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The LORD is the strength of my life . . . The LORD is . . . my strength, in whom I will trust. (Psalms 27:1 and Psalms 18:2)
Living under grace, by the hand of faith; involves depending upon God to work in our lives. For the greater part of his life, David was an outstanding Old Testament example of such living. This was certainly evident in the way David frequently confessed the Lord as his strength.
For each person who lives in this fallen world, strength is demanded just to deal with every day responsibilities and challenges. When we add the calling and desire that believers have to please and honour God, much strength is accessed, and needed day by day. David confessed the Lord as his strength for living.
“The LORD is the strength of my life.”
How wonderful to know that the Lord is with us to impart His strength in us for every aspect of our lives, whether home, or work, or ministry, or whatever.
In our earthly pilgrimage, we need strength to stay on course. The world, the flesh, and the devil want to prevent us from progressing down the Lord’s perfect path. David found in the Lord the strength for this need as well.
“It is God who arms me with strength, and makes my way perfect” (Psalms 18:32).
At times, when walking along our designated path of life, we get trapped in circumstantial nets, laid by the enemy of our souls. When David experienced these traps, he cried out to God for the necessary strength. “Pull me out of the net which they have secretly laid for me, For You are my strength” (Psalms 31:4). At other times along our path, the problem is not a trap, but an all-out battle. Once again, David found the strength he needed in His Lord.
“For You have armed me with strength for the battle; You have subdued under me those who rose up against me” (Psalms 18:39).
Sometimes, the need for strength pertains to what is going on within us (or flowing forth from within). The thoughts we are thinking, and the words we are expressing might need to be anchored again in the will of the Lord. David also knew how to turn to God for this essential strength as well.
“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O LORD, my strength and my redeemer” (Psalms 19:14).
When he weakened within and stumbled in failure, David still knew where to turn for the only help that will ever prove sufficient.
“My flesh and my heart fail; But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever” (Psalms 73:26).
Whatever the need for strength, David learned to rely upon the Lord.
“The LORD is . . . my strength, in whom I will trust.”
Earlier today, a friend told me the following about how they turn to God and why they do it:
“In my life, no one had ever helped me carry my burdens; and that is exactly how I came to depend on God, because previously, no one ever seemed to care. No one was ever there for me. I always felt like a burden…But there is a song I really love, its called Burdens Are Lifted at Calvary”
Here is just where we can note some of what Jesus meant in Isaiah 53:3-4 about how He “carried our griefs.” Jesus carried every bit of our sorrows to Calvary! Surely, we, as God’s people, are intended to have the same kind of experience as Jesus did? Why do we not spend more time to “carry one another’s burdens?” [to Calvary]. (Gal 6:2). As Christians, we are to carry our griefs with us. Bring our sorrow to the altar. To the cross. We are not to try to get rid of our griefs or sorrows, as if we have a disease that needs fixing. Carry it as a badge of honour, with you as we, along with the entire world are now entering the prophetic day of our Lord. “The time of the end.” (Dan 12:4).
There is really only one ingredient left to form God’s remnant people to the point where they are ready to see Jesus come again. It is the one thing that so many in the Laodicean state are refusing to do. A personal experience with Jesus, and a powerful, winning testimony about Christ in the life. While we church people like to pride ourselves in having “the message;” we are so far away from a gospel by which we ourselves are saved that it is barely Christianity anymore. Perhaps John the revelator pegged the solution to the problem when he said:
“…they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony…(Rev 12:11).
With all the talk about “prophecy” and the “warning message” or the “testing truth,” few at church are talking about how “Burdens ARE lifted at Calvary.” Yet, THAT is the “straight testimony.” THIS is why the prophet Daniel said in regard to the “time of the end,” when things get really bad:
“Those who do wickedly against the covenant he shall corrupt with flattery; but the people who know their God shall be strong, and carry out great exploits.” (Dan 11:32)
Only “the wise” will have their burdens lifted at Calvary. Only “the wise” will have a personal testimony about “Christ in you – THE HOPE of glory!” (Col 1:27).
Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.” (1 John 3:2).
Today I was made aware of a family that is struggling with cancer. The adult children lost their Dad a while ago to cancer, and now their Mom is at home dying of cancer with just days to live. I praise God for the friends who told me about this because they are putting into practice that “Christ in them, their hope in glory,” and are taking the time to visit and sit in the home with these struggling ones; and to offer what comforts they can. This IS the “word of their testimony!”
Please, join me this Sabbath in praying for this dear family, and for the comforts that only God can give, and that they will be aware of His Presence in the room.
May Jesus lift their burdens at Calvary!
O Lord, my strength, I need Your strength for daily responsibilities, strength for staying on track with You, strength for periodic battles, strength for weaknesses within, strength to please You. Strength to bless others through my pain. YOU, LORD, are my strength; I trust in You!