These verses of David’s praise to The Lord God are so full of encouragement and inspiration for His people. They read,
“I love you, O Lord, my strength.
2 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.
3 I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised,
and I am saved from my enemies.”
David identifies God or describes Him in several ways here. Let’s look at them.
The Lord is my strength. He is not just strong. He is not only mighty. He is our strength, without Him we are weak. Without Him we are not able, but with Him, because of Him, and through Him we can. He is The Lord God Almighty, El, I Am.
Trying to do anything under our own power doesn’t glorify God. He used Moses, a man who didn’t like to speak, to lead a nation to freedom, give them His law, and be their judge. He used Peter an impulsive man who lived by his emotions to be the rock of the church and lead the Apostles. Those accomplishments were not because of their strength, but God’s.
The Lord is my rock. He is our unchanging firm foundation. The ground of our being. The word used is sela. It means a mountain, a cliff or a crag. It is a place of high safety, unreachable by the enemy. In Him we take refuge.
Refuge is protective confidence, a sanctuary a shelter or a harbor. It is safety.
The Lord is my God. He is our Almighty Supreme Sovereign Divine Holy Deity. He is All encompassing, all powerful, never changing, immortal God and Creator.
The Lord is my fortress. A fortress is a place inaccessible to the enemy, a large fortified building or city made for fighting but impenetrable to those outside. God is not susceptible to change or disturbance. In Him we are untouchable, we cannot be harmed.
The Lord is my deliverer. He carries us off from the enemy. He rescues and preserves us. He is our Savior, our Messiah. He delivered us from sin, from Satan’s lordship to the freedom of salvation.
The Lord is my shield. A shield is protective but also a movable defense. It is held with one arm while the other normally holds a weapon like a sword. The Hebrew word here, ganan not only means small shield, but it refers to the protective scaly hide of a crocodile. The crocodile is covered by many small shields fit together so that nothing can penetrate the hide and hurt the soft body. Today, I imagine body armor, like a bullet proof vest that covers the heart and lungs of the soldier. God is our shield, our body armor who will not let the arrows or bullets of the enemy penetrate us.
The Lord is my horn of salvation. The horn, such as the horn of an ox or a ram is a sign of strength, of royalty, and of kingship. The rays or radiance of the Lord we associate with his holiness is the same word as the horn of an ox. (Habakkuk). Many times throughout the Bible the word denotes kings, in Daniel and 1 Kings. The Horn of Salvation is the Mighty King of Deliverance, Jesus Christ. And when Jesus returns, He will announce His Salvation with trumpets, the blowing of the ram’s horn.
The Lord is my stronghold. Similar to a fortress, even a synonym for fortress, a stronghold is a high inaccessible place, a high fort, a fortified castle or garrison. The enemy can’t get to the stronghold. Those within it fight or their beliefs and their cause. We are God’s cause and He is ours. He fights for us, and we are protected within his safety.
Verse 3 sums up God described in verses 1-2.
“I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised,
and I am saved from my enemies.”
We can depend on God, call on Him and praise Him because He is all the things David said He is. He is our rock, fortress, deliverer, God, refuge, shield, the horn of our salvation, and our stronghold. He saves us from everything, anything, and anyone which is against us.
Praise the Lord! Praise Him indeed!