The God Who Saves

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“The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.” (Psalm 18:2)

by Dr. Henry Morris, Ph.D.

drop-caps-w-webhat a testimony given by David to his God! In this single verse, there is a sevenfold ascription of praise to the Lord for His great salvation. Each testimony can be appropriated also by all who trust Him.

 
My Rock: The word used here does not mean a stone or even a boulder but a mighty monolith, immovable and impregnable.

 
My Fortress: This word refers to a great bulwark—a stronghold. The Hebrew word is essentially the same as Masada, the high butte where the Jews resisted the Roman armies after the destruction of Jerusalem.

 

My Deliverer: “Our God is able to deliver,” even from the fiery furnace, the den of lions, and from the armies of Saul.

 

My Strength: This is another word often translated “rock,” this time a rugged, craggy one, most appropriate as a symbol of great strength.

 

My Buckler: The small, movable shield used to “quench all the fiery darts of the wicked” (Ephesians 6:16).

 

The Horn of Salvation: This striking Old Testament symbol is even repeated in the New Testament (Luke 1:69) and applied to the coming Savior, referring either to the “horns of the altar” where fleeing sinners could cling for refuge or to the fighting horns of a strong beast.

 

My High Tower: Here the word is not for a man-made tower but for a natural, high, topographic eminence, suitable both for watching and for defense.

 

The great promises of salvation and security in Christ are timeless. The words that brought such hope to David are still a comfort to believers today. He is still “the God of all grace” (1 Peter 5:10) to all who trust Him. HMM