I love you, LORD, my strength. The LORD is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer, my God, my rock where I seek refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. I called to the LORD, who is worthy of praise, and I was saved from my enemies.Psalm 18: 1-3
Here is the language of a true child of God.
This songwriter’s heart is taken with a holy confidence that the infinite, unchanging, eternal God was more to him than just an impersonal force centering in certain places of a far-away galaxy. This God was a very present and personal Being to the famous shepherd/king, David.
This Psalm’s composer was David. David, who killed a lion and a bear with his bare hands, and a giant, too. David, who was a valiant, victorious commander of the army of Israel. David, who reigned as king over the nation of Israel for 40 years.
This strong and admired man reveals here that even he, especially he, needed strength and a stronghold for himself—Someone greater than himself. This David had many threatening situations in his lifetime…enemies constantly trying to kill him…but he found his blessed security in his ever-present, ever-faithful LORD! The great I AM (LORD) was the delight of his soul, the exquisite happiness of his heart.
How about you? Where do you find strength and assurance to live joyfully each day?
Look here at King David, how he used the little pronoun – My – nine times in these first two verses: my strength … my rock … my fortress … my deliverer … my God … my rock … my shield … my salvation … my stronghold.
David was not just multiplying words to fill up a song sheet. The invisible Creator had become every bit of that to him, personally. This great God was to this mighty king everything described here: protection, fortification, stability, deliverance…and He can be all of this to us today.
Think of the security, the peace, the calmness of heart! Think of getting up in the morning to face each day with all the fearful dangers we can face! Think of the sun going down every night with the uncertainties of the darkness!
If God is all of this to us, and if He is God, what need do we have to be afraid at all? David would write in another Psalm, “the LORD is my Shepherd …” and what a Good and Great Shepherd He really is! Do you know that He is your own Shepherd?
How about you? Where do you go for safety and peace to face life’s dangers, such as deadly viruses?
Here David tells the secret at the core of his whole existence. “I called to the LORD, who is worthy of praise, and I was saved from my enemies.” David prayed. He spoke personally and often to the GOD who inhabits eternity, from one end to another.
The warrior/king was speaking directly to the God who held his next breath in his hands, and that of his enemies. Make a list that shows this great God to be worthy of our praise. Keep writing…keep writing…keep writing…see you next year. There’s no end to all that makes Him worthy of our complete admiration for all He is, and gratitude for all He’s done for us!
Was it not in the same vein that the Apostle Paul wrote those questions of praise:
“If God is for us, who is against us? He did not even spare his own Son but offered him up for us all. How will he not also with him grant us everything? Who can bring an accusation against God’s elect? God is the one who justifies. Who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is the one who died, but even more, has been raised; he also is at the right hand of God and intercedes for us. Who can separate us from the love of Christ? Can affliction or distress or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?”romans 8:31–35
Is there an enemy our King cannot save us from? There is certainly none that can separate us from His all-conquering love!
How about you? Do you pray with this kind of personal ownership in relationship with Almighty God?
Is it any wonder that David starts out this personal song of praise with, “I love you, LORD, my strength?” That right there is the heart of a true Christian—we love the LORD our God! He has rescued our souls from sin’s grip and its condemnation. He perished so we that don’t have to perish.
He transports us to heaven! Without fail, He keeps and guards and soothes and affirms. We owe our Savior our souls, and we gladly give them to Him…Him in whom we delight. And how delightful the Triune God of Glory is!
Child of God, call on your precious, all-sufficient LORD in these moments, this day and every day, and find Him to be to you everything David found Him to be. I know I need my LORD to be to me everything He was to King David.
How about you? Do you delight yourself in the LORD so that the shiny things of earth, along with all the threatening troubles of this life grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace?