Horn of My Salvation – Psalm 18:1-2

Psalm 18:1-2 – I love you, Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

David was a man after God’s own heart. Several times he had the opportunity to kill his “thorn in the side” King Saul but he refused to lay a hand on God’s annointed. God took care of the problem in his own time. And David was so overwhelmed that he cried at the news that Saul and his son, Johnathan were dead. He sings a song that is so touching that it is recorded twice, once in 2 Samuel 22 and then again in Psalm 18.

David praise God for his protection and his mercy. He calls God “the horn of my salvation”. What does he mean by this? There are two thoughts according to Biblical scholars. The first one is that he is referring to the rams horn that watchmen on the wall would blow when the enemy was coming. The second thought is that it is referring to the horns or corners of the altar in the tabernacle.

Although I like the idea of God watching over us to keep us safe I am not sure David was trying to convey that meaning. If you note the other elements of this verse, the rock, the fortress, the deliverer, the stronghold, the shield, and the refuge, you will see that they all have the element of being saved from the enemy. It is not just God warning Him of danger.

I like the idea of the horn of the altar best. You see the horns of the altar were smeared with the blood of the sacrifice. It can be noted often times someone fleeing from the wrath of the king would go to the tabernacle and hold tightly to the horns and plead for mercy as in the case of Joab in 1 Kings 2:28.

It is easy to see the idea of grace, mercy and salvation in the horn of the altar. We can also note that the blood of sacrifice on the horn is foreshadowing of the blood of Jesus Christ.

Perhaps that is why Zachariah sang a song, when he got his voice back, proclaiming “He has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David!” The news that his son, John, would be the voice proclaiming salvation inspired him to give praise to God for the horn of salvation, Jesus Christ. The very name, Jesus, means salvation. It would be his blood that would bring mercy, grace, and salvation to all people.

When you get frustrated with life’s irritations don’t forget that God is your rock and salvation. Give him praises and sing to him as both David and Zachariah did. Let him fight your battles. He does it better than you anyhow.

Dear God, Thank you for being my rock, fortress, shield, and salvation. You not only give me the strength to fight the battles of life but you win them for me as well. Help me to stand out of the way and see the mighty work of your hands. In the name of Jesus, the horn of my salvation, I pray, Amen.

2 Samuel 22:4 – “I called to the Lord, who is worthy of praise, and have been saved from my enemies.”

I Will Call Upon the Lord
Michael O’Shields

I will call upon the Lord who is worthy to be praised
So shall I be saved from my enemies
I will call upon the Lord who is worthy to be praised
So shall I be saved from my enemies

The Lord liveth and blessed be the Rock
And let the God of my salvation be exalted
The Lord liveth and blessed be the Rock
And let the God of my salvation be exalted

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