Reach Out and Trust is a faith-based 30-minute program brought to you each Sunday morning at 7:30 am and 11:30 am. Reach Out and Trust is a ministry of Whitney United Methodist Church here in Boise. Rev. Christina Thompson is the pastor at Whitney and each week brings her sermon to the radio. Each program is designed to encourage trust in the Lord and seeks to bring everyone who listens to a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ.
This morning, Reverend Christina introduces a new sermon series titled “God is My Rock” and discusses various metaphorical aspects of Psalm 18. A Psalm of David, this Psalm was written to thank God for his protection, deliverance, and victory. In this Psalm, David characterized God’s care and protection with some interesting symbols or metaphors. David’s aim was to characterize God’s boundless care of His people in a variety of symbolic forms.
First, God is like a rock, rocks such as those found in high elevations whose projecting crags offered security and refuge.
Second, God is like a fortress. Here the word fortress means a place of defense, a stronghold that an enemy could not overcome. Such fortresses were often constructed on high, rocky embankments, where those who fled there would be doubly safe.
Here’s another symbolic phrase that might be unfamiliar to you: “the horn of my salvation.” Here, references made to the means many horned animals used for their defense. Their horn protects and defends them, just as the Lord protects His own in unsafe situations. In Psalm 18 and many other books of the Bible, symbols used metaphorically can help readers better understand what the writer, or Psalmist, intends. Specifically, in Psalm 18, most agree that David used his chosen symbols to show that as the wicked have many means to hurt, so God has many ways to help.
In this week’s show, Reverend Christina Thompson takes listeners through parts of Psalm 18 which says (ESV):
2 The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer,
my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge,
my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
3 I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised,
and I am saved from my enemies.…
46 The Lord lives, and blessed be my rock,
and exalted be the God of my salvation—
47 the God who gave me vengeance
and subdued peoples under me,
48 who rescued me from my enemies;
yes, you exalted me above those who rose against me;
you delivered me from the man of violence.
49 For this I will praise you, O Lord, among the nations,
and sing to your name.
50 Great salvation he brings to his king,
and shows steadfast love to his anointed,
to David and his offspring forever.