"I love You, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold." Psalm 18:1
I love David’s opening statement in this Psalm:
"I love you O Lord, my strength."
This Psalm was written in the day that the Lord delivered him from the hand of all his enemies and from the hand of Saul. David had to wait 15 years before he actually became the king of Israel even though he had been anointed as king by the prophet Samuel. He trusted, waiting upon the Lord, and obeyed Him no matter what his circumstances were. Notice he claims God personally in every way. My strength, my rock, my fortress, my deliverer, my God, my refuge, my shield, my horn of salvation. Know He is available to you in every way He was to David.
Therefore we know David made these decisions day after day as he fought one battle after another for at least 15 long years. Does this sound familiar to anyone? But he has come through victoriously, and has gained insight into the Lord God He loves. He knows Him up close and personal because he made the decision to consistently rely on His God for everything, and to obey His Words.
David lived out a life totally dependent on His prayer life. His faith and love of God gave him strength and he now rejoices and relishes in God’s faithfulness to His promises. Patience, faith, and trust has granted its reward. But the greatest reward is not just a change in His circumstances, but the relationship he has gained with His God. He knows Him intimately. He has lived out the greatest commandment of God:
"Hear, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord is One! You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might." Deuteronomy 6:4-5
The Bible tells us if we do this all will be well with us and our days will be prolonged. We are to diligently teach God’s statutes to our children and grandchildren so the blessings of God will continue generationally.
Let us look to our Bible once again for answers concerning our lives and the lives of our children. Let us learn from the history of great, godly leaders in scripture. David was an imperfect man and yet he was defined as a man after God’s own heart. His heart ultimately loved God above all else. He walked and talked with God continually. Was he perfect? No! But David eventually owned his sin and truly repented. God forgave and restored him. However there were consequences for his sin not only in his life, but also in the lives of the victims of his sin.
Have you fallen into a sinful life style? If so take your sin off the throne of your heart and repent, ask for forgiveness, and place God on the throne of your heart. Purpose to fulfill the greatest commandment ever given to love Him above all else. Many lives will be affected for good as you make that choice, and all will be well with you internally. You will find the love, the peace and the contentment you are looking for as David did.
In His love.
A glorious day spent on the New River Trail biking yesterday. Springtime in the mountains is something to behold and I do greatly!