You are stronger than you think you are

Psalm 73--26

The Devotional for June 25, 2014 is inspired, in part, by life-changing a message that I heard last night. I was moved to write this poem based on a teaching which began with a word from the Lord, who said, “You are stronger than you think you are.” That statement became the title of the following poem:

You are stronger than you think you are

You are stronger than you think you are, says the Lord your God.

Though you trust Him with your whole heart, some think of you as odd.

You not only survive but thrive: stronger, wiser, better.

As a living witness, your life is an open letter,

A testament in praise along the path that you have trod.

 

Provided for, protected by the Shepherd’s staff and rod,

Released from bondage, you tear down any facade.

With the strength of the Lord you can shatter any fetter.

You are stronger than you think you are.

 

You have learned to obey and not to kick against the prod.

You seek to please the Lord and not to hear people applaud.

Just as God has forgiven you, you forgive each debtor.

You may be knocked down, but you rise as a real go-getter.

The Lord is the strength of your life, so says the Word of God,

You are stronger than you think you are.

 

Upon further reflection upon the message, I thought of Psalm 73:25-26:

Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee. My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion forever.

The New Living Testament renders the passage in this way:

Whom have I in heaven but you?
I desire you more than anything on earth.
26 My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak,
but God remains the strength of my heart;
he is mine forever.

Along with the Psalmist, I also declare that “God is the strength of my heart,” in that verse 26 of Psalm 73 became the inspiration for the following scripture memory song:

God Is the Strength of My Heart

 

My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart,

My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart,

My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart,

And my portion, my portion, and my portion for evermore.

 

He makes my feet like hinds’ feet, and sets me on my high places.

He makes my feet like hinds’ feet, and sets me on my high places.

He makes my feet like hinds’ feet, and sets me on my high places.

He’s the lifter, the lifter; He’s the lifter up of my head.

 

In thinking about the passage from Psalm 73, I also recall the opening verses of Psalm 27, my favorite psalm which I committed to memory as a youngster.

Psalm 27: 1-3

 1The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

2When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell.

3Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident.

We also find another reference to “my heart “and “my flesh” in Psalm 16:8-10

8I have set the LORD always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.

9Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoices: my flesh also shall rest in hope.

10For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.

Throughout the Psalms we find references that reveal that God will strengthen our hearts. Psalm 27 ends with this reminder:

Psalm 27:14

Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.

Psalm 31:24

Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the Lord.

Psalm 84:2

My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of the Lord: my heart and my flesh crieth out for the living God

The classic Don Moen composition “God is the Strength of My Heart “closes the devotional and reinforces its message in a special way:

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