"The LORD is my rock..."
Day 127 – Psalm 18
“The LORD is my rock…” Psalm 18:1
WHY DID DAVID SPEAK OF GOD AS HIS “ROCK”?
Imageries must be understood carefully, especially with reference to the author’s personal perspective. To some, the idea of God as a Rock may not be very appealing, but to David, the Lord being his Rock had great significance.
THE ROCK OF ESCAPE
The use of the word “rock” may well be traced back to a time when David narrowly escaped death in the wilderness of Maon. God wonderfully delivered David from being killed by King Saul.
“So they called that place the Rock of Escape.”
1 Samuel 23:28b
It was at this place that David experienced in a special way how God saved him. It was not the physical locale that saved him. It was the Lord who had been his Rock of Escape!
DISCOVERING MANY MORE THINGS ABOUT THE LORD
David went on to discover many more things about this great Lord of his! As he thought about who God was a slew of thoughts came to his mind readily. He had found his “first love” for the Lord.
“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.”
What do these thoughts represent? Let us ponder the following suggestions.
1. David’s experiential knowledge of God
a) These words were not academic (theoretical).
b) These words represented his personal experience with God.
2. An expression of loving adoration of God
a) David’s love for the Lord grew significantly (understandably so).
b) Each experience of the Lord’s hand of protection and deliverance deepened this love.
What a great challenge we have to deepen our love for the Lord!