“The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge. He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.” (Psalm 18:2 NIV)
David knew God didn’t he? He walked with God and God protected him time and time again. He wrote this Psalm as a praise to the One that continually delivered him. After he had been through a tough time, David remembered where his strength came from and who protected him. He never forgot the truth of God’s love and care for him.
In David’s day, they built cities and surrounded them with walls to keep the enemy out. They watched continuously for intruders and only allowed guests that were known to them. The walls they built were there for protection and safety. And David knew that ultimately, although he wasn’t surrounded by physical walls, he was surrounded by God, his fortress and shield.
Sometimes, we build walls around ourselves as protection. Perhaps it’s from someone we fear as the enemy or someone that has harmed us in the past. These walls are built by humans and serve no purpose other than to isolate us. And that’s were the enemy wants to find us, isolated and without protection.
Those are not the walls David is talking about. This is not the refuge he speaks of. He speaks of God being our walls, our fortress, our refuge, our rock. These are not here to isolate us, they are here to protect us from the true enemy. They are there to keep us from the one who desires to devour us. We need to recognize the difference. We need to recognize who the enemy actually is and ask God to protect us.
David found comfort in the fact that God was his rock. He found safety and refuge in God. He found physical and emotional protection in the midst of turmoil. He had all of this because he was convinced of God’s deliverance. He knew that the walls built by the Most High would not be penetrated. He knew that protection came from the Lover of his soul.