by Pastor Lee Hemen
April 15, 2008
The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song. (Psalms 28:7)
I have begun a regiment of exercise and eating right in order to gain some strength and limberness back into my 55 year-old body. It is working, but I have to keep doing it every day. If I miss too many days in a row then I have to begin all over again in order to get back to what I had gained. In fact, it seems worse than before if I miss.
I have found this to be true as well with my daily time with the Lord. I gain spiritual strength when I exercise by reading His Word and through quiet prayer with Him. When I miss doing it on a regular basis, it is tough to get back to what I had gained in fellowship and intimacy with Him. And, often, it seems harder to get back to where I once was!
How wonderful to be reminded therefore that “The LORD is my strength.” And even more than that, He is also my “shield,” I can trust in Him, and when I do I am helped just as David sang. It is there I find divine comfort, spiritual power, and inner joy. Like David my heart wants to “give thanks to Him in song!”
In today’s world people put their trust in so many things that are such a waste of time. Money that is soon spent; skin deep beauty that grows old; and pursuits that waste our time, finances and effort. We forget that this world is not our home, but while we are here we are to be good stewards of what God has graciously given us. This not only includes our world, finances, families, and communities, but our relationship with Him. If we are called by Him we are part of His body in the world to do His will wherever He leads.
Today, never forget that the Lord is your strength and shield, you can trust in Him, and He will help to make your heart leap with so much joy that you will want to thank Him with the song of your life lived for Him!
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