Fighting the flesh can be such a battle at times. Are you struggling with staying on track with your diet? There is strength in numbers according to today’s text. How encouraging to me to know that the Lord will provide those people I need to help me with my battles! There is strength in numbers!

When fighting against temptation and sin, sometimes it helps to share your weakness with someone close so they can help hold you accountable in that area. Prayer and encouragement from a dear friend can be just what you need! I absolutely love today’s verse, don’t you?

Who’s part of your threefold cord? I’ll take my Shepherd, prayer, and a close friend any time! 🙂

 

 

~Psalm 46:1-3 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. 2 Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; 3 Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah.

There isn’t anything more comforting to me than to look at the beauty of God’s creation. Mountains are especially one of my favorite things to behold! What majestic beauty which shows just how marvelous are His works! The same God who created this work of art is also the same God who helps us in times of trouble. He doesn’t take a breather or time out to rest. He’s always there – always present in our time of trouble! Praise the Lord for His mercy and staying power! Notice the end of verse 3? It ends with “Selah.” That means “rest or pause” to think about what was just said. Wow! Meditating on these three verses can bring the weariest soul up from the quagmire of life!

~Psalm 138:7 Though I walk in the midst of trouble, thou wilt revive me: thou shalt stretch forth thine hand against the wrath of mine enemies, and thy right hand shall save me.

Sometimes our troubles seem so insurmountable that we feel there is no escape. However, the Lord promises to revive us and give us strength to make it through.

~Psalm 37:24 Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the Lord upholdeth him with his hand.

Do you need to be lifted up this morning, dear Christian? Our Shepherd waits to hold you up with His hand! Dive into the Scriptures and find rest in Psalms. I’m so thankful that God saw fit to put this book in the Bible! He knew how frail and weak we are. He knew that we would need this mountain top experience on a daily basis sometimes. If you’re suffering today, encourage your heart because your Heavenly Father stands ready to give you strength and hold you up! He won’t give you more than you can handle – Psalm 37:24a promises that!

~Psalm 119:28 My soul melteth for heaviness: strengthen thou me according unto thy word.

Have you ever had one of those days where you just want to throw in the towel and say it’s just not worth it? I’m sure we have all been there at one time or another. It’s what we do with those feelings and frustrations that’s important.

David sure had these experiences, didn’t he? How did he resolve those feelings?

  • He spoke to the Lord about them, and
  • He sought God’s will, not his own.

How do I know that? He asked God to strengthen him according to His word! 🙂 God’s Word is all about His will, amen? How can one walk away from spending time reading His Word without being lifted up and encouraged? If anything, we walk away strengthened! We learn to trust in Him and we learn to turn to our Bibles when we feel as though our soul is melting for heaviness!

Are you feeling the burdens of the world on your shoulders today, Christian?

~Matthew 11:28-30 Come unto me, all [ye] that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30 For my yoke [is] easy, and my burden is light.

 

 

Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation. ~Isaiah 12:2

The born-again Christian has received the most blessed gift – eternal life in Heaven with the Lord Jesus Christ. The penalty that we deserved was taken upon the Lord Himself and we are no longer under the bondage of sin! That alone should be enough to cause the Christian to rejoice.

However, the Lord tells us that we also can trust in Him to be with us during those difficult times. God never sleeps so He is always watchful of what happens to us.

~Psalm 121:3 He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber.

We have no need to be afraid of anything in our lives because the God who loves us and never sleeps is watching … waiting … diligently protecting us. Therefore, we can rest in His care! We can be assured that the problems of the day will be handled by the Master and we can enjoy peaceful rest. In fact, this verse says our sleep will be sweet.

~Proverbs 3:24 When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid: yea, thou shalt lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet.

God’s strength cannot be measured – after all, He is not a man! What better arms to rest in than those of the Lord’s?

~Psalm 18:2 The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.

Serving the Lord and resting in His care will put a song in your heart!

~Psalm 28:7 The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him.

The picture above was taken by Carol Meyers and used here with her permission. She has traveled to some of the most beautiful places in the world and has captured so many pictures which depict peace and tranquility. Thank you, Carol, for allowing me this opportunity to use your work!

Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. Isaiah 41:10

We as Christians are so blessed because he does not only have access to God at certain times in our lives as those saints of the Old Testament. Today, the believer has full access, 24/7, to as much of God as he desires. But does the average Christian take advantage of this? If this were an exercised privilege by each and every believer, the world would be experiencing a revival as never before.

