Saturday, May 26, 2007

Bits and Pieces: Strength

"Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth, Sing praises to the Lord, To Him who rides upon the highest heavens, which are from ancient times; Behold, He speaks forth with His voice, a mighty voice. Ascribe strength to God; His majesty is over Israel And His strength is in the skies. O God, You are awesome from Your sanctuary. The God of Israel Himself gives strength and power to the people. Blessed be God!" (Psalm 68:32---35).

* Through the songs of praise, through sensing His power in creation, and a myriad of other ways, the psalmist bids us ascribe strength to our God. For, when we truly worship Him in His sovereign strength, we are strengthened. When we ponder His power, our faith is empowered. We so need to meditate long and often on the awesome God who gives strength and power to His people.

* One of the most powerful incentives for praise to the Lord for His strength is His direct intervention on our behalf. The writer of this psalm knew from personal experience that the God of Israel can overcome even a Goliath. Is there a Goliath you are facing?
Think back to times when God unmistakably showed Himself strong on your behalf--- the praise Him for His present strength.

* Why was King David's pen ever and always filled to overflowing with praise? Why does adoration drip from every line? It is because of his vision of God. From his earliest confrontations with lion and bear, his concept of God's greatness and strength was immense.
The principle? How you see Him is how you'll serve Him.

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