Turn your energy and passion to composing a song about your concern. Redirect attention to the wait, and learn patience. It was the fear he knew that prompted his cry of alarm. It is the same fear that causes him to wait.
1 A prayer of Habakkuk the prophet upon Shigionoth. This was to be sung as a “loud cry”. Everyone was to hear this message. Failure to appreciate the lesson will mean constant turmoil in the ecclesia, the place that should have peace.
2 O LORD, I have heard thy speech, [and] was afraid: O LORD, revive thy work in the midst of the years, in the midst of the years make known; in wrath remember mercy. He understood, and was relieved there was no rebuke. God was the only one who can set things right. At the time he has set, it will be, and not before. When it happens it will be just, but Habakkuk asks that God exercise mercy more than justice, because he was afraid many of those he knew as his brethren might be guilty.
What follows is the burden that he saw. Looking back over the prophecy there was the message on the tables about the just living by faith, but all else was said. This is what he saw, and it was terrible.
3 God came from Teman, and the Holy One from mount Paran. Selah. His glory covered the heavens, and the earth was full of his praise. In the song of Moses, Christ and the saints come from Teman. That his glory covered the heavens, and the earth was full of his praise, shows that he comes with authority, that is, the judge of all the earth will have the right to enforce because of the power and authority from on high, and few will want to argue.
The word “selah” is an anglicized Hebrew word that is a musical pause and consider. How they use it in music may become clear one day, but we will use it to think seriously about what has just been said.
4 And [his] brightness was as the light; he had horns [coming] out of his hand: and there [was] the hiding of his power. The power was not on display, but it was there and everyone knew it. It is not a vision of a military force but judicial authority.
5 Before him went the pestilence, and burning coals went forth at his feet. There was a very real sense of threat. This deterrent was what Habakkuk felt was missing from arrangements under the law.
6 He stood, and measured the earth: he beheld, and drove asunder the nations; and the everlasting mountains were scattered, the perpetual hills did bow: his ways [are] everlasting. His authority extended from one end of the earth to the other. The everlasting mountains, seeing successive dynasties have moved for none, the perpetual hills did not even change their shape in all that time. But in the presence of this one they scatter and bow.
7 I saw the tents of Cushan in affliction: [and] the curtains of the land of Midian did tremble. The tents of Cushan were never in affliction, their people never contained. World empires came and went. They marched into the desert, imposed their control, and retreated without success. In this vision even the uncontrollable yielded to this one. With the rule of law there must be registration, identity, traceability. How can you control them if they just pick up their tent and disappear?
8 Was the LORD displeased against the rivers? [was] thine anger against the rivers? [was] thy wrath against the sea, that thou didst ride upon thine horses [and] thy chariots of salvation? So extensive was the influence of Christ and the saints the only figure that would describe it was this one of the rivers and the sea. They flowed swiftly everywhere, like rivers of water. They covered the ground like the sea covers the depths. They appeared to be everywhere at once.
9 Thy bow was made quite naked, [according] to the oaths of the tribes, [even thy] word. Selah. Thou didst cleave the earth with rivers. The bow being a weapon of war made it clear the threat was real. But the weapon was the word of his mouth. When he spoke it was right. There was no room for manipulating arrangements as man is so inclined to do. If you tried to be clever with this one, you would be in more trouble than enough.
10 The mountains saw thee, [and] they trembled: the overflowing of the water passed by: the deep uttered his voice, [and] lifted up his hands on high. Everyone felt the terror of their own guilt even those whom you might feel had little to worry about. They had been working the system for many years. They had witnessed and remained silent when injustice was done. The mountains were the pillars of the society, the unmovable towers of strength and stability. They could not face this one. The deep are the ruled, who had been taken advantage of all these years, but knew they were not innocent, for they worked the system as well. They lifted up their hands in surrender.