Isaiah needed reassurance and God was quick to give it to him.  What compassion our God has!  God’s child is not left to a cold, uncaring Father. Not at all!  In fact, the scriptures tell us that He pities us in our weaknesses. (Psalm 103:13) As we dig into Isaiah 41:10, it is a blessing to see the verse picked apart and applied to the child of God. I discovered golden nuggets I had never seen before.  God starts out dealing with Isaiah’s weaknesses:  fear, dismay, weak, and lack of faith:

  • Fear not:  What a weakness this is in many believers 🙁 Oh that the Christian would get a handle on this early on in his spiritual life.  Why was Isaiah fearful, I wondered? Old Testament saints did not have the indwelling of the Holy Spirit as Christians do today. Isaiah must have been feeling overwhelmed and fearful of the tasks at hand. So what was God’s response to him? … “for I am with thee.” God was reassuring Isaiah that He was there for this task.  What a blessing for the New Testament saint because God is always with us through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.  He never leaves us!! 1 Cor. 6:19, 2 Tim 1:14 – The Holy Spirit lives within us and is, therefore, always to deliver us from our fears!
  • Be not dismayed: The word dismayed means “deprived of courage.” Poor Isaiah.  I have felt this way many times; especially when I am trying to give the Gospel to an unbeliever!  Just look at God’s response to Isaiah’s dismay!!  God said, “for I am thy God.” Nothing is too hard for God.  It is He that gives us the ability to witness in His name.  When we know that the Creator of all is the One who helps us in all of our endeavors, there is no reason to be deprived of courage.  In fact, because the Holy Spirit resides within us, we have full resources! (Gen. 18:14, Jer. 32:17, Jer. 32:27) The word dismayed is not mentioned at all in the New Testament!! The Holy Spirit is God (1 John 5:7) and, therefore, God never leaves us (Heb. 13:5).
  • Our God will strengthen us. The word strengthen is only mentioned once in New Testament! However, it refers to us strengthening the brethren (Lk 22:32).  I find that quite interesting, actually. Not because God won’t strengthen the Christian but because God is ever present in us to continually strengthen us. (1 Cor. 6:19, 2 Tim 1:14)
  • Our God will help us.  Another truly interesting golden nugget in God’s word is that the phrase “help thee” is only found once in the New Testament (Phil. 4:3) and, again, it refers to us helping others. (1 Cor. 6:19, 2 Tim. 1:14) Since our precious Holy Spirit lives within us, He is, therefore, always there to help us in time of need. We don’t have to wait for a priest or a special occasion to receive His help 🙂
  • Our God will uphold us. Notice that it is not by our own hand or might that we uphold our lives and circumstances, but it is with the right hand of HIS, God’s, righteousness! There is no righteousness in us (Isaiah 64:6). If there were, we would be inclined to believe that we can do it on our own.  If there were, we would be inclined to believe that we can win our own way to Heaven! (Eph. 2:8-9) Isaiah points out that there is nothing good in our own righteousness. (Isaiah 64:6) Since we are being upheld by God’s righteousness because of the shed blood of Jesus Christ, then we can be certain that it is lasting and secure!

Praise the Lord that it is ALL God that does the caring for us and not us! We will fail but God never fails!  He is consistent and constant!

The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower. Psalm 18:2

The combination of these words is used multiple times in the Word of God. Usually when the Word tells us something twice, we are to take notice. But note how many times these words are used:

For thou art my rock and my fortress; therefore for thy name’s sake lead me, and guide me. (Psa. 31:3) Be thou my strong habitation, whereunto I may continually resort: thou hast given commandment to save me; for thou art my rock and my fortress. (Psa. 71:3)

I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. (Psa. 91:2)

My goodness, and my fortress; my high tower, and my deliverer; my shield, and he in whom I trust; who subdueth my people under me. (Psa. 144:2)

O LORD, my strength, and my fortress, and my refuge in the day of affliction, the Gentiles shall come unto thee from the ends of the earth, and shall say, Surely our fathers have inherited lies, vanity, and things wherein there is no profit. (Jer. 16:19)

Do you think our Heavenly Father was trying to communicate something to His children? I surely do! Let’s pick out the specific terms used and meditate on them a bit.

