18---Loving God, our Strength
"I will love You O LORD my Strength.
The LORD is my Rock, and my Fortress, and my Deliverer;
my God! ..... my Strength, in Whom I will TRUST;
my Buckler ( shield ), and the horn ( power ) of my Salvation,
and my High Tower.
I will call upon the LORD, Who is worthy to be praised:
so shall I be saved from mine enemies.
The sorrows of death compassed me,
and the floods of ungodly men made me afraid.
The sorrows of hell compassed me about:
the snares of death prevented me . ( came before me )
In my distress I called upon the LORD, and cried unto my God:
He heard my voice out of His temple,
and my cry came before Him, even into His ears.
Then the earth shook and trembled: ( earthquake )
the foundations also of the hills moved and were shaken, because He was wroth.
There went up a smoke out of His nostrils,
and fire out of His mouth devoured: coals were kindled by it.
He bowed the heavens also, and came down:
and darkness was under His feet.
And He rode upon a cherub, and did fly: ( JAH...Psalm 68 )
yea, He did fly upon the wings of the wind.
He made darkness His secret place:
His pavilion round about Him were darkwaters and thick clouds of the skies.
At the brightness that was before Him His thick clouds passed,
hailstones and coals of fire.
The LORD also thundered in the heavens,
and the Highest ( El Elyon ) gave His voice ( Bas Kol );
hailstones and coals of fire.
Yea, He sent out His arrows, and scattered them:
And He shot out lightnings, and discomfited them.
Then the channels of waters were seen,
And the foundations of the world were discovered at Thy rebuke, O LORD,
at the blast of the breath of Thy nostrils.
He sent from above, He took me,
He drew me out of many waters. ( many troubles, tribulations; even the Great Tribulation )
He delivered me from my strong enemy, and from them which hated me:
for they were too strong for me.
They prevented me (came before me)
in the day of my calamity:
BUT THE LORD WAS MY STAY.
He brought me forth also into a large place;
He delivered me, because He delighted in me.
The LORD rewarded me according to my righteousness: ( Revelation 19:8 )
according to the cleanness of my hands hath He recompensed me.
For I have kept the ways of the LORD,
and have not wickedly departed from my God.
For all His judgments were before me,
and I did not put away His statutes from me.
I was also upright before Him,
and I kept myself from mine iniquity.
Therefore hath the LORD recompensed me according to my righteousness, ( Rev. 19:8 )
according to the cleanness of my hands in His eyesight.
With the merciful, Thou wilt show Thyself merciful;
With an upright man Thou wilt show Thyself upright.
With the pure, Thou wilt show Thyself pure;
and with the froward (aggressive) Thou wilt show Thyself froward.
See also Isaiah 28:27
For Thou wilt save the afflicted people;
but will bring down high looks (arrogance, haughtiness, pride, ego, pride of life, prestige )
For Thou wilt light my candle: ( give me enlightenment )
The LORD my God will enlighten my darkness.
For by thee I have run through a troop;
and by my God have I leaped over a wall.
As for God, His way is perfect:
the WORD of the LORD is tried:
He is a buckler to all those that TRUST in Him.
For who is God, save the LORD ??
Or who is a Rock, save our God ??
It is God that girdeth me with strength, and maketh my way perfect.
He maketh my feet like hinds feet,
and setteth me upon my high places. ( Habakkuk 3:19 )
[ fulfilled at the time of Armageddon especially.........
He teacheth my hands to war,
so that a bow of steel is broken by mine arms.
Thou hast also given me the shield of Thy salvation:
and Thy right hand hath holden me up,
and Thy gentleness hath made me great.
Thou hast enlarged my steps under me,
that my feet did not slip.
I have pursued mine enemies, and have overtaken them:
neither did I turn again till they were consumed.
I have wounded them that they were not able to rise:
They are fallen under my feet.
For Thou hast girded me with strength unto the battle:
Thou hast subdued under me those that rose up against me.
Thou hast also given me the necks of mine enemies:
That I might destroy them that hate me.
They cried, but there was none to save them:
even unto the LORD, but He answered them not.
Then did I beat them small as the dust before the wind:
I did cast them out as the dirt in the streets.
Thou hast delivered me from the strivings of the people;
and Thou hast made me the head of the heathen:
a people whom I have not known shall serve me.
As soon as they hear of me, they shall obey me:
the strangers shall submit themselves unto me.
The strangers ( unbelievers ) shall fade away,
and be afraid out of their close places.
The LORD liveth; and blessed be my Rock;
And let the God of my salvation (Yeshua) be exalted.
It is God that avengeth me,
and subdueth the people under me.
He delivereth me from mine enemies:
yea, Thou liftest me up above those that rise up against me:
Thou hast delivered me from the violent man.
Therefore will I give Thee thanks unto Thee, O LORD,
Among the heathen, and sing praise unto Thy name.
Great deliverance giveth He to His king;
And showeth mercy to His anointed,
to David, and to his seed forevermore."
The Lord is my High Tower http://www.crossroad.to/Victory/names/tower.htm
He Hideth My Soul in the Cleft of the Rock http://nethymnal.org/htm/h/e/h/hehideth.htm
Hymn: My Hope is Built on Nothing Less
( On Christ the Solid Rock I Stand )
Courage in the Psalms
Christ, Our Fulcrum
On This Rock
(Deut. 33:27, Jude 24)
On this rock,
with waves crashing,
I'm surrounded by storms
and hungry-mouthed creatures
with devilish forms.
On this rock,
I am standing,
gripping toes, holding fast,
but the island is shrinking
and my spirits are sinking,
and I cannot help thinking,
"How long can I last?"
On this rock,
if my eyes were but opened to see--
the invisible arms that are underneath me!
He will not let me fall
if I'm trusting in Him;
He will not let me drow
even though I can't swim.
On this rock, I will stand
To this Rock, I will cling
And I will not lose heart;
I will hold on--and sing!
by lori fiechter ... 5-28-04
Lori's website : Glow in the Dark Christians"