I will love thee, O Lord, my strength.
The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength [my rock], in whom I will trust: my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.
God is the strength of our life. He is a firm rock in a world that is troubled. The world is an unstable and slippery place where things people rely upon often fail. People rely on money and worldly institutions. People rely on friends and family. We would all like to trust and be trusted. Yet all too often those things which seem to be trustworthy fail. God is our only true rock. He can be trusted at all times and in every situation because God is unmovable!
The sorrows of death compassed me, and the floods of ungodly men made me afraid.
The sorrows of hell compassed me about: the snares of death prevented me.
In my distress I called upon the Lord, and cried unto my God: he heard my voice out of his temple, and my cry came before him, even into his ears.
When the troubles of this world surround us we can go
to God who is our rock. When we trust in God as our strength and
call upon Him in times of trouble, His Word declares that He hears us and
our voice comes before Him "even into His ears."
Not only does God's Word declare that He hears us in time of trouble; It declares that He RESPONDS!
Then the earth shook and trembled; the foundations also of the hills moved and were shaken, because he was wroth.
There went up a smoke out of his nostrils, and fire out of his mouth devoured: coals were kindled by it.
God is an unmovable rock. But when God moves look out! When we are in distress and we call upon God - GOD ACTS! The earth shook! The hills moved! God was wroth! He was MAD! Why? Because a believer was in distress - surrounded by floods of ungodly men and the snares of death. Because a believer in his distress called upon God as his strength to help.
He bowed the heavens also, and came down: and darkness was under his feet.
And he rode upon a cherub, and did fly: yea, he did fly upon the wings of the wind.
He made darkness his secret place; his pavilion round about him were dark waters and thick clouds of the skies.
At the brightness that was before him his thick clouds passed, hail stones and coals of fire.
In response to the cry of a believer in distress God came down like a mighty storm. Just picture the brightness of the lightning throwing hail and coals of fire as the dark storm clouds speed toward the enemy! What a tremendous figure of speech! God rushes like an angry storm when believers are in distress.
The Lord also thundered in the heavens, and the Highest gave his voice; hail stones and coals of fire.
Yea, he sent out his arrows and scattered them; and he shot out lightnings, and discomforted them.
Then the channels of waters were seen, and the foundations of the world were discovered at thy rebuke, O Lord, at the blast of the breath of thy nostrils.
The power of God is awesome! The voice of His Word like thunder sent out hail and coals of fire and lightnings which scattered and discomforted the enemies of the believer. So powerful was the blast of the breath of God that the waters of the seas were blown apart and the foundations of the earth beneath could be seen! What a storm! I sure would not want to be the ungodly man on the receiving end of God's wrath when a believer calls upon God.
He sent from above, he took me, he drew me out of many waters.
He delivered me from my strong enemy, and from them which hated me: for they were too strong for me.
They prevented me in the day of my calamity: but the Lord was my stay.
The enemy is too strong for us to handle on our own. God must be our strength and our salvation. He is our rock. He is our deliverer. He is our stay. When we stay put on God as our unmovable rock we have the strength to overcome all adversity. With God as our rock - WE SHALL NOT BE MOVED.
I have set the Lord always before me: Because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.
He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.
Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.
Be thou my strong habitation, whereunto I may continually resort: thou hast given commandment to save me; for thou art my rock and my fortress.
He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber.
A man shall not be established by wickedness: but the root of the righteous shall not be moved.
My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him.
He only is my rock and my salvation; he is my defence; I shall not be moved.
In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God.