A little word with BIG meaning.

I was just reading in Psalm this morning and a verse caught my eye, head, and heart.

I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the Lord sustains me. Psalm 3:5

“Sustain” is such a little word. Yet when I look at the definition it has such BIG meaning! When I read this definition, and feel and understand the TRUTH that without the Lord, I am nothing, can do nothing, have nothing…wow. It really took my breath away this morning.

sus·tain  (s-stn)tr.v. sus·tained, sus·tain·ing, sus·tains
1. To keep in existence; maintain.
2. To supply with necessities or nourishment; provide for.
3. To support from below; keep from falling or sinking; prop.
4. To support the spirits, vitality, or resolution of; encourage.
5. To bear up under; withstand: can’t sustain the blistering heat.
6. To experience or suffer: sustained a fatal injury.
7. To affirm the validity of: The judge has sustained the prosecutor’s objection.
8. To prove or corroborate; confirm.

It’s just that simple. He is the Master of every moment, provider, rock….the Lord of all. Regardless of the situation, the day, the plans I may have, the to-do list, the failures or the triumphs…the only reason I draw breath today is because God makes it possible.


3 thoughts on “A little word with BIG meaning.

  1. What a blessing this particular devotion of yours is for me, today. Thanks, Joanne, for letting God use you to bless others. As one of the “others,” I am very grateful to God for you. : )

  2. Reblogged this on BLOOM where I am planted and commented:

    I first posted this back in 2012, again in 2013 and would like to share it again. This word “sustain” is one that I cling to daily. A promise. A fact. When I am not enough, God is infinitely MORE than enough. 2 Corinthians 12: 8-10 reminds me…Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

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