Thy Strength

O turn unto me, and have mercy upon me; give thy strength unto thy servant, and save the son of thine handmaid.

Psalm 86:16

I am a guy.  And part of the territory that comes with being a guy is a borderline obsession with “strength.”  You can see this obsession with strength everywhere you find guys.  The Bible even tells of this basic nature of guys in Proverbs, “…the glory of young men is their strength.”  Most guys do not like to admit weakness.  We don’t like going to the doctor and we don’t like calling the plumber and we don’t like asking for directions.  All of these things show “weakness” in one way or another.  Any one of these things is an admission that we need help beyond ourselves.  When it comes to spiritual matters, this obsession with our own strength cripples us all too often.

In this Psalm, David prays that the Lord would give His strength to him.  As powerful as David was, He realized that he needed strength far greater than anything he possessed.  David was the one who killed the giant Goliath.  He was a mighty man of valor.  He was a warrior and a king.  But even he realized that his human strength was not enough to fight a spiritual battle.

In asking the Lord for His strength, he showed a humility that must preceed help from the Lord.  It is hard for any of us (guy or girl) to admit our own weakness.  We all have a tendency to be filled with pride.  Humbling ourselves is not natural to us.  But it is exactly what we need.  We, like David, can never make it in our own strength.  We will fail every time we trust in our own flesh.  We need something greater.  Fortunately, we have His strength available to us, if we will only humble ourselves enough to ask for it.

4 responses to this post.

  1. Thank you, Ben

    Timely reminder of the state of helplessness and weakness that we find ourselves in when we attempt to do it on our own.

    I have learned to admit my shortcomings and trust His strength. “My grace is enough; it’s all you need. My strength comes into its own in your weakness” 2 Cor 12:9 (Message Version)



    • I will admit that I have tried to “go it alone” far, far too many times. And I have fallen flat on my face those times. His strength is not only enough, it is more than enough. I just have to trust Him.


  2. So thankful for His strength. Praying that I always remember to ask for help and admit my weaknesses. Even us gals have trouble with that at times. God bless you as you help us rely on Him!


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