“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.” (Psalm 28:7 NIV)
A story is told about a boy who valiantly, but unsuccessfully, attempted to move a heavy log to clear a pathway to his favorite hideout. His dad stood quietly nearby, watching his son straining against the load. Finally he said, "Son, why aren't you using all of your strength?"
Confused and a little angry, the boy responded, "Dad, I'm using every last little bit of strength I have!"
"No, son, you're not," his dad quietly responded. "You haven't asked me to help."
God is standing by at the ready, watching us trying to do it all on our own. He is asking us, “My child, why aren't you using all of your strength?" He is waiting for us to simply ask for His help and His strength. And when we do, joy bursts from our heart and praise from our lips.
-- David T. Wilkinson