In our study of Habakkuk chapter three, we will see how remembering the past actions of God can strengthen us for our walk today. This prayer shows us how our concerns can be laid to rest when we remember what God has already done and the fact that He is unchanging.
"A prayer of Habakkuk the prophet. On shigionoth." NIV translation
We see from this opening that this entire chapter is a recorded prayer of the prophet. This fact reminds us that sharing our prayers and how God answers them can be used to build others up in their faith. You may not write a chapter of the Bible, but God can still use your testimony of prayer in a mighty way.
"Lord, I have heard of your fame; I stand in awe of your deeds, O Lord. Renew them in our day, in our time make them known; in wrath remember mercy." NIV translation
For this verse, I prefer the KJV translation over the NIV. We remember that, in chapter two, the prophet complained about God using Babylon as an instrument of judgment on His people and we saw God's answer to him. Now, we see that he says he heard from God and was afraid for the people of Babylon as God explained that they would be dealt with. Habakkuk went from condemning them to now praying that God would remember to show them mercy. That is an example of what Jesus was talking about when He taught us to pray for our enemies.
"God came from Teman, the Holy One from Mount Paran. Selah His glory covered the heavens and his praise filled the earth." NIV translation
The prophet continues his prayer by remembering that God was with Abraham when he left Ur of the Chaldeans (southern Iraq) and went to Canaan (Israel). The meaning of the term "Selah" is somewhat lost but it is believed to be a pause in the music.