I love you, O LORD, my strength.
The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer;
my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge.
He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
I call to the LORD, who is worthy of praise,
and I am saved from my enemies.
A rock is a symbol of strength and permanence.
When David was pursued by Saul and other enemies, he often sought protection in the rocky terrain of Israel. These rocky areas were known as strongholds, or areas of protection that were not easily accessible and therefore offered a defensible place to hide from attackers.
It is not surprising, then, that David called God his Rock, his stronghold, his fortress, his shield, his refuge. David recognized that his safety and security were not in a place, but in God, whose strength is greater and whose unfailing love is more permanent than any rock on earth.
David wrote the words of Psalm 18 after God had given him victory in many battles. These first three verses are a declaration of praise and sum up what he has learned through difficulty about who God is. The remainder of the Psalm gives an account of the specifics of God’s provision and help during these times.
You may still be in the midst of a battle, victory not yet in sight. You may be looking for a place of safety to find refuge.
The LORD is your Rock, your refuge, your stronghold, your safe place.
God’s love for you is more permanent than the Rocky Mountains, more breathtaking than the Grand Canyon. He is your strength.
God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Who He was for David, He is for you today and every day of your journey.
These verses of praise are for you today.
You don’t have to wait for victory to join David in declaring, “I love you, O LORD, my strength. The LORD is my rock…” Call out to the Lord when the enemy pursues. And one day, like David, you will tell the end of the story of how God comes to your rescue.