Daily D – Psalm 147:10-11
He is not impressed by the strength of a horse; he does not value the power of a warrior. The LORD values those who fear him, those who put their hope in his faithful love.
PSALM 147:10-11 (CSB)
He’s not impressed with horsepower;
the size of our muscles means little to him.
Those who fear GOD get GOD’s attention;
they can depend on his strength.
Someone ought to write a story called, The Tale of Two Strengths. It could include details of the demonstrations of horsepower and loud exhaust systems on the street behind our house. Apparently, there are those who believe the louder their vehicles and the faster their speed, the more personally powerful they are.
This story could also include those who use personal power to move others out of the way so that their will is done and their kingdom is come. Maybe you have noticed that some people have to be in charge. If they are not in charge, they become pirates and overthrow those who are in charge so that they can take over. This overthrow is necessary so that people can see how good and wise and kind and gracious they and their rules are.
These and other demonstrations of strength should be viewed from God’s perspective. He is not impressed with our horsepower. He is not impressed with our bench-press prowess. He is not impressed by how fit and trim and well-groomed we are. He is not impressed with our personal magnetism and influence.
Our Father in heaven is looking for people who see him for who he is and who trust him for all they need. Such people joyfully acknowledge and faithfully declare with the Apostle Paul that, “God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God’s weakness is stronger than human strength,” (1 Corinthians 1:25).
God is God and I am not. I am weak, but he is strong. All my trust is in him.
I will live in reverent awe of our Father in heaven.
Our Father, you made and named the stars. You shaped this beautiful world. Your power is vast. Your understanding is without limit. You alone are God. You have no equal, no competitor. You are known by your love. You are adored for your gift of salvation. What delight to belong to you! Amen.
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Psalm 139:17, 18 How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered! I can’t even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand! And when I wake up, you are still with me!
2 Corinthians 5:1-5 For we know that when this earthly tent we live in is taken down (that is, when we die and leave this earthly body), we will have a house in heaven, an eternal body made for us by God himself and not by human hands. We grow weary in our present bodies, and we long to put on our heavenly bodies like new clothing. For we will put on heavenly bodies; we will not be spirits without bodies. While we live in these earthly bodies, we groan and sigh, but it’s not that we want to die and get rid of these bodies that clothe us. Rather, we want to put on our new bodies so that these dying bodies will be swallowed up by life. God himself has prepared us for this, and as a guarantee he has given us his Holy Spirit.
1 Corinthians 10:13 The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.