Three Reasons I Love The Lord
The Lord is my strength and song, and He has become my salvation.” -Psalm 118:14
Psalm 118 contains 29 verses full of encouragement and truth to those whose distress has been caused by both their own sin and the subsequent condemning voice of the enemy. The Psalmist writes and repeats several times: “For His mercy endures forever.”
Today I am meditating on the truths found in verse 14.
- The Lord is my STRENGTH. One of the great promises of the Word is that, “when I am weak, He is strong.” I often feel inadequate and incapable to accomplish the things I face as a husband, father, and pastor. But God comes with anointing and power, encouragement and grace, reminding me that “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.”
- The Lord is my SONG. Many Christians only sing to and worship God in corporate gatherings – and some don’t engage even then. I honestly believe that, in most cases, it is not as though that Christian is trying to be obstinate or rebellious, but that he/she simply has not understood the importance and power of praise. Releasing praise and worship to the Lord is not simply a response to what He has already done; it is also a catalyst to what He will do. When your soul (mind, will emotions) don’t feel like giving God praise, your spirit should say: “Do it anyway!” The Bible says that God is the one who “lifted me out of the miry clay and set my feet on a rock…and He put a new song in my mouth – a song of praise to my God!” Let praise arise. The Lord is your song!
- The Lord has become my SALVATION. I love the way this is worded. It’s not that the Lord “will become,” or “is becoming;” He “has become!” Particularly true for us in the New Covenant, Jesus Christ has already paid the price for our sin. He has already forgiven you. He has released you from the debt, because He paid it for you! Satan attempts to keep you chained to your past, but Jesus breaks the chains and releases you to your future, filled with hope and promise.
Today I thank you for your mercy – your covenant love and kindness. You keep reaching toward me. Even when I fail You, your mercy has no end. You never weary of me. You are my strength when I am weak. You are my song that rises out of darkness. You are my salvation, my hope, my joy, my all-in-all.
I love you, Lord, with all that is in me, and today I give you praise.