A Prayer According to “Shigionoth” … What’s That Mean Anyway?

Habakkuk 3 in the Bible begins like this… “A prayer of Habakkuk the prophet, according to Shigionoth.”  The meaning of that ancient word is uncertain and most believe it describes a musical style.  Some have described it as wild, passionate, and loud.  Some would love it (perhaps others would dislike it).  If the meaning is accurate though, it fits the content of Habakkuk 3… the passionate, prayerful expression of a prophet deeply concerned about the welfare of his nation and God’s wrathful judgment upon the wicked!

The point is this… There is a time to pray like that!  A time to sing like that!  And a time to pour out your heart to God like that!

Here’s a taste of Habakkuk’s prayer…

“I have heard all about you, Lord. I am filled with awe by your amazing works. In this time of our deep need, help us again as you did in years gone by!  In your anger, remember your mercy!  I see You moving across the deserts from Edom, the Holy One coming from Mount Paran.  Your brilliant splendor fills the heavens, and the earth is filled with Your praise.  Your coming is as brilliant as the sunrise.  Rays of light flash from Your hands, where Your awesome power is hidden… You marched across the land in anger and trampled the nations in your fury.  You went out to rescue your chosen people, to save your anointed ones. You crushed the heads of the wicked and stripped their bones from head to toe…

“Even though the fig trees have no blossoms, and there are no grapes on the vines; even though the olive crop fails, and the fields lie empty and barren; even though the flocks die in the fields, and the cattle barns are empty, yet I will rejoice in the Lord!  I will be joyful in the God of my salvation!  The Sovereign Lord is my strength! He makes me as surefooted as a deer, able to tread upon the heights.” (From Habakkuk 3 NLT)

Just let me say… There is a time to pray like that!  And a time to praise the Lord like that!  Perhaps that time is NOW!

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