Seek the Lord and His strength
Ps.105:4, ‘Seek the Lord and His strength; Seek His face evermore !’
The Psalmist here has written about seeking the strength of the Lord. The whole Psalm of 105 revolves around the marvelous things the Lord did for His children. Here, the remembrance of the blessings and deliverance received from the Lord during one’s past days is seen to strengthen one’s heart. How often we all seem to stand before issues which seem to be like Red sea, without a way ahead, surrounded by huge challenges ! But here, as the psalmist wrote, we need not fear or be dismayed. When our heart seems to loose its strength, the best way to regain the same is to remember the ways He lead us thus far.
King Solomon, son of King David was chosen to build the temple of God. Though this was the heart’s desire of David, the Lord had sanctified his son, Solomon for the same. 1 Chronicles 28:10, ‘Consider now, for the Lord has chosen you to build a house for the sanctuary; be strong, and do it.”’ King David did all that he could for the same. He made all provisions which was needed to build the house of the Lord as per the pattern shown to him by the heaven. 2 Chronicles 1:1, ‘Now Solomon the son of David was strengthened in his kingdom, and the Lord his God was with him and exalted him exceedingly.’ The Lord made Solomon the king over all Israel. The Lord was with him. Yet, for the work of the temple of the Lord, King Solomon himself had to seek the face of the Lord . The provisions made for the same by his father could not strengthen him for this great work neither did his being appointed and ordained as King over all Israel. He himself had to seek Lord’s face. He approached the altar before the Lord before the tabernacle of the congregation and sacrificed burnt offerings. That night he heard the Lord’s voice speaking directly and personally to him. He poured out his heart and humbled himself before the Lord. And he was blessed with great wisdom and riches (2 Chron.1:6-12). Hearing from the Lord directly strengthened King Solomon much and made him determined to do the divine work for which he was sanctified. 2 Chronicles 2:1, ‘Then Solomon determined to build a temple for the name of the Lord, and a royal house for himself.’ The strength of the Lord seeps into one’s heart and being, as one hears the voice of the Lord personally . His strength is in His Word & this is bestowed on every soul that seeks.
Elijah was yet another man of God who needed the strength of the Lord to be restored to be fruitful in his calling. Soon after doing great things for the Lord, the threatening words of Jezebel got stuck deep into the heart of Elijah, so much so that he arose and went for his life (1 Kings 19:3). God’s mercy sought him in that withdrawn stage. The Lord spoke to Elijah and set before him a series of things to be done, one at a time. Here, the perfect obedience of Elijah is worth noticing. 1 Kings 19:5-6, Elijah did eat and drink just as he was commanded by the angel of the Lord. V 8- Elijah arose, ate, drank and went to the mount of God just as he was commanded. V 13- He went out and stood just as he was commanded. V 19- He departed to carry out the Lord’s commandments. Elijah could hear from the Lord again and again as he kept on obeying Him. Had he not done the 1st instruction which the angel of the Lord asked him to do, he would not have heard the next one. After hearing and obeying every instruction of the Lord, Elijah’s spiritual strength was restored. As the strength of the Lord seeps into us as we hear from Him personally, our obedience to the same retains and stores up the same.
Peter was known as a timid person till we see him in 2nd chapter of book of Acts. He wavered in his word and faith. But once the anointment of the Lord filled him, he got transformed into a strong and bold person. Thereafter, we do not see him sitting and relaxing. He stood up with the other apostles and preached the 1st sermon in the New Testament church. Great miracles and signs followed . Many turned to the Lord. The church grew. Apostle Peter kept releasing the strength of the Lord imparted to him through his ministry. He kept trading the talents he received and they grew. And many received the strength of the Lord through him to become God’s children. Acts 1: 14 speaks of Peter who stood up in the midst of other disciples and addressed them regarding promises of God. Acts 2: 14 speaks of Peter standing up with the eleven and lifting up his voice to preach the 1st sermon. Acts 3:6-7 speaks of the strength of the Lord flowing into the feet and ankle bones of a person who was lame by birth through the commandment of healing given by apostle Peter. In Acts 4: 18-19, we see Peter boldly choosing and proclaiming to obey the Lord in midst of the threats of the Sadducees, priests and the captain of the temple. In Acts 5, apostle Peter is seen rebuking, warning and proclaiming the judgement of the Lord on Ananias and Sapphira, who had lied to the Spirit of the Lord. Thus we see Peter in different roles, imparting strength of the Lord to the lives and church. The more one uses His strength for His glory, the more strength one receives. If hearing from the Lord personally opens the door to receive His strength, and obedience retains and stores up the same, using the same for the glory of God is the only way to keep growing in His strength.
