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Thought for the Month- March 2015
Psalm 18 vv1/2.
1 I will love You, O Lord, my strength.
2 The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer;
My God, my strength, in whom I will trust;
My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
Our recent studies in 1/2 Samuel has made me consider in some detail the Life of David, Israel’s greatest historical King. The question which at times has presented an issue to me is; “in what way could David be described by Paul, quoting from 1Samuel 13 v14, in Acts 13 v22 as a man after my own heart, which shall fulfil all my will”. To try and find an answer I decided to travel a well worn path for me by considering “Pronouns”. Psalm 23 My Shepherd and My soul, came immediately to mind. Would this possessive pronoun provide a clue? Since the Bible is it’s own interpreter I was sure I would find some help here. Let me share my thoughts.
There are 28/29 occurrences of the pronoun “my” in Psalm 18. Since the text of Psalm 18 is almost repeated in 2 Samuel 22 it would suggest that this is written towards the closing years of David’s life. He is looking back and declaring his unshakeable confidence in his God. From teenage years to his final days with its highs and lows, could this not be one of the features allied to the opening phrase of our Psalm which contributed to the Divine assessment first recorded in 1 Samuel 13 and quoted by Paul in Acts 13. While as pointed out by Mr Flanigan in his book on the Psalms, the references are of a military character, there is no doubt that David is now thinking about the spiritual dimension of his confidence in God.
He begins with a strong and definite declaration of his love for his God, not sentimental and not hypocritical, and while he uses the future tense, with his life moving to its end he must surely be expressing the bent of his life.
Space does not allow us to develop the lovely features David advances in Psalm 18, a healthy meditation for each of us to develop. We have an enemy not flesh and blood, a roaring lion, an angel of light, many guises our enemy adopts, hence our confidence cannot be in ourselves but in the same God Who cannot and does not change, Mal.3 v6. We must make Him our Rock, our Protector, our Deliverer and much more.
How strong is our love, how deep rooted is our confidence in the God of our Salvation?