The LORD, the LORD, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness!
O Lord, you are my God;
I will exalt you; I will praise Your Name,
for You have done wonderful things,
plans formed of old, faithful and sure.
For You have made the city a heap,
the fortified city a ruin;
the foreigners' palace is a city no more;
it will never be rebuilt.
Therefore strong peoples will glorify You!
Cities of ruthless nations will fear you.
For You have been a stronghold to the poor,
a stronghold to the needy in his distress,
a shelter from the storm and a shade from the heat;
for the breath of the ruthless is like a storm against a wall,
like heat in a dry place.
You subdue the noise of the foreigners;
as heat by the shade of a cloud,
so the song of the ruthless is put down.
On this mountain the Lord of Hosts will make for all peoples
a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wine,
of rich food full of marrow, of aged wine well refined.
And He will swallow up on this mountain
the covering that is cast over all peoples,
the veil that is spread over all nations.
He will swallow up death forever;
and the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces,
and the reproach of His people He will take away from all the earth,
for the Lord has spoken!
It will be said on that day,
“Behold, this is our God;
we have waited for Him,
that he might save us!
This is the Lord; we have waited for him;
let us be glad and rejoice in His salvation!”
For the hand of the Lord will rest on this mountain,
and Moab shall be trampled down in his place,
as straw is trampled down in a dunghill.
And He will spread out His Hands in the midst of it
as a swimmer spreads His hands out to swim,
but the Lord will lay low
his pompous pride together
with the skill of His Hands.
And the high fortifications of his walls He will bring down,
lay low, and cast to the ground, to the dust.
Our Father God. Wants for His Children - you His Child - the Child of the Most High God, saved by Christ Jesus The Lord - to be - Strong!
The Promises of Jesus Christ, when we Trust in Jesus Christ:
That by two unchangeable things,
in which it is impossible for God to lie,
we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us.
Wonderful things, plans formed of old, faithful and sure
Strong People Glorify God, leaning into the surety of His Very Word.
In walking with Faith, He bestows His gifts today.
Proverbs tells us of God's Longing to give us Strength:
17 Iron sharpens iron, So one man sharpens another.
18 He who tends the fig tree will eat its fruit, And he who cares for his master will be honored
2 Samuel 3:1
David grew stronger and stronger
2 Samuel 5:10
And David became greater and greater, for the LORD, the God of hosts, was with him.
Father God had used the hardships of David, and David had understood His shelter and had believed God.
Mary understood how difficult life was going to be. Saying let this be to the Glory of God. "for the Mighty One has done great things for me— Holy is His Name."
We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.
1 Timothy 6:11-14
As for you, O man of God, flee these things. Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.
I charge you in the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus, who in his testimony before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, to keep the commandments
James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, To the twelve tribes in the Dispersion: Greetings. Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.
2 Corinthians 4:16
So we do not lose heart!
I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living!
You are a Stronghold to the poor of health, heart, spirit, finances
a shelter from the storms of life
and a shade from the heat of poor self esteem, criticism or reproach.
In telling us of the Feast in Jesus Christ. We find the Table of Lord God, our You, Our Father has Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Comfort and is a Strong Help in times of need. The Table of the Lord God is where You long to enfold us in Your arms, a chick gathers her young.
In Heaven, You will complete us and we will be filled with all the Goodness of You.
Today we celebrate You, Father God, for wanting our faith to be strong. You do not change Your mind. You Promise and Fulfill.
When we Trust in You, You poor out blessings. Hope does not put us to shame, because Your love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.
Jesus Christ, You are faithful as the Son over God's house. And we are Your house, and we hold firmly to our confidence and the hope in which we glory. Eternity always and today.
Father God, we praise you because You wanted to make the unchanging nature of You purpose very clear to the heirs of what was promised, You have confirmed it with an oath.
Cover us in Your Name. Amen Jesus.