He Gives me Strength
“The Lord is my strength and my shield”
Weariness is a part of our busy lives. At times life can feel exhausting, can’t it? What I have discovered is that there is a direct correlation between my praise and His strength. Praising God energizes me! There have been moments in my life when I have felt deep soul weariness. In those moments I feel too tired to be who God has called me to be. But, when I have praised God for His strength, the Holy Spirit has re-energized me and my strength is renewed. This principle is Biblical. The prophet Isaiah wrote, “He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak, Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.” (Isaiah 40:29-31) The best way to place your hope in the Lord and have your strength renewed is to praise Him. I love the way author Michael Youssee, puts it, “I am 100 percent convinced that the best medicine for spiritual exhaustion is praise.”[i]
Today, spend your praise time praising God for His immeasurable strength. You might begin by praying, “Lord, I praise you for your great strength today. You are the one who created the starry host one by one, and calls them by name. Because of your great power and mighty strength not one of them is missing. (Isaiah 40:26) God I praise you that you promise to infuse me with strength when I am weak. In fact you say that your strength is perfected in my weakness. (2 Corinthians 12:9) I praise you because you are my strength and my song, you are my strength and my shield, and you are my refuge and strength. (Ex 15:2, Psalm28:7, Psalm 46:1) All praise and glory belongs to you because of your great strength. I praise you in advance for how your strength will energize me today for all that I need to accomplish.”
Throughout your day, when you feel weary or tired, praise God for his strength and power. Exchange your weariness for His strength moment by moment.
Praise Tip: Music helps me stay focused when I am praising God. I usually start my day on my knees, early in the morning listening to praise music. I allow the music to ptompt my praise. There are many great worship songs that praise God for His strength. Grab your I-pod and start praising. I’m guessing you’ll have far more energy!~
[i][i] Michael Youssef, PH.D. I Praise You, O God (Colorado Springs, CO. Waterbrook Press., 2002) 33