O my Strength, I will sing praises to you,
for you, O God, are my fortress,
the God who shows me steadfast love.
Psalm 59:16-17 ESV
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Ephesians 6:10 ESV
We need never doubt that the Psalms are meant for our encouragement in this 21st century, and that the truths of the Psalms regarding the nature of God and His faithfulness towards his people are timeless.
‘Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord of hosts.’ (Zechariah 4:6) was the text of an address to a conference of pastors and students by Dr. J. Oswald Sanders about forty years ago. At the same conference, another speaker reminded us that, ‘The Lord’s person, the Lord’s power, and the Lord’s purpose do not change’ (‘For I the Lord do not change….’ Malachi 3:6 ESV). It’s not just proof of the power of alliteration, I think, that I can recall both all these years afterwards.
So, when we read the likes of Psalm 59 we may be confident that the Strength that David found may still be our Strength too. When we read that, ‘Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.’ (Hebrews 13:8 ESV) we may be assured that Paul’s encouragement to the Christians at Ephesus remains true for us too; that we here and now, in all our troubles, as well as in all our joys, may be ‘strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might.’