When I called to You for help, You answered me and gave me strength. – (Psalm 138:3, ERV)
On the day I cried out, You answered me. You encouraged me with inner strength. – (Psalm 138:3, CEB)
As soon as I pray, You answer me; You encourage me by giving me strength. – (Psalm 138:3, NLT)
On the day I needed You, I called, and You responded and infused my soul with strength. – (Psalm 138:3, VOICE)
This verse has been the theme of my week thus far. Since Sunday night, I have been fighting some bug with a very sore throat, yet have had little time for rest as it is the final week of the semester, the preparation week before I begin coaching gymnastics (which includes equipment set up and several meetings), the second full week of official football practices, and all the while, I am trying to prepare for our trip to Minnesota tomorrow. Each day, I have been supplied the strength that was needed to navigate the day, and yesterday, was even afforded a substitute to cover my morning classes so that I could get a few extra hours of sleep and go to the doctor to make sure that I do not have strep throat before I travel. His strength has encouraged me to keep moving, despite the way that I have felt. Incredibly, the more I actually move, the less aware I find I am of how I am feeling physically. The sort of strength that He supplies seems to radiate from the inside out. An inner resolve rises up and pours out into the tangible territories it is needed most. May we all call on the Lord for help, as He answers us and supplies the strength we need.
As I call on God,
He’s faithful to hear;
When I ask for help,
His strength is made clear.
His answer given,
As my soul’s infused;
With strength that’s needed,
For faithful pursuit.
Enough for today,
How He answers me;
Power in weakness,
So His grace I see.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that when we call on You for help, You answer us and give us strength. Thank You for Your amazing grace, as You have provided all that I have needed to navigate a very hectic week, despite feeling rotten. I ask again this morning for Your help, as today is another extraordinarily long and busy day that will require Your resolve to navigate well. Forgive us for the times that we try to power through in our own strength, rather than seeking You. Teach us to trust You for help and wisdom as to how to best navigate the crazy busy as it comes. Show us how to love and encourage those around us, as such a season can become overwhelming when one feels as if they are walking the path alone. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we call on You for help and strength, and give You all the glory for Your faithfulness. Amen.
He will yet fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouts of joy. – Job 8:21