IN THE MIDST OF THE STORM, WAIT!
In the middle section of Psalm 59 we find a key to success, regardless of the odds we may be up against.
Psalm 59:9 ‘I will keep watch (wait) for You, O my strength!’
There is a correlation between waiting and receiving strength from the Lord.
Our natural human tendency is to rush out and deal with the issue or challenge.
Often when the storms of life come our way, we react.
I wonder how many opportunities have been lost, I wonder how many doors have closed, because of our reactions in situations and to situations.
David was facing the imminent possibility of death and right there in that moment he chooses not to react or retaliate, but he chooses to watch and wait.
David knows the problem; he has brought it to the attention of the Lord and now he waits.
David is not sure of the outcome, but he waits and watches for God with expectation and anticipation.
There are times when we don’t know what will happen, but in those moments, we should watch and wait with faith, until we see what God is doing or is going to do.
It is in the waiting, the pausing, the watching, that we can receive strength from Him. (and I dare say: wisdom)
Stop the urge to react and vent… watch and wait, His strength will be yours.
HE IS YOUR STRENGTH
Sometimes when we consider this aspect of God’s strength, we see it like some byproduct of His character that He gives us.
But the truth of the matter is the HE is our strength.
We receive Him, and in the process His strength.
Don’t just receive His strength but make HIM your strength.
Appropriate Him as your strength.
Take Him, the Lord, as your strength.
Take hold of Him, take hold of the Lord, and strength will be yours.
I have endeavored to make the Lord my strength. Recently I discovered how that the Lord has ‘got my back’ even when I didn’t even know there was a problem. We recently went away on holiday. We have a little dog who is very special to us. Although the dog actually belongs to my daughter, she became endeared to us during my late wife’s sickness and passing. During the time she was struggling with ill health, this little dog was her constant companion and often, we thought, this animal seemed to know that my wife was ill and would be a companion to her in her suffering. My wife left an instruction: ‘Please take care of the dog!’ The dog’s name is Cupcake. When we went away, we gave the dog to some friends to look after. These friends live on a dangerous and busy street. During the holidays, on New Year’s Eve, the dog became frightened due to all the fireworks and chewed its way out and escaped. No one even knew the dog was gone. At about 1am, someone phoned me. But my phone was already on silent for the night. She left a voice message. As I checked my phone in the dead of night, I heard the voice message: ‘Hi, my name is Zanri. I have Cupcake. I was driving home and saw this dog running wildly around and she looked out of place. I picked her up. She is safe with me. You can collect her in the morning!’
Who stops in the dead of night to pick up a dog that’s running around? Who will take the responsibility to care for this animal and call its owners? Who offers to take care of the dog and then makes arrangements for us to collect it?
God, my strength, had already provided for something I did not even know had happened. The dog could have been lost, stolen, run over, but no, everything was taken care of.
Now I can just give God praise and thanks for what He has done, and I had nothing to do with it.
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