As I continue my reading through the Bible, I came across a Psalm that I had read several times previously. I began to examine the individual verses, and I saw a great vein of truth in each one. The psalm I am referring to is Psalm 18.
This Psalm begins with a powerful verse:
“I will love thee, O Lord, my strength.”
Why do you suppose that David began this Psalm in this way? By reading in the forward of the Psalm, you will find that this Psalm was written when David was being pursued by an angry Saul who wanted to kill him. David was living on the run, hiding in caves, sleeping on the ground and just trying to survive. We can certainly see how weary and tired David had become physically and emotionally. God had promised him the throne and the honor of being King of Israel, yet here he was trying to protect his very existence. In this state, He chose to praise and declare his love to the one who was his daily strength. David may have been running, but he knew who to run to for the strength and encouragement that he needed.
This reminds me of Phil 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” This strength of Christ is readily available to us. We need to realize that we are not strong on our own. We are weak ones who need to rely on God for our very existence also.
Paul knew where to go when he needed strength due to a physical infirmity. He states in 2 Corinthians 12:8-10, “For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.
I came across a story this weekend that illustrates this beautiful picture of strength in action:
A young boy was on a hike through the woods with his father when he came upon a mid-size boulder.
“Dad,” he asked, “Do you think I can move that boulder?”
The father replied, “Yes, son, you can move that boulder if you use all of your strength.”
The boy pushed with all that was in him. He pushed and grunted and pushed some more, but the boulder would not budge. Frustrated, he said, “You were wrong, Dad, I can’t move it.”
The father replied, “You could have moved it if you used all of your strength, but you didn’t because you didn’t ask me for help.”
All the strength we need is readily available. Who are you running to?