Psalm 18:1 and 2 reads, “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.”
According to the prescript on this Psalm David penned it on a day when he experienced rescue from his enemies, particularly Saul. No doubt in the heat of the moment, for those who trust the Lord the application of God acting as our strength and our refuge becomes apparent. Our walk with Him deepens in the experience of the trial. Yet I wonder how often God acts as “my shield” and I walk away unaware?
Our student pastor’s wife at Liberty, Lindsey Rainey has a father who holds a critically important position. Her father Micah, is the director of the Homeland Security Division for the Georgia Emergency Management Agency/Homeland Security (GEMA/HS). He probably has a faceplate on his desk that weighs 12 pounds! I’m sure when you ask Micah, “How was your day?” there is only a certain percentage of that answer that you really want to know. For the percentage left unanswered, fill your imagination with The Blacklist, NCIS, 24, and a smattering of other crime shows in which we are exposed to the terrorist underworld for 60 minutes, with commercial interruptions. The difference in our day and Micah’s day is that we can safely turn off the television and it all goes away. He can’t.
When something blows up, you’ll know about Micah’s office. But I wonder how many things haven’t blown up and you had no idea Micah was there?
There is so much going on in the world that I don’t want to know. I like to sleep. But I wonder how great is God’s grace as our shield? How often does He protect me, and I am unaware? Psalm 18:2 reminds me that He is there when I need Him as my shield, my rock, my strength, my fortress, and my deliverer. Psalm 18:2 reminds me that He is there even when I am unaware of how desperately I need Him. I wonder how many things in my life were so close to blowing up, and I walked away from my shield ungrateful and unaware that He was there.