The Bible says in Psalms 18:1, I will love thee, O LORD, my strength. It should be that when something good happens in your life the result is that you recognize Gods involvement. That is what David did. This Psalm is a psalm written after the LORD delivered David from the hand of Saul. The Bible says that every good gift and every perfect gift is from above. Few people will recognize God in their life in response to the bad that happens to them or respond by saying that they will love God. But the truth is that also few will do the same for the good.
Undoubtedly it took a lot of effort, a lot of will, on the part of David to survive all the dangers he had to face while the king of the country in which he lived sought his life. But in the end when David was delivered from his enemies he did not praise himself for his strength of will but he said, I will love thee, O LORD, my strength.
God gave man a will. The will of man is strong. The man of will is so strong that often men find their eternal destinies to be the fires of hell even though God is not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. The lesson learned is this in Psalms 18:1; the purpose of the human will is to love Jesus. Good or bad, failure or success, victory or defeat, life or death, your response should be I will love thee, Jesus. To will implies to give an effort, the uttermost effort of your being. You will know what you love by what you put forth your effort into. David said I will love thee, O LORD. And Jesus said, If ye love me, keep my commandments.
Man is a sinner. You are going to fail. We have all failed to keep Gods commandments. There is none righteous, no not one. Its who sins the least that loves God the most. But it is who is giving the most effort of will. Often it is those that sin the most that love God the most. God is love. We love Him because He first loved us. The question is what will you do? Will you repent of your sins and turn to Jesus? Will you serve Him? Will you love Him? Will you keep his commandments? Will you repent when you fail? After all God will forgive you. God will guide you. God will be your strength. God is not willing that any should perish. We love him because he first loved us. I will love thee, O LORD, my strength.
Sometimes the willingness of a man is dependent upon how much that person knows about another. And that is why to be willing you must know who God is. The very next verse in Psalms 18 gives us great detail about who God is, and it gives for us a great many reasons that we should be willing and be able to say to Jesus, I will love thee. The more that you know about Jesus and what He has done and what He will do for you, the easier it will be for you to love Him.
Psalms 18:2 says, 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. Here in verse 2, eight things are listed. First it says, The LORD is my rock. Of course we know that these verses are referring to Jesus Christ because the word LORD is the Word Jehovah. Jehovah means the eternally existent one or the I am that I am. Jesus said, ..,Before Abraham was, I am. (John 8:58)
In the Bible rock is used a great many times as a symbolism for the LORD Jesus Christ. Rock is a durable substance. It lasts. It endures both time and weather. Buildings are built upon it. In fact the entire earth is covered by a layer of rock scientists call the crust. Without it human life could not exist on this planet. It is no wonder rock is used as a symbolism for Jesus. In Matthew 16:18 Jesus said, Upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
First Corinthians 10:1-4, Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; and were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; And did all eat the same spiritual meat; and did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them and that Rock was Christ. There is an old Hymn which goes, On Christ the solid rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand. Christ is the rock. Do not forget this. Do not underestimate the importance of this truth. If your intention in this life is to say, I will love thee, O LORD, my strength, then you must remember that Jesus is the rock.
Psalms 18, verse 2 goes on to say that The LORD is my fortress. This is another comparison that is found quite a few times in the Bible especially in the book of Psalms. If you are very familiar with the Bible you are probably familiar with these words, The LORD is my fortress.
When we hear the word fortress we think of a stronghold, a castle. This is partly the idea, but there is much more to the meaning than simply a place of safety. The word that is translated here fortress is used elsewhere in the bible to mean snare, net, and hunted. Job 19:6, Know now that God hath overthrown me, and hath compassed me with his net. A fortress is not just a place of safety but it is a place once you are inside you cannot escape from. When you turn to Jesus for salvation from your sins instead of being in the captivity of sin you are brought into the captivity of salvation. Jesus said in John 10: 27-29, My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Fathers hand.
One could almost say that God is casting forth his nets like a snare to capture the souls of men. Of course the devil is doing the same. The one snare leads to eternal damnation and but the snare of God to eternal life. When we think of the words snare and net, we thus think negatively. And rightly so for this is how it is often used. The lusts of the world and of the flesh are snares. Sin is a snare. This is after all what addiction really is: men snared by their own sinful selves and the snares of the devil. Lust and snare and addiction are simply the opposite of how it should be. Jesus should be our snare and our addiction. And the more that you come to know who Jesus is and what Jesus has done and what Jesus is doing for you, the more He will have such irresistible sway in your life that you will say just as Job said, Know now that God hath overthrown me, and hath compassed me with his net. The Lord is a fortress; I will love thee, O Jesus my strength.
