Thursday, June 23, 2011

Our Solid Rock (Psalm 18:1-7)

Ps 18:1-7 I love you, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge. He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. 3 I call to the Lord, who is worthy of praise, and I am saved from my enemies...... 16He reached down from on high and took hold of me; he drew me out of deep waters. 17 He rescued me from my powerful enemy, from my foes, who were too strong for me. 18 They confronted me in the day of my disaster, but the Lord was my support. 19 He brought me out into a spacious place; he rescued me because he delighted in me. 

David declares his love for the Lord who is the strength of his life. He lists three main reasons for doing so:

1. "The Lord is my rock": The Lord is a solid foundation upon which he builds his life. The Lord is not an optional "extra" added to make life more bearable and comfortable. Rather, it is the very foundation for all his thoughts, words and deeds. In the same way, NT believers build their lives upon the foundation of the Lord Jesus Christ: "For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ" (1 Cor 3:11). Our confidence in life is not based on our knowledge, or our money, or our power but in the Lord who alone has all knowledge, riches and power. We can live with confidence because we put our faith in the only foundation that never fails - no matter how the economy performs or the state of the finances we are in.

2. "my fortress": Not only is the Lord a sure foundation to stand upon, He is also the fortress that surrounds us and keeps us safe from the attacks of the enemy of our soul. We can live in security, not in fear because no evil can touch us. Instead of looking to the Government to protect us from harms, we should be looking to the Lord to be our protector wherever we go in His name. In order that He can be our strong fortress we have to stay close to Him.

3. "my deliverer": However, when through our willful disobedience or careless mistakes, we get into troubles, we can look to the Lord as our deliverer to get us out of difficult situations. He will rescue us out of our pits and restore our confidence and security in Him. David repeated the same three ideas (Hebrew poetic parallelism) in the next verse when he declares that (1) "God is my rock" - my sure foundation; (2) "my shield" - 
my protector (3) "horn of my salvation" - my deliverer. 

God is indeed worthy not only of our praise but also of our undying love for He first loved us. 

Father, thank You for Your lavishing love upon Your children--even those who have not acknowledged You for You rain and shine on the righteous and unrighteous. But those who put their trust in You experience Your special favour and delight. Amen.

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