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My Rock and My Fortress

January 9, 2018

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My Rock and My Fortress

King David made it safely through  many battles  without any recorded injuries.     In the heat of battle,  he knew  that God was with him.     It was with a heart  that honored God  that David faced his enemies.    And David honored God  because he realized  how God had created all things,  promised us a Savior,  and was holy  and faithful  in keeping His promises.

It is because the LORD is  the one and only living God,  who loves us dearly,  that David just had to write  many songs  of praise.     2 Samuel 22 records one  of those songs.    It begins with,

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  and my refuge;
My Savior,  Thou dost save me from violence.

What confidence!     David had confidence  in the LORD  to win his battles.     He never patted himself  on the back  or claimed that his strength  and prowess  won the battle.     All glory  was always given  to God,  where it belonged.

David was never a coward.     He was noted  for his valiant courage.     Nevertheless,  he realized  that everything he had  was a gift  of God’s mercy.      It was knowing God’s love  that gave David  the courage  he needed.     God’s everlasting love  was the rock  and fortress  he took refuge in.

That is the same love  we can depend on.     God has not changed.     As Hebrews 13:8 says,  “Jesus Christ  is the same yesterday  and today,  yes  and forever.”     Now we have  even more history  and biblical accounts  that witness  to the love  of God.

With all the witnesses  we have,  have we made the LORD  our rock  and our fortress?     Do we trust Him  and praise Him  as David did?    Do we have the courage  to live  for the LORD’s glory  as David did?

There is no other salvation  in this world.     What God tenderly extends  to us  day after day  is the only way  anyone can ever be saved.     Only faith  in Jesus saves.    He alone  is our rock  and fortress  of salvation.     As 1 Corinthians 10:4 says  when talking about the Israelites  traveling through the deserts  and being given water  from a rock,

And all drank  the same spiritual drink,  for they were drinking  from a spiritual rock  which followed them,  and the rock  was Christ.

As we  let the LORD  be our rock  and our fortress  of refuge,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  blessed be Your name  for being our rock  and our fortress  and our deliverer.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods

 

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This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

 

The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him.
Psalm 18:30

 

Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1

 

How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4

 

Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13

 

Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1

 

Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3

 

Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12

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