Fortress & Strength
Psalm 18:1-6 (NRSV)-
1 I love you, O Lord, my strength. 2 The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer, my God, my rock in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. 3 I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised, so I shall be saved from my enemies. 4 The cords of death encompassed me; the torrents of perdition assailed me; 5 the cords of Sheol entangled me; the snares of death confronted me. 6 In my distress I called upon the Lord; to my God I cried for help. From his temple he heard my voice, and my cry to him reached his ears.
We do not have to go to war to feel like we are stuck in a never-ending battle.
Maybe you are fighting for hours at work while the bills keep piling up. Maybe you are fighting for your marriage or long-standing friendships. Or, maybe you are fighting a health challenge that seems impossible to overcome.
Often, life’s battles seem insurmountable, and we do not feel like we have the strength to make it through. David, the writer of Psalm 18, knows that feeling well.
Before David wrote the 18th Psalm, he was fighting for his life. King Saul had set out to kill him and appeared to have everything on his side- weapons, warriors, and wealth. But, David had God on his side, and knew his power was more than enough.
Given that God’s power and might were on David’s side, he writes, “The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer, my God, my rock in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.”
As David’s rock, fortress, and deliverer, God did all of the work necessary to defeat Saul. And, David’s only responsibility was to listen to God, obey his commands, and trust him to take care of the rest.
The same God who fought for David is fighting for us today. And, when we call upon the Lord in our distress, he hears us and moves on our behalf. However, in our eagerness to get past the pain, we can be quick to act and slow to listen.
Today, like David, rather than rushing into action, let’s slowdown and listen to God, knowing that he is our fortress and our strength.
Father God, thank you for fighting on our behalf. Thank you for moving and acting on our behalf. And, thank you for your deliverance and protection. Given your protection and action, please teach us that you are our defender, deliver, fortress, rock, and strength. In the strength of Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen!