“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble” (Psalm 46:1). We read these scriptures and say God is our refuge and strength, but do we make that real? Do we go from “our” to “my?” How do we go from God is my strength to God really being our strength? First, we have to understand what it means. Strength has many aspects. In what way do you need God’s strength? David used the term in the Psalms some 70 times. We know God is strong. He is all-powerful. He is the mighty God. He created the universe so we know He is strong. It’s somehow realizing His strength can somehow be His strength for me and in me.
David often needed physical strength to do battle. When he was facing trouble, he looked to ʾelōhîm for strength to swing the sword or do hand-to-hand combat. Maybe you need physical strength today. Many soldiers face life and death battle, they need physical strength. Maybe you need the strength to get out of bed and do you chores today. God is your strength.