My flesh and my heart may fail,
but God is the strength of my heart
and my portion forever.

Psalm 73:26 NIV

Listen to Words from the Heart

Fail

In a classic example of a Canadian fail, Canadian botanist David Douglas, known for discovering the Douglas Fir tree, also thought he had discovered Canada’s tallest mountain in 1827. He named it Mount Brown after another botanist. However, it turns out Douglas was way off—the mountain wasn’t nearly the tallest and it should have been pretty obvious to Douglas. If he had looked around from that peak, he would have seen other higher peaks all around.

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The world will always tell you one thing – you have within you the ability to do anything. If you are facing something difficult, you are strong, you are able, you can do this. King David learned just how wrong this thinking is. He was leader of a nation of millions, and as a young man was able to defeat a bear, a lion and a giant. But when life went on, and he was faced with more and more responsibility, he felt more and more unable. Then somewhere along the line, he learned one of the foundational principles of the Kingdom of God. He writes about it in Psalm 73:26: “My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” King David recognized how weak he really was. Take time to read Psalm 51, which he wrote after his moral failure with Bathsheba and her husband Uriah. As he got older it became evident how soon his flesh would fail. Youthful exuberance and pride was gone. It should be for us as well. We need to recognize our need for God’s strength and power in all that we do, and so walk in victory.

These have been words from the heart.
Bob Beasley