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The Lord Your Defender (Part 2 of 3)

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God is our DefenderUnconditional Love. He is our Protector.

The Lord will send His hosts to fight for you. He will deliver you from all who rise up against you.

What a wonderful promise.

Look at what King David had to say, after being delivered from all of his enemies — and from the hand of King Saul (from the Complete Jewish Bible with Rashi Commentary):

2. And he said, “I love You, O Lord, my strength.

I love You: Heb. ארחמך, I love You, as the Targum renders (Leviticus 19:18): “and you shall love your neighbor,” ותרחם.

3. O Lord, my rock and my fortress and my rescuer; my God, my rock, I will take refuge in Him; my shield and the horn of my salvation, my refuge

my rock: For You saved me at the Rock of the Divisions (I Sam. 23:28), when I was trapped between Saul and his men, to be caught, as it is stated (in I Sam. 23:26): “but Saul and his men were encircling to David and his men etc.”

and my fortress: Heb. ומצודתי, an expression of a fortress.

my rock: Heb. צורי, an expression of a rock.

I will take refuge: Abrier in French (to protect, cover; cf. Rashi to Isa. 30:2, Joel 4:16).

I will take refuge in Him: I will take shelter in His shade, as the matter is stated (in Job 24:8): “and without shelter (מחסה) they embrace the rocks,” because the rocks are a shelter and a shield for the travelers from the winds and from the downpour of rains.

4. With praise I call to the Lord, and from my enemies I will be saved.

With praise I call to the lord: With praises I call Him and pray before Him constantly, i.e., even before the salvation I praise Him, because I am confident that I will be saved from my enemies.

Psalm 17:2- [CJB/Rashi]

While we rejoice in the truth of our Eternal Father who watches over us and delivers us. As we meditate on this, let us also strive to live the type of life that honors Him.

 

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