The Sevenfold Protection of God
“I will love You, O LORD, my strength. The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust: my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower. I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from my enemies.” —Psalm 18:1-3
Psalm 18 is a psalm of David. It is a psalm of thanksgiving regarding David’s deliverance by God from the hand of Saul. Every believer should live a life of thanksgiving regarding what the Lord has done for all who are believers. Though we all face difficulties, attacks of Satan, sickness, financial problems, and the common difficulties of life, still, the fact remains that we are saved and redeemed from the curse of sin; therefore, our lives should be lives of thanksgiving.
In verse 2, we find seven metaphors of titles, if you will, regarding seven attributes of God as it concerns God’s protection of His people. Seven is God’s number of completion and perfection. It speaks of the protection, deliverance, and victory provided by the Lord for every believer. Let’s now look at these seven metaphors.
The Lord is our rock, meaning that He is immovable. No matter what Satan tries to do to us, the Lord is our rock. The word rock is used 142 times in the Bible. The term or phrase, “the rock,” is more than just a word referring to a stone, pebble, or a rock found on the ground. It is used to describe Jesus Christ or God in general.
Some examples are as follows: Everlasting rock, God my rock, living stone, rock of Israel, rock of my refuge, rock of my salvation, rock of my strength, rock of offense, rock Who begot you, stone of Israel, and tested stone. As I stated earlier, this title speaks of God as an immovable force.
The Lord is our “fortress,” meaning a place Satan cannot penetrate. In every situation of life, in every storm, and in every attack, the Lord is a fortress we can run to for safety.
The Lord is our “deliverer.” He is our deliverer due to what He did for us through the Cross. At Calvary, Jesus Christ overcame the power of Satan. To one and all who will believe, His death brought us deliverance over the world, the flesh, and the Devil.
The Lord is our “strength.” There is no strength in self, religion, works, or anything that originates with man. Isaiah 41:10 says: “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of My righteousness.” In every trial of faith, never forget that the Lord is your strength. We are weak, but He is strong.
The Lord is our “buckler.” This word refers to a shield. Every day, Satan shoots his arrows of doubt, fear, and worry, but we must not forget that the Lord is our shield. In Bible days, the shield was worn on the left arm with the top half ending immediately under the right eye; therefore, the one holding the shield could see to fight.
Horn of my Salvation
“Horn of my salvation” refers to dominion. Never forget that the Lord has complete dominion over Satan and all of his evil spirits.
“High tower” refers to a place of refuge for those weary in mind and spirit.
The Holy Spirit used these metaphors or titles for a reason. Demon powers used Saul to try to destroy David; likewise, demon powers come strongly against every believer, especially those whom God has divinely called and anointed for His service. There is no way to defeat these enemies other than through the Lord. He then becomes all of these things we find listed in verse 2, if we will put our faith exclusively in the Lord and the victory He won at Calvary.
I Will Call Upon the Name of the Lord
This phrase actually says: “I will call upon the Lord, and do so continually.” He, and only He, will save me from my enemies. He is worthy to be praised, and praised continually.
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