OUR GREAT GOD OF SALVATION
"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 18:2)
What an amazing testimony given by David to his [our] God! He ascribes a sevenfold description of praise to the Lord for His great salvation. David’s testimony can also be that of all those who trust Him. Let’s see how a few Bible dictionaries define what David attributed to our great God of salvation.
- My Rock: The word used here does not mean a stone or even a boulder, but a mighty monolith, immovable and impregnable.
- My Fortress: This word refers to a great bulwark--a stronghold. The Hebrew word is essentially the same as Masada, the high butte where the Jews resisted the Roman armies after the destruction of Jerusalem.
- My Deliverer: "Our God is able to deliver," even from the fiery furnace, the den of lions, and from the armies of Saul.
- My Refuge (Strength): This is another word often translated "rock," this time a rugged, craggy one, most appropriate as a symbol of great strength.
- My Shield (Buckler): The small, movable shield used to "quench all the fiery darts of the wicked" (Ephesians 6:16).
- The Horn of Salvation: This striking Old Testament symbol is even repeated in the New Testament (Luke 1:69) and applied to the coming Savior, referring either to the "horns of the altar" where fleeing sinners could cling for refuge, or to the fighting horns of a strong beast.
- My Stronghold (High Tower): Here the word is not for a man-made tower, but for a natural, high, topographic prominence, suitable both for watching and for defense.
The great promises of salvation and security in Christ are timeless. The words that brought such hope to David are still a comfort to believers today. He is still "the God of all grace" (1 Peter 5:10) to all who trust Him.
With brotherly affection - Andy