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His pleasure is not in the strength of the horse, nor his delight in the legs of the warrior; the Lord delights in those who fear him, who put their hope in his unfailing love. Psalm 147:10-11
There was once a horse so strong and clever, he would push the other horses into an electric fence surrounding the pasture so they would knock it over - getting zapped in the process - and he could go free. Aren’t you glad you’re not stuck in the pasture with him?
This Psalm reminds me of a time when God’s people were stuck in a difficult situation. They faced a giant enemy no one could overpower. No one except David, that is. But David didn’t approach the giant with big muscles or clever plan. All he had was a sling shot…and confidence in God. He depended on God’s strength and wisdom, and put his hope in God’s unfailing love. Do you remember what happened to that giant, Goliath?
When you get into a sticky situation or feel trapped, what do you do? It’s tempting to think we need to come up with a clever plan or depend on our own strength to get out. But God isn’t waiting for you to get smarter or stronger. God wants you to depend on his wisdom and strength. In God’s strength, you are stronger than any horse. With God’s wisdom, you are more clever than any human. You can depend on his unfailing love.
Younger children: How can you remember to depend on God this week rather than your own strength? Here are some suggestions: Ask your parents to set an alert on their phone and remind you every morning. Make a sign and post it where you will see it every day, like on your bathroom mirror or your desk at school.
Older children: Think about what lies ahead for the next week that makes you particularly anxious or feel stuck. How might depending on God help you get you through that?
Parents: How does God’s delight in your dependence, rather than your strength or cleverness, change the way you will approach a situation you’re currently facing?
Pray Together: Lord, you are dependable and trustworthy. Please help us to trust in your unfailing love, and not our own strength. Amen.
For Further Reflection:
Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord his God, the Maker of heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them – the Lord, who remains faithful forever. Psalm 146:5-6
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. Ephesians 2:8-9
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