Psalm 18:30-36 (NLT)
30 God’s way is perfect. All the Lord’s promises prove true. He is a shield for all who look to him for protection. 31 For who is God except the Lord? Who but our God is a solid rock? 32 God arms me with strength, and he makes my way perfect. 33 He makes me as surefooted as a deer, enabling me to stand on mountain heights. 34 He trains my hands for battle; he strengthens my arm to draw a bronze bow. 35 You have given me your shield of victory. Your right hand supports me; your help has made me great. 36 You have made a wide path for my feet to keep them from slipping.
God, known as Jehovah, was the author of creation and continues to perfect it. God perfected the path for David to follow and gave him solid ground to walk upon. Man is not perfect, so God made life’s path wide enough to keep David from slipping. God is the one who strengthens him and reassures him of the victory that is ahead. God is a shield against the sin that comes at man and He is there to support us when there is a need for help.
The apostle James made this observation, “Indeed, we all make many mistakes. For if we could control our tongues, we would be perfect and could also control ourselves in every other way.” In other words we can’t even control the words that come out of our mouths, much less our actions; for if we could do so we could become perfect on our own. But God has a plan to perfect our lives. The apostle James said also, “For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.” God tests our faith through trials in life. While each trial may bring suffering, tests of faith, annoyances, or even painful experiences; God strengthens us and teaches us how to depend on Him. Like a runner who runs each day to run greater and farther distances; our trials strength and make us more perfect as we lean on God. Our Lord is a solid rock. His feet are planted firmly in perfection and our Lord is our shield to victory. David knew this when he said, “You have given me your shield of victory. Your right hand supports me; your help has made me great.” Believe and trust in God for He wants to make your life a life of victory.