1 I will love You, O Lord, my strength.
2 The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer;
My God, my strength, in whom I will trust;
My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. (Psalm 18:1–2)
He will make my feet like deer’s feet,
And He will make me walk on my high hills.
To the Chief Musician. With my stringed instruments.
This last idea is what we see here in Psalm 18. David declares here in verse 1 - “I will love You, O Lord, my strength”. The verb “love” here is interesting to think through. The meaning is not that which we often think of as romantic love or affection. It is actually closer to the love for children or perhaps close friends. We should also see that it is a very active word, referring not merely to a thing “felt” but to a the affection that causes action. We don’t just “feel” this kind of love, but we “do” this kind of loving. Now, we remember quickly, that there is a compassion or “kind affection” involved, but is not a mooning kind of affection, but a doing kind. With the “love” present we cannot “not” do what it demands to be done to demonstrate it.
One interesting added idea is that it is a love that can be done in “degrees”. David says that he will love God “with all of his heart”. The implication here is there is the possibility of doing less than that, and that, perhaps, the “less” refers to what may indeed be the normal state of David’s love for God. This is not to say that David’s normal condition was some weaker degree of love. Rather it is to say that David recognized that he could work hard and even desperately to love God in a way that was appropriate and suitable to God, the One who was the object of that love.
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