“I love you, O Lord, my strength”.
Tell God you Love Him
This is one of my favourite Psalms. If you get a chance, read through all of Psalm 18.
There are lots of scriptures that declare thankfulness to God for His deliverance in battle, including a parallel scripture to this Psalm, in 2 Samuel that gives the same account, except for one thing; it doesn’t have this declaration of love for God, that we find in Psalm 18.
“I love you Lord..” The word love used here, is uncommon in scripture, and it expresses a deep, intimate kind of love that is “all in” – David is saying “from the deepest part of my heart – everything within me, loves you Lord”
It’s good to just come before God and tell Him, as child to Father, “I love you Lord”.
Sometimes we become so busy with our lives that we forget to just stop, and tell God we love Him.
It’s not that God needs our love – God isn’t ‘needy’. But He wants our love. There’s a difference.
We, on the other hand, need His love. And we need to love Him. We can only love God because He loved us first.
We love because he first loved us.
1 John 4:19
Mark 12:30 quotes the first commandment “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.
“Love”. How amazing is that? The King of Kings, the Creator and ruler over everything sets out the Ten Commandments, and the first one is ‘Love me’.
He could have asked for anything- He is God, after all! He could have made the first commandment obey, or serve.
But He didn’t, He said ”love me.” (with all your heart, soul, mind and strength)
Why? Because this is the way He loves us, and He wants a two-way relationship with us. When you love God with all that you are, you trust Him more, you tend to want to obey Him and walk even more closely with Him. Loving God is the best thing for us! We are wired to love Him. We were created for Him and for relationship with Him.
And then, when you’ve told Him you love Him, tell Him why.
David went on to use a few poetic metaphors to describe the saving nature of God: “You’re my Rock, my Refuge, my Fortress, my Shield, my Deliverer, my Stronghold and the horn of my salvation”.
These descriptions of God’s character that poured out of David’s heart weren’t just lovely words, they were born out of His real life experience of a real God who rescues, a God who is a Rock and a Refuge, who time and time again proved to be David’s Strength when his own strength was failing.
He’s Still that same Strength, Rock and Refuge!
We may not need to take cover in caves and mountain hideouts like David did, but some of the battles many of us face in our modern day lives are just as real as David faced; Chronic illness, marital problems, financial stress, threatened job loss, family problems.
Whatever your battles today, God is still the same God He was in David’s day.
He is still our Rock and our Firm Foundation; our Stronghold and our Deliverer. Our Fortress.
In David’s time a fortress was simply an isolated rocky place that was used as a place of safety and refuge.
If you’re in need of a fortress today, God says to you, “come and take refuge in my presence.” We can run to His presence and find refuge at any time.
Jesus said: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28
God is so good to us. He never fails me, His promises are sure, true and everlasting.
He’s worthy, not only of our worship, praise, and time, but our love.
With all my heart, all my soul, all my mind and all my strength. And he deserves be told so.
Let’s tell God we love Him today …. just because we love Him.
I found the following piece of writing on Psalm 18:1 in a very old commentary, so please excuse the old English. It’s beautifully written and I couldn’t have put it better:
‘In speaking thus, David, intended to show that his thoughts and affections were not so intently fixed upon the benefits of God as to be ungrateful to him who was the author of them, a sin which has been too common in all ages. Even at this day we see how the greater part of mankind enjoy wholly at their ease the gifts of God without paying any regard to him, or, if they think of him at all, it is only to despise him. David, to prevent himself from falling into this ingratitude, in these words makes as it were a solemn vow, Lord, as thou art my strength, I will continue united and devoted to thee by unfeigned love.’ (John Calvin)
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