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Rock, Rampart, Redeemer

The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer, my God, my rock in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. Psalms 18:2 NRSV

It is no surprise that David's poems reflect his military knowledge. He knew a solid defensive position meant having elevation so he could see the enemy's moves. It also gave him the advantage of sure footing upon solid rock. He would have also desired ramparts of the most robust material available; rock underneath and all around.

However, a good offense is only one part of military strategy; there is also defense. He might have retreated to the fortress if the battle were to turn against him. But otherwise, he was on the ground with the troops. He had his sword and shield as weapons, but also something else, a ram's horn, blown at the beginning of a battle, but also to signal victory.

David attributes these military attributes to Yahweh. The Lord is his Rock, Rampart, and Redeemer. The rock of recourse, the person in which he had confidence and reliance. The Lord was also his weapon to fight the enemy and ensure victory. When a respite from battle was needed, the Lord provided a safe sanctuary.

While we likely don'tram's think in military terms as David, we enjoy God's same promise. By his grace, he continues to be our Rock, Rampart, and Redeemer.

Gracious and loving God, thank you for providing sure footing, a place of refuge, the weapons to battle evil, and the guarantee of success. You are everything we need. Amen.


Pastor Tim

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