I WILL GO IN THE STRENGTH OF THE LORD!
Read Psalm 71:14-24
David is in a holy transfer of joy and praise, coming from his faith and hopes in God; where there is a sudden and remarkable change of his voice; his fears are all silenced, his hopes raised, and his prayers turned into thanksgivings. He is saying, “The more they reproach me the more closely will I cleave to thee; I will praise thee more and better than ever before.” The lesson for us is, the longer we live the more we should grow in praising God and the more we should grow in our rejoicing. When we have said all we can, to the glory of God’s grace, there is still more to be said; it is a subject that can never be exhausted; therefore we should never grow weary of it.
HIS HEART IS ESTABLISHED IN FAITH AND HOPE.
In what does he hope? In the power of God: “I will go in the strength of the Lord God.” We must always go about God’s work in His strength, having our eyes on Him to work in us both to will and to do.
In the promise of God: “I will make mention of thy righteousness.” We must depend upon God’s strength for assistance and upon Christ’s righteousness for acceptance.
For what does he hope? He hopes that God will not leave him in his old age, but will be the same to him to the end that He had been all along. Notice:
What God had done for him when he was young: “Thou hast taught me from my youth.” The good education and good instructions which his parents gave him when he was young he feels obliged to give God thanks for “as a great favour.” It is a blessed thing to be taught of God from our youth, from our childhood to know the Bible, and it is another reason for which to bless God. Continued Tomorrow!
Read 2 Chronicles 6-10, Proverbs 24. Write a thank you note to someone in the church who has done something for you or for the church lately. Complete___
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Read yesterday’s devotion
Verse 17, “O God, thou hast taught me from my youth: and hitherto have I declared thy wondrous works.”
What he had done for God when he was middle-aged:
He had declared all God’s wondrous works. Those that have done well when they were young must be doing well when they are grown up, and must continue to communicate what they have received. We must declare that all the works of God’s goodness to us are wondrous works. He has done so much for us who are so undeserving. Then we must make it our business to declare them, to the glory of God and the good of others.
What he desired of God now that he was old:
Now that I am old and gray-headed, forsake me not. This is what he earnestly desires and confidently hopes for. Those that have been taught of God from their youth, and have made it the business of their lives to honor him, may be sure that He will not leave them when they are old and gray-headed, will not leave them helpless and comfortless, but will make the evil days of old age their best days, and such as they shall have occasion to say they have pleasure in.
What he designed to do for God in his old age:
“I will not only show thy strength, by my own experience of it, to this generation, but I will leave my observations for the benefit of others. He hopes that God would revive him and raise him up out of his present low and melancholy condition. He hopes that God would not only deliver him out of his troubles, but also would advance his honor and joy more than ever. Sometimes God makes His people’s troubles contribute to the increase of their greatness, and their sun shines the brighter for having been under a cloud. If He makes them contribute to the increase of their goodness, that will prove in the end to increase their greatness. He hopes that all his enemies would be put to confusion.” He speaks of it with the greatest assurance as a thing done, and triumphs in it accordingly, “They are confounded, they are brought to shame, that seek my hurt.” Some of these thoughts were taken from Matthew Henry Commentary. Continued tomorrow!
Read Psalms 114-116, Proverbs 25, List some things for which you can praise the Lord. Complete___
Read the last two day’s devotions
HIS HEART IS ENLARGED IN JOY AND PRAISE.
HE WILL SPEAK OF GOD’S RIGHTEOUSNESS AND SALVATION
HE WILL SPEAK OF HIS WONDER IN ADMIRATION
HE WILL SPEAK WITH JOY AND EXCITEMENT.
NOTICE TWO IMPORTANT STATEMENTS
I WILL GO!
The meaning here is active, frequent and glad in moving forward. But, he is saying that I will go with the proper balance – in the strength of the Lord. We need to understand what the strength of the Lord is: We see His strength in the mountains and all of His creation. He is infinite in power and His strength is everlasting. But, the outpouring of His strength is in His arm. The Bible often speaks of His right arm.
Someone said the arm of God is the Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, the strength of the Lord to man is Jesus and to walk with Jesus is to walk with God in Christ. GLORY! In Him even weakness can become strength. “My strength is sufficient for thee.”
IN THE STRENGTH OF THE LORD!
The presence of God is strength. His promises are strength. There is a result with His strength and that is victory.
Psalm 98:1, “O sing unto the LORD a new song; for he hath done marvelous things: his right hand, and his holy arm, hath gotten him the victory.” “Blessed is the man whose strength is in Him.”
The question is, “Are we putting our hope and strength in anything other than Him?” If not, no wonder we are weak.
Read Acts 26-27, Proverbs 26. Make an outline of Wednesday’s Bible study. Complete___