Preparing our hearts to worship: Psalm 18:1-2

Preparing our hearts to worship: Psalm 18:1-2

As we prepare for the next Lord’s Day (2/5/17) we turn our hearts toward Heaven once again and look to the 18th Psalm to prepare us for worship.

Psalm 18:1-2 HCSB

I love You, Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer, my God, my mountain where I seek refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

Looking to our text, the Psalmist lists off several reasons why we delight in worshipping the Lord. When we think of the Lord as our rock, fortress, and mountain of refuge, we see Him as being unmovable; our sure safe haven.

Speaking to Isaiah the Lord declares, “‘Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand. (Isaiah 41:10)'” There is nothing that can come against us if not permitted by God. It gets even better though…

God is our Horn of Salvation. In the Bible horns metaphorically refer to kings. God, in the Second person of the Trinity, is the King who brings us our salvation. (Luke 1:69) When we “walk through the valley of the shadow of death (Psalm 23:4)” we take our comfort in God as our safe haven and the horn of our salvation. He redeems us unto Himself and keeps us from all that would destroy us. In return for such manifold grace, we delight to rejoice in Him. The ultimate reason why we worship is John 10:28, “And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any pluck them out of my hand.” The Psalmist looks forward to that moment in history (Calvary) just as we look backward to it. We are in Christ’s unmoving hand and none can take us from His hand, ever.

Let us pray

Jesus, we are so grateful to be in your hands where there is no shadow of change and we give you praise and glory for who You are. To your Name, we give glory now and look forward to the day when we rise to behold You in Your glory, never again to die and always to be in fellowship with you. Amen

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