TEXT: PSALM 18:1-19.
🔑KEY VERSE “He brought me forth also into a large place; he delivered me, because he delighted in me” (PSALM 18:19).

A bunker is a defensive military fortification designed to protect people and valued materials from falling bombs or other enemy attacks. Chiefly underground, they were deployed during the two world wars and in the long period of the Cold War that followed the second global conflict in the 20th century. But they were not invincible. They would fail in the event of very powerful blasts or when hit by bunker-busting warheads deployed to penetrate hardened targets buried deep underground.

These military-type shelters, despite their limitations, might have come in handy for David to hide as Saul and other enemies sought to destroy him. Caves, mountains and the wilderness were his hideouts. Death always stalked him and his fellow fugitives, numbering about six hundred as informants exposed him often.

Finally, after being severely buffeted by the “sorrows of death,” “the sorrows of hell,” and the “floods of ungodly men,” David ran into the “arms of God,” the ultimate and unfailing Shelter, more secure than a thousand and one bunkers put together. That was where he got deliverance and sweet relief. Thereafter, instead of walking in the shadows of caves and mountains for the fear of Saul, he was brought “into a large place” by God.

Today, Jesus Christ is the Tower all men and women worldwide should run to for deliverance from a warring Satan and his agents.

The sinner needs Him for the salvation of his soul. The backslider must go to Him for restoration to his first love. How about the redeemed? We must remain with Him in faithfulness and ask for more grace to continue to serve Him in righteousness and holiness till the end.

✍THOUGHT FOR THE DAY Trusting in God thrusts you into His everlasting arms for protection.

COVER TO COVER NUMBERS 11-13.

MEDITATION

How precious are you to God?

  1. God delighted in David because he delighted in God v19, Psalm 91:14.
    Q What does it mean to delight in God?
    The hope, ambition and affection of such will be primarily in God. They always delight in pleasing God by a life of obedience and holiness.
    Q Can you claim to be fully delighted in God?
    Lord, direct my affection, ambition and hope to be exclusively in you
  2. Those who delighted in God are the “apples of God’s eyes” Zechariah 2:8, Psalm 17:8.
    a. How do you treat your eyeball when a strange object wants to enter your eyes?
    b. Read vv6-17 of the text carefully and see what God, in His jealousy and anger, did because of a single saint that delighted in God.
    c. See what always follow when a persecuted “delight of God” cried unto God vv6,14,17,19.
    d. God is not partial. The key is to delight in God Psalm 91:14,15.
    Praise God because you are the apple of God’s eye and therefore there is no need to fear the enemy
    Reconsecrate to Him that you will delight and love Him more and more
    Ask God to arise in His anger and fight against those troubling the saints in the Church

HYMN Leaning on the everlasting arms

1 What a fellowship, what a joy divine,
leaning on the everlasting arms;
what a blessedness, what a peace is mine,
leaning on the everlasting arms.
Refrain:
Leaning, leaning,
safe and secure from all alarms;
leaning, leaning,
leaning on the everlasting arms.
2 O how sweet to walk in this pilgrim way,
leaning on the everlasting arms;
O how bright the path grows from day to day,
leaning on the everlasting arms. [Refrain]
3 What have I to dread, what have I to fear,
leaning on the everlasting arms?
I have blessed peace with my Lord so near,
leaning on the everlasting arms. [Refrain]