God My Strength (Part 1)
“Lord give me strength “ How often have you prayed this? We’ve all been through trying times in life when we’ve felt we couldn’t go on much longer – that sense of ‘something’s got to give’.
In recent years, through some trying times, I’ve been learning something about the strength God gives.
I used to picture God answering this prayer by infusing me with the sudden ability to get through whatever it was I was going through at the time; but in studies of the life of David, The Lord has been teaching me that the strength He gives is so much better than an increased ability to push through, because that would still mean relying, to a certain degree, on my own strength. What God gives us when we call to Him in times of trouble is an increased trust in His strength. In other words, the ability to rely totally on God’s strength in every situation.
It’s not easy to surrender control. It isn’t easy to “let go and let God” as the popular catch phrase goes. It requires great strength that only God can give us in the first place!
God doesn’t expect us to be strong. He knows we are not. He wants us to believe and to declare, as David did: “The Lord is my strength and shield. I trust him with all my heart. He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy. I burst out in songs of thanksgiving. The Lord gives his people strength.”
David Found His Strength In The Lord
David knew that he was totally dependent on God; he relied on God in every battle, every hardship – He acknowledged God as is his strength, his help and his victory.
David had a reputation for greatness in battle from a young age and this grew as he matured: “Behold, I have seen a son of Jesse the Bethlehemite, who is skillful in playing, a man of valor, a man of war, prudent in speech, and a man of good presence, and the Lord is with him.” 1 Samuel 16:18
“Saul has killed his thousands, and David his ten thousands!” 1 Samuel 18:7
“David became greater and greater, for the Lord of hosts was with him.” 1 Chronicles 11:9
Despite all this, instead of becoming arrogant or proud, revelling in people’s high opinion of him, David acknowledges that it was God who strengthened Him and who gave him his victories.
In his later years, David wrote a worship song to God, recorded in Psalm 18
and also 2 Samuel 22, paying tribute to the Lord for the strength David had always found in Him.
“I love you, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised, and I am saved from my enemies”. Psalm 18:1-3
David knew God;
David knew, not just not just about God, he knew God’s character; He knew His love and had experienced His faithfulness. He trusted that God was who He said He was and that He would do as He had promised. That’s why he could could write words like these: “When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles.” Psalm 33:17
And David wasn’t the only one who relied on God’s strength. Have a look at these other encouraging scriptures:
Habakkuk 3:19 “God, the Lord, is my strength; he makes my feet like the deer’s; he makes me tread on my high places.”
Isaiah 41:–10 “fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand”
Isaiah 40:29 “He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength.”
Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through him who strengthens me”
Ephesians 6:10 “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might”
Whatever you are facing today, God does not expect you to be strong – He wants you to find your strength in Him as you trust in Him to be all that He says He is.