God is our Rock. I think of a rock as stable, solid, immovable. And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ. (1 Cor. 10:4)

God is our Fortress. Noah Webster’s 1828 Dictionary defines a fortress as:

1. Any fortified place; a fort; a castle; a strong hold; a place of defense or security. The English have a strong fortress on the rock of Gibraltar, or that rock is a fortress.

And he said, The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; (2 Sam. 22:2) God is our defense and our security. When we are walking in Him (not the world), we can be assured of this!

God is our Deliverer. Christ has rescued and delivered us from an eternity of burning in hell’s fires, total darkness and separation from God! And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: (Rom. 11:26) He also delivers us from evil as He taught us in His example of how to pray.

God is our Strength. Noah Webster defines this word, strength, as:

Support; that which supports; that which supplies strength; security.

The Lord supports us, supplies us with His strength and gives us security in those times when men fail us! 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. (2 Cor. 12:9) Oh thank You, Lord!

God is our Buckler. I had a mental picture of what a buckler was but reading Noah Webster’s definition made my heart leap!

A kind of shield, or piece of defensive armor, anciently used in war. It was composed of wood, or wickers woven together, covered with skin or leather, fortified with plates of brass or other metal, and worn on the left arm. On the middle was an umbo, boss or prominence, very useful in causing stones and darts to glance off. The buckler often was four feet long, and covered the whole body.

Notice how the buckler was worn on the left arm – protecting the heart of man. This same buckler causes the enemies darts to fall off. I love how the Lord is our defense – our buckler – protecting us from the enemy! When we abide in Him, we have His protection over us. I think of being under His wings at this point!

God is the Horn of our Salvation. Horns were a big part of the Bible. They sounded for danger, they were used for heralding an event, etc. Jesus Christ is the only One who can provide us with salvation – there is no other. And hath raised up an horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David; (Luke 1:69) Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. (John 14:6) Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. (Acts 4:12) I am so thankful that my salvation rests in Jesus Christ. He is the only One – no other!

God is our High Tower. When I envision a high tower, I see a building that is taller than the others around it. This tower allows one to see from all around when danger is coming. This same tower also provides protection to those who are within its walls. Our Lord is our High Tower – He protects us from the enemy. We can rest knowing that He is on the tower watching out for us. What comfort this brings me! My God cares for me! Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. (1 Pet. 5:7)

We have a God who sits atop a high tower watching out for us, shielding us and protecting our hearts from the enemy. Our salvation is secure in Him and He provides us the strength we need to deal with the enemy. He delivers us from the temptations that He sees coming. As long as we stand on His Word (His Rock), we have no need to fear. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me. (Heb. 13:6) Oh thank You, Lord, for this blessing today!

