Thursday, May 13, 2010

God Protects His Children

The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; My God, my strength, in whom I will trust; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. (Psalms 18:2)

God’s protection of his people is limitless and can take many forms. David characterized God’s care with five military symbols in this Psalm:
  1. God is like a rock that can’t be moved by any who would harm us.
  2. God is like a fortress or place of safety where the enemy can’t follow.
  3. God is like a shield that comes between us and harm.
  4. God is like a horn of salvation, a symbol of light and power.
  5. God is like a stronghold high above our enemies. 
The Hebrew word for my rock is balanced by its parallel Hebrew word my strength, meaning also “my rock.” References to God as a mountain fortress that protects the believer are found many times in the Psalms (91:1–3; 144:1). This is a particularly apt image for David, who many times had to hide in the mountains for security (1 Sam. 26:1, 20). The words strength and stronghold reinforce the image of God as Protector. The horn symbolized strength.
It is such an awesome feeling to know that our Lord is there with us whether we are walking high on the mountains of life or walking through the valley of death. If you need protection, look to the only true God of all creation and He will get you through all of the raging storms in life.
Heavenly Father, it is my prayer this morning that I surrender all my heart, soul and mind to You. You are my Rock, my Fortress, my Shield, my Stronghold, and my Horn of Salvation. I will always remember to give You all the glory that You so richly deserve. I pray this all in Jesus’ name. Amen.

References: NKJV Bible, Nelson Study Bible and NLT Bible


Lisa said...

BEAUTIFUL Lloyd! Your post are wonderful!


maryrussel said...

Love this. "It is such an awesome feeling to know that our Lord is there with us whether we are walking high on the mountains of life or walking through the valley of death." So true!

Now following your blog. Thank you for visiting mine.

RCUBEs said...

Prayed that wonderful prayer with you. Thanks for this awesome reminder that He is indeed our Shield! If we live each day without fear and with this reminder etched in our hearts, it's always a great day to head out the door, despite not knowing what is to come. Knowing He is there with us all along. Blessings.

DORCAS said...

Wonderful post!

~ blessings


Crystal Mary said...

It is so good to have Him to run to. How does anyone cope without Him? Thank you for the prayer. The great part about it for me is that I am united to everyone else who pray's it. Distance has no barrier to the body of Christ. God bless you this day.

Just Be Real said...

Great post and reminder Lloyd! Blessings to you.

Linda said...

Hi Lloyd,
Wonderful post and words I so needed to hear this today!!
You are so right the Lord is with us through our valleys and our mountaintops!!! What a reassuring place to be.
I have to put fear aside and worry and keep my faith!
Thank you too for dropping by my blog and for your care,kind words and prayers.You are a blessing.

Betty said...

Inspiring post!
Thanks so mcuch for sharing this!
Hope you have a great weekend!

Barbra Stephens said...

He is our Rock. You post reminded me that we must praise Jesus in the good times as well as the bad.
I wouldn't want to be His fair weather friend....
Thanks Lloyd.

Karen Lange said...

What a great reminder! And what a treasure we have.