Shabbat shalom! I tried to really rest today, not only because it’s commanded (Exodus 20:8-11), and not only because we had a snowstorm that prevented us from meeting with our local Sabbath fellowship, but because it was a harder-than-normal week and I’m a bit worn out. So I slept in, and we had a quiet day as a family.
I didn’t even read my normal Bible reading until this evening. And since these first three verses of Psalm 18 are some of my favorites, let’s just pick these apart and fill up our spiritual tanks with some of these wonderful truths.
According to what our Bibles say, this Psalm was written “to the Chief Musician,” who is probably the chief musician at the Tabernacle. It is a “psalm of David the servant of YHVH, who spoke to YHVH the words of this song on the day that YHVH delivered him from the hand of all his enemies and from the hand of Saul.”
We haven’t read this far in our Bibles yet, but the cross reference in my Bible says it’s recorded for us in 2 Samuel 22, which we’ll read in mid-June. so help me remember this when we get to it, okay? Otherwise, feel free to peek if you’d like a spoiler.
“And [David] said:
‘I will love You, YHVH, my strength.
YHVH is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer;
My God, my strength, in whom I will trust;
My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
I will call upon YHVH, who is worthy to be praised;
So shall I be saved from my enemies'” (Psalm 18:1-3).
Let’s define some of these words. I’ll link to the lexicon where I got my definitions, if you’d like to check me or get in the habit of using it yourself.
“I will love You, YHVH, my strength.”
racham (Strong’s #7355): Have compassion; literally to cradle in ones arms to protect or cherish. By extension, to have or show sympathy or sorrow.
chezeq (Strong’s #2391): Forceful; a strong grip on something to refrain or support. Driven with force. Acting with power.
“YHVH is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer…”
cela` (Strong’s #5553): A cliff; a high rock, cliff or towering rock, as a place of defense.
matsuwd (Strong’s #4686): A stronghold; a hiding place surrounded by sides.
palat (Strong’s #6403): Escape; to bring out or rescue from trouble.
“My God, my strength, in whom I will trust…”
‘el (Strong’s #410): Mighty one; one who holds authority over others, such as a judge, chief or god. In the sense of being yoked to one another. It comes from the word yoke or ox.
tsuwr (Strong’s #6697): Flint tools are made by striking or pressing the edges with a tool to remove flakes creating a sharp edge; a boulder; a large rock used as a weapon or a rock cliff used as a place of defense. Also flint, a very hard rock that when fractured forms a razor sharp edge and used for knives, spears or arrowheads.
chacah (Strong’s #2620): Refuge; to take shelter or place ones trust in someone or something of support.
“My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.”
magen (Strong’s #4043): A shield; a broad piece of defensive armor carried on the arm, or a protective structure. Wall of protection. It comes from a root meaning a place for growing crops and is often surrounded by a rock wall or hedge to protect it from grazing animals.
qeren (Strong’s #7161): One of a pair of bony processes that arise from the head of many animals and used as a wind instrument; the horns of an animal or a musical instrument in the shape of a horn. Used as a symbol of authority.
yesha` (Strong’s #3468): Rescue; a deliverance or freedom from a burden, enemy or trouble. When one of the flock is in trouble, the shepherd rescues it.
misgab (Strong’s #4869): High; to be raised up in height; to be exalted; tower; high place of defense and protection.
“I will call upon YHVH, who is worthy to be praised…”
qara’ (Strong’s #7121): To call out; to raise one’s voice or speak loudly and with urgency.
halal (Strong’s #1984): To shine; to emit rays of light. Shine brightly. To shine or cause another to shine through one’s actions or words.
“So shall I be saved from my enemies.”
yasha` (Strong’s #3467): To rescue; to free or deliver from a trouble, burden or danger. (This is almost the same word as salvation up above.)
‘oyeb (Strong’s #341): To attack; to be antagonistic or unfriendly to another. An action taken by an enemy. The tent pole is pointed at one end and doubles as a spear which can be used against an enemy to defend (also a support of) the family.
Back on schedule tomorrow morning, Abba willing. See you then?
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