David lived a life devoted and grateful to the Lord. He wrote this Psalm after God delivered him from Saul and David’s other enemies. It was indeed no small task. Saul spread lies and devoted massive resources to the undoing of David and his mighty men. David hid in the rocks and caves, ran from country to country to avoid the wrath of Saul. There were so many days that the Lord hid the young king when his enemies were only a short distance away.
In all the years of being on the lamb, David learned that God would both protect and provide for him. It was never as easy as David would have liked, and the trials often left David at the end of his rope. Still, hanging by a thread, David never lost his heart for God. He prayed without ceasing, and he kept focused on God’s promise of deliverance to his anointed King.
David started this song by expressing his grateful heart at God’s response to David’s plea. God came as an avenging warrior on David’s behalf. God was neither passive nor indifferent, instead, He came as a Father caring for His beloved and endangered child. God was enraged and engaged at the deliverance and restoration of David.
We need to understand that God is as enraged and engaged for us when we face attack. God hears our cries. The Lord will meet our needs and restore us, as we follow His plan. Like David, we will face days that feel like the end, but if we will continue to trust and follow the Lord, He will make all things right.
We, like David, will one day stand and sing with great joy at God’s deliverance and restoration in our own lives. We need only follow the Lord’s plan humbly and faithfully to see God sweep in and complete His mighty work.
God Bless You
I love you, Lord, my strength.
2 The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer;
my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge,
my shield[b] and the horn[c] of my salvation, my stronghold.
3 I called to the Lord, who is worthy of praise,
and I have been saved from my enemies.
4 The cords of death entangled me;
the torrents of destruction overwhelmed me.
5 The cords of the grave coiled around me;
the snares of death confronted me.
6 In my distress I called to the Lord;
I cried to my God for help.
From his temple he heard my voice;
my cry came before him, into his ears.
7 The earth trembled and quaked,
and the foundations of the mountains shook;
they trembled because he was angry.
8 Smoke rose from his nostrils;
consuming fire came from his mouth,
burning coals blazed out of it.
9 He parted the heavens and came down;
dark clouds were under his feet.
10 He mounted the cherubim and flew;
he soared on the wings of the wind.
11 He made darkness his covering, his canopy around him—
the dark rain clouds of the sky.
12 Out of the brightness of his presence clouds advanced,
with hailstones and bolts of lightning.
13 The Lord thundered from heaven;
the voice of the Most High resounded.[d]
14 He shot his arrows and scattered the enemy,
with great bolts of lightning he routed them.
15 The valleys of the sea were exposed
and the foundations of the earth laid bare
at your rebuke, Lord,
at the blast of breath from your nostrils.