THE TIME SEQUENCE BIBLE
1095 Devotional “Trips”!
Rix W. Tillman, D. Min.
Reading assignment: __Psalm 18:1-29
Focal verse(s): Psalm 18:25-26: “With the kind you show yourself kind; with the blameless you show yourself blameless; 26 with the pure you show yourself pure, and with the crooked you show yourself astute.”
In this Psalm of praise to God, David used many figures of speech to describe all that the Lord is to him. He pictured the Lord as a “rock” because of His security and stability, and the word is used some 20 times in Psalms to describe God. He compared God to a “fortress”, picturing a high place of refuge and defense which one might flee for protection. Taking refuge in the Lord is far better than hiding in a man-made fortress behind a huge rock. After using other descriptive terms for God such as “shield”, “stronghold”, and “salvation”, David reviewed his sufferings and perils and how God had delivered him from them. The term “cords of death” means he was is such difficult distress that without God’s help he would have certainly died. David described the earth trembling and shaking because of God’s anger toward His enemies. It almost sounds like David is describing a huge dragon when he says that God had “smoke and fire coming from His nostrils”, but then he pictured the Lord coming down out of the clouds, soaring on the wind and responding with bolts of lightning. David spent much time outdoors as a warrior and as a sheepherder when he was young, so nature played a large role in his fellowship with the Lord. Take some time today to observe how God works in His creation by spending some quiet time looking at His marvelous creation! Take a nature walk and do the following exercise: (1) Stand by an object of nature that symbolically reminds you of where you used to be in your spiritual life; (2) Find an object of nature that reminds you of your present spiritual condition; (3) Stand by an object of nature that reminds you of where you want to be in your spiritual walk. Be sure to record these thoughts in either this devotional guide, your spiritual journal, or your Bible.