Psalm 18

To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David, the servant of the Lord, who spake unto the Lord the words of this song in the day that the Lord delivered him from the hand of all his enemies, and from the hand of Saul: And he said,
1 I will love thee, O Lord, my strength. 2 The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower. 3 I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies. 4 The sorrows of death compassed me, and the floods of ungodly men made me afraid. 5 The sorrows of hell compassed me about: the snares of death prevented me. 6 In my distress I called upon the Lord, and cried unto my God: he heard my voice out of his temple, and my cry came before him, even into his ears. 7 Then the earth shook and trembled; the foundations also of the hills moved and were shaken, because he was wroth. 8 There went up a smoke out of his nostrils, and fire out of his mouth devoured: coals were kindled by it. 9 He bowed the heavens also, and came down: and darkness was under his feet. 10 And he rode upon a cherub, and did fly: yea, he did fly upon the wings of the wind. 11 He made darkness his secret place; his pavilion round about him were dark waters and thick clouds of the skies. 12 At the brightness that was before him his thick clouds passed, hail stones and coals of fire. 13 The Lord also thundered in the heavens, and the Highest gave his voice; hail stones and coals of fire. 14 Yea, he sent out his arrows, and scattered them; and he shot out lightnings, and discomfited them. 15 Then the channels of waters were seen, and the foundations of the world were discovered at thy rebuke, O Lord, at the blast of the breath of thy nostrils. 16 He sent from above, he took me, he drew me out of many waters. 17 He delivered me from my strong enemy, and from them which hated me: for they were too strong for me. 18 They prevented me in the day of my calamity: but the Lord was my stay. 19 He brought me forth also into a large place; he delivered me, because he delighted in me. 20 The Lord rewarded me according to my righteousness; according to the cleanness of my hands hath he recompensed me. 21 For I have kept the ways of the Lord, and have not wickedly departed from my God. 22 For all his judgments were before me, and I did not put away his statutes from me. 23 I was also upright before him, and I kept myself from mine iniquity. 24 Therefore hath the Lord recompensed me according to my righteousness, according to the cleanness of my hands in his eyesight. 25 With the merciful thou wilt shew thyself merciful; with an upright man thou wilt shew thyself upright; 26 With the pure thou wilt shew thyself pure; and with the froward thou wilt shew thyself froward. 27 For thou wilt save the afflicted people; but wilt bring down high looks. 28 For thou wilt light my candle: the Lord my God will enlighten my darkness. 29 For by thee I have run through a troop; and by my God have I leaped over a wall. 30 As for God, his way is perfect: the word of the Lord is tried: he is a buckler to all those that trust in him. 31 For who is God save the Lord? or who is a rock save our God? 32 It is God that girdeth me with strength, and maketh my way perfect. 33 He maketh my feet like hinds’ feet, and setteth me upon my high places. 34 He teacheth my hands to war, so that a bow of steel is broken by mine arms. 35 Thou hast also given me the shield of thy salvation: and thy right hand hath holden me up, and thy gentleness hath made me great. 36 Thou hast enlarged my steps under me, that my feet did not slip. 37 I have pursued mine enemies, and overtaken them: neither did I turn again till they were consumed. 38 I have wounded them that they were not able to rise: they are fallen under my feet. 39 For thou hast girded me with strength unto the battle: thou hast subdued under me those that rose up against me. 40 Thou hast also given me the necks of mine enemies; that I might destroy them that hate me. 41 They cried, but there was none to save them: even unto the Lord, but he answered them not. 42 Then did I beat them small as the dust before the wind: I did cast them out as the dirt in the streets. 43 Thou hast delivered me from the strivings of the people; and thou hast made me the head of the heathen: a people whom I have not known shall serve me. 44 As soon as they hear of me, they shall obey me: the strangers shall submit themselves unto me. 45 The strangers shall fade away, and be afraid out of their close places. 46 The Lord liveth; and blessed be my rock; and let the God of my salvation be exalted. 47 It is God that avengeth me, and subdueth the people under me. 48 He delivereth me from mine enemies: yea, thou liftest me up above those that rise up against me: thou hast delivered me from the violent man. 49 Therefore will I give thanks unto thee, O Lord, among the heathen, and sing praises unto thy name. 50 Great deliverance giveth he to his king; and sheweth mercy to his anointed, to David, and to his seed for evermore.

This particular Psalm can also be found in 2 Samuel 22. David had a way with words when he was praising the Lord for victories in his life, didn’t he? Today’s text was used by God’s people after He delivered them out of their trials, after battles and after illnesses. I imagine David writing this and thinking about his encounter with Goliath. This giant must have been frightening to David but yet he knew that his God would be with him.

I have faced some giants in my life – no, not actual people but extreme situations where I felt as though there was no solution and no hope! The best place to turn to is the Lord. He has all the answers and He has all the power to heal a broken heart. He can take an almost impossible situation and turn it around. I am His child and He desires to help me through all of my difficulties.

I once heard a story that puts this all into perspective. As a father walks beside his child, the child stumbles, falls and scrapes his knee. The father was right there but the child scraped his knee anyway. The father was not the cause of the child’s fall nor could he prevent it. However, the father picked up the child, comforted him, dried his tears and cleaned his wounds. So does our Heavenly Father!

~Psalm 18:19 :He brought me forth also into a large place; he delivered me, because he delighted in me.

My Father delights in me and is right there walking in the midst of each of my trials. No matter what I am going through, He has permitted it for a reason. Yes, He could prevent some of these trials from happening to me, but He doesn’t for a reason. It could be that I have sinned and I am being chastised. It could be that there is person that I am to help because I have been through this trial. Whatever the reason, He doesn’t leave me to go through it alone. Not at all!

~Psalm 23:4a Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me;

When my husband was diagnosed with cancer but we had not heard what stage he was in yet, I felt as though I was walking in that valley of the shadow of death. Granted it was not I who had the cancer but my beloved and I are one and it felt as though it was happening to me. The peace which the Lord placed in my heart at that moment was beyond words! I knew that no matter what happened, He was walking beside me.

Many a time I have marveled at the way a trial has ended knowing there could be no other explanation but the Lord’s intervention! I, too, can sing as David sang and give thanks to the Lord and sing praises unto His name!

