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Psalm 89:1-4, 19-26
1 I will sing of the steadfast love of the LORD, forever;
with my mouth I will make known your faithfulness to all generations.
2For I said, "Steadfast love will be built up forever;
in the heavens you will establish your faithfulness."
3You have said, "I have made a covenant with my chosen one;
I have sworn to David my servant:
4'I will establish your offspring forever,
and build your throne for all generations.'"
19 Of old you spoke in a vision to your godly one,[a] and said:
"I have granted help to one who is mighty;
I have exalted one chosen from the people.
20 I have found David, my servant;
with my holy oil I have anointed him,
21so that my hand shall be established with him;
my arm also shall strengthen him.
22The enemy shall not outwit him;
the wicked shall not humble him.
23I will crush his foes before him
and strike down those who hate him.
24My faithfulness and my steadfast love shall be with him,
and in my name shall his horn be exalted.
25I will set his hand on the sea
and his right hand on the rivers.
26He shall cry to me, 'You are my Father,
my God, and the Rock of my salvation.'
“Show me your muscles!” My kids love to play this game. They will pose and grunt to prove how strong they are, and they fight over who is the strongest. What is complete strength, though? Is it purely muscular or is it more.
I tell my patients all the time that strength takes 8-12 weeks to get back after surgery. They always look at me with frustration, but over time and flexing those muscles, they get back the strength they need. It is not always fun, and sometimes it hurts, but the effort is worth it in the end. The same goes for complete strength in God. We have to go through struggles and battles to flex our spiritual muscles for complete strength. We may look to God in frustration, but we still know he is faithful. Sometimes is is not fun, and sometimes it hurts, but in the end we develop complete strength through Christ.
In this Psalms the writer speaks of a promise to David of strength, love, and kindness.
“My hand will sustain him; surely my arm will strengthen him.”
We also have this promise through the gift of God’s son, but with the promise of strength comes the promise of testing as well. Without a little flexing, we cannot know complete strength, or the faithfulness and joy that comes from the Lord.
In this season of advent, let us have the vision to see struggles, big and small, as important “flexes” of our spiritual muscle in our effort to become completely strengthened by a faithful and loving God. Let us be able to say as the Psalmist writes,
“I will declare that your love stands firm forever, that you established your faithfulness in heaven itself.”
Then, when God says, “Show me your muscles!” we can be happy with the results.