Message of the Day: Loving God From Our Innermost Being!
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:
“I will love You, 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 shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.” (Psalam 18:1-2, NKJV)
David wrote this psalm after years of running from Saul, when he had become king and had the kingdom firmly established and reached the height of power. He had conquered all his enemies and now controlled all the country from Egypt to the Euphrates. He attributed it all to God, his Strength, Rock, Fortress, Deliverer, Support, Refuge, Shield, Horn, Stronghold.
“Rock” is a common poetic figure for God symbolizing His unfailing strength as a fortress, refuge, or as deliverer. It is a figure particularly appropriate for David’s experience, for the Lord was his true security. David declares his love for God and thanking God for hearing his prayers and saving him from death at the hands of his enemies.
Love always subsists on motive and reason. The verb (I will love) suggests “to love with all the tender feelings of nature.” David declares, “From my innermost being will I love the Lord.” Not merely because he was infinitely great and good, possessed of all possible perfections, but because he was good to him.
He enumerates some of the many blessings he received from the Lord. We can also consider the following as reasons why we should love God. First, He is David’s strength. The Lord has given David power over his adversaries, and has enabled him to avoid evil and do good. He is our strength and he will cause us to avoid evil and do good. He is our stronghold. Second, He is David’s rock. As mentioned above, rock signifies strength, fortress and refuge. God is our rock of protection! Third, the Lord is David’s deliverer. When he was surrounded by his enemies, the Lord made a way for his escape. The Lord always provides a way out for us. Lastly, the Lord is David’s horn of salvation. Horn was the emblem of power. The “horn of salvation” means a powerful, efficient salvation. God is our powerful savior!
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