“Living by Grace; The Lord is our Strength” from Bob Hoekstra

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Living by Grace from Bob Hoekstra
Blue Letter Bible, Day by Day Grace from Bob Hoekstra
The LORD is the strength of my life…The LORD is…my strength, in whom I will trust. (Psalm 27:1 and 18:2)

David Confesses The Lord as His Strength

Living by grace involves depending upon God to work in our lives. For the greater part of his life, David was an outstanding Old Testament example of such living. This was certainly evident in the way David frequently confessed the Lord as his strength.

Everyone in this fallen world needs strength just to deal with the daily responsibilities and challenges of life. When you add the calling and desire of believers to please and honor God, much strength is needed day by day. David confessed the Lord as his strength for living. “The LORD is the strength of my life.” How wonderful to know that the Lord is with us to impart His strength in us for every aspect of our lives, whether home, or work, or ministry, or whatever.

In our earthly pilgrimage, we need strength to stay on course. The world, the flesh, and the devil want to prevent us from progressing down the Lord’s perfect path. David found in the Lord the strength for this need as well. “It is God who arms me with strength, And makes my way perfect” (Psalm 18:32). At times, when walking along our designated path of life, we get trapped in circumstantial nets, laid by the enemy of our souls. When David experienced these traps, he cried out to God for the necessary strength. “Pull me out of the net which they have secretly laid for me, For You are my strength” (Psalm 31:4). At other times along our path, the problem is not a trap, but an all-out battle. Once again, David found the strength he needed in His Lord. “For You have armed me with strength for the battle; You have subdued under me those who rose up against me” (Psalm 18:39).

Sometimes, the need for strength pertains to what is going on within (or flowing forth from within). The thoughts we are thinking and the words we are expressing might need to be anchored again in the will of the Lord. David also knew how to turn to God for this essential strength as well. “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O LORD, my strength and my Redeemer” (Psalm 19:14). When he weakened within and stumbled in failure, David still knew where to turn for the only help that will ever prove sufficient. “My flesh and my heart fail; But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever” (Psalm 73:26). Whatever the need for strength, David learned to rely upon the Lord. “The LORD is…my strength, in whom I will trust.”

O Lord, my strength, I need Your strength for daily responsibilities, strength for staying on track with You, strength for periodic battles, strength for weaknesses within, strength to please You. You are my strength; I trust in You!

Psalm 63:3-7 praise & ‘turning to the love of God’…from LWillows

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Turning to the Love of God
Turning to God is turning to a love and a sovereign power that will not fail us most especially in times of crises, overwhelming need and the seeming failure of what we depend upon for our existence, assistance and reliance in a world of astounding change and unsettling circumstances.

We need to gather in communities of love. We need to mobilize compassion and empathy into prayer that moves beyond words and pictures into lives that change.

When it is Love-the Love of The Lord God through us, that pours from all skies of the lands, then our hearts and lives will be re-shaped. The world that we see will reflect Love. The Holy Presence that has spoken throughout the ages will be heard, seen and known as we live, and pray hope forward through generations next.

© 2017 LWillows

“In the Nest of God’s Sight”…a poem by Linda Willows


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In soundless tears my soul does weep,
It reaches near bold love to keep.
A brightened canopy of stars…
Look down upon such human scars.

Fall they into a river of light,
Rushing through all my heart with might.
For joy does follow even this night,
As I lay bare in the nest of God’s sight.

I am healed as a child in the arms of love;
My heart is stilled by Him above.
One tear does fall if only to say,
Your Love, Lord fills all of me. Swept, I pray.

©2016 repubish, 2014 Linda Willows

Photograph gratitude to Romina Dughero