LESSON 14:  Bible Messages on Faith - continued

The Psalm of Faith – Psalm 18 - continued


In our Christian lives today we often quote the Word of God in response to a question, or in a conversation, without having proved that Word. At times when we are tried we deny the same Word of the Lord that we have spoken to others. This is very destructive in our lives, because when the trial comes we have no root to endure.


V     Mark 4:16-17  And these are they likewise which are sown on stony ground; who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with gladness; And have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word's sake, immediately they are offended.


V     1 Samuel 17:38-39  And Saul armed David with his armour, and he put an helmet of brass upon his head; also he armed him with a coat of mail.  And David girded his sword upon his armour, and he assayed to go; for he had not proved it. And David said unto Saul, I cannot go with these; for I have not proved them. And David put them off him.


When David was preparing to fight Goliath, King Saul insisted that David wear his own armour. The armour that King Saul had was the best of the best for he was a great warrior. Having the King’s armour would have given confidence to any soldier, what a privilege to go to battle in that armour.


David was wise, He said I have not proven them, they look good, they are designed well, and have been tested, but I have not tested them.


David could not put his trust in the armour of King Saul, he had to trust the Lord. Hallelujah!


So the trying of our faith is personal, David’s experiences with the lion and the bear can’t help us, but remembering what the Lord has done in our lives will produce the same results.

King David’s personal statement of faith

V     Psalms 18:2  The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.


All these things were proven in David’s life, through the trials and troubles he endured this is what he gleaned.


The Lord is my ROCK – I shall not be removed.

The Lord is my FORTRESS – I shall not be compromised

The Lord is my DELIVERER – I shall not be overcome

The Lord is my STRENGTH – I shall not faint

The Lord is my BUCKLER – I shall not be vulnerable

The Lord is the HORN OF MY SALVATION – I shall defeat my enemies

The Lord is my HIGH TOWER – I shall dwell in safety


Can you imagine going to battle against this kind of resolve.  Read Psalm 118:14-18