David writes in Psalm 108 about the battles Israel faced with neighbouring nations. The analogy is to our battles and our endeavors in life. We can rely on our own strength and will to be victorious, or we can put our trust in the one whose power is over all things…
1 My heart, O God, is steadfast;
I will sing and make music with all my soul.
2 Awake, harp and lyre!
I will awaken the dawn.
3 I will praise you, Lord, among the nations;
I will sing of you among the peoples.
4 For great is your love, higher than the heavens;
your faithfulness reaches to the skies.
5 Be exalted, O God, above the heavens;
let your glory be over all the earth.
6 Save us and help us with your right hand,
that those you love may be delivered.
10 Who will bring me to the fortified city?
Who will lead me to Edom?
11 Is it not you, God, you who have rejected us
and no longer go out with our armies?
12 Give us aid against the enemy,
for human help is worthless.
13 With God we will gain the victory,
and he will trample down our enemies.
Psalm 108:1-6, 10-13
6 Now this I know:
The Lord gives victory to his anointed.
He answers him from his heavenly sanctuary
with the victorious power of his right hand.
7 Some trust in chariots and some in horses,
but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.
David writes in Psalm 108 for the Lord to help them because human help is worthless. That’s not very flattering, and most of us would not classify the help of others as worth nothing. Compared to God’s hand, however, human help cannot achieve what God can achieve.
In Zechariah 4:6 we see “‘not by might, not by power, but by my spirit,’ says the Lord.” There is a limit to human power, and when God’s will is involved, divine power overwhelms human effort.
This is also a matter of faith. When we believe we can do things on our own, we formulate plans and strategies and we are tempted to leave God out of it. Our challenge today is to leave ourselves out of it and rely on God.
As I reflect on this idea, I think decreasing focus and reliance on ourselves and increasing the presence of Jesus in our lives will accomplish two things: we will be open for God to be active and present in our lives, and our endeavors will reflect God’s will and spirit power over our own.
Less me – more Thee.