“In your strength the king rejoices, O Lord, and in your help how greatly he exults! You have given him his heart’s desire, and have not withheld the request of his lips. (Selah). For you meet him with rich blessings; you set a crown of fine gold on his head. He asked you for life; you gave it to him— length of days forever and ever. His glory is great through your help; splendor and majesty you bestow on him. You bestow on him blessings forever; you make him glad with the joy of your presence. For the king trusts in the Lord, and through the steadfast love of the Most High he shall not be moved. Your hand will find out all your enemies; your right hand will find out those who hate you. You will make them like a fiery furnace when you appear. The Lord will swallow them up in his wrath, and fire will consume them. You will destroy their offspring from the earth, and their children from among humankind. If they plan evil against you, if they devise mischief, they will not succeed. For you will put them to flight; you will aim at their faces with your bows. Be exalted, O Lord, in your strength! We will sing and praise your power.”
When you pause and think of God’s great power, what do you imagine? What Bible stories appear in your thoughts? Do you think of Moses parting the Red Sea so the children of Israel could cross since they were fleeing from Pharaoh and his broken promises to free them? (Exodus 14)
What about Shadrach, Meshach and Abendego in the fiery furnace? How God protected them when the King Nebuchadnezzar threw them into the furry furnace for not worshiping the golden statute. (Daniel 3)
God is our strength! Strength is defined in the dictionary as: the quality or state of being strong; capacity for exertion or endurance; power to resist force; power of resisting attack. Our God is all these things and more, much more. The strength of the Lord is not measured or compared with earthly kings and rulers, we see the strength of our Lord in the meekness if a child, not in military or militia. We see the strength of the Lord in the vulnerability of meager beginnings, not in promises of earthly riches and gain. This season we celebrate and acknowledge the Lord’s strength through the power of strangers, shepherds and kings coming to meet and kneel at the child born of a virgin and laying in a manager.
God our strength and hope, reveal the meekness of your strength to me and invite me into the hope that comes not from earthly powers but from the babe we seek in the manager. It is your strength I rely on, not my own, and it is your kingdom that is to come. ~Amen.
~Peace & Hope~