The Hebrew word owz also refers to the strength we receive by sharing in God’s “majesty and praise”. We are as “kings and priests to His God and Father” (Rev 1:6). “But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus” (Eph 2:4-6). Yes, we sit with Him in heavenly places. We march with Him in victory after spiritual battles have been won. In this way, He actually allows us to share in His glory!
The wife of a president or a king shares in his majesty and praise when she is by his side. In the same way we, who are called “the Bride of Christ”, share in the glory of our heavenly Bridegroom. All honor and praise belong to Him as the “King of kings and Lord of lords” (see Revelation 19:16). On our own and by ourselves, we are not worthy of such honor or praise. However, because we belong to Him – as a bride belongs to her husband – we will rightfully share in His honor. All Heaven will forever ring with His praises. And we will be there – by His side – sharing with Him the glory, honor and majesty of Almighty God! “Honor and majesty are before Him; strength and beauty are in His sanctuary” (Ps 96:6).
Solid As Steel
“Strengthen, O God, what You have done for us” (Ps 68:28).
In the first part of this verse (“Your God has commanded your strength”), David used the Hebrew word owz for “strength”. In this part of the verse, he uses the Hebrew word azaz for “strengthen”. Azaz means “make strong” or “harden”. Something that is hardened is solid and firm. If it is solid enough and firm enough, it will not crumble under pressure; nothing will be able to move it from its place. It will be steadfast – firmly established.
“Strengthen . . . what You have done for us”: David was asking God to make solid, firm and steadfast what He had done for them.
What does this mean for us?
It means that God wants to accomplish something in and through our lives that is firmly established, solid and steel, strong enough to last forever.
I have seen so much of God’s work be hindered and even fall during times of trial and testing. It wasn’t strong enough to stand up under pressure. Yet God wants to do a strong, solid work in our lives that will enable us to stand firm in our hour of temptation.