God is My Defense

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.

Psalm 18:1-2

These verses are probably in my top 10 favorite Bible verses. There is just so much power and encouragement in it.

This psalm of David was written on the day the Lord delivered David from the hand of his enemies, so he starts the psalm with praise.

So often when we pray, we begin with the needs and the wants, we should always give praise first. God has given us so much, and if He has given you a blessing or answer to prayer, give thanks.

Or, begin with praise as David did.

I will love you, O Lord, my strength

David knew where his strength came from, it came from God. Over 15 times David calls the Lord his strength, twice in our verses today. He then goes onto describe the Lord in many different ways. He is describing what the Lord was to him and what the Lord can be to us.

David first calls the Lord his rock…

The Lord is my rock…

Rocks can be massive, unmoving, solid objects. God is unchanging, and we can cling to Him, He is our unmoving rock.

Next, David calls the Lord his fortress.

…and my fortress

A fortress can be one of two things; the first is a place of defense. Back in the early days of man until the 1800s, castles, and fortresses were built with defense in mind, kings, nobles, and other higher authorities knew that one day an enemy might attack and they needed to be ready for it. Just like the rocks, the fortress’ was solid and unmoving and had the best defense.

A fortress can also be a place of refuge and safety. Both God can be to us, we can take refuge in His loving arms, and God can be our defense.

Romans 8:31 says

…If God is for us, who can be against us?

David goes on to say

My God, my strength, in whom I will trust…

That is one thing of many that stick out to me in these verses, David says ‘I will’ I will love you, O Lord.

In whom I will trust. David doesn’t say ‘in whom I might trust’ or ‘in whom I hope I can trust’, he said I will.

David put his whole faith in God, he trusted God for everything. Why is that so difficult for us today, to simply trust God in all things and have no doubts.

We don’t say ‘I will’ we often say ‘I hope’. I hope God is going to take care of us, I hope God knows…

There is such a big difference between the word I hope and I will. The words ‘I hope’ say that we are not certain of an outcome. But the words ‘I will’ are an action, an act of faith.

Which one sounds better; I hope I can trust God, or I will trust God in all things?

We can trust God in all things, David knew he could, he saw countless times firsthand how he could trust God in all things, and trust that God was going to take care of him.

When David was just a teenager he faced a giant. 1 Samuel 17 tells the story of David and Goliath; Goliath was a giant, from the knowledge we get from the Bible, Goliath was around nine feet tall.

And little David was the only one willing to face the giant. His choice of weapon was a sling and five stones. He faced the giant and trusted God that He could take care of him, and help him defeat the enemy Goliath. With his sling and just one stone, David defeated the giant. He trusted and displayed an amazing act of faith. If God can help David defeat a giant, we can trust God in all things and have faith in all things.

 David ends the second verse with…

…My shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

A shield is another defensive object, like the fortress. The shield is something that protects you from the enemy and from oncoming objects that might harm you. And the Lord God is our shield, is that not amazing?

If you were, to sum up each word David used to describe God, it would be a defense. God is our defense, He will shield us, and can be the rock to which we cling.

 Another thing that stands out to me in these verses, is when David described what the Lord was to him, was that he claimed each title. My shield. My strength. My rock.

We can claim it too, and when we do, we have no reason to worry or fear, because the Lord is

My strength

My rock

My shield

My stronghold

In whom I WILL trust.