“The Lord is my Strength and my [impenetrable] Shield; my heart trusts in, relies on, and confidently leans on Him, and I am helped; therefore my heart greatly rejoices, and with my song will I praise Him.” Ps 28:7
The fact that God is my Strength is more meaningful than I fully comprehended at first. If you look at the word ‘strength’, it’s meaning includes the following:
This is incredible. The fact that God is our strength means He IS our energy when we feel weak and tired. He IS our courage when we feel cowardly or faint-hearted. He IS our health when we are sick. He IS our power when we are incapable as humans. He IS our security when we are in danger or threatened. He IS our stability when we lose our balance in life and become unsteady. He IS our anchor when we feel disconnected from life. He IS our ability when we lack the skill or talent to accomplish a task. He IS our influence when we lack motivation or zest in life. He IS our value at all times – through His death on the cross we understand what we mean to Him.
Rejoice in the Lord, who is your STRENGTH!
Although it cannot physically be seen- fear is a phenomenon that can cause even the strongest man to be crippled. From a Christian perspective, fear makes you doubt God’s goodness and His will to protect you and care for you. The onset of fear makes you feel alone, and it immediately takes away all your confidence.
In many instances in God’s word we hear the word “fear”:
“Fear not [there is nothing to fear], for I am with you; do not look around you in terror and be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen and harden you to difficulties, yes, I will help you; yes, I will hold you up and retain you with My [victorious] right hand of rightness and justice.” Is 41:10
“The fear of man brings a snare, but whoever leans on, trusts in, and puts his confidence in the Lord is safe and set on high.” Prof 29:25
“There is no fear in love [dread does not exist], but full-grown (complete, perfect) love turns fear out of doors and expels every trace of terror! For fear brings with it the thought of punishment, and [so] he who is afraid has not reached the full maturity of love [is not yet grown into love’s complete perfection].” 1 John 4:18
When fear strikes us there are a few things we can hold onto:
- God’s character does not change. That which you fear is not His will for you – whether it be sickness, death, debt, conflict or distress. He wants to bless you, to give you a life of abundance. This is the truth. God never changes – but your reality can.
- As a Christian you can experience a supernatural life. You don’t have to submit to a doctor’s report saying you have cancer. You don’t have to fear when all you hear about on the news is death and violence. As a Christian you live in the shadow of God’s presence, which means you will experience divine protection, fullness of joy and overwhelming peace and contentment.
Don’t give in to fear when it strikes you – turn your back on it and face the glorious presence of God, which drives away all fear.
One of the things that sets Christianity apart from other religions is the fact that we serve a God who actively seeks mankind. The true God does not distance Himself from His followers – but rather looks for them and inquires after them.
Right at the beginning of Genesis we see that God looked for Adam while He was walking about the Garden. He made Himself known to Adam and wanted to spend time with him:
“But the Lord God called to Adam and said to him, Where are you?” Gen 3:9
Later on in the Bible we hear Jesus tell a parable about lost sheep (referring to His flock and His followers), and how much joy He experiences when He finds one of His own:
“What man of you, if he has a hundred sheep and should lose one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness (desert) and go after the one that is lost until he finds it? And when he has found it, he lays it on his [own] shoulders, rejoicing.” Luke 15:4-5
“For the Son of Man came to seek and to save that which was lost.” Luke 19:10
In Christianity, all credit goes to God who first loved us. We cannot proclaim that we found God, because He has been actively seeking and pursuing us all this time. All that remains is for us to respond to His amazing love and wonderful character – which is the easiest thing to do!
We don’t serve a God who lives “far, far away” in heaven. Although this image might have been imprinted in our minds since childhood – the truth is that He is infinitely closer to us than we can imagine. There is never a moment that we are alone. God is in the midst of us. If something is ‘in the midst’ it means it is in the middle or center of its content. God forms the nucleus of our being – He is fixed in the core of our soul. That is how close He is.
“The Lord your God is in the midst of you, a Mighty One, a Savior [Who saves]!” Zeph 3:17
“For what great nation is there who has a god so near to them as the Lord our God is to us in all things for which we call upon Him?” Deut 4:7
God is called Immanuel, and this means “God with us” (Is 8:8, Is 8:10).
“So that they should seek God, in the hope that they might feel after Him and find Him, although He is not far from each one of us.” Acts 17:27
“Am I a God at hand, says the Lord, and not a God afar off?” Jer 23:23
This shows another part of God’s character – that He wants to be close to His children. He does not distance Himself and leave us to fend for ourselves – He is involved in every aspect of our lives. How amazing!