PSALM 18:1 I love you fervently and devotedly, O Lord my strength.
2. The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my keen and firm strength in Whom I will trust and take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower.
3. I will call upon the Lord, Who is worthy to be praised; so shall I be saved from my enemies.
Fortress — d) a fortified place; fort; stronghold.
Fortify — d) to strengthen physically or structurally, to strengthen against attack as by building forts, walls, etc.
David is writing this psalm at a time when he is afraid of losing his life. He was outnumbered by his enemies and knew he was in danger. He was being vigilant and seeking help in the right place. He was in terrible trouble and yet he does not forget to offer praise and to voice his victory before it comes.
Death and life are in the power of the tongue and they who indulge it shall eat the fruit of it. Proverbs 18:21 Amp. Our words are so important. David could have cried out loudly and who would have blamed him? He has basically no chance of making it.
What is going through his mind? He is remembering all the victories the Lord has given him. He remembered the bear, the lion, and Goliath. He had spent enough time alone in prayer and in the secret place to know Whom he served. He knew He was his fortress and safe place. It did not matter how much danger lurked all around.
He knew where his strength came from and put his trust in the Almighty Hand that always came through for him. He stood on a strong Rock that would never break or give way. He knew there was a spiritual shield protecting him. He saw himself in a big strong castle or fortress with a high tower for him to climb into where he could see the destruction of the enemy.
But what is the first thing he says? I love you fervently and devotedly. Trust is the language of love. He has spent enough time alone with the sheep, using those hours to talk to Him. And that became his way of life. He worshipped the Lord all through his life. He was not perfect. But it was his desire to be a perfect dwelling place for the Lord, always trying to be blameless before Him.
David’s last words were, “The Rock of Israel said to me, When one rules over men righteously, ruling in the fear of God, He dawns on them like the morning light, when the sun rises on a cloudless morning…” 2Sam.23:1-4
The word dawn means beginning to appear or the beginning of something. David had lived his life for the Lord and it was coming to an end. The Lord was not ending it, but beginning it with Him.
David is a great example of how we should live and end our lives.
“I WILL CALL UPON THE LORD, WHO IS WORTHY TO BE PRAISED, SO SHALL I BE SAVED FROM MY ENEMIES!”