The reading for today is Psalm 28: 6-9, ESV.
“Blessed be the Lord!
For he has heard the voice of my pleas for mercy.
The Lord is my strength and my shield;
In him my heart trusts, and I am helped;
My heart exults,
And with my song I give thanks to him.
The Lord is the strength of his people;
He is the saving refuge of his anointed.
Oh, save your people and bless your heritage!
Be their shepherd and carry them forever. “
Let’s delve in!
Verse 6: “Blessed by the Lord! For he has heard the voice of my pleas for mercy.” God hears us. We can trust that. Even when He doesn’t seem to answer right away, He still hears.
Verse 7: “The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults and with my song I give thanks to him.” We don’t have to be strong, AT ALL! We can count on God’s strength. Why would we even want to try to rely on our own? And this, our resource of infinite and immeasurable strength, is cause for exultation and thanksgiving.
Verse 8: “The Lord is the strength of his people; he is the saving refuge of the anointed.” In this crazy world, He is our safe hiding place. We can trust in His ultimate protection of our souls.
To me, these verses say that faith is our blessing. If we are able to have faith in God’s strength and protection, then we automatically have hope and peace.
Here are the words to an old hymn that reminds me of where true strength comes from. Oddly, it is based on Philippians 1:13 in which Paul talks about being in “chains for Christ,” which was an alternate scripture for today.
Make me a captive, Lord
And then I shall be free
Force me to render up my sword
And I shall conqueror be
I sink in life’s alarms
When by myself I stand
“Imprison me within thine arms and strong shall be my hand.” (George Matheson, 1842 – 1906)
Also look at the third verse of “Stand up, Stand up for Jesus” (“the arm of flesh shall fail you, ye dare not trust your own”!) by George Duffield Jr.
Prayer: Verse 9: “Oh save your people and protect your heritage! Be their shepherd and carry them forever.”
Prayer Concern: Those having to wait so long for prayers to be answered that their faith is wavering. Dear Heavenly Father, please open their eyes to Your work in their lives, even as they wait on You.