Our Strength

Psalm 18:1-2
I will love thee, 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 buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.

Our God is a very multifaceted God.  There are many attributes of Him, and they manifest in different ways.  And when we are trusting in Him, He is all of these things at once.  He is our rock, something solid beneath our feet to keep us from sinking.  He is what we can stand upon out of the waters that threaten to pull us under.  He is our fortress, surrounding the whole of our lives and offering us protection from storms and enemies.  He is that safe place to dwell when everything around is dangerous and frightening, and nothing can penetrate that.

God is our deliverer.  He frees us from bondage.  He saves us from those places where we do get trapped.  He rescues us from captivity and takes us to a better place.  He is our God, the one we can trust, the one we can worship and adore.  He is the one who provides in every situation.  He is the one who loves us and hears us and works in our lives.  He is the sovereign one in control of all things, and there is nothing outside the realm of His command.

God is our strength.  He is the one who will enable victory as He fights on our behalf.  He is the one who will fill us with all of those things we cannot have within ourselves.  He is the one who can never be overcome.  And He is our buckler, our protection.  He is the shield that covers every part of us so we are not exposed to the weapons of our enemies.  He shields our hearts and minds and bodies from those who seek our hurt.

God is the horn of our salvation.  He is the source of our new life.  He is our strong Savior who grants us our redemption.  He is the source of power for our lives, and nothing can ever take that away from us.  And He is our high tower.  He lifts us up to a higher place above our enemies, above the worldly, above the wickedness of this life.  We don’t have to stay mired down in the pits of sin and death and devastation, but we have somewhere to go to rise above all of that.  These depictions of God all emphasize His strength.  So let us remember who we can trust in so absolutely, whose strength never diminishes, and who can keep us safe from any storm, any enemy, and any challenge that comes against us.

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