- The Heart Revealed
- The Foundation Revealed
- More Blocks of The Foundation
- The Rest of the Foundation
- What Does It Mean to Call Upon God?
- The Surety that God Hears our Prayers
- The Answer of Our Prayers by God
- My Practice Before God – Part One
- My Practice Before God – Part Two
- Who is it That God Reveals Himself To?
- What God Does for His People
- Who is God?
- The Actions of God and the Results to Me – Part One
- The Actions of God and the Results to Me – Part Two
- The Actions of God and the Results to Me – Part Three
- The Actions of God and the Results to Me – Part Four
- The Actions of God and the Results to Me – Part Five
- The Actions of God and the Results to Me – Part Six
- The Actions of God and the Results to Me – Part Seven
- The Actions of God and the Results to Me – Part Eight
- The Actions of God and the Results to Me – Part Nine
- Praises to God – Part One
- Praises to God – Part Two
(Psalms 18:2) “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.”
David proceeds with his description of the Foundation of his love for Jehovah in the text verse. David’s love for God is identified to be in Who God is, as described by the list in (Ps. 18:1-2). Here David enumerates the Nature of and the Characteristics of God based on his Divine Revelation of Who God is. The Security, Confidence, and Assurance of the child of God concerning who God is, is based upon the revelation by God, to the child of God, by the Holy Spirit. Then, David’s writing comes not only through the direct inspiration of the Holy Spirit; but also, through God giving this revelation of Who God is to David himself.
Therefore, not only was David a conduit through which the Holy Spirit used David to pen down the exact Words of God; it was also made personal to David by the Holy Spirit that Jehovah was David’s God. The list provided by David in (Ps. 18:1-2) is only made up of words of description, and are not personal to the reader – unless God the Spirit makes this personal to the reader through regeneration and conversion to the sinner by the power of the Holy Spirit.
First, David called Jehovah, “…my Strength.” Secondly, he calls Jehovah, “…my Rock.” Thirdly, David calls Jehovah, “…my Fortress.” Fourthly, David calls Jehovah, “…my deliverer.” Fifthly, David calls Jehovah, “…my God.” Now, David calls Jehovah, “…my Strength.”
The Sixth Block of the Foundation: “…my strength, in Whom I will trust …”
The Hebrew Word translated “strength” in verse 2 is (H6697), tsûr. From (H6696); properly a cliff (or sharp rock, as compressed); generally, a rock or boulder; figuratively a refuge. David began his description of the Foundation (God) in verse one with “strength.” However, in verse one, the Holy Spirit used a different Hebrew word, H2391, khay’-zek. From H2388; which means help: – strength.
But, as noted above, the Hebrew word that the Holy Spirit uses in verse 2 translated “strength” by the KJV, is a different word. The focus in verse one “strength” is “help”; but, in verse 2, the word “strength” focuses on the strength of a solid foundation, as that of a physical rock, or boulder, gives to the one standing on the rock. But, praise God, Christ is “That Rock”; and His children are made to stand on the Rock forever and ever as believers in Christ. Christ is God; and He is the Sum Total of the Promises of God; for He was God in the flesh as the believer’s Sacrifice, Substitute and Savior – proven in His Bodily Resurrection from the grave (Rom. 1:4). And He has won the Race, and is within the Vail, even on His Throne in Heaven.
David is like Job (Job 13:15-16a) and like Jesus (Heb. 2:13); which their confession was, “…in Whom I will trust…” (My Confidence; My Hope; My Refuge).
When the believer comes through Revelation and Regeneration by the Holy Spirit; and comes to the place in his life that he gives himself completely in body, soul, and spirit to the entire leadership of Christ – then, and only then, will the believer say, “…I will love thee, O LORD…” Christ is Love; and when a person has had the love of God shed abroad in his heart by the Holy Ghost (Rom. 5:5c); then he has the ability to love God with his all.
