Oh What A Savior!

Oh What A Savior!
 
Psalm 18:1-3 (ESV) ~ 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.
 
We face struggles, life has storms and valleys, but even then, God is good!!! Let’s take a look at a song that David, one who knows struggles, wrote.
1. The Lord is our Desire ~ David had spent long years on the run facing great difficulty and danger. During the days of difficulty, he learned some things about our Lord.
 
a. David certainly had developed a great love for the Lord.
 
b. This was much more than a casual affection or a general appreciation.
 
c. David’s relieved heart overflowed with grateful affection for the Lord. His profession of love is “impulsive and emotional”.
 
d. It is the natural, unrestrained response for what God had done for him.
 
e. David’s exuberant spirit is further seen in his description of all that the Lord represented to him. He could not find enough words to convey the fullness of his heart. He used a total of nine terms to describe the great protection God had faithfully provided him. These same terms are used throughout the psalms to express God’s defense or shielding of His people. But David applied them all here in an attempt to adequately communicate the magnitude of God’s powerful deliverance. The first term is in this verse: the Lord had been David’s strength in all of his battles. He had not fought in his own power but with an infusion of supernatural energy from God Himself. He had endured, persisted, and prevailed because of the Lord.
 
f. The same holds true for each of us. Many may never realize or admit
it, but God is our strength. He is the source and means of our
existence. Were it not for His presence in our lives, we would surely
perish.
i. Lam.3:22—It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not
consumed, because his compassions fail not.
 
ii. Acts 17:28a—For in him we live, and move, and have our
being;
2. The Lord is Our Defense ~ Here David is reminded of the safety and
security of the Lord. He goes into great detail describing all that the Lord
had been and continues to be in his life. Through David’s song of praise
to God we discover:
a. He is My Rock ~ We too may have seasons of difficulty and
hardship, times when we really can’t understand all that is going on
or make sense of our lives. It is in those times that God will often
lead us to the Rock, a place high above the difficulties and confusion
of life and allow us to see things as He sees them through eyes of
faith! What peace is found upon the Rock!
 
b. He is My Stronghold/Fortress ~ We are held within the
steadfastness of His care, surrounded by His power and grace. He
is surely our stronghold in times of trouble.
 
c. He is Our Savior/Deliverer ~ We can rejoice in Christ our Savior,
our Deliverer. He has delivered us from condemnation and the
wrath of God for our sins. He has set us free from the yoke of
bondage and provided liberty, full and free. We have the precious
blessing of walking with the Lord, no longer bound by the shackles
of sin and shame! He continues to deliver and will deliver until our
faith ends in sight.
 
d. He is Our Sovereign ~ David speaks of a personal relationship
with the Almighty. He has come to know Him on a personal level.
When his world appeared to be spinning out of control, he could
look to and rely upon the One who is in charge of all things. That
ought to stir something deep within us today. For those who have
been saved, there is a personal relationship with God Himself. We
need not fear His demise or failure. We are serving the Almighty,
the I Am! Life may get hard to bear at times, but I am secure in the
Lord. He is still seated on His throne and that will never change!
 
e. He is Our Strength ~ David was secure in One that was
unmovable. He had been settled upon a firm foundation that would
never move or shake. Even if the world around him seemed to be
falling apart and crumbling at his feet, the Lord was unmovable. In
the midst of the battle, His God was steadfast.
 
i. Isn’t that a tremendous blessing and powerful truth? There is
much in this life that is uncertain. We all face trials and
temptations. The only thing that appears to be certain
regarding the flesh is change. But the child of God has an
Anchor of the soul. We have been placed in One who will
never change!
ii. Hebrews 6:19-20 (ESV) ~ We have this as a sure and
steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner
place behind the curtain, where Jesus has gone as a forerunner
on our behalf, having become a high priest forever after the
order of Melchizedek.
iii. Hebrews 13:8 (ESV) ~ Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and
today and forever.
f. He is Our Satisfaction ~ David had learned that God would never
leave him, forsake him, or fail him. He had never found the Lord to
be lacking in His power and provision. There were those that had
turned their backs on David, but God never had. In all of the
uncertainties of life, God was always there and He could ever be
trusted. When storms and battles come and it seems that all have
forsaken or turned against you, just look to Jesus. He will never fail
and we can always place our faith and trust in Him. Surely we can
trust the One who gave Himself a ransom for our sins, dying in our
place!
 
g. He is Our Shield ~ David described the Lord as his Buckler,
literally “a shield.” When the enemy was advancing and it seemed
that he would never survive, God intervened on his behalf and
shielded him from the hurt and danger. In those times when his
flesh was weak and inadequate, God proved mighty on his behalf.
 
i. How many times has the Lord stood as our Buckler? We likely
will never know. There are times when the Lord allows trials
and storms to come our way, but we will never know all of the
times that God has stepped in and shielded us from the attacks
of the enemy. Were it not for His divine power and provision,
we would have already perished.
ii. Psalm 34:7 (ESV) ~ The angel of the LORD encamps around
those who fear him, and delivers them.
 
h. He is Our Salvation ~ David reveals that he has no fear while he
trusts in the Lord. The horn speaks of “strength, power, and
conquest” He may suffer defeat while living this life, but he is certain
of his security in the Lord.
 
i. He is Our Source ~ David concluded his thoughts of God
acknowledging that God alone is his High Tower. No doubt David
is mindful of the many towers that were built around Jerusalem and
other great cities of his day. It was from these towers that soldiers
defended the city. They had a great vantage point to view the
advancing enemy. It was in the towers that supplies and provisions
were kept in case of a siege. The tower offered rest, security, and
provision. I am reminded that God is all that I need while traveling
this road of life. He will provide those things that I need. I can lean
upon Him and find all that I need in His abundant supply!
 
3. The Lord is Our Delight ~
 
a. We have not reached the end of David’s song of praise, but we have
reached a point where he paused to worship the Lord. With the few
thoughts that he has sang of already, he felt compelled to pause and
worship the worthy Lord. He was David’s song and delight.
 
b. I would like to challenge us to pause and reflect on the goodness and abundance that we have received from the Lord. I am certain that we would all have to admit that God has been good in our lives. He has already blessed us beyond what we could ever deserve. Surely you would agree that God is worthy of our worship and praise.
 
Pastor Andy Lambert
{pastorandy@cvcog.church}

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