Our Source of Strength
The LORD is the strength of his people. (Psalm 28:8)
These days so many people look to so many things as their source of strength. For some, it’s vitamins. Go into their home and there will be bottle after bottle of pills. For others, it’s going to the gym for their regular workout. For yet others, it’s their annual holiday, as they get away from the demands of work and the pressures of life and laze by the pool or stroll along the hills. Of course, all these things can be useful. But nevertheless, they all pass so quickly. The pill bottles quickly empty or are replaced by the latest "fad"; the benefits of the workout are lost at the next good meal; the holiday memories soon fade as life’s pressures return once again.
For us, however, there is a source of strength that never runs out: the strength that can be found in the Lord our God. David faced many challenges in life, both before and during the time that he was king. But his psalms show how his first refuge in times of need was – God! He could have run to so many things for refreshment and strength; but what he chose to run to was his God. He described God as ‘my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge. He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold’ (Psalm 18:2). He encouraged others to "look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always" (1 Chronicles 16:11).
This God is still as great a source of strength as ever He was to the saints of old. The trouble is, we know this – yet He is often our "last resort." We so easily turn to other things first, leaving God at the end of the queue; and then, if nothing else works, we "give Him a go." Of course, we would never consciously think in such a way! But that is what our actions portray.
Today, let God be your first port of call as you look for help and strength. For, as we seek Him and His strength, He will be found by us, just as He promised.
But David found strength in the Lord his God. (1 Samuel 30:6)
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