I love the line in verse 12 of our reading – “lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees”. That’s a very picturesque way of describing a person, don’t you think? This person almost seems to be in the act of falling down. Why would a person have “drooping hands” or weak knees”?
Well, because of the discipline of the Lord that the writer has been talking about in verses 3-11. When God gets after you, He can really get after you! And it can leave you feeling sorry for yourself. “Poor me”, we say. “God has given me a spanking and how terrible it was.” What does the Bible tell us? Buck up! Quit feeling sorry for yourself! Verses 15-17 call us to get out there and live out our faith, doing what God has called us to do, letting God’s discipline move us to abandon the sin we have been playing with and entering into the life of holiness that He has set before us to live.
When it comes to the life of faith, are your hands drooping? How strong are your spiritual knees? Don’t get mad and turn away when things don’t go the way you had hoped they would with God. Buck up and turn back to Him with a renewed commitment to walk in His ways.