Psalm 27:1, "The Lord is the strength of my life."
Dear mother, what do you do when you run out of strength, as I am sure you often do? Where do you go?
Did you know that you have another resource when your strength wanes? Yes, it is in your God. He is your Strength. In fact, He is more than your strength. He is your EVERLASTING STRENGTH. His strength never runs out. It is inexhaustible. You can draw from it at any moment you wish. It is always available for you.
Isaiah 26:3-4, "Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusts in thee. Trust ye in the Lord forever, for in the Lord Jehovah is EVERLASTING STRENGTH."
I remember one time when our six children were little and I had many other things pressing upon me. I felt as though it was more than my strength could handle. Have you ever felt like that?
I awoke in the morning to have my Bible reading and prayer which is a habit of my life, and I poured out my inadequacies to the Lord. As I read, I was amazed! It was exactly how I was feeling. My reading was in 2 Corinthians Chapter 1 and I couldn't believe it when I got to verse eight. "For we would not, brethren, have you ignorant of our trouble which came to us in Asia, that we were pressed out of measure, above strength, insomuch that we despaired even of life."
Wow, that was just how I felt. I was pressed out of measure. It was more than my strength could take, although I hadn’t got to despairing of life!
What did Paul do when he was in this situation? I kept reading..."But we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raised the dead. Who delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver: in whom we trust that He will yet deliver us..."
At that moment, God gave me a revelation. I saw the light. I realized that I was trusting in myself instead of His strength! Of course, my resources were not enough to carry me through. I repented. "I'm sorry, Lord," I cried, "I repent that I have been trusting in my own strength. I have forgotten to trust in your everlasting strength. I have forgotten that you are my Deliverer. I have forgotten that you are my Refuge. You are my Rock on whom I can lean. You are my Strength. You are my Song. You are my Hope! I hand everything over to you. It is yours. I trust you. Thank you, Lord."
As I did this, a great peace swept over my soul. Although this was years ago, I can still remember that later in that day I tried to think of all those problems that were weighing me down. Can you believe it? I couldn't even think of one of them! It's just amazing the difference that comes to us when we put our trust in the Lord instead of ourselves, isn't it? So many of our worries, depressions, fears and frustrations are simply because we try to do it on our own and trust in our own strength.
God is waiting for us to rely on His strength. We will never be ashamed if we put our trust in the Lord. Don't try to carry all the burdens of the day yourself. Roll your burdens upon the Lord. He has promised to sustain you and His promises never fail.
HE IS THE STRENGTH OF YOUR LIFE
I love Psalm 27:1 where David exclaims, "The Lord is the strength of my life." Oh what a wonderful confession. Why don’t you make this your confession? Say these words out loud right now. Say them again. And again. Believe them. Receive the truth of them into your life. These words are true. God is the source of your strength.
Over and over again, David confesses that God is His strength. He didn’t rely on his own strength, but trusted in God’s unfailing strength. As you also continually make this confession, you will experience God’s strength in your life. In fact, "my Strength" is one of the names that David and others in the Bible called God.
Psalm 18:1-2, "I will love thee, O Lord, my strength." (Exodus 15:2; Psalm 19:14; 28:7; 31:4; 43:2; 46:1-3; 59:17; 62:7; 118:14; 144:1; Isaiah 12:2; Habakkuk 3:19)
Psalm 18:32, "It is God that girds me with strength."
Psalm 68:35, "The God of Israel is he that gives strength and power unto his people."
HE IS THE STRENGTH OF YOUR HEART
God is not only the strength of your life, but also the strength of your heart. When your heart fails for fear, God will strengthen you. When your heart is breaking, God will strengthen your heart. When your heart is sad and lonely, God will come to strengthen you.
Psalm 27:14, "Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart."
Psalm 31:24, "Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the Lord."
Psalm 73:26, "My flesh and my heart fails: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion forever."
Isaiah 35:4, "Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not: behold, your God will come…He will come and save you."
HE IS THE STRENGTH OF YOUR SOUL
Do you feel weak and spineless? God will make you strong on the inside so you will be able to stand against the wiles of the devil and the deceptions of society that are all around you.
Psalm 138: 3, "In the day when I cried thou answered me, and strengthened me with strength in my soul."
Ephesians 3:16, "That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man."
Make this your constant confession throughout this week. Continually speak these words out loud, "The Lord is the strength of my life."
Love from Nancy Campbell
"Lord, I confess that you are the strength of my life. Thank you for your strength that you freely give to me. Thank you that it is available to me moment by moment. I receive it and acknowledge it. I thank you that I can face all that I have to do today because of your strength. Oh, Lord, I thank you that your strength is inexhaustible. It never runs out. It is so wonderful to know that I can come to you at any time and draw from your everlasting strength. Thank you in Jesus’ name. Amen."
I’m going to have to say it again….
"THE LORD IS THE STRENGTH OF MY LIFE!"