1 Psalm to Give You Strength

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In the aftermath of the whirlwind called Thanksgiving and Christmas, the rest of the year always seems to be a pensive time.  In the midst of reunions, road trips, and late night hang outs, it’s that time where we look back at the whole year.  Some of us might be looking back at the end of a season, while others are looking at the beginning of one.  We look back at the things we accomplished and the moments that will turn into lifelong memories, or we look back wondering where all those moments were.  Our reflection often seems to drive our motivations for making the proverbial New Year’s resolutions. 

However, it seems like our resolutions are often motivated by what we missed or did not do in the past year.  This kind of introspection is beneficial when the proper mindset is maintained.  Taking into consideration, many have suffered some major tragedies this year.  Also, some of us may be thinking we just had the best year of our lives.  Either way, let’s take a look at David’s words in the day that he was delivered from Saul’s hands to see what mindset David had in his reflection in Psalm 18.

The first three verses say:

    1            “I love You, O Lord, my strength.”

    2            The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer,

My God, my rock, in whom I take refuge;

My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

    3            I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised,

And I am saved from my enemies.

  • Who did David focus on in the beginning of his reflection?
  • What does he recognize about God?
  • What does he do?

In the midst of the hard times and the tragedies of the past year, we can call out to Him as well.  And man, we can know that God’s answers! In Psalm 18:7-19 David paints us some amazing word pictures.

    7            Then the earth shook and quaked;

And the foundations of the mountains were trembling

And were shaken, because He was angry.

 

  10            He rode upon a cherub and flew;

And He sped upon the wings of the wind.

 

  13            The Lord also thundered in the heavens,

And the Most High uttered His voice,

Hailstones and coals of fire.

  14            He sent out His arrows, and scattered them,

And lightning flashes in abundance, and routed them.

  15            Then the channels of water appeared,

And the foundations of the world were laid bare

At Your rebuke, O Lord,

At the blast of the breath of Your nostrils.

Granted, we must remember to keep this within the context of David’s reflecting on the persecution he received while being pursued by Saul.  But reflect on these verses.

Reflection at this time of year often leads to considering the future.  Some of you may be looking the end of a school season, be it high school or college, others of you may be just looking at another year filled with all kinds of goals and aspirations.  I would be amiss to not consider that maybe some of you are just hoping to make it through the year.  I have to confess that I’ve been personally struggling with what the immediate future holds for me, so verse 30 jumped out to me:

30     This God—his way is perfect;

the word of the Lord proves true;

he is a shield for all those who take refuge in him. (NASB)

His way is perfect.  I need not worry about the cloudy immediate future because I have clarity in eternity.

The word of the Lord proves true.

Let’s reflect on this and live accordingly!

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