December 17th: Horn of Salvation

    

The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom

I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. Psalm 18:2, ESV

 

      The name Horn of Salvation has a very special place in my heart. Although this name of Jesus didn’t come to me in a pretty package, I will be forever thankful that I was able to unwrap this particular name of my Savior Jesus.

      I first learned what it meant for Jesus to be the Horn of my Salvation during one of the   darkest seasons of my life. We had lived in Georgia for about a year. Daisy was going through the “terrible threes”, Doug was traveling a good bit for work, the excitement of moving to a new

place had worn off, and I was feeling alone and overwhelmed. One particularly trying day, it hit

me hard that our home was now fourteen hours away from the family, friends and church

community I had always relied on. Depression and anxiety overwhelmed me, and I began a four

year battle for my sanity. During those dark days, God led me to Psalm 18. What a treasure!!

I learned that HE was the one I needed to rely on; the only one I needed in life’s tough battles.

While family and friends are certainly a gift from God, it is God alone who will bring us out of

our troubles and into a broad place. It is He who will rescue us, because He delights in us!

(Psalm 18:19, paraphrased) After all, it is God who sent His Son Jesus to earth to be the Horn of

our Salvation in living flesh. That tiny baby born so long ago would grow into a man who would

willingly offer up His own life so that we could be rescued from the cords of sin and death that

encompassed us. (Psalm 18:4-5, paraphrased) Now THAT is a gift worth unwrapping!

 

Submitted by Jen Bucknell, Deacon