The Lord Is My Rock, My Fortress, and My Deliverer: Portions from Psalm 18

Here are portions of Psalm 18 that I meditated on recently before Nanci and I met with her doctor. (You can read an update on her health, and some good news we’re grateful for, on her Caring Bridge page.) God spoke to me through these verses, and I hope they speak to you too:

I love you, Lord, my strength.

2 The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer;

    my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge,

    my shield[b] and the horn[c] of my salvation, my stronghold.

3 I called to the Lord, who is worthy of praise…

    I cried to my God for help.

From his temple he heard my voice;

    my cry came before him, into his ears.

16 He reached down from on high and took hold of me;

    he drew me out of deep waters…

18 They confronted me in the day of my disaster,

    but the Lord was my support.

19 He brought me out into a spacious place;

    he rescued me because he delighted in me.

27 You save the humble

    but bring low those whose eyes are haughty.

28 You, Lord, keep my lamp burning;

    my God turns my darkness into light.

29 With your help I can advance against a troop;

    with my God I can scale a wall.

30 As for God, his way is perfect:

    The Lord’s word is flawless;

    he shields all who take refuge in him.

31 For who is God besides the Lord?

    And who is the Rock except our God?

32 It is God who arms me with strength

    and keeps my way secure.

46 The Lord lives! Praise be to my Rock!

    Exalted be God my Savior!...

49 Therefore I will praise you, Lord, among the nations;

    I will sing the praises of your name.

Also, Nanci has loved reading Knowing God by J. I. Packer and Trusting God by Jerry Bridges, along with A. W. Tozer’s The Knowledge of the Holy. Both of us highly recommend these three books, because they center us on the person of God which is where we all need to set our minds, whether we’re facing cancer or anything else.

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Randy Alcorn (@randyalcorn) is the author of over sixty books and the founder and director of Eternal Perspective Ministries