Next verse 2 says that the LORD is my deliverer. This word is elsewhere used in the Bible and translated to escape, and to be carried away safe. It means to bring out of a dangerous situation and into one of safety. Jesus is in the business of delivering people and there is no one better at it than Him. There are many dangers to face in life both physically and spiritually. Jesus can deliver you out of them all. Sometimes people are not rescued from their circumstances because they do not look to the one who can deliver them. I am poor and needy, but Jesus is my deliverer.
You can be certain that Jesus is more than able to deliver you from your enemies. Psalms 18:48 says, He delivereth me form mine enemies: yea, thou liftest me up above those that rise up against me: thou hast delivered me from the violent man. When the Israelites, who were but slaves fleeing the country of their slavedom, found themselves trapped between the red sea and all the mighty armies of Egypt, a circumstance which from a human standpoint there was no way of escape, God delivered them. He parted the waters and they escaped to safety because Jesus is the deliverer.
Your greatest enemies, however, are not other men but are the forces of darkness and the temptations of sin. Jesus is more than able to deliver you, to provide a way of escape from these. First Corinthians 10:13, says, There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to ma: but god is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.
Consider Joseph who in the house of Potter was temped. Potters wife was most assuredly a beautiful woman and cast her eyes upon him, and said, Come lay with me. Joseph found a way of escape, He fled. The most assured way to escape and to be delivered from any man or any circumstance is to do the will of God. With God all things are possible. When you find yourself in a situation in which you are in need of rescue you can be certain there is one who is willing to rescue you: Jesus, because Jesus is the Deliverer.
Of course, the greatest deliverance that man needs is deliverance from the judgment of sin. Now here is a circumstance from which there is no escape for man. God is holy, man is a sinner, there must be judgment, and there must be justice. God is the great Deliverer. He sent His only begotten son Jesus to die on the cross for the sins of the world. Without Jesus there can be no escape from death, or judgment or the eternal fires of hell.
Consider one last verse in which this word
deliverer is used. Job 21:10, Their bull gendereth, and faileth not; their
cow calveth, and casteth
not her calf. It is used in reference to the giving of birth. There is
deliverance from sin, suffering, and all that this mortal life contains. This
deliverance is found when a man is born again. That is why Jesus said, except a man be born again, he
cannot see the
The next truth that we learn in Psalms 18:2 is, The LORD is my God.
The name LORD is the word Jehovah. Jehovah means the eternally existent one, the I am that I am. Jehovah is Jesus Christ. Jesus is God. It is impossible to say in all sincerity that you love God unless you love Jesus. You cannot love the Father unless you love the Son. The Bible clearly teaches both in the Old Testament and in the New Testament that Jesus Christ is God.
Consider the phrase, My God. It is a very commonly used phrase. You have probably heard it many times in your life. Sadly most people use it the wrong way. Too often it is used simply as an expression of a curse word. There are no curse words which are more vile than to use the name of God in vain. It is one of the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:7), Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain. Yet people often say, my god. Without giving any thought to what it really means.
What does the word god mean? This word carries with it the idea of strength and power. That is why when it is used in the Bible you find it used in reference to God the Almighty, God the everlasting, God the ruler of heaven and earth, God the all-seeing and all knowing, and Jehovah my God. God is all powerful. There is only one being that is all powerful and that is God.
Who is your God? Your god is who or what you look to for safety, strength, love, joy. Your god is who you submit your will unto. Your god is who or whatever you let have power over you. Why choose any god other than the all Almighty Jesus Christ who died for your sins, the ruler of heaven and earth, the Alpha and the Omega, the great I am? The Lord is my God, I will love thee, O LORD my strength. If only more people would look to the truth then they would not waste their lives and their wills resisting God. It is futile, God is Almighty.
In Psalms 18:2 we are also told that the LORD is my strength. Keep in mind that the LORD here is speaking of Jesus. This brings us back again to Psalms 18 verse 1. I will love thee, O LORD, my strength. Man is weak. God is strong. The philosophies of the world say, look inside yourself to find that inner strength. And what they say is partly true. Man can accomplish a lot if he is determined.
But the will of man of itself is not enough to overcome sin and temptation and to endure the sufferings of this life by faith. One must look to Jesus for strength. It is human nature to favor the strong over the weak. That is why men tend to admire those who win first place in a competition: be it war, or sport. Just remember the one who is stronger than any other is Jesus. Jesus overcomes all. Jesus conquers all. If you want to learn the true meaning of strength, you can only learn it by trusting in Jesus and leaning on Him for strength. I am weak, but He is strong.
Sometimes the troubles of life or even a mans own failures have a way of breaking his will. To truly make use of the full potential and strength of the human will you must turn to Jesus. Turn to Jesus and you will find strength. I will love thee O LORD my strength.
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