Knowing Christ in Psalm 18 (part 1 of 2)

Psalm 18:1-19

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.
I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised;
So shall I be saved from my enemies.

Look at the names David has for the Lord:

My strength
My rock
My fortress
My deliverer
My God
My shield
The horn of my salvation
My stronghold

Is there any safer place for the Christian than with God? Jesus didn’t think so. He said:

“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.” John 10:27-30

This doesn’t mean the enemy won’t try. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy (John 10:10). And he always seems to come when we aren’t looking for him…

The pangs of death surrounded me,
And the floods of ungodliness made me afraid.
The sorrows of Sheol surrounded me;
The snares of death confronted me.

When the enemy attacks, where does David run? David runs to his fortress, to his shield, to his deliverer…

In my distress I called upon the Lord,
And cried out to my God;
He heard my voice from His temple,
And my cry came before Him, even to His ears.

David trusts in God’s ability to rescue and save, even when the odds seem overwhelming. Romans 8:31 says “If God is for us, who can be against us?” If we truly see God as our refuge, when the enemy attacks we will know we are safe with Him and we can pray like David…

When the pangs of death surround me, the Lord is my strength
When the floods of ungodliness make me afraid, the Lord is my rock
When the sorrows of Sheol surround me, the Lord is my fortress
When the snares of death confront me, I put my trust in the Lord
In my distress I call upon the Lord, for He is my shield
I cry out to my God, for my salvation comes from Him
Because the Lord is worthy to be praised, He hears my voice from His temple
My cry comes before Him, even to His ears, and I will be saved from my enemies

God saves His people. God punishes His enemies. The wrath that came against Egypt and the wrath that came against Sodom and Gomorrah will one day come against all those who rebel against Him…and it will be terrifying.

Then the earth shook and trembled;
The foundations of the hills also quaked and were shaken,
Because He was angry.
Smoke went up from His nostrils,
And devouring fire from His mouth;
Coals were kindled by it.
He bowed the heavens also, and came down
With darkness under His feet.
And He rode upon a cherub, and flew;
He flew upon the wings of the wind.
He made darkness His secret place;
His canopy around Him was dark waters
And thick clouds of the skies.
From the brightness before Him,
His thick clouds passed with hailstones and coals of fire.
The Lord thundered from heaven,
And the Most High uttered His voice,
Hailstones and coals of fire.
He sent out His arrows and scattered the foe,
Lightnings in abundance, and He vanquished them.
Then the channels of the sea were seen,
The foundations of the world were uncovered
At Your rebuke, O Lord,
At the blast of the breath of Your nostrils.

In the day of wrath, God will be a shield, a rock, a fortress, a stronghold for His people because He is their deliverer and their salvation…

He sent from above, He took me;
He drew me out of many waters.
He delivered me from my strong enemy,
From those who hated me,
For they were too strong for me.
They confronted me in the day of my calamity,
But the Lord was my support.
He also brought me out into a broad place;
He delivered me because He delighted in me.

Let me repeat that last verse again…

He delivered me because He delighted in me.

Delighted?
In me?!
In you?!

How quickly the world robs us from resting in this joyous and mysterious truth! I pray for the day that all of our hearts, minds, and souls fully rest in the knowledge that the Lord is delighted in His people (Psalm 149:4).

Delighted in you.
Delighted in me.

Christian, before the foundations of the world, God set His affections on you. You were predestined for adoption as children of God and redeemed by the blood of Jesus Christ (Ephesians 1:4-8). And He who is the author of your faith and began a good work in you is faithful to see it through and perfect it (Hebrews 12:2; Philippians 1:6).

“Why Jehovah should delight in us is an answerless question, and a mystery which angels cannot solve; but that he does delight in his beloved is certain, and is the fruitful root of favours as numerous as they are precious. Believer, sit down, and inwardly digest the instructive sentence now before us, and learn to view the uncaused love of God as the cause of all the lovingkindness of which we are the partakers.” Charles Spurgeon

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