Understanding who God is through a Personal Perspective

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Psalm 18 describes David’s personal relationship with God, by using a slew of adjectives about the Lord, and how he perceived who the Lord was in his own life.

My three boys are learning about the life of David and Saul in their Sunday School program.

This past weekend as I was preparing the Sunday School lesson for our preschool class, I was reading through 2 Samuel chapter 22. This chapter is nearly identical to Psalm 18, written on the day the Lord had delivered David from the hand of all his enemies, and from the hand of Saul. As I mentioned in my previous post Questioning God when Life brings Endless Struggles, I will be focusing on the book of Psalms and David’s life throughout the next few weeks.

Psalm 18 describes David’s personal relationship with God, by using a slew of adjectives about the Lord, and how he perceived who the Lord was in his own life.

David begins chapter 18 like this:

“I will love thee, O Lord, my strength.

The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.

I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies.”

It is amazing to see the imagery David uses for God.

He declares that God is:

My Strength

My Rock

My Fortress

My Deliverer

My Buckler (shield)

My Horn of my salvation

My Hightower (stronghold)

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David uses many more adjectives throughout the book of Psalms which allows us to see God through his eyes as a shepherd boy, and King.

As you read through the next few verses, think about when David would of recited these songs and hymns.

Psalms 23:1 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

Psalm 94:22 But the Lord is my defense; and my God is the rock of my refuge.

Psalm 118:14 The Lord is my strength and song, and is become my salvation.

Psalm 27:1 The Lord is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid?

Psalm 28:7 The Lord is my strength and my shield; My heart trusted in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart greatly rejoices, And with my song I will praise Him.

Psalm 54:4 Behold, God is my helper; The Lord is with those who uphold my life.

Psalm 91:2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.”

 Psalm 74: 12 For God is my King from of old, Working salvation in the midst of the earth. 

You can feel the level of understanding David had of this great God who was his protector, and deliverer.

I know it is important to understand God from his attributes such as being: “omnipotent, and omniscient,” but I also think it’s more important to really KNOW him- personally without using these big words.

If I asked you: Describe God from a personal perspective, what adjectives would you use?

Think about it before you read my answers (and I would love to see your adjectives below)!

As I look back throughout my childhood, my college days, my married life, and my journey through motherhood, God has been many things to me.

God is my strength (when I feel mentally weak, he gives me strength)

my comfort, (when I feel discontentment, he provides comfort)

my peace, (when I feel anxious, he brings me peace)

my provider, (when I feel financially unstable, he always provides)

my healer, (when I was sick in college, he healed me)

and my joy. (when sadness creeps in, he restores my joy.)

So now it’s your turn!

Through your personal perspective and testimony, who you do you understand God to be?

Describe Him in the comments below!

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4 Comments

  • Aryn October 9, 2017 at 8:49 am

    He is my comfort, my strength, my hope! I am so grateful for His presence and his Voice!

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  • Misty October 9, 2017 at 9:03 am

    Sue, thanks for these great reminders! God is Alpha and Omega. He is everything! From beginning to end the great I am! The awesome one who spoke the universe into being yet is intimately concerned with all of the details of my life.

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  • Elizabeth October 9, 2017 at 11:58 am

    Hi Sue, I love it that teaching children feeds us from God’s Word too 🙂 I love using David’s words to describe my relationship with God – I feel them personally too because they are all mine in Christ. it helps me when I feel distant or weak to know He is my fortress.

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  • Lisa T October 9, 2017 at 9:37 pm

    He is my Ebenezer!!! I can truly say thus far the Lord has been my help (and will continue to be!) Thanks Sue!

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