Your God has commanded your strength: strengthen, O God, that which you have worked for us.…
I. WHAT IS THE STRENGTH OF A SAINT?
1. It is that of a regenerated man. Not that of the body, for that is far inferior to what is found in many brutes. But "there is a spirit in man," etc. (Job 32:8).
2. It consists in his likeness to God, in his being first made and then renewed in the image of God.
II. GOD HAS COMMANDED THIS STRENGTH.
1. By what He is and by what He reveals Himself to be.
2. By the relation which God has established between every man and Himself (Job 9:19). We are all His offspring.
3. By a law of loyalty which He has written in the heart.
4. By verbal law, given in the Scriptures.
5. By the claims of the new kingdom of His grace (2 Corinthians 5:19; 1 Corinthians 6:19, 20).
III. LET US CONSECRATE IT TO HIM. Say not that you have no strength. Christ gives that which is asked. It is treason to withhold it. A full blessing will attend the consecration. There is no valid excuse for refusing it. Then yield it in the worship you render and in all your service.
(S. Martin, D. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: Thy God hath commanded thy strength: strengthen, O God, that which thou hast wrought for us.