Bible Verses About Strength
“The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?”
When we were young and fearful of the dark, it would make all the difference if our parents or big brother was there to “protect us.” On a far grander scale, when we have the protection of the most powerful being in the universe, how can anything make us afraid?
God’s “light” delivers us from the darkness of this evil world. His strength saves us and alleviates our fears. We can entrust Him with our worries about our health, finances, needs and future. He cares for us and offers peace that surpasses all understanding to guard our hearts and minds (1 Peter 5:7; Philippians 4:6-7).
For more about our Almighty God, see the “Who Is God?” section.
“But the salvation of the righteous is from the LORD; He is their strength in time of trouble.”
“In the day when I cried out, You answered me, and made me bold with strength in my soul.”
“But Jesus looked at them and said to them, ‘With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.’”
2 Corinthians 4:16
“Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day.”
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
2 Timothy 1:7
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”
“Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants You have ordained strength, because of Your enemies, that You may silence the enemy and the avenger.”
Our great Creator is full of surprises. After stretching our minds past the farthest reaches of the universe to see God’s glory above it all (verse 1), He brings us back to earth to notice the smallest and weakest among us—newborn babies and nursing infants. And the strongest Being in the universe gives these weak ones the honor of playing a part in silencing God’s enemies.
Jesus Christ pointed out a fulfillment of this during His triumphal entry into Jerusalem before His crucifixion. The people were shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” which was making the chief priests and scribes very angry (Matthew 21:15). They indignantly asked Him, “‘Do You hear what these are saying?’ And Jesus said to them, ‘Yes. Have you never read, “Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants You have perfected praise”?’” (verse 16).
God uses babies and children to teach us many things. See the Discern magazine article “Like Little Children: Lessons for Life.”
“I will love You, O LORD, my strength. The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.”
David describes God’s power and faithfulness in terms of the wilderness he had been hiding in and the armor he used.
“David calls God my rock and my castle. … The two epithets are borrowed from the natural character of Palestine, where steep and almost inaccessible rocks afford protection to the fugitive, as David had often found at the time when Saul was pursuing him (1 Sam. 24:23; 22:5). But while David took refuge in rocks, he placed his hopes of safety not in their inaccessible character, but in God the Lord, the eternal spiritual rock” (Keil-Delitzsch Commentary, note on 2 Samuel 22).
For more about God’s protection and armor, see “Put on the Armor of God.”
“It is God who arms me with strength, and makes my way perfect.”
“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O LORD, my strength and my Redeemer.”
“But You, O LORD, do not be far from Me; O My Strength, hasten to help Me!”
“The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in Him, and I am helped; therefore my heart greatly rejoices, and with my song I will praise Him. The LORD is their strength, and He is the saving refuge of His anointed.”
“The LORD will give strength to His people; the LORD will bless His people with peace.”
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”
We all face troubles of various kinds, and it is a real blessing to have a strong ally and a place of refuge from those troubles. God offers that strong assurance and true help to those who love Him.
For more about our loving, caring God, see the section on “Who Is God?”
“Save me, O God, by Your name, and vindicate me by Your strength.”
“Who established the mountains by His strength, being clothed with power.”
“I will go in the strength of the Lord GOD; I will make mention of Your righteousness, of Yours only.”
“My flesh and my heart fail; but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”
“The LORD is my strength and song, and He has become my salvation.”
“The LORD is my strength and song, and He has become my salvation; He is my God, and I will praise Him; my father’s God, and I will exalt Him.”
2 Samuel 22:3
“The God of my strength, in whom I will trust; my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold and my refuge; my Savior, You save me from violence.”
1 Chronicles 16:11
“Seek the LORD and His strength; seek His face evermore!”
1 Chronicles 29:12
“Both riches and honor come from You, and You reign over all. In Your hand is power and might; in Your hand it is to make great and to give strength to all.”
“Then he said to them, ‘Go your way, eat the fat, drink the sweet, and send portions to those for whom nothing is prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not sorrow, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.’”
“Behold, God is my salvation, I will trust and not be afraid; ‘For YAH, the LORD, is my strength and song; He also has become my salvation.’”
“For You have been a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm, a shade from the heat; for the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall.”
Isaiah 40:29, 31
“He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength. … “But those who wait on the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.”
“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”
“Ah, Lord GOD! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and outstretched arm. There is nothing too hard for You.”
“The LORD God is my strength; He will make my feet like deer’s feet, and He will make me walk on my high hills.”
“‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ says the LORD of hosts.”
“But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
Jesus Christ had focused His disciples’ minds on the Kingdom of God, so it is no wonder they were eager to know when it would come. But Jesus told them, and us, that we can’t know the day or the hour of His return (Matthew 24:36). Instead of focusing on the exact timing, we need to be doing the job He has given us.
Being a witness to Jesus Christ includes not just preaching His role as Savior through His first coming, but His role as King of Kings—announcing His second coming. Both aspects are part of the good news of the Kingdom of God that Jesus and the New Testament Church proclaimed (Mark 1:14-15; Acts 28:31).
“That He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man.”
“Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be the glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”
“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.”
2 Thessalonians 3:3
“But the Lord is faithful, who will establish you and guard you from the evil one.”