Daily Devotional for 8 June 2020 – Psalm 40v17

Psalm 40:17

“Be strong.”  People say that to encourage us to keep going when things are difficult.  We can say to ourselves things like, “I have to be strong for my family.”

But, we cannot be truly strong outside of the Lord.  That is why the Bible doesn’t say “Be strong.”  It says, “Be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might.” (Ephesians 6:10).

Because, without the Lord, David tells us, “I am poor and needy” (Psalm 40:17).  He is saying, “I have no strength of my own without Him.”

This is really important; he is not pretending that he is doing well but he is honest.  The start of strength is to confess your need to the Lord.

There is no point in pretending because, “The Lord takes thought of me.”  In other words, you are in God’s thoughts.  He knows and He cares and He is interested in you.

With all the things that are going on in the world, the Lord is thinking about you.  That is the truth.

This means that we can come to Him just as we are, with all of our needs, we can ask Him, “do not delay, O my God!”  We can look to Him as “my help and my deliverer.”

Strength will rise as we see that we are poor and needy and so, we wait upon the Lord.  And we wait with confidence, because we know that He thinks about us and we know that He is our help and deliverer.


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