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. I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies (Ps. 18:2-3).

These verses are an awesome testimony to how David felt about the Lord. David, even at a young age, had seen God work in and through his life. David truly knew of what God was capable. And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth (Rev. 19:6).

David had seen God work in these ways in his life. God had been a defender for him as he faced the lion and the bear as a simple shepherd that was protecting his family's flock. Not only did God protect David, He gave David the victory over the beasts.

David had seen God work in these ways in his life. God had been a defender for him as he faced the lion and the bear as a simple shepherd that was protecting his family's flock. Not only did God protect David, He gave David the victory over the beasts. But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed (James 1:25).

David not only had experienced God's empowerment in battle, but he knew all about God's hand of protection. King Saul had wanted David dead because of the jealousy he felt over the people's love for David. He hunted David with all that was at his disposal. The Lord guided David continually throughout this time. God kept David out of Saul's reach until Saul was killed in battle.

God had a plan for David to rule over all of I srael. Therefore, He protected David and kept him safe for the task that was ahead. David never abused this protection by rushing foolishly into battles before he sought God's Will. He understood the great gift of God's protection and honored it by preserving it forever here in God's Word. Likewise, we too are protected by our faith in Christ.

Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked (Eph. 6:16).

Thought for Today:

The Word of God is like precious treasure ready to enrich one's life.

Word Studies:

18:2 horn of my salvation, my strong deliverer; 18:26 froward (first use), crooked; froward (second use), opposed; 18:45 close places, fortresses or strongholds; 22:5 confounded, put to shame; 22:7 shoot out the lip, ridicule, hurl insults; 22:17 tell, count.

Christ Revealed:

As the One to whom the Psalms refer when they speak of the nails that pierced His hands and feet on the cross and the parting of His clothing (Ps. 22:16,18). When they had crucified Him, they parted His garments, casting lots upon them, what every man should take (Mark 15:24; also Matt. 27:35; Luke 23:34; John 19:18).

Prayer Needs:

Pray for Internet Radio: Sponsored by Mrs. Wallace B. Rummel • Government Officials: Sen. Carl Levin (MI), Rep. Donna Edwards (MD), Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (PA), and Rep. Ed Pastor (AZ) • Country: Mauritania (2.6 million) in western Africa • Major language: Hasaniya Arabic • Islamic state with no mission work allowed • 99+% Muslim (predominantly Sunni); .2% Christian (predominantly foreigners) • Prayer Suggestion: Humbly kneel before the Lord in prayer and worship the Lord (II Chron. 6:13).

Optional Reading: Colossians 1

Memory Verse for the Week: Lamentations 3:22-23