Scripture: Psalm 18:1-6 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. I called to the Lord, who is worthy of praise, and I have been saved from my enemies. The cords of death entangled me; the torrents of destruction overwhelmed me. The cords of the grave coiled around me; the snares of death confronted me. In my distress I called to the Lord; I cried to my God for help. From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came before him, into his ears.
Devotional: These words evoke a powerful vision -cords of death entangling, torrents of destruction overwhelming, cords of the grave coiling around, the snares of death confronting. Death is here at every turn. Entangling, wrapping itself around you, and threatening to pull you under.
Where you do turn? Who will rescue? God, your Strength, Rock, Fortress, Stronghold. He is the horn of your salvation. We don’t often use that language these days because most don’t ride a horse or a camel. But every saddle has a horn; something you can hold onto when you’re about to have the ride of your life. It keeps you secure, helps you to hold on for dear life, and endure to the end. No matter how crazy the ride.
Horns were also placed on the altars built at the temple of God, and became a place of refuge and sanctuary. This kind of imagery is there to remind you that when you’re not OK, in your distress you can call out to call God, and He will rescue you. He will hold you secure. No matter what troubles you are currently facing or may face, remember these words.
- When is the last time you felt this kind of threat in your life? Can you recount the faithfulness of God during that time?
- If you’ve not experienced the rescuing power of Almighty God, ask Him to reveal Himself to you in this way.