Thursday, February 7, 2013
Verse for Today - Psalm 18:1 How We Ought to Think of God
"I love you, Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold."
Read all of Psalm 18
Psalm 18 begins with this preface... which is part of the inspired text:
"To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David the servant of the Lord, who spoke to the Lord the words of this song on the day that the Lord delivered him from the hand of all his enemies and from the hand of Saul. And he said:...."
In other words the Psalm is a memorial to his escape from his enemies. Notice he doesn't give himself the credit... his cunning, speed, agility or strength. Even though he may have had those, he gives credit to God.
He begins with words of affection... even love. "I love you, LORD, my strength." His words are (as are ours) a reflection of his heart. He recognizes that God's grace has brought him safe thus far and rightly says so.
This leads into a string of affirmations that further describes David's understand of God. This is valuable for us to think about, because God doesn't change. As He was David's God, He has become our God. Just think... He is our rock, our fortress, and our deliverer. Through the Gospel of Jesus Christ, we find protection and a sure place of safety. Nothing in all creation can loosen His grip upon those who come to Him with sincere faith. In Christ, the promise has become reality.
Remember Romans 8:38,39 "For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord."