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. I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised; so shall I be saved from my enemies. Psalm 18:1-3 NKJV
David is responding to God’s marvelous love.
David’s early years were spent protecting and providing for his sheep. He put himself between them and deadly predators. He lived with them. His presence made them feel safe and secure. David’s relationship with his sheep mirrored his relationship with God.
God was David’s strength all the days of his life. The Lord was with David when he protected his sheep from wild animals. Those encounters prepared him for battle with Goliath. David killed the great man of war and led Israel to victory over the Philistines.
David wrote of the loving-kindness and grace of God. He experienced God’s grace and loving-kindness in the years of solitude and communion with the Lord. His tender care for his sheep reflected God’s loving care for him.
David experienced the mercy and forgiveness of God. He received God’s forgiveness without abusing the Lord’s mercy.
David used words and terms associated with war when describing his relationship with God. He knew it was the Lord who gave him victory over his enemies.
In his strength weapons tactics and the natural fortifications on the field of battle David saw the hand of God. He knew the best way to go into battle was obedience and faith in God.
We may never have the kind of enemies David had. We are surrounded by them as surely as David was!
In the unseen realm the forces of evil wage war against our souls. The world system eats away at our faith in Jesus one bite at a time. Our spirit seeks to soar with God while our sinful nature weighs us down. The devil waits in ambush as we live in faith for Jesus!
The best way for us to go into battle today is obedience and faith in God!
Has God’s love impacted you the way it impacted David? If not seek the solitude where you can best communion with Him. Have you learned to receive God’s forgiveness without abusing His mercy? Take the time to thank God for His forgiveness and mercy.
Do you give God the glory for your greatest victories? You should. It is because of God’s love and mercy that you have accomplished all you have done!
Respond to the Lord’s marvelous love the way David did. Live your life by faith in Jesus one day at a time. Tell other people about God’s grace and loving-kindness!
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