Ps 18:1-3 I love you, Lord; you are my strength. The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my savior; my God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety. I called on the Lord, who is worthy of praise and he saved me from my enemies.
Being a military man David described God in symbols known to him. A rock, a fortress, and a shield. However, he also knew God personally, from his experiences of past victories. He names God as my strength, my savior, my place of safety and the power that saves. Even though most of us have no military background, we need God in all these aspects of life to feel secure and safe.
God is our foundation of rock, a starting point to build our lives. He is our fortress and a shield to protect us from harm. His power gives us the feeling of safety and security throughout our lives. We need these not only to survive but also to thrive.
Survival means to live or exist in spite of danger or hardship. Fear of death is what helps us survive this life. There were times in my life I felt my survival was in question. Each time I survived adversity, whether pain, loneliness, fear or danger, I tried harder, pushed through and thrived. Every time the Lord rescued King David, he prayed, pushed through and thrived in God’s plan.
God created us for a specific purpose and will gives us the tool needed to be our best, do our best, and live for him. In other words, he wants us to not only survive but also thrive as we fulfill his plan. So today, will you merely survive or will you thrive?


  1. I have lived in survival mode for so long .. I’d love to relax in Gods care and allow him to lead me to a life of thriving.. for this I pray


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