Wednesday May 20, 2020

Today’s Reading: Psalm 28

“The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in Him, and I am helped. Therefore my heart celebrates, and I give thanks to Him with my song.” Psalm 28:7

Meditation: Where do you look for strength? While some look to their possessions or their accolades, and while others look to others or within themselves, there is really only one place to look for strength.

King David reigned during a “Golden Era” in the Kingdom of Israel. During David’s reign, Israel subdued all their enemies with their mighty army, the kingdom prospered and the land was bountiful. With all that was going on in Israel, we might understand if David looked to the harvest of the land for strength, or to the treasury for strength, or even to his army for strength.

But in Psalm 28, David looks to the LORD for strength. He says, “The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trust in Him, and I am helped. Therefore, my heart rejoices, and I praise Him with my song” (7).

David could have looked to all that was around him for strength. Yet there was only one place David could look for strength, and that was to the LORD. Because it was the LORD who strengthened Israel’s army for battle. It was the LORD who strengthened the nation’s treasury. It was the LORD who caused the land to overflow in abundance. The LORD was the strength of David, and He is the strength of His people.

The places we look for strength in this world cannot compare to the strength that is the LORD. All the works of our hands, the intellect of our mind, the energies of our being, the securities of our finances, and the materials of this world fade and cannot save us. But our God, the LORD of Hosts, the King of Glory, and the Creator of the Universe, is eternal and is mighty to save. And our strength is found in Him.

Prayer: LORD God, You are my strength. Help me to look past the things of this world and the things of myself that I often look to for strength, and help me to cling to You. Move me to let go of the things that I think make me strong, that Your strength may be revealed in my weakness and be victorious in my life for Your glory. I love You, LORD. In the mighty name of Jesus, our Lord and Savior, AMEN.

Thru the Bible in a year (credit: Luke 20:27-47; Genesis 37; Psalm 28