Psalm 18:1-24

The Lord Is My Rock

The first two verses of this Psalm should be first principles to all Christians:

1 I love you, LORD, my strength.

2 The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer;
my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge,
my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

As Christians, do we establish our identity in God or other things. As we read through the Psalms, it’s clear that David is a man that recognizes that he is nothing without God.

As for verse 3 – 19, David uses some very interesting images to describe how God gets upset and works to protect the righteous.

Verses 20 – 24 present a challenge because they mention how God will deal with us according to our sinfulness or righteousness:

20 The LORD has dealt with me according to my righteousness;
according to the cleanness of my hands he has rewarded me.
21 For I have kept the ways of the LORD;
I am not guilty of turning from my God.
22 All his laws are before me;
I have not turned away from his decrees.
23 I have been blameless before him
and have kept myself from sin.
24 The LORD has rewarded me according to my righteousness,
according to the cleanness of my hands in his sight.

However, we all know that none of us are without sin. This is why we are fortunate to have a God who is merciful and extends grace – because of Christ’s sacrifice, we don’t have to pay the cost of our sin.