Meeting Life’s Demands Devotional

In God’s word, we find the following recorded in Psalm 118:10-18: 10 All the nations surrounded me, but in the name of the LORD I cut them off. 11 They surrounded me on every side, but in the name of the LORD I cut them off. 12 They swarmed around me like bees, but they died out as quickly as burning thorns; in the name of the LORD I cut them off.

13 I was pushed back and about to fall, but the LORD helped me. 14 The LORD is my strength and my song; He has become my salvation. 15 Shouts of joy and victory resound in the tents of the righteous: "The LORD's right hand has done mighty things!

16 “The LORD's right hand is lifted high; the LORD's right hand has done mighty things!" 17 I will not die but live, and will proclaim what the LORD has done. 18 The LORD has chastened me severely, but He has not given me over to death.

Verse 14 says, “The LORD is my strength and my song; He has become my salvation.” This also is found in Exodus 15:2 and Isaiah 12:2. The Israelites sang these words when they were delivered from Egypt, as they saw their enemy drowned in the sea.

And Isaiah 12 promises that Israel will sing this song in the future when God restores her and establishes His kingdom, which He did on the Day of Pentecost. We, too, can rejoice for what these words mean for us today, for we who are Christians are part of that kingdom.

God is our strength. That takes care of the demands of life. Where do you look to find strength? Your experience? Your health? Your money? Your job? All these things could vanish. Only the strength of the Lord can meet the demands of life. "Those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength." (Isaiah 40:31)

That is why Jesus said in Matthew 6:33, “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things shall be yours as well.” We must put away our worries and anxiety, and learn to trust in the Lord for His strength and His protection in all that we do.

The Lord is our song. That takes care of the dullness of life. Many people have to go through boring, tedious experiences. Perhaps your job is not as exciting as you'd like it to be. Perhaps you are a getting older, and you can't get out and do and see what others have the privilege of doing and seeing. Regardless of what you are facing, the Lord will give you joy!

That is why Paul was able to write while chained between Roman soldiers and awaiting death, “Even if I am to be poured as a libation upon the sacrificial offering of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with you all. Likewise you also should be glad and rejoice with me.” (Philippians 2:17-18)

The Lord is our salvation. That takes care of the dangers of life. And just as Paul, we who are Christians have nothing to fear, not even death. The Lord delivers us and is always at our side.

“The LORD's right hand is lifted high; the LORD's right hand has done mighty things!" (verse 16) That right hand is available to us today, and just for the asking!

Believers may sing this song of praise, for God takes care of the demands, the dullness and the dangers of life. He is your strength, your song and your salvation. Remember that God is ever available to deliver you from the difficult experiences of life.