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Strength of my heart and my portion forever

March 1, 2018

Psalm 73--26

The Verse of the Day for March 1, 2018 is found in Psalm 73:25-26 (NIV):

Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, 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.

My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak,
but God remains the strength of my heart;
he is mine forever.

I also recall discovering this passage when I went to the hospital to visit a dear friend who was having a surgical procedure done on his heart a number of years ago. I recited verse 26 which also became the inspiration for this Scripture Memory song which I  sang to my friend who was greatly strengthened and encouraged by the Word of God:

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.

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

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

In thinking about the passage from Psalm 73, I also recall the opening verses of Psalm 27, my all-time 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.

The psalm ends with this reminder:

Psalm 27:14 (NKJV):

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

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.:2

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

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

Psalm 31:24 (NKJV):

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

Psalm 84:2 (NKJV):

My soul wants and even becomes weak from wanting to be in the house of the Lord. My heart and my flesh sing for joy to the living God.

We close with the classic Don Moen composition “God is the Strength of My Heart” to reinforce the message in a special way:

Habakkuk 3:17-19: I will sing

June 8, 2016

Habakkuk 3--17-19

The Verse of the Day for June 8, 2016 is taken from Habakkuk 3:19, the last verse of Habakkuk, which actually ends with a prayer that paints a portrait of the destruction of Israel. In the midst of impending destruction, the prophet expresses confidence that the Lord will prevail over the enemy. The third chapter is a sublime song dedicated “to the chief musician,” and, therefore, intended apparently to be used in the worship of God.

This magnificent song of triumph crescendos with the last three verses of the final chapter of the prophetic word offered by Habakkuk, as rendered in the Amplified Bible:

17 Though the fig tree does not blossom and there is no fruit on the vines, [though] the product of the olive fails and the fields yield no food, though the flock is cut off from the fold and there are no cattle in the stalls,

18 Yet I will rejoice in the Lord; I will exult in the [victorious] God of my salvation!

19 The Lord God is my Strength, my personal bravery, and my invincible army; He makes my feet like hinds’ feet and will make me to walk [not to stand still in terror, but to walk] and make [spiritual] progress upon my high places [of trouble, suffering, or responsibility]!

Complete Jewish Bible renders verse 19 in this way:

ELOHIM Adonai is my strength! He makes me swift and sure-footed as a deer and enables me to stride over my high places.

Barbara Lardinais describes this “sure-footed deer” in more detail in “The Secret of the Hind’s Feet”:

The hind is a female red deer whose home is the mountains. The rear feet of the hind step in precisely the same spot where the front feet have just been. Every motion of the hind is followed through with single-focused consistency, making it the most sure-footed of all mountain animals.

The opening phrase of Habakkuk 3:19 also brings to mind Psalm 73:25-26 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 Psalm 73: 26 became the inspiration for the following scripture memory song which also makes reference to “hinds’ feet”:

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.

Don Moen offers this song of praise “I Will Sing” based on Habakkuk 3:17-19:

You are stronger than you think you are

June 25, 2014

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:

Habukkuk 3:19: He makes my feet like hinds’ feet

June 8, 2014

 

Habukkuk 3--19

The Verse of the Day for June 8, 2014 is taken from Habukkuk 3:19:

The Lord God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds’ feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places. To the chief singer on my stringed instruments.

This particular verse is the last verse of Chapter 3 of Habakkuk which is actually a prayer that paints a portrait of the destruction of Israel. In the midst of impending destruction, the prophet expresses confidence that the Lord will prevail over the enemy. The third chapter is a sublime song dedicated “to the chief musician,” and therefore intended apparently to be used in the worship of God.

This magnificent song of triumph crescendos with the last three verses of the final chapter of the prophetic word offered by Habakkuk, as rendered in the Amplified Bible:

17 Though the fig tree does not blossom and there is no fruit on the vines, [though] the product of the olive fails and the fields yield no food, though the flock is cut off from the fold and there are no cattle in the stalls,

18 Yet I will rejoice in the Lord; I will exult in the [victorious] God of my salvation!

19 The Lord God is my Strength, my personal bravery, and my invincible army; He makes my feet like hinds’ feet and will make me to walk [not to stand still in terror, but to walk] and make [spiritual] progress upon my high places [of trouble, suffering, or responsibility]!

Complete Jewish Bible renders verse 19 in this way:

ELOHIM Adonai is my strength! He makes me swift and sure-footed as a deer and enables me to stride over my high places.

Barbara Lardinais describes this “sure-footed deer” in more detail in “The Secret of the Hind’s Feet”:

The hind is a female red deer whose home is the mountains. The rear feet of the hind step in precisely the same spot where the front feet have just been. Every motion of the hind is followed through with single-focused consistency, making it the most sure-footed of all mountain animals.

The opening phrase of Habakkuk 3:19 also brings to mind Psalm 73:25-26 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 Psalm 73: 26 became the inspiration for the following scripture memory song which also makes reference to “hinds’ feet”:

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.

 

Listen to this original song “hind’s feet” by Tina Morgan from the Bride’s Song album, “Divine Rhapsody.”

My portion forever

March 1, 2014

Psalm 73--25The Verse of the Day for March 1, 2014 is found in 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.
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 tells us:

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

Psalm 84:2 makes known

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

Josh Bayne captures the heart of the Psalm 73:25-26 in the song “My Portion Forever”:

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