Psalm 18:1–2 (NKJV) “1 I will love You, O Lord, my strength. 2 The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; My God, my strength, in whom I will trust; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.”
We all want to be strong in spirituality, in morality, in our convictions, but as we all know, our strength so often fails when put to the test. How many of us have made New Year’s resolutions in which we have broken those resolutions no sooner than 24 hours later. Do we even remember what our New Year’s resolution from this year was? Regardless, we need strength that is beyond ourselves to live the Christian life because the Christian life isn’t easy. If someone promised it would be, they were wrong.
This is why the Psalmist relates God to his Rock, his Fortress and His Deliverer. When we’re under attack, we need God’s strength to endure so we can continue moving forward for the cause of Christ.
Before I knew the Lord, my life’s foundation was built on shaky soil. I didn’t have the strength I wanted to have in this life. I thought my good works would be enough to save me, but deep down I always knew that I would need to answer for the sins I had committed, and somehow, I knew no amount of good works would explain the sins I committed.
So I was going through life depressed, not knowing if I was going to heaven; assuming the worst but hoping against hope for the best. BTW, this is a terrible way to live. Rather than play heaven/hell roulette with my life, I gave my life to Jesus and now have the assurance of Heaven. 1 John 5:13 (NKJV) “13 These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God.”
When we put our faith in Jesus as our personal Lord and Savior, we now tap into God’s strength through prayer, the Word of God, fellowship and communion. And with all the attacks we face daily, it is better for us to tap into God’s limitless strength rather than in our 'eeting and miniscule attempts at being strong.
So let’s consider God’s strength for a moment. God is compared to as a Rock and Fortress and Deliverer. He is also our Shield and Horn (symbol of power) of our Salvation and our Stronghold. WOW! Couple this with the fact God created the heavens and the earth and it is easy to see why we should depend on God’s strength rather than our own.