Daily Devotional

"The Lord is My Safe Place"

"I will love You, O Lord, my strength. 2 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. 3 I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised; So shall I be saved from my enemies."
Psalm 18:1-3

David begins this psalm with the statement, “I will love You…”  This is the only time in the Old Testament that this Hebrew word for “love” is used to express man’s love for the Lord.  David is responding to God’s mercy and grace shown to him in his life.  The opening verses of this Psalm declare the reason for David’s love for his Lord.  May these statements also reflect our love for our Savior.

I love you Lord because You are my rock…my source of stability and security.  Approximately 20 times in the Psalms the Lord is pictured as a “rock,” a stable place for us in times when our world is shaken.  The Lord is the sure foundation upon which we can stand.  Where do you go for your security?  The most secure place is in the presence of the Lord.  He is always there for us even in our darkest times.  We can fully depend on him for the stability and security we need as we live in today’s world.

I love you Lord because You are my fortress and deliverer…my high place of refuge, my place where I can flee for protection.   This refuge is far better than any man-made fortress.  There is no safer place to be.  We can run to the Lord anytime and He will protect us.  Where do you tend to run with your troubles?  There is no better place to be then in the loving arms of our Lord.  The Lord invites you to come to Him.  
I love you Lord because You are my shield and stronghold…my protection, my deliverer from my enemies and my strength.  David experienced God’s strength in his life over and over again as He protected him from his enemies.  Today in life, God is ever present with us.  He is there taking us through life’s struggles.  Whose strength do you depend on in your life?  Your own or God’s?  The Lord’s strength is sufficient to meet any need or problem we may face.

Heavenly Father, we want to thank you for sending your Son.  He came to provide for our salvation and to live through us.  Thank you for the strength You give us each day to face life and all that it brings.  May we always turn to You and rest securely in Your arms.  Amen
New King James Version (NKJV)
Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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