“The Lord lives! Blessed be my Rock! Let the God of my salvation be exalted.” Psalm 18:46
Everything great I’ve ever done has been because of God working in my life. In my weakness he’s proven himself to be strong, and in my strength he’s revealed to me just how weak I am.
My freshman year in academy quite by surprise I won a competition in an athletic event called the pegboard. In it a person uses to wooden dowels, or pegs, to climb a board approximately five feet long. The person that climbs it the most times wins.
After that victory I became quite proud of my ability and practiced a great deal so that I could become even better than anyone else I knew. By my sophomore year I could more than double my previous years performance and I was quite confident that no one could beat me. But people make mistakes, It’s one our the weaknesses of our condition, and that year I made a mistake right after the start that resulted in my being dead last. So much for relying on my strength alone.
Fast forward five years and I’m a junior in college taking general chemistry. I was never very good at chemistry, the calculations required to quantify what was happening were a perpetual challenge to me. Approaching one test in particular I’d been studying a great deal and I was hoping to improve my test performance, but the final review before the test revealed that not only could I not do the calculations without the textbook I also couldn’t figure out what I’d done wrong with it.
In desperation and despair I cried out for God to come and use everything I’d learned as I was studying and take the test for me, and God came in and took control. His spirit gave me peace and he took control of my mind and that is the only test in general chemistry on which I received an “A”.
David was a strong warrior but there are times when strong warriors know that their strength is not enough. It takes someone stronger, someone wiser, someone faster, and someone with greater endurance to get the job done. There are times when our only hope is for God to step in and do what needs to be done for us. Our best efforts are just too weak and unreliable.
What can we say to praise God for his strength and provision? The opening words of Psalm 18 say it best, “I will love You, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; My God, my strength, in whom I will trust; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised; So shall I be saved from my enemies.”