I love you, Lord;
you are my strength.
2 The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my savior;
my God is my rock, in whom I find protection.
He is my shield, the power that saves me,
and my place of safety.
3 I called on the Lord, who is worthy of praise,
and he saved me from my enemies.
I love you, Lord;
The people walking with Jesus were a little startled when he turned and commanded them to stop toiling for the bread that perishes (John 6:27); and it's not as if this was the first time He had minimized the importance of the pursuit of the basics of life. On other occasions He had told them that birds didn't toil or save yet the Father took care of them; the Gentiles were obsessed with these things ( intimating that this was a pursuit well beneath them) but they were not to be. He blew the disciples minds declaring that the rich folks would have great difficulty entering into the kingdom of heaven. In fact, Jesus plainly declared that it was impossible to serve God and mammon( a contemporary pagan god ) both.
A person reading the Old Testament on his or her smartphone or tablet might be the slightest bit amused at the notion of a grown man embracing an inanimate hunk of wood carved into some "god". The Old Testament is replete with these stories from the children of Israel forming a golden calf (a definite step up from wood) to lead them back to Egypt, to one of my favorites; the man Micah who had all sorts of idols and even a graven image of silver( Judges 17:1-12) and had to hire a priest to handle them all.
The book of Habakkuk begins with the author crying out to God lamenting the sorry state of affairs in Israel. According to the introductory notes in the Amplified, Habakkuk was a contemporary of Jeremiah, serving God as the ultimate punishment described by Moses was about to be meted out to a nation that refused to do right; exile!