“I will love thee, 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 buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.” Psalm 18:1-2
David wrote this Psalm of thanksgiving unto the Lord for delivering Him from His enemies. He used many adjectives to describe what God meant to him. He had been pursued by Saul, and at times felt like there was no victory in sight. But he knew that it was God’s plan for him to be king of Israel, that he had been anointed by Samuel for that purpose, and that one day He would sit on the throne. All the things that he was going through were part of God’s plan to prepare him for the task of governing a nation.
When we accept Jesus into our hearts, and determine to live for Him, we are called to be His servant, to work for Him to further His kingdom. Whatever He allows us to face in life, He is preparing us for the place He wants us to fill. He will always be there for us to give us the strength and power we need to do His will.
We can say with David that Jesus is our rock, the strong foundation on which our faith is built. He is our fortress, the place we go for shelter when storms of life arise. He is our deliverer, in times of fear and danger when we call out in prayer. He is our God, one who never fails. He is our strength when we feel we just can’t go on. We trust in Him, because His Word has told us He will never leave us nor forsake us. The word “buckler” means “one that shields and protects”, and surely the Lord is our shield and protector from the attacks of the enemy. He is the horn of our salvation from whom all blessings flow. He is our high tower. He lifts us up above the strife and turmoil of life.
Truly, we have found the Lord to be all these things to us during the past year. Even though we cannot get together to worship, we can have church in our homes, and feel the presence of the Lord as we watch a live stream and enjoy messages from our pastors. As we pray, our prayers can go out across the land, interceding for others.
Prayer: Thank you, Lord Jesus, that you have not changed, you are the same yesterday, today and forever. You are still our rock, our fortress, and our shield. Help us to love you and praise you every day.
Devotion by Anne Johnston