“You are my strength, I watch for You; You, God, are my fortress, my God on whom I can rely. God will go before me and will let me gloat over those who slander me.”
– Psalm 59:9-10 NIV
The psalmist’s safety and security were at risk because of slanderous and shameless enemies. David writes, “Each evening they come back, howling like dogs and prowling about the city. There they are, bellowing with their mouths and with swords in their lips— for ‘Who,’ they think, ‘will hear us?’” (Ps 59:6-7 ESV).
God is triumphant over any terror. He is the Victor for those who are victims. He is the Warrior for the weak. In his own strength, the psalmist was too weak to win this kind of warfare. David needed God’s strength for his solace . . . and he knew how to find it.
You Are My Strength . . . I Watch For You. The prophet Isaiah reminds us, “but they who wait for 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.” (Is 40:31 ESV). David was not only waiting . . . he was watching. His confident anticipation provided a calm assurance. Andrew Murray wrote, “If any are inclined to despond, because they do not have such patience, let them be of good courage while they watch and wait. It is in the course of our feeble and very imperfect waiting that God Himself, by His hidden power, strengthens us and works out in us the patience of the great saints, the patience of Christ Himself.”
You Are My Strength . . . I Rely On You. Relying on God alone is total dependence on His deliverance and trust in His timing. David cried out, “Deliver me from my enemies, O my God; protect me from those who rise up against me; deliver me from those who work evil, and save me from bloodthirsty men.” (Ps 59:1-2 ESV). Some place confidence in their own power, position or privilege. Paul reminds us, “We rely on what Christ Jesus has done for us. We put no confidence in human effort.” (Phil 3:3 NLT)
You Are My Strength . . . I Sing Of You. David’s praise became his proclamation. He writes, “But as for me, I will sing about your power. Each morning I will sing with joy about your unfailing love. For you have been my refuge, a place of safety when I am in distress.” (Ps 59:16 NLT). Luke gives insight into powerful praise, “Around midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening. Suddenly, there was a massive earthquake, and the prison was shaken to its foundations. All the doors immediately flew open, and the chains of every prisoner fell off!” (Acts 16:25-26 NLT). They sang and saw God’s strength . . . they praised and proved His power.
Rev. E. P. Scott’s felt directed to a village in India. He went with courage and trust in God to protect him. He came upon a tribe and was immediatley surrounded with pointed spears in hand. He had nothing but his violin. Closing his eyes, he began to play and sing, “All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name.” When he opened his eyes he expected to be killed instantly. But his life had been spared. Their spears had dropped, and they received him first with curiosity and interest, and then later with eagerness, as he told them the Gospel story and won their hearts to the will of Jesus.
He is your strength today . . . watch and wait . . . rely and rest . . . praise and proclaim.