The Upside of Weakness

Reading for Today: “The Lord is the strength of His people;  He is the saving refuge of His anointed.  Oh, save Your people and bless Your heritage!  Be their shepherd and carry them forever.” (Ps. 28:8-9)

This week our readings and devotions have focused on God’s strength.

Weakness, on the other hand, is something we wish only to avoid or hide. If I can speak for my male counterparts, we especially hate to seem weak! But in this fallen creation, weakness is inevitable even for the strongest, whether our strength is physical, emotional, intellectual, or otherwise. Eventually, our strength runs out.

Psalm 28 is a Scripture for such a time. David’s strength is gone, his life in crisis. What does he do?  He pleads for help and confesses his trust in the Lord, our Rock, Strength, Shield, Refuge, and Shepherd (v. 1, 7, 8, 9)

Weakness isn’t fun, but the upside is this: when your strength runs out, your powerful Shepherd promises to carry you forever!

Good Shepherd, carry me through my present struggles and weakness, just as You will finally carry me into everlasting life. Amen. 

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