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God Is

February 12, 2018

Psalm 18:2 contains three phrases that pile adjective on top of adjective to describe the absolute protection and security found in God. Jehovah is my rock, my fortress, my deliver. He is my God, my strength, my trust. He is my buckler, my strong salvation and my high tower. All three phrases crescendo from a lesser to a greater to show that God is the strong defense who saves from all enemies.

The wilderness region of Israel is filled with rocks, cliffs and caves. The American military had a lot trouble in Afghanistan because of the many caves in which the Taliban could hide. The wilderness of Israel where David hid for over a decade is similar. He knew all about the protection afforded by rocks and caves. He speaks from long experience when he says Jehovah is my rock, a cleft in the rock a fleeing man can duck into for protection and Jehovah is my fortress, a large cave in the rocks which an army can defend from an enemy. Jehovah is my security.

Jehovah is my God. Since the days of Cain and Abel the world has worshiped many false gods. In David’s day, Baal, Anat, Asherah, Astarte, Dagon, Chemosh and Moloch were just a few of the gods worshiped by the Canaanites. Only one God is able to deliver. Only one God is greater than all the other gods of the world. Only One God is the true God. All others are false gods, they are not gods. The one God is Jehovah. The child of God declares, “This one God is my God.” I will worship no idols. I will trust in no other deities. I will sacrifice to no other gods. Jehovah is my God, my strength. This is another term for rock, an immovable refuge, a steep cliff upon which one can stand secure, safe from the attacks of his enemies. Jehovah is the one I will trust. He alone is trustworthy. He is the one I will flee to for refuge in all times of trouble.

Jehovah is my buckler, a shield against the attacks of the enemy. This particular Hebrew word is first used in Genesis 15:1. Enemies had attacked the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha and Abram’s nephew Lot was taken captive. Abram gathered his servants into a small army to chase after the invading army. Abram’s small band was victorious and rescued Lot. After this astounding victory Abram returned home. “After these things the word of the LORD came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward.” God said He would be Abrams protector. God alone is the protector of His people. Jehovah is my shield, the strength of my salvation. The horn has long been a symbol of great power. God is the strength, the power of my salvation, and my high tower. He is the refuge I run to in distress. He is the One who guards, secures, protects, delivers and defends His children.

Give thanks to God for all His mighty works!


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