Rev.21:8 says that the fearful lives shall have their part in the lake burning with fire and brimstone. Faith life needs abundance of His strength. The race which we have all begun can be disqualified if we fail to jump over every hurdle of challenges kept in our track. The Lord is faithful to strengthen us, if we faithfully seek the same, retain the same and use it for His glory. Hebr.12:12-13, ‘ Therefore strengthen the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees, 13 and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be dislocated, but rather be healed.’
Seeking might be time taking . We need to be patient enough to continue in it when nothing seems to be visible till the time we hear from Him. Is.40:31, ‘But those who wait on the Lord Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.’ As eagles grow old, its aged and heavy wings & their thick feathers, stick to its chest and make it difficult to fly. Then the eagle is left with only two options: either die or go for a change which is a painful process. The latter option needs lot of strength. Similarly, for a God’s child, in order to sustain in His grace and attain the promised eternal life, there is no other option than to seek His face to receive and renew our strength. If we fail to do so, we will be drained off of our inner strength and might end up in spiritual death. Seeking can be a painful process for it involves lot of chopping off of the unwanted and fruitless behaviors and attitude. A person who seeks the Lord’s strength time and again is always an overcomer.
King Solomon was not the same person after hearing from the Lord, nor was Elijah and Peter. As they sought and received the Lord’s strength, they were transformed to overcomers. From strength to strength we all need to raise, for His strength alone carries us all our way to our eternal abode with Christ.
May God bless you!
Even Famines carry Gods’ purposes
Today as we face famine in this world, we are reminded of many famines mentioned in the Word of God. Few escaped to near by places while few remained in the land and faced the famine. Naomi was one among them who tried to escape the famine by lodging in Moab. On the other […]
CTRR Live worship by the The Remnant on 10-Jan-2020 at The Church of the Redeemed Remnant
At Your Name / Praise Him Forever / Jesus at the Center (No other Name)
“Lift up a banner on the high mountain, Raise your voice to them; Wave your hand, that they may enter the gates of the nobles. I have commanded My sanctified ones; I have also called My mighty ones for My anger— Those who rejoice in My exaltation.” Isaiah 13:2,3 The Lord gives this command over His people, His sanctified ones, His chosen warriors to the execution of His will upon Babylon, the enemy nations, every power and principality that rises up against us – lift up your banner, raise your voice and cry out, let those who rejoice in God’s exaltation and promotion, come up through the gates. The Lord is to display His power and excellence in sovereignty in this way:
Therefore I will shake the heavens, And the earth will move out of her place, In the wrath of the Lord of hosts And in the day of His fierce anger.” Isaiah 13:2,3,13 Be not faint-hearted, nor afraid, or terrified, and do not ever give in to panic before your enemies, do not let him gloat over you (Deut. 20.1-4). When we stand without fright before the enemy it is a sign to him, that he will be destroyed, and that we will be saved (Philip. 1.28).
Remember this as we stand in the front line of fire as we worship, that we have a God who said that He will shake up the heavens and the earth and break the chains of those who rise up against us. Fear not, and sing, raise up a battle cry, for the Lord our God goes before us, fights for us, against our enemies, and gives us victory.
Praise & Worship – The Remnant (Live) on 10th January 2020
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