Even Jesus in His manhood was helped by the holy angels of Heaven. We are told of His great agony in the Garden of Gethsemane; we read in Luke 22:44 that He sweat “great drops of blood”. He was left weak and weary, and the terrible ordeal of the cross was only a few hours away. At that moment, God the Father “commanded strength” for His own Son. And that strength was provided by an angel: “An angel appeared to Him from Heaven, strengthening Him” (Luke 22:43).
In His humanity, Jesus used only the resources that were available to man. He did not rely upon the power or authority of His deity. Therefore, it should not seem unusual for God to send angels to strengthen us in our time of need as well.
THE STRENGTH OF GOD
“Your God has commanded your strength” (Ps 68:28). Here the Hebrew word for “strength” is owz. Its main meaning is “strength”, but it includes the ideas of might, power, boldness and loudness. The complete thought for this verse, therefore, might read as follows: Your God has commanded your strength, power, might and boldness!
DIVINE STRENGTH FROM GOD’S WORD
Sometimes divine strength comes through angelic action, as we have seen. Even so, the source of that strength is always in the authority of God’s Word. God has entered into a legal agreement with us. He has included us in His will. He did this when He set forth the New Testament. A “testament” is a will. It is a legal means by which one person passes on his earthly goods to others after he dies. Therefore, he can be sure that “his will” concerning the giving of his goods after his death will be enforced by law.
The Scriptures explain what this means for us in our relationship with God: “For a testament is in force after men are dead, since it has no power at all while the testator lives” (Heb 9:17).
“Likewise He also took the cup after supper, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant [testament] in My blood, which is shed for you’ ” (Luke 22:20).
In effect, Jesus is saying that His death shall release to the believer all that He has promised him while He was on earth. When this will (testament) goes into force after His death and resurrection, “the works that I do he [the believer] will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father” (John 14:12).
There is no greater power available to any of us than this. The strength of His “will” as set forth in His Word goes far beyond what we can understand. When Jesus died on the cross, God’s will for us was put into full force. Moreover, He will personally back up His Word with the power of His might. It is not a matter of how we think or feel, but Who He is and what He has said. The strong Word of the Lord is the sure basis for our faith. “…for You have magnified Your word above all Your name” (Ps 138:2).
DIVINE BOLDNESS FOR SERVICE
God’s call and God’s power upon our lives brings great boldness for Christian service. As we recall, the Hebrew word owz refers to boldness as well as strength. The coming of the Holy Spirit into our lives can give boldness to even timid or shy people.