Psalm 18:1, 73:26, 81:1 NIV 2011
I love you, Lord, my strength.
My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
Sing for joy to God our strength; shout aloud to the God of Jacob!
The Old Testament is filled with reminders that strength comes from God. Exodus 15:2a, “The Lord is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation.” Deuteronomy 33:29, “Blessed are you, Israel! Who is like you, a people saved by the Lord? He is your shield and helper and your glorious sword. Your enemies will cower before you, and you will tread on their heights.” Isaiah 12:2b, “The Lord, the Lord himself, is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation.” Jeremiah 16:19, “Lord, my strength and my fortress, my refuge in times of distress…” Strength comes from the Lord God Almighty.
When I think I’m at the end of my rope I realize it’s because I’m using my own strength and haven’t taken the Lord on my climb. That actually happened as I was attempting to summit Mount Rainier with my husband and two other climbers. At midnight, roped together, we left Ingraham Flats and began the climb. I missed the sun rise while climbing Disappointment Cleaver and then got sick. We turned around ending the ascent. In retrospect, I never asked the Lord for His strength.
How do we ask the Lord for His strength daily?
Strengthened by God,