I like that Eugene Peterson in the Message took out the word “may” and left in the word “his”.
Bottom line it’s about what God does and for who.
So if God makes his people strong, and gives his people peace. What does that mean?
What is strength? What is peace?
When I think of peace anymore the first thing that pops into my head is beauty pageant contestants promoting “world peace”. And for some reason I equate strength or being strong to weight lifting.
I don’t think the Psalmists had either one in mind. He was amazed at God’s power during a storm and probably marveled even more at the calmness after the storm.
I think peace is the calmness that God would have his people experience, before, during and after a storm.
I think strength is having the ability to call on God for help before, during and after a storm.
What is your storm?
Mine is my pride, my selfishness, my need for instant gratification
Mine is my secrets, and my lack of self control.
My storms keep me from peace, will I learn to trust God for the strength I need?
For some reason I am content to live in the chaos.
Teach me to live in peace, give me strength!