“God, my strength, my stronghold, my safe retreat when trouble descends” (Jeremiah 16:19 MSG).
God does more than provide strength thus leaving us with the responsibility of knowing how to apply the pressure where most needed. He is our strength, upholding us when we are in our most weakened state, and warding off the enemies lurking around to take advantage of our vulnerabilities. As long as we maintain our focus on Jesus, He will fight our battles. And He upholds us with the right hand of His righteousness. When we enter into battle alone, we are prey to be devoured by one with more force, shrewdness, and experience in deceiving the self-confident. But when we humbly submit to the Lord, we are in the safest place we could possibly be. Trouble may bear down upon us as a storm that is out of control. Yet our God is our refuge in times of trouble. God is my strength, my security, and my sanctuary. I praise Him as my weapon of war, and worship Him as my place of rest.