There are a lot of love songs out there. As a matter of fact, more songs are written about love than any other subject (ok, that’s actually not a proven fact, but it sure seems that way). Almost everyone has a favorite love song. Mine is “I Will Always Love You” by Dolly Parton (yes, Dolly Parton wrote and performed that song first, not Whitney Houston, and that is the one I prefer). The Psalm we read today is a personal love song of David to God. The first words “I love you, O’ Lord, my strength” set the tone for the rest of the song. The phrase “I love you” in the original Hebrew not only conveys a deep affection and love for who God is, but specifically for God’s mercy in David’s life. This song is a celebration of how God had delivered David from Saul and many others who had sought to destroy his life. David is overwhelmed with the merciful love of God that has delivered him from his enemies.
Chances are you aren’t being pursued by people who are physically trying to murder you and take your life as David was. However, you and I are very much being pursued spiritually by Satan who wants nothing more than to see our lives destroyed and souls lost for eternity. David cries out in praise to God for being his rock, refuge, shield, and salvation from his enemies. As born again believers in Christ, we too should echo David’s praise of God who is continually our rock, refuge, shield, and salvation from the affliction of our sin and the death and separation it brings. Ultimately, Satan is defeated and we will be with Christ forever praising His name!
Revelation 20:10 10 and the devil who had deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur where the beast and the false prophet were, and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.
Our praise now is just a foretaste of what is to come in Heaven when we see Him face to face and praise His name all day long for eternity. Spend time today praying through Psalm 18 and praising God for His merciful love displayed in your life. Praise God for the salvation you have received through His Son, reminding yourself of the gospel today and your deliverance from sin and spiritual death.
By: Matt Mofield