Your God has commanded your strength: strengthen, O God, that which you have worked for us.…
Many are seeking the Lord. We are glad, but let them make sure work of it. Now, our text describes the people of God, and thus we may discover whether we are of that number.
I. The Lord is their God. "Thy God" — so we read. They have got a God: they are not atheists. And they believe in God. Now, do we believe in Him and trust in Him? How does He become my God? I trust Him and receive pardon at His hands and He tells me of it, and then my love goes out to Him in return. The true child of God loves God. And we get to be as conscious of His presence as of the air we breathe: we hold converse with Him and we feel within our spirit that He is listening to us.
II. ALL THEIR STRENGTH IS AT GOD'S DISPOSAL.
1. They heartily obey His commands,
2. They pray to Him fervently.
3. They praise Him energetically.
4. They labour for Him earnestly.
5. They live wholly to Him.
III. THEY ASCRIBE TO HIM ALL THAT IS GOOD IN THEM, AND IN THEIR FELLOW-MEN. It is all of grace, from the first even to the last; and they are the true people of God who feel and know this.
IV. THEY PRAY TO HIM FOR THEIR STABILITY: "Strengthen, O God, that which Thou hast wrought for us." Never trust in yourselves, even though your strength seems more than adequate for the occasion. When you are full of knowledge, and full of wisdom, and full of grace, yet still be nothing, and let the Lord your God be your All-in-all. "Not unto us, O Lord, not unto us, but unto Thy name give glory, for Thy mercy, and for Thy truth's sake." Let us begin to learn that song now, and let us sing it in life, and in death, and for ever, for our Lord Jesus Christ's sake.
( C. H. Spurgeon.)
Parallel VersesKJV: Thy God hath commanded thy strength: strengthen, O God, that which thou hast wrought for us.