David Butler, The Lord is My Strength, Multiply Goodness

David Butler, The Lord is My Strength, Multiply Goodness

Last weekend I heard a very simple prayer that I will not forget.

The funny thing is, it was a mistake that made it memorable.

As the gentleman prayed, he intended on petitioning God to strengthen our faith.

Instead, he asked the Lord to please “Faithen our strength.”

He quickly corrected his blunder over my muffled giggle, but I have not stopped thinking about it since.

I really want my strength to be faithened.

How does one faithen their strength, I wondered. How do infuse faith into my strength, endurance, and efforts?

I thought of a favorite scripture:

“The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped.” (Psalms 28:7)


I want to trust the source of true strength. Faithfully lean on His help–my shield.

Perhaps too often I am looking inward for assistance instead of upward.

Or sometimes it seems quite reflexive to take a little too much credit for the things that are going well–to tout my own strength–even quietly.

On those days, even abundance is found wanting and there is no more breath left to praise God.

My admiration for my assumed accomplishments crowds out gratitude.

A faithened strength, on the other hand, seems to instinctively trust God and thank God simultaneously.

Decreasing as He increases.

Feeling encouraged even when the ledger shows I lack.

Receiving and recognizing His help is so rewarding and refining.

When others see my confidence, I want it to reflect His compassion.

I want them to see faith in my strength.

Originally posted at Daily Closer to Christ.

David Butler

David Butler

David Butler never thought he would share his thoughts publicly the day he sat down 10 seconds into his very first talk in church. Now he teaches the scriptures full time and enjoys writing and speaking. He loves the scriptures fiercely–particularly the great stories of courage, faith, and deep, deliberate discipleship. Most of his days are spent with Jenny, his adorable wife, and his five spectacular renegade children. Being a dad is a treasure to him–an exhausting and exhilarating adventure. He loves, loves, loves good food and spontaneous ideas. He particularly looks forward to Christmas morning, the Fourth of July, the first day of summer, and every other day of summer. He and his wife and family currently live in Lehi, Utah, but dream of a beach house on the North Shore of Oahu. http://dailyclosertochrist.com/
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