The Lord my strength

“The LORD is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation. He is my God, and I will praise him.”

(Exodus 15:2)

Reflection:

The Israelites have just come through the sea, and turned to watch God destroy the Egyptian pursuers. Certain disaster had changed into glorious triumph, in which the hand of the Lord had been clearly apparent. They were, understandably, elated and full of joy in the Lord.

 We are starting out at the beginning of a new week. Some of the joys and challenges that we will face are known to us already. Others will come as a surprise. There may well be times in which we will feel particularly vulnerable and uncertain whether we will be able to cope, or find the solutions that seem necessary. One young mother has lost her four children in a fire, whilst another will begin a prison sentence and is terrified. How do our problems face up to these?

 The Lord is my strength. He is the One to whom we can turn and on whom we can rely. He may not change things as dramatically as He did for the Israelites, but He will be with us every step of the way – comforting, encouraging, strengthening, inspiring and protecting.  Give Him the week with its challenges. Involve Him at every turn and in whatever you do. Ask Him for guidance, strength and everything else you might need. Be conscious of Him, and chat to Him, throughout the day and week. And, remember to thank Him!

 The Lord … is my song. We should indeed have a song on our lips and in our hearts. God Almighty, the all-powerful and Glorious God of Love knows us, loves us, is intimately aware of our lives and has a plan and purpose for us at all times. We are not alone; we are not without resources; we are not without help; we are not abandoned. He is with us. Those who know the ‘Dam Busters’ music will be able to sing the words, “God is ‘my’ strength and refuge” to it. If not just say them – but get them into your mind, thoughts and sub-conscious, so that they become a constant affirmation and statement of faith.

“And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” (Colossians 3:17)

 Response:

Decide to walk the day and week in the aware presence of God.  Pray for those around you in need.

 Prayer:

Father Almighty, we offer ourselves to you as a living sacrifice, in Jesus Christ, our Lord.  Send us out into this world in the power of the Holy Spirit to live and work for your praise and glory.  Amen.

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