Psalm 18:35 “You give me your shield of victory,”
[Your powerful, proficient protection of us goes on and on, Lord; you give us the shield of victory, but I must take it up and raise it with praise (Eph. 6:16)–and as I do so, you give the victory over the enemy, over temptation, over negative thoughts and emotions, over my old self.]
“and your right hand sustains me;”
[As I tire in the battle , I can look to you and you will strengthen me, refresh me, give me more will and energy to press on in the battle. In must look “to Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith” and “consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart” (Heb 12:3).]
“you stoop down to make me great.”
[You in your greatness as Lord of all creation, must stoop down to enter the universe, our galaxy, to solar system, our world and come to the location when I’m at. There you reach into my life to do what is necessary to make me successful as you define success.
You stooped very low to willingly and lovingly redeem us, becoming a man, being weak, dying in our place, being buried, going to the lower parts of the earth. Therefore you could rise up in power and light, out of the tomb, up to the Father, again filling the whole of the universe (Eph 4:10).
You are astoundingly Great and you are amazingly Humble. In your grace you stoop down to share your greatness with us so we can push through and win, so can we conquer the enemy, reach the goal and achieve your success, for without you we can do nothing (John 15:5).]
Psalm 18:36 “You broaden the path beneath me, so that my ankles do not turn.”
[You attend to the details I can’t even think about, like where my next step will be; your capacity to deal with the minutia of my life is amazing. You protect through provision of exactly what we need, and bring us on to the place of achievement and success that you have designed for each—the good works you prepared for us to do (Eph. 2:10).
All credit, honor, praise and glory must go to you, Heavenly Father. You are the One to be exalted, not us. We play the small role you give, while you move all the events of history along to accomplish the end, the glorious end you have for us.
To live for you, to walk in obedience and trust, to reject the natural, to live in the spiritual—these are all wonderful privileges.
I thank you and praise you for the privilege of knowing you, being your child, working as your partner, trusting you by praising you in all circumstances. To you be glory and honor in all: may your name be exalted, may your Word be lifted up, may many be drawn to you today through what you are doing in our lives.]a