As soon as I pray, You answer me; You encourage me by giving me strength. – (Psalm 138:3, NLT)
When I called to You for help, You answered me and gave me strength. – (Psalm 138:3, ERV)
The moment I called out, You stepped in; You made my life large with strength. – (Psalm 138:3, MSG)
Here I sit, yet again, in awe of how the Lord provides His strength when we need it most. Sometimes, the call for help is as simple as a mere thought, and He provides people to rally around us, encourage us, and point us back to the strength we have in Him, simply by being present. I have had multiple occasions in the last few days, where I found myself in overload mode. Between extenuating circumstances beyond my control, commitments to multiple activities in several different directions, and a serious case of sleep deprivation, I was sinking and calling out for help, and He stepped in and armed me with strength. Rest and encouragement led to renewal, and the strength that was needed, was amply supplied. God is good all the time, even when things are not. May we ever pray to Him for what we need, as He encourages us and supplies us with His strength.
As soon as I pray,
The Lord hears my cry;
He’s quick to answer,
As I choose abide.
I am encouraged,
granted what I need;
In strength to rise up,
To go where He leads.
Each time I struggle,
Feel I can’t go on;
I call on the Lord,
His grace makes me strong.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that when we pray to You, You answer us. Thank You that You encourage us and give us strength. Thank You that You place us in community that supports and builds us up, as we move forward in faith as You call. Forgive us for fearing our own frailty, as we forget that where we are weakest is the place where You are given the greatest opportunity to demonstrate Your strength. Teach us to trust You more, so that we would pray to You and seek Your strength in all things and at all times. Show us how to encourage and build up those that You have placed in our lives for such a purpose. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we pray to You for help, and trust You to answer and provide Your strength. Amen.
Answer me, O Lord, out of the goodness of Your love; in Your great mercy turn to me. – Psalm 69:16