The LORD is my strength
What is your greatest strength?
If you were to ask me to cite my primary physical strength, I certainly would never tell you it was my hand grip. However, if you need a jar opened, it's possible that I'm who you need to ask for help.
Why is that? I don't have superhuman grip. Probably even less than average. What I do have is the uncanny ability to break the vacuum seal in even the most-stubborn jar. I rely more on tricks than on actual muscle.
My strength alone is inadequate, but I know the Source for Perfect Strength.
The LORD is My Strength.
Jehovah Uzzi [yeh-ho-VAW OZE] is the name given in Psalm 28:7-8, "The Lord is my strength and my shield; My heart trusted in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart greatly rejoices, And with my song I will praise Him. The Lord is their strength, And He is the saving refuge of His anointed." The name means brawn, strong, power, and boldness. He is my power and shield. He is the SAVING strength of His anointed.
The LORD is Our Strength
In Psalm 29:11, we see His generosity. "The Lord will give strength to His people; The Lord will bless His people with peace." This power is available to us. As is His peace. The two go hand-in-hand. It's hard to be at peace when you feel weak and vulnerable. But here He is promising His steadfastness which should then result in the blessing of peace.
The LORD demonstrated His Strength
Psalm 74:13 reminds us that God divided the sea. "You divided the sea by Your strength; You broke the heads of the sea serpents in the waters." Can you imagine what it takes to part an entire sea long enough and wide enough for an entire nation of people to walk through on DRY LAND?!
That original with Moses is in Exodus 14:21-22. But that wasn't the first - or last - time God divided waters:
- during Creation - Gen. 1:6-7
- for priests with the Ark of the Covenant - Josh. 3:15-17
- for Elijah - 2 Kings 2:7-8
- for Elisha - 2 Kings 2:13-14
Seek God's Power
We are commanded to look for it, "Seek the Lord and His strength; Seek His face evermore!" Ps. 105:4. When we reach out to Him and ask for His power, He will provide it. "In the day when I cried, You answered me, and strengthened me with strength in my soul," Ps. 138:3. My own attempt becomes a problem when I try to "Help God out" and do things on my own. I ALWAYS MAKE A MESS OF THINGS. It's soooo much better when God is in control.
2 Cor. 12:9 tells me, "But He said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.' Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me." The reason to be glad in my weakness? Because it allows His power to shine!
Prayer - using 4 Aspects of Prayer
Adore - Jehovah Uzzi, You alone are my strength. I am unable to accomplish anything without you, but with You, I do all things.
Admit - Sadly, sometimes I do still foolishly try to help You out and do things on my own and in my own time. You amaze me at how You have protected me from crazy consequences from my goofy antics.
Ask - I ask that you forgive my foolishness and help me to turn to You first before I try to work things out on my own. Remind me of the many, many times You have worked things out for the best.
Acknowledge - Thank You, Jehovah Uzzi, for Your power and Your patience to work things out for my best.