The Sevenfold Protection of Christ
Psalm 18:2— “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 is a psalm of thanksgiving and praise for deliverance. It was written by David and concerned itself with the day that the Lord delivered David from the hand of all his enemies, from the hand of Saul.
In this verse there are seven metaphors used by David to describe God as his deliverer. The full and complete circumstances of David’s deliverance is found in II Samuel Chapter 22. Psalm 18:2 is a condensed description of all of II Samuel 22.
As I stated, David used seven metaphors to describe the Lord and His concern and care for His people. Seven is God’s number for perfection and completion. Each metaphor or title portrays to us the protection the Lord provides to us and the care He has for us in times of great distress.
Let’s look at these seven metaphors:
- Rock. David says that Jehovah God is a rock. He is not only a rock; He is your rock. He is unmovable and unshakable, all for us. Never forget that the Lord was not David’s rock only, but He is also our rock in every situation we face.
- Fortress. The Lord is not only our rock but He is also our fortress, which pertains to that which Satan cannot penetrate. If that is desired, each believer could say that he resides in a fortress named Christ.
- Deliverer. The Lord is not only our rock and our fortress, but He is also our deliverer. Though David is speaking of deliverance from trials and tribulations, we can do the same. We must never forget that our greatest deliverance was from the bondage of sin, and we must never forget that our deliverance comes only through Calvary.
- Strength. The Lord is not only our rock, our fortress, and our deliverer, but He is also our strength. Our strength is no match for the power of Satan, but the strength lies in the Lord, who He is—God—and what He has done for us on Calvary as the Lamb of sacrifice. As the song says: “Though we are weak, yet He is strong.”
- Buckler. The Lord is not only our rock, our fortress, our deliverer, and our strength, but He is also our buckler, which refers to a shield—a shield that protects and a shield by which we can fight our enemies.
- Horn of my salvation. The Lord is not only our rock, our fortress, our deliverer, our strength, and our buckler, but He is also the horn of my salvation, which refers to dominion. We are no longer under the dominion of Satan, but now through Calvary, Christ is the one who has dominion over our lives.
- High tower. Let’s go through from beginning to the end as we get to this last description. Our Lord is our rock, fortress, deliverer, strength, buckler, the horn of my salvation, and He is also our high tower, which refers to a place of refuge and safety.
These great benefits are available to all who are followers of Christ; however, they are ours only as we understand the victory that was won for us at Calvary, and as long as our faith remains there.
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