As king over Israel, David had enemies all around him. But David had such a love for and trust in the Lord, he didn’t allow the threats of his enemies bother him. We know that from his words in Psalm 138:7, New Living Translation. He said, “Though I am surrounded by troubles, you will protect me from the anger of my enemies. You reach out your hand, and the power of your right hand saves me.” And in Psalm 119:116, he said, “LORD, sustain me as you promised, that I may live! Do not let my hope be crushed.” David knew as long as he could count on God for provision, support and protection, he had nothing to worry about. He trusted God to sustain him in the midst of whatever troubles he faced.
Sustain literally means “to give support or relief, to keep up or prolong, or to bear up under pressure.” When you think about it, that’s how the Word of God operates in our lives. When we allow it, the Word of God will protect, support and provide us with relief, it will keep us steady, and it will help us be strong and bear up under pressure. As we strive to share God’s Word with others, to make a major impact on the world for Jesus, that’s the kind of sustaining power we need. And it can only come from God.