~Psalm 18:2 The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.

Picture this in your mind’s eye as you read about the Psalmist’s description of his God. Mind you, David had just been delivered from the hands of Saul and he knew exactly Who had helped him!

1. God is his rock. David didn’t say that God was “a” rock but “his” rock. That’s personal – that says that David knew that his ground was solid – his ground was sure because of his personal relationship with God. God was David’s rock and his God was unshakable – solid – unwavering!  The Word says that Christ is our rock.

~1 Corinthians 10:4 And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.

Our Rock, Jesus Christ and His work on the cross, is unshakable, solid and unwavering as well.  Hallelujah!

2. God is his fortress. Again, David personalizes this statement. God wasn’t just any fortress, but “his” fortress. Have you ever seen pictures of biblical fortresses? A fortress sat upon a hill so the people could see whatever was coming their way from far off. What a beautiful depiction this is! We see that nothing takes God by surprise as He sees everything!  He is omniscient and omnipresent, therefore He knows what is coming in ten years from now and He will protect me!  I picture a mother hen in my head as she sees the enemy afar off and gathers her chicks under her wings to protect them. Just as the people would run to the fortress for protection!

~Luke 13:34 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which killest the prophets, and stonest them that are sent unto thee; how often would I have gathered thy children together, as a hen doth gather her brood under her wings, and ye would not!

Our God desires that we run to His fortress, Jesus Christ.  The prophets of old penned time after time warnings to the Jews but instead they killed their prophets.  In Christ, we can hide and He will protect us!  It is His salvation that has been given to us and it is safe in His care!

3. God is his deliverer. Once again, another personalized characteristic of God from David. Do you remember when Moses delivered the Jews out of Egypt? They called Moses their deliverer. Moses saved the people from slavery and bondage at the hand of Pharaoh! David’s God delivered him from the enemy as well. God, our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, delivered us from eternity in Hell through His work on the cross!

~Romans 11:26 And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:

This same Rock and Fortress is our Deliverer!

4. God is his strength. David recognized that his own strength was nothing. His enemies were many and they were indeed strong. He needed God to take charge here and provide him with exactly what he needed for that moment.  David knew his weaknesses and was well aware that he had no power over his enemies.  David believed this so much so, that he trusted in the Lord. He knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that his God would come to the rescue and strengthen him at the time he needed it most.  Just as God did for David, Christ does for us!

~Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

There is nothing we can’t do for the work of Christ that He won’t equip us with!

5. God is his buckler. Just what is a buckler, anyway? Noah Webster defines it as:

A kind of shield, or piece of defensive armor, anciently used in war. It was composed of wood, or wickers woven together, covered with skin or leather, fortified with plates of brass or other metal, and worn on the left arm. On the middle was an umbo, boss or prominence, very useful in causing stones and darts to glance off. The buckler often was four feet long, and covered the whole body.

I absolutely loved this! David compared his God as a buckler! His God was David’s defensive armor and shield in the time of war. We battle a spiritual warfare every day. But God is the one who protects us! Just as the mother hen noted above, He covers us under His wings just as the buckler covered the whole body. The devil does not have power over the believer because we are sealed by the Holy Spirit!

~Ephesians 6:12-13 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

Who knows, maybe the day is coming where Christians may have to fight a physical battle against the enemy. We know the end times are here and our time on earth is short.  In the mean time, we can trust God to strengthen us in time of need and to be our Buckler!

6. God is his horn. Have you ever seen a Texas Long Horn? Oh my word! A full grown bull is as tall as I am when he stands erect! The horns can have a seven-foot spread from tip to tip! You wouldn’t want to mess with those horns, that’s for sure! The horn is a sign of strength and David used that comparison in this verse. There’s nothing that would be able to defeat his God. Christ is our horn of salvation! The devil cannot defeat the born-again believer! Zacharias was filled with the Holy Ghost as the time he made the statement that Jesus would be the horn of salvation for His people.

~Luk 1:69 And hath raised up an horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David;

How wonderful!! David knew that his God was his own “personal” horn of salvation. I immediately thought of my upbringing where I was taught that salvation came from the “church.” Salvation can only come from God and then we are added to His church. Salvation is of the Lord (~Psalm 37:39), not of man or of a “church.”

