Fitness Craze

The LORD is my strength and my song; he has given me victory.

Psalm 118:14 (NLT)

As a nation, the USA has been obsessed with fitness for the past few decades (Which is a great irony considering that over 71% of the population over the age of 20 are overweight[1]). Being strong, or at least in-shape, is a goal that many of us have.

Back in the 80s, and even in the 90s, televised workout shows were the thing. For 30 minutes, you could jump, kick, jive, and dance as you followed your TV instructor while listening to the latest tunes. It was the way to get in shape, particularly for women, in the safety of your own home. It also meant no one was watching you try to dance.

Of course, today, those shows are mostly a distant memory. Instead, we now have episodes that feature incredible feats of strength like American Ninja Warrior, or the latest, Titan Race. These shows don’t feature cool music, but obstacle courses which require brawn and brains to solve. However, you can’t really play along with them – unless you build an obstacle course of your own. Though we don’t get stronger by watching these incredible men and women, we appreciate and admire their strength.

Of course, in our spiritual walk, how often do we stop to admire the strength of our God? How often do we stop to ponder that He holds the entire universe together? How often do we think about the will-power to overcome sin and face the cross? In short, we need to make sure to give God His props. As the psalmist wrote for our verse today, “The LORD is my strength and my song; he has given me victory.”

You see, God doesn’t show off His muscles for entertainment, or a paycheck for completing a difficult obstacles course. Instead, He uses all of His strength to save us from this world, from ourselves, from sin, and from the clutches of darkness. He uses His power to overcome death and the grave, guaranteeing that we will have eternal life through Him.

So, today, and every day, give praise to God for His mighty power. Thank Him for using His strength to love you. Give Him props for using His strength to save you. Give Him praise in song, words, and action. For, as the psalmist says, “he has given you victory.”


[1] https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/obesity-overweight.htm

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