Psalm 18:28-33 [NLT]
28 You light a lamp for me.
The Lord, my God, lights up my darkness.
29 In your strength I can crush an army;
with my God I can scale any wall.
30 God’s way is perfect.
All the Lord’s promises prove true.
He is a shield for all who look to him for protection.
31 For who is God except the Lord?
Who but our God is a solid rock?
32 God arms me with strength,
and he makes my way perfect.
33 He makes me as surefooted as a deer,
enabling me to stand on mountain heights.
My reflections in prayer
The lamp you light for me is the truths found in the Bible. I praise You for Your instructions, Your guidance, Your encouragement. Your way is perfect, forgive me when I get misdirected. All Your promises are true, forgive me when I settle for less, like C.S. Lewis said, oh how often do I settle for making mud pies in my backyard when I could have been building sand castles at the ocean. Forgive my shortsightedness, and today Holy Spirit help me walk and work in the strength of the Lord. May I bring You glory, may I draw myself and others closer to You.
From Tim and Kathy Keller’s book “Songs of Jesus”:
STRENGTH THROUGH THE WORD. This psalm, from the first verse and throughout, is all about how God gives us the strength to face anything. How do we get that strength? Here David says he can scale a wall, because God’s way is perfect and his Word is flawless. A perfect God could have nothing less than perfect communication with his people. It is we who read hastily, skip prayer, and fail to meditate on his Word, who find it confusing. The best gift in the world, next to the Word incarnate, Jesus himself, is God’s written Word, and it will ignite your heart if you give it a chance.
Prayer: I thank you, Lord, for the Word of God, the Scripture, for its variety, wisdom, truth, wholesomeness, and power. Open my eyes so I can see more and more wondrous things in it and grow in strength to face anything that life can throw at me. Amen.