Day 3: Our Love Towards God

Psalm 18 (select verses):

I love you, Lord, my strength.
The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer;
my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge,
my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
I called to the Lord, who is worthy of praise,
and I have been saved from my enemies.

From his temple he heard my voice;
my cry came before him, into his ears.
The earth trembled and quaked,
and the foundations of the mountains shook;
they trembled because he was angry.

He parted the heavens and came down;
dark clouds were under his feet.

He reached down from on high and took hold of me;
he drew me out of deep waters.
He rescued me from my powerful enemy,
from my foes, who were too strong for me.

The Lord has dealt with me according to my righteousness;
according to the cleanness of my hands he has rewarded me.
For I have kept the ways of the Lord;
I am not guilty of turning from my God.

As for God, his way is perfect:
The Lord’s word is flawless;
he shields all who take refuge in him.

The Lord lives! Praise be to my Rock!
Exalted be God my Saviour!
He is the God who avenges me,
who subdues nations under me,
who saves me from my enemies.

Therefore I will praise you, Lord, among the nations;
I will sing the praises of your name.
He gives his king great victories;
he shows unfailing love to his anointed,
to David and to his descendants forever.

 

The great King David sang a song when he found deliverance from Saul and from his enemies (recorded in 2 Samuel 22). Psalm 18 is an adaptation of that song for all to sing. You can read the full passage here.

If we desire to grow in the fruit of love we not only need to embrace God’s love for us, but express love back to him. David gives us an example of how to do this as “the man after God’s own heart.” In this Psalm we find David praising God because of things God has done.

Do you find yourself in awe of what God is doing or what he has done?

As humans, we often base our love on conditions, but God loves us unconditionally. If this is true how much more should we love God because of all he has done for us? David bases his love and adoration on the very nature and character of who God is – all-powerful, holy, in control. David is in awe of what God has done and who He is.

The Lord lives! Praise be to my Rock!
Exalted be God my Savior!
He is the God who avenges me,
who subdues nations under me,
who saves me from my enemies.

Spend some time today reflecting on God’s character and what he has done, then speak those things back to him in loving praise. If you get stuck re-read Psalm 18 and translate into your own words.

Prayer: I love you, Lord. You have absolute power and control over all of my life. There is no one like you God. You reached down from your high place to lift me up. May you give me eyes to see your glory, ears to hear your works, and a heart in awe of what you have done. May you lead me to grow in my love for you daily. Amen.

Categories: The Nine