14 Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne;
Mercy and truth go before Your face.
15 Blessed are the people who know the joyful sound!
They walk, O Lord, in the light of Your countenance.
16 In Your name they rejoice all day long,
And in Your righteousness they are exalted.
17 For You are the glory of their strength,
And in Your favor our horn is exalted.
1 Samuel 2:1
And Hannah prayed and said:
“My heart rejoices in the Lord;
My horn is exalted in the Lord.
I smile at my enemies,
Because I rejoice in Your salvation.
Remember the end of the theme for Marty Stouffer’s Wild America?
Thrilled me every time.
Muscular Bighorn rams throwing themselves fully committed…
At each other!
Strength met strength.
The impact rippled through both rams as the force traveled through their bodies.
The message traveled through their bodies.
“This territory is exclusive.”
Your strength communicates.
You use it to say yes.
“No, you can’t take that.”
“No, I won’t give up.”
“No, I won’t stop believing”
Although yesses are powerful, we must get comfortable with the utility of no.
You’re gonna need it a lot more than yesses because of…
The No:Yes Ratio
At least 3 noes for every 1 meaningful yes.
This ratio is significant because meaning and purpose are established through your strength to say no.
No to your excessive appetites.
No to your fears.
No to your laziness.
No to your enemies.
So prepare yourself for impact.
Every goal pursued, every vow kept, every vision sustained requires strength to fight more battles than there are rewards to claim.
The Secret to Strength…
Is trusting in your strength and caring deeply about what’s at stake.
What if your strength isn’t enough to rely on to survive all the noes necessary?
But God would give His strength if you would receive.
His strength is Jesus’ righteousness. We receive it by accepting His offered favor.
Jesus Christ’s strength then becomes your own.
And you can trust in that strength.
What if you don’t care deeply enough about the territory you occupy?
Then I would ask what territory would matter to you.
What use are your horns if you never use them?
Find a place, a goal, a work, a people worth fighting for.
God wants to win victory with you through your strength being offered to Him.
God favors you if you are in Christ Jesus.
And it’s because He favors you that He wants to exalt your horn over your enemies.
The sound of victory is sweet.
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