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“The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my savior, My God, my rock, in whom I take refuge; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.”
We read about many people in the Bible who were staunch followers of the Lord, their God. Often you read stories about God’s faithful followers who were busy carrying out their work during tough and troubling times with no assistance, help, or thanks from humanity. From where did they get their strength?
In the Bible, we read about King David, whom God appointed king over His chosen people: the Israelites. As you read in both 1 and 2 Samuel, you understand that King David did not always have an easy path to follow and quite often faced much opposition. As you read in the book of Psalm, you see where David was often troubled while carrying out the work God had placed before him, and he prayed out to God for comfort, support, relief, and delivery from his adversaries. Did King David have an easy journey? Did he have many faith-building experiences? Who did King David acknowledge as the giver of his strength?
Let’s turn to the book of Psalm! Psalm 18:1-6 (NIV): “I love you, Lord, my strength (1). The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my horn of salvation, my stronghold (2). I called to the Lord, who is worthy of praise, and I have been saved from my enemies (3). The cords of death entangled me; the torrents of destruction overwhelmed me (4). 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 His ears (6).” In these passages, we see that King David turned to God, who was his rock, whom he drew strength from, and he knew that God would hear his concerns!
As we read further in Psalm (18:16-19), we see where David acknowledges God reaching down and taking hold of him and lifting him from his despair as well as rescuing him! David also indicates that God rescued him because He delighted in him! As someone who believes in God and is a follower of Jesus Christ, I know the same Bible verses apply to me, which provides me with much hope, confidence, and gratitude! The Lord is my strength, my rock, and my fortress! I pray that these passages provide you with much hope as you set out to do the work that God has placed before you!
Many blessings to you!
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