Psalm 18:1-3, 18-19
Where do you turn first whenever you have trouble? Why do you turn here? Whether it be family members or friends, material objects, or God, where we turn first speaks a lot about the level of trust we place in God. Every Christian should understand that God is not only the One Who protects us, but He is also the One Who saves us, both when we are in a bad situation here on earth or when we were in need of salvation for our souls. Knowing this, we can be confident when we place our trust in Him.
Those of us who walk with Jesus know that He can save us. Think back to a situation that could have gone bad, but didn't. Too often we credit ourselves with coming out of a bad situation by our own strength, while failing to realize that it was God who gave us this strength to overcome the situation. Ultimately, all good things come from Him, even the things we credit to ourselves.
David probably understood this principle more than anyone else. David wrote many of the Psalms while he was on the run from King Saul. During this time David was hunted like an animal because God had chosen David to be the next king of Israel, and Saul did not like this idea. David sang the words of Psalm 18 to God after one of the times that God delivered him from King Saul. He later penned this Psalm so that others could sing it to God, as well.
Look at the way in which David describes God in this Psalm. He describes God as his Strength, his Rock (more than once), his Fortress, his Deliverer, his Shield, his Stronghold, worthy to be praised, the One who saved David from David's enemies. This is a good description of what it means to trust God as our salvation.
As our Protector, God prevents many of the bad situations that could come our way from ever reaching us. As our Salvation, God delivers us from situations that are beyond our control. We must never forget this. When we don't understand this principle, we can always look back to the life of David with confidence that, just as God was David's Salvation, He will be ours.
It must be noted here that, just as God does not always protect us in the manner that we think best, He may not always deliver us from bad situations in our lives in the manner that we think best. His ways are higher than our ways. He can see things that we cannot. The best thing for us to do in these bad situations is to trust Him.
As we go throughout each and every day, let us look for the things that God does for us, whether they be His acts of protection or His acts of salvation. When we see these, let us not forget to thank Him, because He is worthy of our thanks. Let us not cease praising Him, because He is worthy of our praise.