Psa 18:2-3 (KJV) 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.
Psa 18:3 I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies.
In verse 2, the psalmist names the Lord in 8 different ways.
- My Rock – Something that is stable and secure. Actually, here it means a “Cleft rock”. A place in the rock where one can be hidden from the dangers that lurk nearby. By staying in the protection of the cleft rock, one is protected from the storm.
- My Fortress – Which is a place of having a stronghold. Thereby, abiding in the safety of the “Fortress”, which is built around us. Which allows us to be in the stronghold.
- My Deliverer – The One who “Delivers” me and gives me my escape from the one who wants to capture and control me.
- My God – “El” the name of God which reminds us of His awesome power and might. It’s the part of His name in which promises are made and kept by Him. Especially, with us when we speak what He has called. Then those things which are currently not, are now being called into existence by His name. [El Shaddai – The all-suffient One.]
- My Strength – The firm immovable rock upon which we stand and in the cleft of it we are concealed. This allows us to see His unmeasured strength and awesome ability to protect and provide for us.
- My Buckler – This is the “Shield” that surrounds me. Daily His unmerited favor encamps on my every side and shows me His love and mercy.
- Horn of My Salvation – On some of the strongest animals in the world, we see “Horns”! Which helps them offensively, defensively, or just as a statement of power. As they stand there majestically staring at all who might want to try and subdue them. Jesus has conquered all and is majestically sitting at the Father’s right hand, as the “Horn of our Salvation.”
- My High Tower – Oh praise the Lord! This is the high place of defense and protection! It is located beyond or above the normal reaches of danger.
My friends, the description of God and the psalmist multi-facted titles he has given here in verse 2. Shows us, our God is an awesome God! Especially, in times of trouble, He so desires to help us.
The psalmist David knew Him and His abilities very well. He had seen Him work miracles over and over again, throughout his life. God gave him incredible strength and courage to do things that most people would not have even tried.
Look at the faith and confidence he had in the Lord in verse 3. I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies.
Did you notice the “Praise break” he took in the middle of the verse? Who is worthy to be praised: It’s like he couldn’t even wait to finish what he was saying, before he shouted out a praise offering!
I mean verse 3 would have made sense without it. I will call upon the LORD, so shall I be saved from mine enemies.
It states the psalmist David’s intent and his faith. “I will call upon the LORD,“ and “so shall I be saved”.
But the “Praise break”, shows his heart and love towards God along with his faith. I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies.
Oh, praise the Lord, my friends! When we pray and ask anything of the Lord. Let’s make a joyful noise with heart-felt intentions toward loving and praising Him.
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