Blessed are You, O Lord, Who is Our Strength

I love you, O Lord, my strength.
The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer,
my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge,
my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised,
and I am saved from my enemies.
~Psalm 18:1-3 (ESV)

Sometimes when I read these verses, I recall a song that echoes David’s praise and thanksgiving for the many times God was his strength and delivered him from trouble.

A mighty fortress is our God,
a bulwark never failing;
our helper he amid the flood
of mortal ills prevailing.
~from A Might Fortress Is Our God by Martin Luther

O worship the King, all glorious above,
O gratefully sing God’s power and God’s love;
our Shield and Defender, the Ancient of Days,
pavilioned in splendor, and girded with praise.
~from O Worship the King, by Robert Grant

Other times, I think of those throughout the Bible who knew God was their strength. For instance, in a vision, Abraham heard God speak to him concerning an heir: “Fear not, I am your shield; your reward shall be very great.” (Gen 15:1). And the apostle Paul wrote to the believers in Philippi that he could do all things through Christ who strengthened him (Phil 4:13).

Psalm 18 is not generic. It is personal. David proclaims his love for God. He declares that God is his strength, his rock, his fortress, his deliverer, his God, his shield, the horn of his salvation and his stronghold. Moreover, God can be called upon whether there are praises to be proclaimed or problems to be processed prayerfully.

Whether there is a note of praise in our hearts or a noteworthy prayer on our lips, may we bless God for being our strength yesterday, today and tomorrow.

Blessed are You, O Lord, who is my strength.

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