They Go From Strength To Strength

The economy and the affairs of the world have many people stressed, and wondering what the future holds for them and especially their children and grandchildren. I am no different, I find myself getting caught up in watching the “doom and gloom”.

It is during these times I know I must turn my trust back to God. I remind myself of Ps 84:5-7 Blessed are those whose strength is in you, who have set their hearts on pilgrimage.  As they pass through the Valley of Baca, they make it a place of springs; the autumn rains also cover it with pools.  They go from strength to strength, till each appears before God in Zion.

These verses describe what it’s like making the journey to Zion. I read that the valley was possibly a dry and desolate place, yet “they make it a place of springs”. Their attitude is right because their strength is in God. They press on, finding new found strength as they journey on to Zion. The word “Baca”   means  weeping and some refer to this journey as going through the Valley of Tears, indicating the times when everything seems hopeless, difficult and painful, “the pit of despair”.

We will all walk through our own Valley of Tears at one time or another. We can take comfort in knowing that we are not alone. The Psalm ends with these words…Ps 84:12 O Lord Almighty, blessed is the man who trusts in you.

May you go from strength to strength on you journey. Or as one commentary suggests “They proceed from one degree of grace to another”.

Isa 40:29-31 He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.  Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall;  but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

2 comments for “They Go From Strength To Strength

  1. December 15, 2009 at 11:30 am

    Good thoughts. I like your devotional blogs, Janice. I remember reading a book, “Tracks of a Fellow Struggler” many years ago … written by a Baptist (at the time … he changed to some other church later in life) preacher. It was a short book of four chapters. One was when they learned their little daughter had cancer. Chapter Two was when she went into remission. Three was when the cancer returned … with a vengeance. Chapter Four was written shortly after her funeral. In one of those chapters he talked about the passage you used from Isaiah in a way I’d never heard. He said we all want the promise of soaring like eagles. In reality, there are some days we do soar. But there are many more days we only run without growing weary. And then there are those days … far too many of them … when the very best we can do is simply put one foot ahead of the other and walk, or at best, limp, and not grow faint.

    I think he has the correct interpretation of the verse. It’s not always a promise to soar like eagles!

  2. Meowmix
    December 15, 2009 at 8:20 am

    I immediately thought of the words of this song:

    My life is in You, Lord
    My strength is in You, Lord
    My hope is in You, Lord
    In You, it’s in You
    My life is in You, Lord
    My strength is in You, Lord
    My hope is in You, Lord
    In You, it’s in You

    I will praise You with all of my life
    I will praise You with all of my strength
    With all of my life
    With all of my strength
    All of my hope is in You

    My life is in You, Lord
    My strength is in You, Lord
    My hope is in You, Lord
    In You, it’s in You

    My life is in You, Lord
    My strength is in You, Lord
    My hope is in You, Lord
    In You, it’s in You
    In You, it is in You!
    Beautiful song and beautiful words!

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