Psalm 18:1–3 (ESV)
I love you, O LORD, my strength. 2 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. 3 I call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised, and I am saved from my enemies.
The people of the Lord are truly blessed to have God as our defender, strength, and salvation. There are many obstacles and enemies that try to overwhelm us and steal our peace and place with God. Peter tells us the devil like a hungry lion prowls about seeking whom he might devour (1Pe 5:8-9). He sets a trap to capture our souls. We need to always be on watch for the “wiles of the devil” (Ep 6:10-13).
Paul encourages us to be… “strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy;” (Co 1:11). Let’s remember that the wicked one cannot have any more strength over us than we allow, for we can do all things through Christ that strengthens us (Php 4:13). If we will let God be our defender and strength we have nothing to fear as to what the devil or anything else can do to us (Ps 118:6; He 13:6). It is in God that we find refuge from every enemy (Ps 27:5).
Is it any wonder that the psalmist promises to call upon the Lord who is worthy to be praised? (Ps 118:3, 6). Who are you depending on to guard you against temptations and hurts from the devil?
Dear God “I cannot bear the loads of life unaided, I need your strength to lean myself upon” (Thomas O. Chisholm) Help me to remember the words of the psalmist “He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.” I need you every hour and moment of the day to strengthen and lead me. Thank you for your tender watchcare over me. I am nothing without you.