WEDNESDAY 28 September, 2016
Knowing God by Name
The God of my strength, in whom I will trust; My shield and the horn of my salvation, My stronghold and my refuge; My Savior, You save me from violence. - 2 Samuel 22:3
David continued to pour out of his heart in song to the Lord. He had his full confidence and trust in the Lord––he knew he was never alone. King David reflected on the strength the Lord had given to him. In Psalm 18:1 he wrote: I will love You, O Lord, my strength. He called God his shield. As a man of war he would have used his shield to protect himself from the enemies arrows. God was a shield of safety to David; He had protected him through his entire lifetime and kept him safe from all his enemies.
Saul hunted David day after day, but God did not let Saul find him. God had given fortified places for David and his men to stay and hide. He hid in the cave of Adullam, camped in the strongholds of the wilderness, mountains, desert and in the region of Engedi (1 Samuel 23:14). But Saul continued his pursuit of David and said: I’ll track him down, even if I have to search every hiding place in Judah!” (1 Samuel 23:23).
At one time, Saul came so close to capturing David, but time and time again God gave him a way of escape. In remembrance, David named the place where he camped––the Rock ofEscape (1 Samuel 23:28). The Lord had saved David from violence. He watched over David and let nothing happen to him. David proclaimed Him as his Savior and the horn of his salvation.
Imagine, in the same way God protects us! He has given to us a Savior, Jesus Christ who has delivered us from Satan’s power. He is the Rock of our salvation (Psalm 95:1). God has made a way of escape from eternal death (John 3:16). Underline and meditate on His names in Isaiah 9:6.
The name of the Lordis a strong tower;
the righteous run to it and are safe.
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