Psalm 138:3 “When I called, you answered me; you made me bold and stouthearted.”
Psalm 138 is another anthem of praise. ‘I will praise you with all my heart’ is the theme. The author knows the secret of praise. The word tells us that in the presence of the Lord there is joy and that the joy of the Lord is our strength. We all need His supernatural strength as 1 Peter says we have an enemy who parades around like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour. In the curse it says he will feed upon our flesh or old nature. We are often assailed by thoughts that discourage and undermine us. The key to overcoming these thoughts is to enter into His presence through praise.
In verse 3 the psalmist says God answers our prayers and makes us bold and stouthearted. Often we need boldness to release what God has put within us. Only we can do that. But, praise God, He gives us boldness to act. Then it says we are stouthearted. Stouthearted is an unusual word meaning courageous or unyielding. Paul in Ephesians 6 describes the armor of God and then says having done everything “stand”. One of the definitions for the Greek word ‘stand’ is to uphold or sustain the authority or force of anything. It also means to cause a person or a thing to keep his or its place. If we relinquish our authority over the enemy we are in trouble. How do we keep our place then? He will push and push and push with the intent of pushing us over the edge. There is no need for this.
The Lord says He makes us bold and stouthearted. When we need courage and unyieldingness He imparts it to us. We can stand against the wiles of the enemy and be victorious in the Lord.
Prayer: “Father, I ask you for boldness and stoutheartedness so that I may stand in the midst of negative, life-robbing thoughts. Release boldness and courage to me in Jesus’ name.”