a study of Strength
God is strong
Job 9: 4,19 (God) He is wise in heart; and mighty in strength: who hath hardened himself against Him, and hath prospered. / …He is strong…
Job 12:13,16 With Him is wisdom and strength, He hath counsel and understanding. / With Him is strength and wisdom; the deceived and the deceiver are His.
We are commanded to seek Him and His strength
1 Chronicles 16:11 Look to God—“Seek the Lord and His strength, seek His face continually.”—“his face” is also translated presence or person. — We are to look for our God, constantly looking to Him, keeping Him with us.
Strong in God’s own Strength
Ephesians 6:10 “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.”
Nehemiah 8:10 Returned Israelite captives weep upon hearing the law of God – end of verse, “for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”
Psalm 21: 1 “ The kind shall joy in Thy strength, O Lord, and in Thy salvation how greatly shall he rejoice! Thou hast given him his heart’s desire and hast now withholden the request of His lips.”
These texts definitively show that we are to get our strength from the Lord. It is really the only way for us to be strong. And we can rejoice in that!
God wants to
Job 23:6 Job perceives God’s response to our trials.—“Will He plead against me with His great power? No, but He would put strength in me.”—God is not willing to condemn us for our sin. He wants to put His strength in us. He wants to give, fashion, transform, fix, make set, or ordain strength in us.
Job 36:5 the words of Job’s friend, Elihu—“Behold, God is mighty and despiseth not any: He is mighty in strength and wisdom.” – True also in the New Testament and true today. God’s purpose for us has not changed. He will not turn aside from those who seek Him. It is ever God’s desire to infuse us with His Spirit.
God is my strength
2 Samuel 22:32-34 David is praising God for blessings— For who is God save the Lord? And who is a rock, save our God? God is my strength and power and he maketh my way perfect. He maketh my feet like hind’s feet and setteth me upon my high places.—God is our rock. Our source of strength and power. It is he that makes our lives perfect. He establishes us in lofty living.
Psalm 18:1-3 Parallel passage to 2 Samuel– verses 1-3: “I will love Thee, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer: My God, my strength in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, an my high tower. I will call upon the Lord who is worthy to be praised, so shall I be saved from mine enemies.”
David knows God as the source of his strength and His deliverer. Calling upon the Lord, in prayer, is our part in the science of salvation. Our part is to reach out to God, to choose Him, to ask for His intervention. Responding to His call to us. By prayer we accept God, His purposes and ways. Talking to God is how we seek him. We are to “seek His face continually,” and we are to “pray without ceasing.” This is how we overcome the enemy. It is by this connection, this abiding, that we have relationship with God, which nurtures our faith and makes us overcomers. I John 5:4 “For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.”
Psalm 18:32 “It is God that girdeth me with strength, and maketh my way perfect.”
Psalm 18:36 “Thou has enlarged my steps under me, that my feet did not slip.”
Psalm 18:39 “For Thou has girded me with strength, unto the battle, thou hast subdued under me those that rise up against me.”
Psalm 20:6 “Now know I that the Lord saveth his anointed; he will hear from his holy heaven with the saving strength of his right hand.”
Is Psalm 20:6 only prophetic of Jesus being saved from the second death? Does it not apply to us as well? Aren’t we also God’s anointed, His chosen (1 Peter 2:9)? Won’t He hear us and save us with His strength?
Psalm 19:14 “Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Thy sight, O Lord, my strength and my redeemer.”
It is because of what God has done in justifying us, giving us oneness with God again by His sacrifice, that we are inspired to cooperate with God in His work of sanctifying us. Our part in sanctification, or the process of God making us holy and perfect, is simply to submit. This verse is a prayer of submission, a prayer of cooperation with God.
May God richly bless you as you seek His strength to stand today.