Bible Verses For Strength

Life isn’t easy. We often go through times of suffering, or see friends and family suffer. It’s during hard times that we need to seek the Lord and the strength that only he can provide. I know that’s easier said than done, but throughout the Bible, we see how God gives strength to his people when they need it the most. Here are some of my favourite Bible verses for strength:

Exodus 15:2

The Lord is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation. He is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will exalt him.

This verse is part of the song of Moses and is a great example of praise. We can be encouraged that the Lord doesn’t just give strength, he is our strength. Moses also recognises that we can’t save ourselves. Instead, God becomes our salvation.

1 Chronicles 16:11

Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always.

Seeking the Lord is just one of the ways we can worship and glorify him. David wants to praise God for what he has done, just as Moses did.

Psalm 18:32

It is God who arms me with strength and keeps my way secure.

David knows who gave him strength to be triumphant – God. He gave him what he needed and kept him on the right path. God does the same for us.

Psalm 28:7-8

The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him. The Lord is the strength of his people, a fortress of salvation for his anointed one.

David praises God, who has become his strength and his shield. We too can endure life’s hardships through the strength that God gives us.

Psalm 29:11

The Lord gives strength to his people; the Lord blesses his people with peace.

David acknowledges that God, who has complete power and authority, gives strength to us. Not only that, but we can take comfort in how he blesses us with peace.

Psalm 46:1

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.

The psalmist begins Psalm 46 by talking about his experience in times of difficulty. God wasn’t far away, but was ever-present, and only he could provide refuge and strength; there was no third party involved.

Psalm 73:26

My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

We are weak. Our earthly bodies will perish. The psalmist recognises this and says God’s strength will endure and last forever.

Psalm 105:4

Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always.

We are called to not only seek the Lord himself, but to seek his strength. As we seek him, we receive strength.

Psalm 118:14

The Lord is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation.

Here, the psalmist quotes the song of Moses from Exodus 15:2. When God is our strength, we look to him for comfort and satisfaction. When God is our salvation, we can trust that we are forgiven and saved by grace.

Psalm 119:28

My soul is weary with sorrow; strengthen me according to your word.

The psalmist is troubled and feels that he has no strength within himself. He responds by praying for strength that would come from God’s word. Perhaps we should consider following this example.

Isaiah 40:28-31

28 Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. 29 He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. 30 Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; 31 but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

Isaiah explains how great our God is and reveals that he gives strength to the weak. We can’t be proud and claim that we don’t need strength, because deep down, we know that we do. In order to receive it, we simply need to hope in the Lord. He will give us the strength to keep going, to move forwards, and to glorify him.

1 Corinthians 1:8-9

He will also keep you firm to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Even in hard times, God will sustain you to the end. Though the Corinthian church had problems, Paul could be confident that they’ll be presented blameless because God is faithful.

1 Corinthians 1:25

For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.

God was at his most weakest at the cross, yet it was still stronger than anything anyone could ever do.

Philippians 4:13

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

I usually quote the NIV, but I love the way the NKJV (New King James Version) puts this verse. Paul has learnt to be content in every situation and this is only possible through the strength Jesus gives. Note that he isn’t saying he can achieve anything. Rather, Jesus has enabled him to be content, even in times of suffering.

2 Thessalonians 3:3

But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one.

Paul was confident in God’s power to protect us from the evil one because of his faithfulness to his people.

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