WORD OF THE DAY IS WEAKNESS

Ps 18:30-32 God’s way is perfect. All the Lord’s promises prove true. He is a shield for all who look to him for protection. For who is God except the Lord? Who but our God is a solid rock? God arms me with strength, and he makes my way perfect.
David wrote this Psalm on the day the Lord rescued him from Saul. He sang in gratitude for his deliverance and victory. Until that time, he felt weak and unable to overcome all the deception and evil he experienced at the hand of Saul. Nevertheless, he believed in God and his perfect plan. He believed in, thought about, imagined, addressed, and prayed to God. David’s existence was not about himself but about God. I imagine even with everything David had going for him, he still had questions about his life Just like us, he wondered if he were following the path God had for him. It is okay to ask these questions of God; he will never turn away an honest and sincere heart. Seek out God, even with the “tough” questions and in finding God, you know the One who has all the answers.
Do you want to “make it on your own”? Do you think belief in God is a crutch and shows you as weak? The world wants us to believe depending on others is weakness but God is our strength. God is our shield of protection. He guides us through the fight. The strongest person in this world is infinitely weaker than God.
So many times, in life, I felt weak and unable to rise above the situation but in my weakness, I had faith. To me, faith is going beyond what eyes can see. When I quit looking at the mountain (problem), I was able to see God’s strength. Even today when someone questions me about something in life, my response is “I don’t know but I know when I am weak, God is strong and his plan for me is perfect.

WORD OF THE DAY IS HOPE

Ps 22:1-2 My God, my God, why have you abandoned (forsaken) me? Why are you so far away when I groan for help? Every day I call to you, my God, but you do not answer. Every night I lift my voice, but I find no relief.

David gives an amazing description of what would happen to the Messiah hundreds of years later. Jesus spoke the first part while he hung on the cross. At either time, day or night, were these words spoken in hopelessness or in hope? David was going through a great test or trial, but with suffering, he gained victory. Feeling hopeless but praying in hope is the key to that victory.
David felt hopeless. Sometimes Christians are taught we will never endure hopelessness and if we do, it is because of failure, sin in our lives or lack of faith. David demonstrates here, that believers do hurt. Sure, we may have a problem with sin or lack of faith, but if Jesus endured feeling forsaken and hopeless, why shouldn’t we? From experiences, David knew God would fulfill his promises.
Just as verse, one and two express the hopelessness of life, verses 3 and 4 validate all the hope that we can receive. David realizes that God already answered his prayer because our ancestors had received the answer. Therefore, hope was alive and he held onto that hope throughout his life. Can we do any less? Jesus died for us all and gives us hope every day.