“Inner Strength” Tuesday Psalm 28:7-8
You are my strength and my shield from every danger.
When I fully trust in you, help is on the way.
I jump for joy and burst forth with ecstatic, passionate praise!
I will sing songs of what you mean to me!
You will be the inner strength of all your people,
the mighty protector of all,
the saving strength for all your anointed ones.
Psalm 28:7-8 TPT
Life is unpredictable. It requires the ability to bend and unjust to unforseen events and circumstances doesn’t it? The adventure can be exhilarating with moments of joy and unexpected blessing although it can also be painful and hard when trials come.
This Psalm opens with a writer pleading with God to help him. The selected verses above are part of what seems like a sudden twist in the line of thought of this Psalmist. In this twist, he seems to turn his focus to the Lord and away from what is happening around him through a simple expression of praise. It’s as if he suddenly remembers who God is and then becomes convinced again that the Lord will help him.
Praise can do that.
Whatever we ascribe power and might to we will bow to.
As long as this writer focused only on the problems he was unable to see the Power he was connected to in order to overcome through his God. When we come to know Christ, we receive a literal “inner strength” which is God’s Spirit indwelling us. He’s closer to us than this Psalmist would have experienced. The key is connecting to Him. It’s like having a dying phone or computer at a crucial moment and plugging it in to the wall or a charger just in time only to find it instantly revived by the electricity flowing through it.
We need to spiritually “plug in” to God in order to experience His life and power flowing through us.
How do we “plug in” to Him? Well there’s no formula like with most God things. He desires relationship with us so we must come to Him on a relational level. What kinds of things do we do with others in order to build relationship with them? Spending time with Him is the goal and that can look a number of different ways: quiet meditation on His word, worshiping with music or dance, walking with Him, prayer etc. are all useful aides in being able to connect with Him.
When we connect with Him we connect to all that He is and He has made all that He is available to us.
“By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence.” 2 Pet.1:3 (NLT)
I pray that like this Psalmist you find yourself able to spend time with Him and become aware of His presence with you in a greater way. He is the answer to every question, solution to every problem and strength for every circumstance and He is fiercely committed to us.
May you experience His power and love radiating through you today.