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My Strength and My Fortress

September 17 2017
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Immersed in worship one morning at our Sunday service I was struck by a couple of phrases in the song we were singing. It was by Hillsong and called My Story. The first phrase was "God will always be my strength" and the second was "To know You God is why I live".

It brought to mind the prophetic text from Jeremiah 16:19-21

LORD, my strength and my stronghold,
my refuge in a time of distress,
the nations will come to You
from the ends of the earth, and they will say,
“Our fathers inherited only lies,
worthless idols of no benefit at all.”
Can one make gods for himself?
But they are not gods.
“Therefore, I am about to inform them,
and this time I will make them know
My power and My might;
then they will know that My name is Yahweh.” - Jeremiah 16:19-21


This is a wonderful prophecy that highlights so well the nature of the Lord and His plan for the Gentiles, that is us as Christians who were grafted into the root of faith. "O Lord, my strength and my fortress, My refuge in the day of affliction" mirrors so much of the opening of the well known Psalm 46. God is indeed one in whom we can place our trust and also run to in times of trouble in the certainty that He is there.

The foreseeing of the bringing to faith of those who have not believed shows how we come in repentance for the things we have done, for the falsehoods we have believed from our fathers and mothers, when we knew no better.

"Will a man make gods for himself" - how apt this is for this age that we live in where the man of self knowledge convinces himself that God doesn't exist or that God is dead. Where God is not then the Prince of the air will make his home.

Next God tells us that He will cause them to know. Here God reveals Himself to us through His son, the Christ Jesus. Everyone in the earth will be aware of the existence of God, He will make Himself known to us all. And He will show His might and power that we may be certain that He is Lord. Yet there still remains them that know but deny and cause others to deny.

Yet we can rest in the security that comes with being children of the Living God.

Here's a video of the song My Story.

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