7. God is his high tower. I picture a high tower to be an extremely inaccessible place – one protected from the enemies of life. David personalized this characteristic of God as well. Again, his God was so high and so mighty that nothing could reach Him and pull Him down or defeat Him. When I think of this high tower, I think of Christ being in Heaven awaiting His return in the clouds to rapture His children to be with Him!

~Ephesians 2:4-7 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.

These seven characteristics of God, our Saviour, are so potent to me! They comfort me because I know that my salvation is not dependent upon me – it is all about God through Jesus Christ! My salvation cannot be taken away from me because He purchased it and keeps it safe. He guards my salvation – He is my buckler. He is my fortress and protects my salvation! He is my strength and my high tower and one day I will meet Him face-to-face and sit with Him in that Heavenly place!! Praise the Lord!

~Deuteronomy 33:27a The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms:

There are times when weariness sets into the believer’s life. Our strength seems so small. At times I feel as though I have been totally depleted of any strength. I search deep down to find even a small amount but find none!

I thank the Lord for His Word for in it are the fountains of refreshing waters! It is there this morning that I find that it is not by my strength that I can carry on but by His strength.

~Isaiah 26:4 Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength:

The Lord’s strength is everlasting. It never runs out – it never becomes weak – it is everlasting, never ending. That means that when I am at my weakest, His strength is constant! What a blessing that is to me!

God doesn’t take a break. We, in our finite minds, fathom what it means to never stop – to never cease from work – to never sleep. But our Lord knows all about this. He does not sit back and close His eyes at the end of the day.

~Isaiah 40:28 Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding.

These verses encouraged my spirit this weary morning. I am lifted up knowing that my Lord and Saviour is well aware of the day’s trials and tribulations because He has seen it from its beginning. He has followed every step and seen every segment. Therefore, He is the best witness to my difficulties and is the only one qualified to help me! Not only does He bring that comfort and peace, but He gives me strength to move forward.

Oh dear God, what do the lost do in times such as these? I cannot begin to imagine how I could go through life without my tower of strength, my Lord Jesus Christ!

~Isaiah 41:10 Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

Some situations in life seem so overwhelming that I feel as though it’s impossible for a good outcome! My whole being cries out to the Lord for His healing hand!

He may not bring healing right when I think I need it, but He does bring me strength to go through these overwhelming times. He helps me to live each day with a positive outlook because I know that the Lord is on His throne and He will see this to the end.

Thank You, Lord!

~Lamentations 3:25 The LORD is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him.

I was driving to work the other day and listening to my audio Bible. At the time, I was in Psalms, and the Lord impressed upon me the words “the Lord is my.” I decided to check to see how many times this phrase is used in Scriptures and what the phrase referenced. I was so blessed by what I discovered, I had to put it down in writing. I hope you are blessed!

The Lord is my:

Strength

(Exo 15:2) The LORD is my strength and song, and he is become my salvation: he is my God, and I will prepare him an habitation; my father’s God, and I will exalt him.

I do not know I need anyone, let alone God, until I am down and at my weakest. It is then that I can see God at work and His strength is made evident.

Song

(Psa 118:14) The LORD is my strength and song, and is become my salvation.

God gives me a new song when I finally realize that He is the one that I need.

Rock

(2 Sam 22:2) And he said, The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer;

God becomes my Rock because there is no other. My salvation cannot rest on anyone else or else it rests on sand.

Fortress

(Psa 18:2) The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.

When all the world falls apart around me, I know that I can run to Him and rest in His protection. No one can take away what He has given to me – that is, my salvation.

Deliverer

(Psa 18:2) The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.

He delivers me from the evil around me. I do not need to succumb to temptation because He is there to provide a way out.

Shepherd

(Psa 23:1) A Psalm of David. The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.

The Lord gently guides me in the paths that I take but also firmly rebukes me when I am going down the wrong one.

Light

(Psa 27:1) A Psalm of David. The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

My God sheds light on His Word to light my path so that I do not walk in darkness as I once did. I can clearly see what lies ahead.

Salvation

(Psa 27:1) A Psalm of David. The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

There is salvation in no other than in the Lord. What do I have to fear if I am threatened with death if I do not bow down to other gods?

Shield

(Psa 28:7) The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him.

My God shields me from the devil’s darts of destruction. He helps me to recognize them through His Word and helps me day by day. What comfort and joy this brings to a child who is going through tumultuous times.

Defence

(Psa 94:22) But the LORD is my defence; and my God is the rock of my refuge.

