I’ll never forget the day God gave me my life verse.
Eighteen years ago, I was searching the Scriptures and asking God to heal my broken heart. I’d started reading in Genesis and through tears, I spent every free moment opening my heart to the prompting of the Lord’s Spirit.
Have you ever read a portion of Scripture that you’ve read hundreds of times before but this time the words practically jump off the page?
That’s what happened with the following…
My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak,Psalm 73:26 (NLT)
but God remains the strength of my heart;
He is mine forever.
I suddenly realized I had been turning to people to give me strength; when the Lord is the only One who is able to consistently give me the strength I need each day. At that moment, I knew I wanted and needed God’s strength. I needed Him to be the One I relied on forever.
A year and a half later, Rev was diagnosed with congestive heart failure caused by Constrictive Pericarditis. As his body weakened from the illness God gave him the same verse.
My flesh and my heart may fail,Psalm 73:26 (NIV)
but God is the strength of my heart
and my portion forever.
God gave Rev, and God gave me, the strength of heart we needed through difficult days of illness, through difficult and dangerous heart surgery, through joyful days of healing, and through additional years of good health.
The Lord chose to give us the same life verse at different times through different circumstances all to be used for His plans and purposes.
Psalm 73 was written by Asaph, a leader of one of the Temple Choirs. I encourage you to click on the link and read all 28 verses, as Asaph addresses a struggle understood by many…
He questioned why God would allow the proud and wicked to live painless carefree comfortable lives.
Did I keep my heart pure for nothing?Psalm 73:1314
Did I keep myself innocent for no reason?
I get nothing but trouble all day long;
every morning brings me pain.
It’s a common question, isn’t it? Why does God allow the innocent to suffer while it seems like the guilty thrive?
Many struggle to find the answer that Asaph realized…
I tried to understand why the wicked prosper.Psalm 73:16–17
But what a difficult task it is!
Then I went into your sanctuary, O God,
and I finally understood the destiny of the wicked.
The answer is found by looking at life with an eternal perspective. Wealth doesn’t last. Health doesn’t last. Popularity, power, and possessions don’t last.
There is only one thing that matters because it lasts for all eternity and that is our forever relationship with God through His Son, Jesus. A relationship that is able to give us strength of heart.
This year, as Rev and I have prayerfully taken his ALS journey to the Lord in prayer, He one again grabbed our hearts with His truth…
I still belong to You;Psalm 73:23–25
You hold my right hand.
You guide me with Your counsel,
leading me to a glorious destiny.
Whom have I in heaven but You?
I desire You more than anything on earth.
Whatever God allows, our joy, peace, confidence, and hope are in Him. He is with us. He is the strength of our hearts. He is our secure foundation. And He is the One we truly need now and forever.
A Prayer Asking God to Give Strength of Heart
Father God, thank you for Your being patient with me. It can be easy for me to make comparisons. Like Asaph, I can wonder why those who persist in evil seem to live comfortable lives. Please forgive me for comparing the hard parts of my life with what appears to be easy for those who do whatever it takes to achieve power, popularity, and prosperity. I’m guilty of focusing on things that are temporary rather than on the things that last forever.
Thank you for Jesus who came to live the perfect life I have been unable to live. Thank you for His willingness to suffer and die to suffer my punishment. And thank you for His resurrection that demonstrates and proves the eternal future You have promised to those who KNOW, TRUST, and LOVE You.
Thank you for the Spirit who inspired the writers of Your Word. Thank you for the way He has worked in my heart bringing me to faith and filling me with joy, hope, peace, and so much more. Thank you for the way He guides and counsels me.
Thank you for giving me strength of heart. Thank you for being the strength of my heart. Thank you for the promise of a forever future with You. And thank you God for truly being all I need now and eternally. Yours is the Kingdom, the power, and the glory forever and always. Amen.
The enemy loves to distract us with comparisons that take our focus off the Lord and the eternal blessings He wants for us.
When it looks like evil is prospering . . . run to the One who sacrificed His Son to give you strength of heart. The One who wants to be Your portion forever. Run to God who will hold you by the hand and lead you to a glorious everlasting future with Him.
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