Day Nineteen – Aphek – Strength
“…the king of Aphek, one.” Joshua 12:18 NKJV
“…they struck them with the edge of the sword.”Joshua 10:39. Wondering, what kind of strength it took to wield a sword? Not in the physical sense, but a spiritual strength.
In questioning the Lord, Joshua’s story began to unfold.
There are several meanings to the word Strength in the Hebrew language.
Caleb, one of the twelve who “..spy out the land”, told Joshua “…I am as strong this day as on the day that Moses sent me; just as my strength was then, so now is my strength for war…” Joshua 14:11 NKJV
Caleb used the Hebrew word “koach” to describe his strength as firm and full of vigor. David also used “koach” to express his lack of strength when penning four of the Psalms.
Causing me to ask again, but what kind strength did Joshua employ?
“So, the LORD saved Israel that day … and Israel saw the Egyptians dead on the seashore…Then Moses and the children of Israel sang this song …He has triumphed gloriously! …The LORD is my strength and song…” Exodus 14:30 to 15:1 & 2
The strength Moses sang about is the Hebrew word “owz” which means force, security, majesty, praise, might, power, strength, prevail and yes, Be strong! Joshua and Cable were among the people praising and singing to the LORD! “The horse and its rider He has thrown into the sea!”
Joshua relied, not his own strength to be victorious, but he prevailed in the Strength of the LORD!
“The LORD is my strength and song!
He is my God, and I praise Him!”
Be exalted, O LORD, in Your own strength!
We will sing and praise Your power.” Exodus 15:2 NKJV
Personal Journal Notes:
Often the battle I face each day is the battle against my own strength.
Easily annoyed at the routine things, my strength is used, extended on meaningless battles. No need to fight a foe or some great enemy, I defeat myself along my way.
Turning, changing my position, I begin to speak (wield the two-edged sword of the word of God) lifting up praises to the Lord. Singing of His faithfulness over my life, family, my day. The atmosphere shifts and instead of defense and defeat, I move into the position victory by His Strength and Power!
I wonder if this is why Jesus sang Psalm 118 when He and His disciples left the Upper Room to cross over to the Mount of Olives on the night He began His walk to Calvary? Did He find God’s Strength in the words to complete the mystery?
“The LORD is my strength and my song…
The right hand of the LORD does valiantly.
I shall not die, but live,
And declare the works of the LORD…
You are my God, and I will praise You…”
Psalm 118:14-28 NKJV
Thank you for taking the time to join me on the journey. It’s a privilege to walk alongside you. May you find His strength and peace, prepared for another day in His power! In Jesus Name. Amen
From the Joshua Journals of denisebalog©2020
Photo – ©2014 Captured of the roof of The Church of All Nations in the Garden of Gethsemane. The location of the Church is in the proximity of the traditional site in the garden where Jesus fell to His knees and prayed to the Father, “…not My will, but Yours be done.” Luke 22:42 NKJV