The Seventh Block of the Foundation: “…my buckler…”
This Hebrew word is “H4043 meg-in-naw’ From H1598; a shield (that is, the small one or buckler); figuratively a protector; also, the scaly hide of the crocodile: – X armed, buckler, defense, ruler, + scale, shield.” Therefore, David described God as, The Foundation, My Buckler or My Shield; The One Who protects and defends me from all my enemies and preserves me from the deception of the flesh and from the lies of this wicked world (Ps. 91:1-7).
Believer, all believers in Christ have Christ as their Protector; even their Shield from all enemies; even from their own flesh and its wicked desires.
The Eighth Block of the Foundation: “…and the horn of my salvation…”
The Hebrew Word translated as “the horn” is, keh’-ren From H7160; a horn (as projecting); by resemblance an elephant’s tooth (that is, ivory), a peak (of a mountain), a ray (of light); figuratively power: – X hill, horn.
That is, Jehovah (God), is as a horn projecting out from an animal to fight the enemy of that animal; a means of defense; a means of protection. Jehovah is the “horn” for the child of God to push, scatter, and destroy the enemy of the believer in Christ; and thus, is the Savior. Luke records the word of Zacharias, the father of John the Baptist in (Lk. 1:69), “And hath raised up an horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David;” which directed pointed to the coming of Jesus Christ.
Praise God, child of Grace, our Horn of Protection is Our Savior, Jesus Christ.
The Ninth Block of the Foundation: “… and my high tower.”
This Hebrew word H4869 miśgâb mis-gawb’ translated, “high tower,” is From H7682; properly a cliff (or other lofty or inaccessible place); figuratively a refuge; high fort (tower).
(Pro 18:10) “The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.” Here David said. “The name of the LORD is a strong tower.” The Name of the LORD is a safe place for the righteous; they run into It, and are then out of the reach of every enemy of God. The phrase “Name of the LORD” stands for all that God is; for God is the Creator, Controller, and Consummator. As these things, God is Omnipotent (or all power on earth and in heaven); He is Omniscience (all knowledge); and Omnipresent (He is everywhere).
David adds in (2 Sa. 22:3), “…and my refuge, my saviour; thou savest me from violence.” The word “refuge” means an escape, a place to flee, flight, refuge. Therefore, David’s Strong Tower is his “refuge”, “Savior”; and as such He “savest” David from all “violence.”
(Ps. 18:1-2) describes the Foundation of David’s Love for the LORD. The nine epithets, or descriptions, of Who God is reveals the completeness of safety in Jehovah for the child of God. It reveals the Plan of God to deliver His people from their enemies, and to be the place of the believer’s security from all danger.
David’s phrase, “I will love thee, O LORD,” reveals David’s knowledge of his position in God. David loved God not for what God could do for him; but, because the Holy Spirit had revealed to his spirit Who God is, and his relationship to the only True and Living God, Jehovah, his Savior.
Many who profess Jesus Christ as Savior, only confess Him because of what He can do for them, not because they know of their relationship as son in Him and Who God is by the work of regeneration and conversion by the Holy Spirit in them. A sinner cannot love God unless The Holy Spirit of God sheds the love of God abroad in the sinner’s heart (Rom. 5:5c).
Reader, these devotions are not just words to take up space; but, these words were written and submitted to the souls that are seeking to unload the guilt of sin by seeing that their only Hope is Jesus Christ. By confessing to Him that they are sinners in His sight; they come to confess (or acknowledge): that Jesus Christ is their personal Sacrifice for their sin debt. That Christ is their Substitute, Who stood in their place and paid the ransom price for their Salvation and Deliverance from the price of eternal death or total separation from God for all eternity; even the second death in hell. And that Christ is their personal Savior that set them free from the penalty of sin; from the punishment of sin for all eternity; from the power of sin; and from the practice of sin.
(Rom 10:9) “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”
(Rom 10:10) “For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation”.