When I am mocked and wronged, my God will come to my defense. It may not be in my lifetime but this child knows that it will all be made known in eternity – and that’s a long time!

Portion

(Lam 3:24) The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him.

At the moment I was born again, salvation became my inheritance. God’s righteousness is over me, not my own, praise His Holy Name!

God

(Zech 13:9) And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The LORD is my God.

He no longer is just “god” but He is now my God and Lord.

Helper

(Heb 13:6) So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.

It is appropriate that the New Testament closes out this phrase with the fact that God is our Helper. There is no way we could gain salvation on our own. After salvation, there is no way we could keep it or live a perfect life without His doing. He is my Helper.

God is all these things and more to the child of the King! Rejoice in Him this morning!

~Psalm 28:7 The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him.

Oh that we would allow God to be our strength and shield in 2010! Let’s dedicate ourselves to this very thing this year. Why? Because the Psalmist explains that when his heart trusted in the Lord, he was helped! Who doesn’t want help from the Master Creator? No wonder the Psalmist continued and said that his heart rejoiced and he sang praises because of the Lord’s help!

Each of us is going to go through difficult times this year. There can be no denying it. Instead of fretting, turn to the One who can actually help! Turn to the One who has been to the future and knows the outcome. Turn to the One who can lead you through His Word to comforting words. What you read in God’s Word today will be exactly what you need for tomorrow. God loves you that much!

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~Psalm 28:7 The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him.

There are days when I feel like I just can’t go on. No matter what I do or how I handle a situation, there are road blocks and closed doors. I’m thankful that I can run to my Father and seek His help and guidance. I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that He will help me. He may not solve my problem but He gives me strength to go through my trial. He also gives me sweet peace in the midst of turmoil.

Thank You, Lord!!!

~Isaiah 40:31 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

We’ve all been there at one time or another, haven’t we? We’re tired of the trials of life. We’re tired of being under attack. We’re tired of the battle that every born-again Christian seems to fight with the unbelieving world. We’re tired of being ridiculed because of Christ’s name. Today’s saying really applies to the weary believer:

Been there, done that!

Don’t be discouraged, Christian! Our Lord suffered this first. He was mocked, ridiculed and crucified because of Who He was. But yet He continued on. Jesus left us with His Word to encourage our hearts – all we have to do is find the verses which will bless us! When we are tired, we take a nap and rest. When we are weary, we must turn to God’s Word for spiritual renewal. Today’s photo is awesome, isn’t it? It’s a great place to send your eyes and head to and get your brain headed in the right direction. Next, finding verses that will quench your thirsty soul and lift your weary head. This verse is probably one of the most quoted verses and I can see why. Each time I read these words, my heart is uplifted and I am ready to tackle my day.

Why not allow the Lord to restore you today?

~Psalm 23:3a He restoreth my soul:

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Today’s verse is one of those. When we are at our wit’s end, the Lord is there to renew us.

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~Psalm 28:7 The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him.

When I am struggling with life’s issues, I know that my Lord will give me the strength I need to overcome. He is also my shield which will protect me from the enemy succeeding in causing me to feel overwhelmed! When I trust in the Lord, He helps me! Knowing this causes my heart to rejoice – not just a bit, but greatly!!! As a result, my lips sing a song of praise to Him!!

The Lighthouse

There’s a Lighthouse on the hillside
That over looks life’s sea
When I’m tossed it sends out a light
That I might see
And the light that shines in darkness now
will safely lead me on
If it wasn’t for The Lighthouse
My ship would sail no more

And I thank God for The Lighthouse
I owe my life to him
For JESUS Is The Lighthouse
And from the rocks of sin
He has shone a light around me
That I could clearly see
If it wasn’t for The Lighthouse
Where would this ship be?

Everybody that lives around us
says tear that Lighthouse down
The big ships, They don’t sail this way anymore
There’s no need of it standing round
But then my mind goes back to that stormy night
When just in time I saw the light
Oh the light from that old Lighthouse
That stands up there on the hill

And I thank God for The Lighthouse
I owe my life to him
For JESUS Is The Lighthouse
And from the rocks of sin
He has shone a light around me
That I could clearly see
If it wasn’t for The Lighthouse
Where would this ship be?

If it wasn’t for The Lighthouse
Where would this ship be?
words by Ronnie Hinson
music by Glen West, L.R.Q.
Lumber River Quartet ©M.S. Productions,
2002 BMI, All Rights Reserved.

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