Psalm 18 NLT
1 I love you, LORD; you are my strength.
2 The LORD is my rock, my fortress, and my savior; my God is my rock, in whom I find protection.
He is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety.
3 I called on the LORD, who is worthy of praise, and he saved me from my enemies. …
28 You light a lamp for me.
The LORD, my God, lights up my darkness.
29 In your strength I can crush an army; with my God I can scale any wall.
30 God’s way is perfect.
All the LORD’s promises prove true.
He is a shield for all who look to him for protection.
31 For who is God except the LORD? Who but our God is a solid rock?
32 God arms me with strength, and he makes my way perfect.
33 He makes me as surefooted as a deer, enabling me to stand on mountain heights.
34 He trains my hands for battle;
he strengthens my arm to draw a bronze bow.
35 You have given me your shield of victory. Your right hand supports me;
your help has made me great.
36 You have made a wide path for my feet to keep them from slipping.
Let’s look at some of the metaphors (comparisons) David uses in this psalm. God is his rock, his fortress, his shield, his lamp, and his right hand. Most of these comparisons have to do with strength, the ability to survive. David was a king and a warrior, so physical strength was extremely important to him. The lamp would give a person the ability to see around them, and even what may lie ahead. The right hand is a sign of personal help the way we reach out to help someone who is about to slip and fall.
I want you to think about what God has done for you over the years. Really take some time to think about this.
- Has God given you the inner strength to face a difficult time?
- Has prayer, God and the Holy Spirit helped you make a good/right decision?
- Has there ever been a time when you were struggling, and you sensed God’s presence and love for you?
Right now, I want you to pray and thank God for the support you have received from him in the answers to those questions.
If by any chance, you like poetry, I want you to try something. The psalms were poems written by various authors. Remember David was a shepherd who wasn’t afraid to take on Goliath. He was a king who was creating the borders of his country and he led his army into battle many times. But he was also a poet. I don’t know what life experiences or abilities you have, but I want you to try to be a poet. Write a 4 line poem thanking God for helping you. You can start with David’s opening line:
“I love you, LORD, you are my strength”