This post was written by Lee Sands and is being posted with his permission for your encouragement and for God’s glory
One of my most favorite books of the Bible is Psalms. Through the years I learned many verses of Scripture from Psalms by singing man songs based on the words from that book. And the very first Scripture I memorized was Psalm 19 many, many years ago when I was in VBS as a youngster!
This past week I was led to read Psalm 18 and for some reason the words seemed to stand out as never before. I will print several verses from the beginning of the Psalm and try to indicate why this time it had special meaning for me. My amplified Bible has this before the words of the Psalm: “David spoke the words of this song to the Lord on the day when the Lord delivered him from the hand of all his enemies and from the hand of Saul.”
Psalm 19:1-3: “I love You fervently and devotedly, O Lord, my Strength. The Lord is my Rock, my Fortress, and my Deliverer; my God, my keen and firm Strength in Whom I will trust and take refuge, my Shield, and the Horn of my salvation, my High Tower. I will call upon the Lord, Who is to be praised; so shall I be saved from my enemies.”
For some reason, this time when I read these words I said to myself that “Yes, that’s Who my Lord is to me!” He is all those words I have underlined in the first two verses of this Psalm. I don’t believe there is any Christian who can truly say that – as I can say – “I have been kept by the power of God!” We all fall short of the person we want to be having made mistakes, wrong decisions, and yes, even sin in our lifetime. And, when we are honest about it, every failure in our lives and each defeat has come when we have sought some earthly fortress rather than our Lord!
Especially in these troubled times, I find myself looking to my God as David did in this Psalm and as Martin Luther stated in his great hymn “A mighty Fortress is my God.” I know of no other shelter that offers the refuge we all need than the High Tower David describes in this Psalm. Then he follows this with the third verse that also speaks to us in these troubled times.
I bet you can remember playing “phone tag” trying to reach someone with an important message. You may get put on hold, or perhaps you have to select a language, or told to leave a message and he/she will get back “as soon as I can!” However, when we need to get through to our God, David assures us that he called upon the Lord and in verse six we’re told that “He heard my voice out of His temple… and my cry came before Him, into His [very] ears.” Yes, through prayer we know He listens because He really is the One who initiates our prayers. He wants us to talk with Him and helps us express our requests. Then He works in our hearts so that we learn to want what He wants us to have. Then He gives us what is best for us!
Oh, there is so much more in Psalm 18. I would hope and pray that you might take time to read and meditate on this whole Psalm in the weeks ahead! I know you will be blessed as I have.