Describing the Indescribable.
“I love you, LORD; you are my strength. The LORD is my rock, my fortress, and my savior; my God is my rock, in whom I find protection. ” – Psalm 18:1-2 NLT
The imagery used in this Psalm is classic David. The simple, yet powerful words used by David to describe his God are found throughout the Psalms he penned. They are a vivid example of someone trying to describe the indescribable using terminology that is familiar to him and to which he can easily relate. David refers to God as his strength, rock, fortress, savior and a source of protection. It is because of these attributes that David loves the Lord. These words describe what God IS to David. They illustrate characteristics of God that have come to mean much to this man after God’s own heart. This Psalm was likely written late in David’s life because it is almost a word-for-word copy of the song David sings near the end of his life that is recorded in 2 Samuel 22. David is near death and he is remembering all that God has done for him over a long, distinguished and sometimes difficult life. C. H. Spurgeon calls this Psalm “The Grateful Retrospect.” David is expressing appreciation, praise, and love for God’s unmistakable role in his life. He goes on to describe what God has done by using words like:
The single most characteristic thing about David is God. David believed in God, thought about God, imagined God, addressed God, prayed to God. The largest part of David’s existence wasn’t David, but God. The evidence of David’s pervasive, saturated awareness of God is in his profusion of metaphors: bedrock, castle, knight, crag, boulder, hideout. David was immersed in God. Every visibility revealed for him an invisibility.
That is the kind of relationship I long to have with God. I want to be able to see Him all around me, to view Him through all my circumstances. The words we use to describe God are a great indicator of just how well we know Him.
Father, You are my provider, banker, counselor, guide, shelter, the Kevlar vest I wear when the enemy attacks, the umbrella that keeps me dry in the storms of life, the life preserver when my boat goes out from under me, the warm fire when the lights go out and the heat goes off, the unexpected check in the mail when my account was empty and my hopes were lost. Father, You have been there for me so often in my life. You have never failed to provide for me, protect me, and shower me with Your grace. Thank You! Amen
Grow Pastor & Minister to Men