He Protects Me!

The appendix of 1 & 2 Samuel is chapters 22-24. At core of the appendix is David’s tribute to the Lord in song. This song was also included in the Book of Psalms (Psalms 18). The occasion for David’s thanksgiving was his deliverance from King Saul.

David recalled his cry for deliverance.  The Lord, awesome in might, came to his personal rescue because David was upright and faithful. God was his Lamp, Rock, and Shield of Salvation, giving David complete victory over all his enemies.

David uses language full of metaphors. He began his song with eight praise-filled descriptions of the Lord: The Lord is…

  1.  “my rock” (v. 2),
  2. “my fortress,”
  3. “my rock where I seek refuge,”
  4. “my shield” (v. 3),
  5. “the horn of my salvation,”
  6. “my stronghold,”
  7. “my refuge,”
  8. “my savior.”

All of the metaphors used  by Israel’s king reflect his perception that the Lord is a strong and benevolent protector. Also, each of the eight descriptions is highly personal: the Lord is not just a source of salvation for the world in general.

The extensive use of the first-person personal pronoun “my,” is significant: for David, the Lord is a very personal helper, a living resource whose interventions in the king’s life have consistently spelled the difference between life and death. David did not deny that the Lord is a Savior for others as well, but he wrote this psalm to affirm that the Lord was indeed his deliverer.

By | 2019-01-08T14:26:57-06:00 January 10th, 2019|Categories: All, Promises|

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Pastor Phil, his wife Carol, and their three children, started in Bixby over 23 years ago when New Beginnings was meeting in a downtown Bixby store front. As a result of God's blessings, New Beginnings has become one of the fastest growing churches in Oklahoma. Pastor Phil graduated from Tulsa East Central High School (1978), and Tulsa University (1982). After serving for 11 years as a Student Pastor, at the age of twenty-nine Phil began to pastor his first church in Edgewater, Colorado. Phil received a Master’s Degree from Denver Theological Seminary (1994) and completed his doctorate in Missions and Evangelism at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2012. Phil and Carol are honored to serve God in a Kingdom minded church, with joy and longevity.

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