With God we can do anything. God’s strength is more powerful than anything put up against us. In Psalm 108:13, David ends the Psalm by saying, With God we will gain the victory, and he will trample down our enemies. The beauty of David’s request is not that he asked for rescue, he asked for victory. With God’s help we can claim more than simple survival, we can claim victory! Let us all look for ways to turn our troubles into powerful opportunities to show God’s love and strength in our lives.
Today is my oldest daughter’s birthday; she turns 20 today. I will be 50 this year and my mom turned 87 a couple months backs. Where does the time go? While 20 seems like the just the beginning, time seems to accelerate the older we get. Psalm 90:10 says, The length of our days is seventy years – or eighty, if we have the strength; yet their span is but trouble and sorrow, for they quickly pass, and we fly away. Let us not waste our time here on earth. The span of our life is not guaranteed, so we should make the most of the time we have to impact lives for eternity. We are God’s hands and feet if we truly commit to be used by him. Let us not reach the end of your time here on earth and look back with regret.
In Psalm 59, David took the time to praise God for protection during times of persecution. In Psalm 59:17 he says, O my Strength, I sing praise to you; you, O God, are my fortress, my loving God. David calls God his provider of strength and his fortress where he could find comfort. God is this for us as well. When we feel alone and lack the strength to face rouble in this world, God is there to provide protection and strength for us to face it all.
In today’s Psalm, David shows that even when facing trials, his faith is strong. In Psalm 57:7 David says, My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast; I will sing and make music! Though our hearts may be heavy when we struggle, God’s strength never falters. We can rest firmly in His protects and praise Him through it all.
David knew he could be strong because he could lean on the strength of the Lord. In Psalm 31:24 David says, Be Strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord. Our hope comes from God. If we had to rely on our own strength all the time, it would falter. Praise God for being our strength, no matter the circumstances.
There is strength that comes from being around good people. Proverbs 27:17 says, As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. Healthy challenge and encouragement from like-minded people can be more valuable than vast amounts of knowledge. Look for people to surround you who can pour strength and wisdom into your life.
In Acts 27:35, Paul is a great example of how we should act when we are in the middle of a difficult time, After he said this, he took some bread and gave thanks to God in front of them all. Then he broke it and began to eat. There will be very few times when we are not faced with some sort of difficulty in our lives. But if we stop and give thanks to God and wait for His strength, we can face anything with confidence. God has an understanding of every situation in our lives. We just need to take the time to draw strength and guidance from Him.
As we come to the end of the second letter to the Corinthian church, Paul gives them some final instructions in 2 Corinthians 13:11, Finally, brothers, good-by. Aim for perfection, listen to my appeal, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you. Notice how Paul tells them to “Aim” for perfection. He does not say “BE” perfect. God does not want our perfection, He wants a heart that aims for it. In the process we must realize we are weak and God is the only source of power that can give us the strength we need. We will never be perfect on this side of eternity, but we must never stop striving for it. It is through our striving we seek His strength and His perfect plan for our lives.