“I love You, O Lord, my strength.”
How do I cope with the challenges, the fears, the disappointments and the hurts of life?
Make a commitment to yourself, your life, and to God Himself, in the words of this majestic Psalm.
“ I love You.”
It is both a command and a response. A command – to ‘love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ (Matt 22:37). It is a command because this should be our first priority in life. He is God Almighty; He holds our present and future in His hands; He loves us with an everlasting love and has died so that we might have life, both now and through all eternity. It is a response because of the love that He has for us; all that He has given and done for us, and ‘because God has poured out His love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom He has given us.’ (Rom 5:5) God does not ask us to do what He does not also empower.
He is God, and there is no other. Jesus, whilst being our Saviour, is also our Lord – the two cannot be separated. And that is incredibly good news. It means that Jesus has not just come and gone and left us to our own devices. He has bought into our lives, individually and corporately, in a permanent, meaningful and detailed way. We are not puppets and we still have the freedom to choose, but He has a plan, a purpose, a gifting and an empowering for each and every one of us – and a desire that our lives should ‘bear much fruit.’ As we submit to His guidance and direction that begins to happen.
I cannot do it all on my own and in my own strength. It is just not sufficient, and was never meant to be. I have not the wisdom, the learning or the experience to see, understand and respond properly. He does – and so does the Holy Spirit who has come to live within the people of Christ. His strength becomes our strength, enabling us to get up, go forward and go through all the challenges that we will meet upon our journey – today, tomorrow and forever. We will grow under His guidance, protection and empowering. We will find that Scripture is right when it rejoices, ‘I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.’ (Philippians 4:13)
Write it down and Memorise it. Take it with you through the day. Remind yourself of it and apply it in every situation: “I love You, O Lord, my strength.”
Father, I commit this day to You. I believe that You are with me always. Please help me to journey through it with You, accepting and responding to Your love, guidance and strength, in Jesus name. Amen.