Good morning! I hope this day finds you and your family well, and I want you to know that you are in my prayers daily during this difficult time.
I invite you to take a few moments with me to reflect on today’s Upper Room Devotional below — as well as on the theology woven into “It is well with my soul.”
Psalm 28:6-9 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
6 Blessed be the Lord,
for he has heard the sound of my pleadings.
7 The Lord is my strength and my shield;
in him my heart trusts;
so I am helped, and my heart exults,
and with my song I give thanks to him.
8 The Lord is the strength of his people;
he is the saving refuge of his anointed.
9 O save your people, and bless your heritage;
be their shepherd, and carry them forever.
Tim’s Devotional Reflection for Today
What is the source of your strength when your strength is depleted? The Psalmist over and over asserts that God is his strength. Down through the ages from before the Psalmist wrote these words until the present time people of faith have attributed their strength to God.
In Isaiah 40:31 we find these words of encouragement to the people of Judah in exile in Babylon: “Those who wait upon 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.” These words were written to people who had actually been kicked off the hill where God’s temple stood and found themselves strangers in a strange land, bearing the yoke of slavery again, and looking for hope. They were spiritually, physically, and emotionally exhausted.
So, this word of hope came to them from God through the prophet Isaiah: “Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and strengthens the powerless” (vv. 28-29).
It’s amazing what spiritual and physical exhaustion can do to us. We can begin to think that we’re not worthy, that God has abandoned us, that we’re too tired to even consider the future. But throughout the Bible, over and over again, are words that remind us that God is never going to give up on us, that God “does not faint or grow weary.”
The LORD is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts. (Psalm 28:7)
Thank you for sharing this early moment of your day with me, with God, and with the words and music that I hope you will carry with you throughout the coming day and night.
I am so grateful for you, for our church, and for the Love that will see us all through this very difficult time. Please stay safe and well and we’ll be together again in spirit tomorrow morning!
Grace and Peace,
Dr. Tim Bruster