Going From Strength To Strength In The Lord

Where does your strength come from? I mean, when the chips are down and life is tough, where do you go for strength and comfort? For the Christian, we go to the Lord.
In Psalm 84, the Psalmist says, “What joy for those whose strength comes from the Lord, who have set their minds on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem.” The Psalmist is talking about the joy the Christian receives from being among the people of God. He says, “What joy for those whose strength comes from the Lord…” He continues, “When they walk through the Valley of Weeping, it will become a place of refreshing springs…”
The word “Weeping” comes from the word “Baca.” “Baca” comes from a root word that means “to weep.” All of us go through times of weeping. Life isn’t always filled with sunshine. We all go through tough times. But the Psalmist says when we do, that valley of weeping, will become a place of refreshing springs.
The Valley of Baca was a waterless valley through which the pilgrims of old used to pass on their way to Jerusalem. The psalmist recalls that pilgrims, entering the valley with misgiving overnight, weary and thirsty, would sometimes find that by morning rain had filled the pools and covered the barren valley with a carpet of green. Thus God, along the deep, forbidding valleys of life, so often meets us and brings blessing out of barrenness.
The Psalmist adds, “We go from strength to strength…” Ok, what does that mean? When we are in the valley of Baca, the Lord refreshes us. It may be through reading God’s word… it may be through music… or a Christian friend… But God gives us strength.
Today, maybe you are walking through a valley of Baca. The Lord promises to give us strength and even bring blessings of brokenness.

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