Fortitude is defined: courage in pain or adversity. Courage, bravery, endurance, resilience, mettle, moral fiber, strength of mind, strength of character, strong-mindedness, backbone, spirit, grit, true grit, doughtiness, steadfastness.
Ps.46 is called a Song of Fortitude
A lot of people fear tomorrow, the unknowns, the wars, being martyred for our faith is a new topic of conversation now on our church scene…it’s a far different world than when we were young.
So, how can we be people of fortitude in this life and in facing all that could come?
Ps. 46 says: “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” – first with Fortitude, it’s a metal grit/attitude/stance. Our way of thinking, feeling, and approach to life (including the “whatevers” that may come) must be set “like flint” – so they say.
The battle begins and ends in the mind. Before we ever step onto the battlefield we’ve already won or lost based on our “strength of mind”.
David goes on to describe the worst case scenarios and declares that even in the worst He will trust in the Lord…and he then lifts his eyes to Heaven…and sees the River of God (Rev.22:1 speaks of it flowing from the Throne of God) – we lift our eyes to where our help comes from. Looking at the problem will not help us. Looking to our Very Real and Present Help will.
As the Israelites looked up and followed the Cloud by day and the Pillar of Fire by Night, so the Lord would be the same guide today. He is knows the beginning to the end, He knows the enemies next move, He knows how to protect and provide for you no matter what the worst is. Just lift your eyes to Him. He’s got this.
Heaven is also the destination for every child of God. Destination should matter – this world is not our home and we aren’t supposed to cling to it as if it’s all we have. Nothing in this world is made to last, nothing is of eternal value except your soul and the souls of others.
“God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved” is one of my favorite lines…I want to be that woman of true grit – His banner over me is love, but I’d like to see this line written under it: God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved.
“The Lord of hosts is with us” – my next favorite line. Webster’s says Hosts means: Army, or a great number/multitude. The Lord of a great army is with us! Does that encourage you?
We, my brother and sister in Christ, are nowhere near alone and we are never ever going to be out-numbered in any circumstance. Even when literally standing by yourself, you will still out number the enemy because the Lord and His Hosts are with you.
“The heathen raged, the kingdoms were moved: he uttered his voice, the earth melted.”
No matter the raging heathens, no matter what kingdoms they move, one Word from God is more powerful.
I sure hope this raises your grit level, because it sure does mine!