The introduction to this Psalm lets us know that God had delivered David from the hands of his enemies, especially King Saul. As a result of the Lord’s miraculous works, David wrote this song of praise. Today, I want to focus your attention on the word “my”. As we all go about our day let us think about all of the things that God is to us and all the blessings He has given us.
Some of these things listed for us need no explanation and some of the terms may be unfamiliar. I am going to share with you what comes to my heart as I read each of these.
My Strength — David mentions “strength” twice and the second time he adds “in whom I will trust”. We must trust His strength and not our own.
My Rock — “Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.” He is above all of our trouble and a place of strength and safety for us in time of need.
My Fortress — “a large, fortified place that can be defended from attack” In Psalm 18:19, David said the Lord brought him into a “large place”.
My Deliverer — Our Heavenly Father is in the delivering business. He saved our souls and then constantly delivers us from all harm. He is our complete safety.
My God — “He that cometh to God must believe that He is.” “I am the Lord, and there is none else, there is no God beside me.”
My Buckler — “a small round shield worn on the left arm, held by a handle at arm’s length” The buckler speaks of the personal and intimate aspect of our God’s protection. It was used in hand to hand combat when the enemy was up close and personal. God protects us from the big and general dangers, but He also protects us from the small, personal, and specific ones as well.
My Salvation — He is our salvation. The only way to be delivered from the power, penalty, and presence of sin is to accept His salvation provided to us by Jesus Christ.
My High Tower — “The name of the Lord is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into and are safe.”
As you think about this list found in Psalm 18, I hope your heart is filled with wonder and praise and you can say, “My, my, my, what a great God I serve!!!
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