From Pastor’s Desk: 2-23-14
Psalm 118:14 (NIV) The LORD is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation.
Food for thought. Why does the Psalmist say “has become” (is become in the KJV) here when he has already recognized the LORD as his salvation? Does he mean that LORD gradually becomes our salvation? All the references to God as rock, shelter, hiding place, high tower, horn of salvation, etc., indicate highly that IS our salvation. The meaning of become is: to come, change, or grow to be…to come into being. The original form of it is: exist, that is, be or come to pass.
With that in mind, then, it is presumptuous to assume that he means that, while he knows God is his salvation, it becomes more evident as time passes, including all the adverse situations he faced, especially in times of running and hiding from King Saul. From the experiences in which he had derived help from the LORD and Him only, he could say now, after all this and up to this point of his life, he could say with certainty that he realizes beyond a shadow of doubt that God is, indeed, his salvation.
Have you gone through troubling times and, after having emerged from the battle, you can see where God, and God alone, helped you? This is just one more step in the realization process that God “is become” your salvation. God has always been our salvation, and maybe, intellectually, you have known that, but now, you have come to a place where you are totally convinced that He is! He is a hiding place, a shelter from the storm, the rock that you can stand on that will never crumble, your high tower from which you can view the terrain all around and see the enemy approaching. In effect, He has become your salvation!