READING: Psalm 18
“Lord, you light my lamp; my God illuminates my darkness.”
No matter what we face today, we can find hope in the words of the psalmist in psalm 18. Using multiple warfare images, he reminds us of God’s care and protection for us. In fact, the psalmist piles up the terms as if to say, “Don’t miss these truths. God is all we need.” He is our strength (that is, our source of strength), our rock (the one in whom we hide), our fortress, and our deliverer. We find our refuge in Him, the One who is our shield and our strength (the “horn of our salvation”). He is our protection, our stronghold, our shelter among the rocks. Given all that God is, it’s no wonder the psalmist expressed a deep and emotional love for Him: “I love you, Lord, my strength” (Psa. 18:1).
I pray today is a great day for you. If this day is difficult, though, cling to God as your hiding place. He is indeed “worthy of praise” (Psa. 18:3), and it is right for us to respond with thanksgiving: “Therefore I will give thanks to you among the nations, Lord; I will sing praises about your name” (Psa. 18:49).
- Let this day be a day filled with God’s praise, perhaps by singing the song, “I Will Call upon the Lord.”
- Lean on Him for your strength throughout the day.
PRAYER: “I love You, Lord. I truly love You.”
TOMORROW’S READING: 2 Samuel 1-4