5Blessed is the man whose strength is in thee; in whose heart are the ways of them.
6Who passing through the valley of Baca make it a well; the rain also filleth the pools.
7They go from strength to strength, every one of them in Zion appeareth before God.
Heart for God
As has often been the theme of the Psalms, the author is praising the one who displays a heart for God, never forgetting his first love. How does a person maintain a heart for God in a world that so despises Him, and continually seeks to tear our hearts away from Him?
First, that person understands that his strength does not lie in himself, but, rather, all of his strength and confidence rests in God. The day one begins to trust in his or her own abilities to live for the Lord is the day that one begins to slip away from Him. It is better to come, each day, before God with a humble heart, seeking His help to live that day in a manner that is pleasing to Him. This, of course, flies in the face of a world that teaches us self-help and self-fulfillment.
Satan, of course, is always ready to throw obstacles in our way to prevent us from faithfully serving God, so that, many will fail at the slightest sign of inconvenience. However, the Godly, when passing through the valley of Baca (the valley of tears), lean more and more upon the Lord, going from strength to strength.
In our lives we will often pass through the valley of tears, and when trying to do so in our own strength will often fail. However, as we learn to lean and trust in God our Father, seeking His help, we are able to look back and see that God's hand has led us through. We are truly pilgrims traveling through a world that is not our home, but what we lack in comfort and peace during this life will soon be forgotten when we reach the ports of heaven.
Let us then seek the grace and help of God, that we may be found to, like the psalmist, go from strength to strength. May we learn to diligently seek the face of God, our first love, remembering that it is He who has saved us, and it is He who will keep us. Just as our salvation does not rest upon our own efforts, so our walk with the Lord does not rest upon our own abilities to be faithful.
Go then this day with a heart for God, from strength to strength, in the power and strength of the Lord.
God Bless You,