I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.
I. A SOUL'S EXPERIENCE OF GOD. The humblest child of God has as great a weapon forged for his defence of spiritual truths as has the most learned: they each have an experience of God, and that is a weapon which can never be blunted by any intellectual parrying.
II. THE WEALTH OF SUCH A SOUL-EXPERIENCE OF GOD.
1. He is my refuge — from trouble, sorrow, despair.
2. He is my fortress. The forces arrayed against the soul are not merely powers which need to be coerced if they are to yield their best, but some of the forces are in antagonistic opposition to the soul. At such times as these, what a fortress was to the people of ancient days — a place of secure defence — so God was to the psalmist.
3. He is my God. This is an advance upon the other two utterances. It is a grand thing to be able to say of any one, "He is my refuge." It is a better thing to be able to say, "He is my fortress, my protector." But it is the acme of happy experience to say, "He is my friend, my companion, my confidant."
III. THE RESULT OF HIS SOUL-EXPERIENCE OF GOD. "In Him will I trust!" Trust, or faith in God, is the experiment of the soul in spiritual things, and the only way to a fuller knowledge and a more blessed experience. No longer need the scientist sneer at the faith, the experiment of the Christian, for the man who trusts God in all the circumstances of life is as rational, and proceeds from as rational a basis, as the scientist who, starting from the known, goes on by experiment to discover the unknown. Let your experience of God, of the Christ, of the Holy Spirit, never alter, except to be enlarged, purified, and intensified. This is the will of God concerning you. What are you to do in order to obtain that better experience? Why, this: you must experiment with God — "In Him will I trust" — along the lines He shall reveal.
(W. A. Todd.)
Parallel VersesKJV: I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.