David starts this psalm with a beautiful description of Yahweh. He says in verse 1, "to you I call, O Lord my Rock." Have you ever thought of God as your rock, your unmovable place of safety, in the midst of the storms in life? David understood his inability to handle those storms, and he understood God's ability to not only handle them, but protect Him, as well. Many in David's world and in our modern world do not follow after God. They choose to live according to their own law and refuse to listen to anything God has to say. David asks that he not be counted with them, but that God judge him based upon their relationship. He knows that God has forgiven him and shown him "mercy" beyond anything he could ever earn or deserve. He reiterates his praise to the Lord by saying, "the Lord is my strength and my shield." Again, he understands that he must live a life of faith and not one of works. I can do absolutely nothing to be right with God. My righteousness (right relationship) with God comes through Jesus and all that He did in living a perfect life and dying a horrible death on the cross of Calvary. David says, "My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to Him in song." When God is our Rock, our strength, and our shield, we cannot help but worship Him with our lives and with our brothers and sisters in Christ.

Help me, Lord, to count on You as my rock, my strength, and my shield. Help me to live a life of faith and not one focused upon what I can do to please You.