the stringed instruments. Yahweh, God, was his strength, who gave him the ability to run like a deer. He could even ascend to the heights. This psalm has a very optimistic ending.
“I will greatly rejoice
My whole being shall exult
In my God.
He has clothed me
With the garments of salvation.
He has covered me
With the robe of righteousness.
Like a bridegroom who decks himself
With a garland.
Like a bride who adorns herself
With her jewels.
As the earth brings forth its shoots,
As a garden causes
What is sown in it
To spring up,
So Yahweh God
Will cause righteousness
To spring up before all the nations.
He will cause praise
To spring up before all the nations.”
This author now turns around and rejoices in Yahweh. His whole being and existence exults in God. He has been clothed with the garments of salvation. He wears a robe of righteousness. He is like a groom who wears a flower garland or a bride with all her jewels. He is like the shoots that grow from the ground or like a garden breaking out with flower sprouts. Thus Yahweh, our God, will cause righteousness and praise to spring up among all the various countries.
“Many are the pangs of the wicked.
But steadfast love surrounds those
Who trust in Yahweh.
Be glad in Yahweh!
Shout for joy!
All you upright in heart!”
The wicked will continue to suffer. However, those who trust in Yahweh, will find that steadfast love surrounds them. This psalm ends with a rousing call to rejoice. If you trusted in Yahweh, then rejoice! Be glad! Should for joy! The righteous and the upright of heart will be surrounded with the love of Yahweh. They in turn should shout for joy because of their love for Yahweh.