Here we are, just past mid-October, and the fall weather has arrived! I’ve been bundling up a bit for my morning walks in the neighborhood and getting reacquainted with the sweaters in my closet.
Today’s post comes directly from my Bible reading yesterday. I finished reading through the New Testament recently, so now I’m reading a bit from a Psalm, Proverbs, and a chapter in Isaiah most days.
I’ve been wrestling with some conflicting mindsets and attitudes lately, and I can’t tell you how light my heart felt when I read in Psalm chapter 18 verse 19 that God delights in me. The more I considered the words of this Psalm, the more I was encouraged! I hope you’ll feel the same way after reading through these seven things we know about God from Psalm 18.
1. He is my safe place.
Verse 2 ~ “The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.“
In times of trouble and distress, we can trust Him. He is steadfast and strong, our protector, our place of refuge. We can rely on His faithfulness always.
2. He hears me.
Verse 6 ~ “ In my distress I called upon the Lord, and cried unto my God: he heard my voice out of his temple, and my cry came before him, even into his ears.“
God listens when we call out to Him. When we need help and deliverance, He is ever ready to hear us. May that be our first response whenever we’re hurting or in trouble – to cry out to our God.
3. He delights in me.
Verse 19 ~ “He brought me forth also into a large place; he delivered me, because he delighted in me.“
Believing that I can bring God joy and pleasure is hard for me to grasp. He is so great, so perfect and holy, yet He desires a personal relationship with me. His good will and favor toward us, His grace and mercy, are what led Him to send Jesus to die for our sins.
4. He lightens my darkness.
Verse 28 ~ “For thou wilt light my candle: the Lord my God will enlighten my darkness.“
We’ve all been through times in our lives we would describe as dark. But God never leaves us in our darkness. Not only is He right there with us, but He brings light to chase away the dark. His light brings comfort, safety, joy, and peace.
5. He makes my way perfect.
Verse 32 ~ “It is God that girdeth me with strength, and maketh my way perfect.“
We can trust God to not only give us strength and courage to walk through this life, but also to guide us in the way we should go. He is able to make our path clear and plain as we trust Him.
6. He keeps me from falling.
Verse 36 ~ “ Thou hast enlarged my steps under me, that my feet did not slip.“
As God guides us, He also protects us. We can walk forward confidently in the direction that He’s leading because He prepares the way.
7. He gives me strength for the battles I must face.
Verse 39 ~ “ For thou hast girded me with strength unto the battle: thou hast subdued under me those that rose up against me.“
In David’s case, he’s talking about actual physical battles in a war. Those aren’t typically the types of battles we’ll be facing. But we’ll certainly face spiritual, emotional, and mental struggles. Satan will fling temptations our way. Trials will come. But God can give us strength to defeat every single foe.
How blessed we are as followers of Christ to have a God who is all these things to us!
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