Paul meant that they should not depart from the Christian faith, and neither should we! This is the marching order for every Christian of all eras, times, and places.
Paul himself gave this the highest priority, saying near the end of life that “I have kept the faith” (2 Timothy 4:7).
This commandment, delivered first to the people and a moment later to Joshua, has been the marching order for God’s people in all ages.
Paul seems to have borrowed this in 1 Corinthians 16:13, where we have, `Stand firm in the faith, play the man, be vigorous,’ – act like heroes.
These words are a testimony and strong exhortation to steadfast endurance.
This conclusion of the anthem emphasizes human frailty, but stresses the fact of Divine intervention, the utter certainty of the Lord’s sufficiency, and the patience of faith which waits with confidence.
This Psalm bear testimony to a vital faith. The psalm ends, as it began, with trust, trust tried by difficult times
As Christians, we do not oppose evil of our own strength, but in the strength of the Lord.
Only the armor of God is sufficient to the warfare involved!
CHRIST ONLY, and not Christ as an accepted and honored hero of redeemed secular Israel, was enough, not merely for Paul, but for all who ever lived on earth.
Paul here accepted this, determined even to glory in his weakness.
This verse describes Paul’s living with the thorn unremoved; and there is not a word of sickness, disease, or near-sightedness, or anything of the kind.
It is “injuries, persecutions, etc.” of which he speaks; and what were these but the multiplied efforts of the hardened Israel against the gospel of Christ?
Nevertheless, Paul will continue, thorn and all; even with the humiliation of his noblest personal aspirations in their rejection; EVEN IN THAT WEAKNESS HE IS STRONG. The same applies to all of us living in 2022!
Furthermore the testimony of nineteen centuries proves that he was correct in this.