What is your strength? If someone would have asked me that question in the summer of 1973, I would have said, “My muscles are my strength.” I was never the strongest or the fastest, but from eighth grade on I worked out on a regular basis. By the time I was getting ready to go to college, I was fairly strong and fit.
If someone would ask me that question today, I would respond, “The Lord is my strength.” It is true that my physical strength and fitness have “aged” over the past 44 years, however, the difference in my response is more than a simple matter of the aging process.
I believed in the Lord Jesus Christ as savior in fall 1973 and have grown to appreciate more and more that he is my strength — I am not my own strength.
David says in Psalm 18:1-2, “I love you, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock.” The Lord: my strength and rock — Amen. Physical and mental strength comes and goes, fluxing through time and travail. The Lord is sure and steady; he is the strong one ready to undergird and enable.
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David also says in Psalm 21:1, “O Lord, in your strength the king will be glad, and in your salvation how greatly he will rejoice.” I used to be glad in my muscles, boasting to friends how much I could bench press. I’m thankful that I now rejoice in his strength. My muscles, my mental prowess, my bank account, my house, my car, my family, etc., are not my strength. The Lord is my strength. He fills my heart with joy and confidence even in the most challenging times of my weakness.
Paul says in Ephesians 6:10, “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might.” Three different Greek words for “strength” are used in this verse. One could literally translate the verse as, “Finally, be empowered (find your power/enablement) in the Lord and in the authority of his strong strength.” What a blessing to live each day with all its challenges and opportunities being empowered by His authoritative strength.
One of the Levitical priests of old wrote in Psalm 84:5, “How blessed in the man whose strength is in you, in whose heart are the highways to Zion.” It is indeed blessed, happy and joy-filled to experience strength in the one who will not deteriorate, decay or be destroyed. The Lord is the strong one; He is strong, steady and ready to undergird and enable all those who trust him.
What is your strength? Most gladly I respond, “The Lord, he is my strength!”
Drew Fenstermacher is pastor at Faith Baptist Church of State College. Contact him at pastor firstname.lastname@example.org.