As I read through Psalm 116 this morning, these were the verses that resonated the most with me
Because He has turned His ear to me,
I will call out to Him as long as I live. (v 2)
The Lord is gracious and righteous;
our God is compassionate.
The Lord guards the inexperienced;
I was helpless, and He saved me. (v 5,6)
How can I repay the Lord
for all the good He has done for me?
I will take the cup of salvation
and call on the name of Yahweh. (v 12,13)
I will offer You a sacrifice of thanksgiving
and call on the name of Yahweh. (v 17)
It’s incredible to me how one moment or season in time when our hearts finally grasp that it was God and not us can forever change the course of our life and our heart’s desire. This is why trying to make someone follow and trust Jesus is not my goal in life. I can’t make anyone do this. I can’t get inside someone’s heart and mind and give them this moment with Jesus. They personally need to experience that a-ha moment. And that moment doesn’t come in a one size fits all package. (Thank goodness!) That moment can be big, small, loud, soft, full of healing or full of suffering… because Jesus enters our situations and meets us where we are. The only assurance we have (and the only one we need) is that Jesus has promised if we seek Him with all our hearts then we will find Him.
On the drive to work yesterday I heard a story about a 19-year-old girl who lifted a truck off her dad. The truck was in the family garage and was on fire and her dad was trapped underneath it. In this interview, she said she felt like she had super human strength and when she lifted the truck it was like lifting a sheet of paper. We all have heard (and maybe some of you have personally experienced) how adrenaline can kick in and help a person through life threatening situations. It’s truly incredible how our bodies are designed! I’m thankful our Designer included this special feature.
After the story aired, the radio DJ asked listeners to call in if they had ever been given superhuman strength. They wanted to hear other stories. I didn’t call in but I did take a moment to remember my superhuman strength moment. In my case, it wasn’t physical strength; it was spiritual strength. And, it was the same moment when I knew that Psalm 116: 2 would be my goal for the rest my life.
Here’s an excerpt from that moment. You can read the whole story in my eBook:
That morning was different from all the other mornings. I had a strength inside of me and calm inside of me that I had never known. It was like the Lord had reached down into the pit I had been trapped in for years and grabbed hold of my hand. This time I wasn’t going to let go. For the first time in the process, I was depending on His strength and not my own. He was fighting the battle for me. The months to come were by no means easy, but I had a BIG GOD fighting on my behalf.
Do you have a superhuman strength story? I would love to hear it.