June 18 (Psalm 138:3)
On the day I called, you answered me; my
strength of soul you increased. (ESV)
Strength of soul…what a great phrase! It suggests something far more than physical strength. Yet it is also more than mental strength or emotional strength. Strength of soul is something much deeper. It is strength at the fundamental level of who you are.
Recall a time when you just had to get something done. It may have been pulling an all-nighter to make sure you were ready for the exam. It may have been settling down to the weeks and months ahead of dealing with the aftermath of loss or tragedy. Whatever it was, you had this sense of needing to dig down deep into a reserve of strength not usually tapped. You needed strength of soul.
The beautiful, wonderful, amazing thing is that this deepest source of strength is yours for the asking. David says that on the day he called to God, He answered him, and his strength of soul increased. No one sits on the couch wondering why he does not get physically stronger. It takes work. It is simple work, but there is something a person must do to build muscles. The same is true with strength of soul, and it is just as simple. You call out to God in prayer. You let Him speak to you through sustained, quiet time with Him. You give yourself over to His word in the Bible. I can testify along with David that your strength of soul will indeed increase.
Lord, I need the strength of soul that You gave David. Whether I am facing a particular challenge or going through the daily tasks of life, I need more than my natural resources of brain power and physical might can accomplish. Grant me that deep strength that I may meet victoriously all that lies before me. In the name of Jesus, my Savior, I pray. Amen.
Copyright © 2017 by Steven R. Perkins