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Faith & Life: Have You Returned to the Enfolding Wings of God?


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Have You Returned to the Enfolding Wings of God?

Renew Your Strength and Purpose in the Lord

by J.M. Troppello


I read this Psalm (11) in my devotional today. It’s a short Psalm with only 7 verses. Yet, it has a powerful message. It’s titled, Faith in God’s Righteousness. David wrote this Psalm. It’s written in the midst of some Psalms of lament (Psalms 9, 10, and 12).


In the Lord I put my trust; How can you say to my soul, “Flee as a bird to your mountain”? 2 For look! The wicked bend their bow, They make ready their arrow on the string, That they may shoot [a]secretly at the upright in heart. 3 If the foundations are destroyed, What can the righteous do?
4 The Lord is in His holy temple, The Lord’s throne is in heaven; His eyes behold, His eyelids test the sons of men. 5 The Lord tests the righteous, But the wicked and the one who loves violence His soul hates. 6 Upon the wicked He will rain coals; Fire and brimstone and a burning wind Shall be [b]the portion of their cup.
7 For the Lord is righteous, He loves righteousness; [c]His countenance beholds the upright.
(Psalm 11, NKJV)

I love the note from The Thomas Nelson Study Bible that states: “Because the Lord is righteous, the believer who is under stress can continue to trust in Him. Such faith allows one to ignore the taunts of the wicked. The believer needs only to return to the enfolding wings of God to renew strength and purpose in the midst of a troubled day.


27 Why do you say, O Jacob, And speak, O Israel: “My way is hidden from the Lord, And my just claim is passed over by my God”? 28 Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the Lord, The Creator of the ends of the earth, Neither faints nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable. 29 He gives power to the weak, And to those who have no might He increases strength. 30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary, And the young men shall utterly fall, 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.
(Isaiah 40:27-31, NKJV)

Resting in the enfolding wings of God reminds me of the passage from Isaiah 40:27-31. If you need strength, wait on the Lord. He will renew your strength. I love the imagery of verse 31 that those who wait on the Lord will mount up with wings like eagles. You will run and not be weary. You will walk and not faint.


I definitely needed to read these two passages of Scripture today. My strength to thrive in this world and not simply just survive, is found in the Lord. If I try to be successful in this world on my own strength, I will burn out. If I want to live life as a thriving Christian, I need to find my strength in the Lord.


Do you find your strength in the Lord?



Article syndicated by Mustard Seed Sentinel on Medium.com.

 

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JM Troppello at Mustard Seed Sentinel

J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.


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