I love you, LORD, my strength. The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. Psalm 18:1-2
If you’re anything like me, you probably wonder what is really going on in the background. We are used to listening to politicians appearing on TV and giving us an official press release. As I listen, I often wonder what the same topic sounds like when they are discussing it around the coffee table. This is another reason I enjoy to read biographies and autobiographies. Both give us an insight into the people behind a few select famous events. They help us to understand what was really going on and what the person was really thinking and feeling. ‘The King’s Speech’ portrays this wonderfully. King George VI’s first wartime radio broadcast on Britain’s declaration of war on Germany in 1939 is a moment of history. The movie shows us, however, a man struggling to overcome a problem with stuttering and a fear of public speaking.
For me, one of the wonderful things about the Psalms of David is the opportunity we have to see the heart of this mighty warrior. Many chapters in our Bible are given to the stories of David as a shepherd, as a leader in battle, as a man pursued by Saul, and as a man anointed by God as the King of Israel. Many Psalms, such as this one, were written in response to these events and allow us to see why God calls David, A man after my own heart.
We see in Psalm 18, David’s overwhelming love of God, as well as his understanding that God is the One who grants him victory in his conquests. Compare this attitude to other famous conquerors, such as Alexander the Great, or Napolean. They were men of great pride, who relished in receiving praise and glory from the people around them.
David never speaks of his own greatness and glory in battle, but rather gives all the glory and praise to the Lord.
He reached down from on high and took hold of me; he drew me out of deep waters. He rescued me from my powerful enemy, from my foes, who were too strong for me. Psalm 18:16-17
I would really encourage you to take the time to read Psalm 18 today and think about the many ways God takes care of you and delights in you. As we do so, we like David will be full of praise and declare, “I love you, LORD!”