Daily Devotional: Psalms 18:1-6
1 I love you, O LORD, my strength. 2 The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge. He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. 3 I call to the LORD, who is worthy of praise, and I am saved from my enemies. 4 The cords of death entangled me; the torrents of destruction overwhelmed me. 5 The cords of the grave coiled around me; the snares of death confronted me. 6 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.
I grew up in a time when there was only one radio station in our town and it was a combination of country songs, gospel songs, world news, farm news and various preaching programs. There was one such program that used an old gospel song entitled, “Where Could I Go But To The Lord?”. When I read this Psalm, it is this song that comes to my mind. I love you, O LORD, my strength.
We live here on earth in a sinful world that is filled with turmoil and strife. Many live in fear and despair because of the many problems they face each day. They turn to many different sources to find relief but still find no peace. They pursue happiness and joy in the ways they are told but it seems to all be in vain. There is no peace and it seems that life is futile with only doom and gloom ahead. Money does not offer peace. Power gives temporary joy at best. Accomplishments, no matter how great, either come undone or are they are outdone.
There is only one source of true joy and lasting peace. It is not found in the things of this world but in the one who made this world. When we turn to Jesus, we find peace because he stills our hearts in the storm. When we go to the Lord, he can give us joy, even in the worst situations. Faith is the victory that overcomes the world and that faith is in God and his Son, Jesus Christ.
If God is for us, who can be against us? Who can separate us from the love of Christ? For sure, it is no trouble or disease or persecution or famine or being destitute or in danger or guns or anything in this world. No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us, Christ Jesus our Lord!
O Lord God, it is with joy that I come to you. I am so thankful that I can talk to you any time and about anything on my heart. I thank you for listening to me and for all the times you have delivered me from my trials and problems. Thank you for the lessons I have learned as I have gone through these. Help me use the wisdom I have gained to help others as they face their problems in life. Most of all, help me remember that no matter what I face that I must put my trust in you and turn to you for my help and my strength. I come to you in the name of Jesus.