“I love you, O LORD, my strength.”
Reading the Bible does not necessarily feed us unless the words and truths become a part of our lives and faith. This verse can be very helpful as a daily reminder and focus.
“I Love You” – becomes a constant reminder of our decision and need to place God first at every moment and in every situation that we face. Our choice is to have Him as the first priority in our lives. It also reminds us that we love Him because ‘He first loved us!’ We are His priority – and there is no clearer indication of it than this great statement of our Lord’s – and note that little word ‘so!’
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)
“O Lord” – is the focus for our love and service. He is God Almighty – the Trinity of God the Eternal Father Almighty, God the Son our Saviour and Lord, and God the Holy Spirit who is with us and within us always. He is the God who had no beginning and has no end, the glorious and supreme Majesty who has desired us and sacrificed Himself for us so that we might receive, enjoy and respond to His Love. Our lives and work become an offering to Him.
“My strength” – is our acknowledgement that without God we have nothing and cannot achieve anything of any great value. It is God in us who equips, empowers and enables us to live the life to which He has called us, and to do so in a fallen and unbelieving world. He gives us the love, the faith, the strength and the perseverance that we need – and from Him too comes the peace that passes understanding and the joy that is beyond any momentary happiness of the world.
Pray it through the day – particularly as you start something new or face a challenge.
Lord God, please help me to love You more and to have you as my first priority, to do everything as an offering to You, and to look to You for all that I will need every day this week. Thank You so much for Your great love for, me. Amen.