Psalm 3:8, 28:7a, 59:9 NIV 2011
From the Lord comes deliverance. May your blessing be on your people.
The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts him, and he helps me.
You are my strength, I watch for you; you, God, are my fortress.
From Genesis to Malachi, God’s Word pointed each generation toward the Lord. Moses knew the Lord was his strength. Exodus 15:2, “The Lord is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation.” David knew the Lord would save him. Psalm 21:1, “The Lord is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear?” David also knew God would light his path and deliver him in the dark places. 2Samuel 22:29, “You, Lord, are my lamp; the Lord turns my darkness into light.” God delivers, blesses and strengthens all who abide in Him.
Webster’s definition of abide: “to endure without yielding.” After years of singing the hymn “Abide With Me” I actually heard that word during a BSF lecture in 1986. We were studying the Life and Letters of Paul and the TL’s words were, “Those who abide in the Lord belong to Him.” I wrote it on a small piece of paper and placed it in my RSV and have not heard it since. I’ve always known I need to abide in him, endure without yielding. Abiding in Him daily He delivers, blesses and strengthens me.
How do we like David abide in the Lord?
Abiding in Him,