“The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.” Psalm 18.2
There are so many word pictures in this verse. Let’s see if we can put a face on them that will help us appreciate and love our God more.
(1)The LORD is my rock – when I think of a rock like what David is referring to here, I think of the Rock of Gibraltar. An insurance company has built their reputation on that word picture. When you think of a rock that size, would you FEEL secure just standing on it?
(2) The LORD is my fortress – I remember building a fortress out of snow when I was a kid. That was fun. But when I think of the LORD as my fortress and I link His omnipotence with that picture, no oncoming foe can defeat me.
(3) The LORD is my deliverer – remember those times as a kid when we used to say, “My dad can beat up your dad”? We felt pretty safe when we knew dad would watch out for us. As a Christ follower, I can get myself into some pretty tough spots. But the LORD is my DELIVERER.
(4) The LORD is my God – think about Paul’s statement in Philippians 4.19 where he says, “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” Can you envision David and Paul saying, “He’s MY God, who is yours?” This God is THE God and He is OUR God.
(5) The LORD is my strength – do you remember what it is like to fail? And do you remember doing something for God at which you thought you might fail, but didn’t? That is when God was YOUR strength.
(6) The LORD is the One in whom I will trust – everyone else around me may fail me, and leave me desperate, BUT the Lord is my Strength. He is THERE just when we need Him most.
(7) The LORD is my buckler – we have looked at word in the past. It means He is the One who protects or shields me when I am under Satan’s attack. He is the PERFECT defender.
(8) The LORD is the horn of my salvation – have you ever heard someone say, “You can hang your hat on that” meaning it was a sure thing? All of the other characteristics at which we have looked can be hung on the horn of our salvation because IT is a sure thing.
(9) The LORD is my high tower – a high tower in David’s day was a rock tower built out of the ricks from land that was cleared for crops. It was placed in the middle of the field so if an enemy or a charging animal were to attack someone, he/she could run to that high (strong) tower and find protection.
Let’s face it folks. God is EVERYTHING that we will ever need. Just my thoughts …