Loving the Lord in Lockdown 3! – The Lord my shield, my salvation and my stronghold
Psalm 18:1-3; 17-19; 30-31, 35-36, 46-50
David had been under constant attack. As he looks back he praises God. We are looking forward to a return to ‘normality’. It will be a time of celebration. We will feel similar to how David felt in Psalm 18. David was thankful to God for bringing him through.
- The Lord my shield. The Lord was David’s shield against attack. Saul had used every weapon and tactic he could think of against David – he had thrown physical spears at him, he had tried to control and manipulate him, he had turned his friends against him, he tried to ambush him, he spread lies and false accusations against him, he set his whole army against him and tried to kill him, he turned David’s name into a swear word in Israel. David knew that he could not have survived without the Lord his God being his shield. There is no better shield than God Himself. Do you have the Lord as your shield? God is our shield, but in order for that shield to be effective we have to shelter behind Him.
- The Lord my salvation. David was writing long before Jesus was born. He was writing about that God, the Lord, had saved him from his enemies. He was not saying that he, David, had saved himself, but that the Lord had saved him. He was not saying ‘look at me’, but he was saying ‘look at what God has done’. He was saying that without God he was nothing. The horn was a symbol of strength. David was saying the Lord is my God of strength. God has not changed. He still has power to save – Romans 1:16; Luke 1:69. Jesus is the same horn today.
- The Lord my stronghold. The word for ‘Stronghold’ is used 3 times in the Old Testament. A stronghold was a place of safety and refuge. When we sin we can flee to God. When we are accused we can flee to God. When we are attacked we can flee to God.