2 The LORD
[Yahovah] is my rock, [cela`] and my
fortress, [matsuwd] and my deliverer; [palat] my God, ['el] my strength, [tsuwr] in whom I will trust; [chacah] my buckler, [magen] and the
horn [qeren] of my salvation, [yesha`] and my high tower. [misgab]
2 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. NASB
The rock, 'cela,' is a high outcropping place on a cliff that might generally have a cave or a crevice that provides a place of hiding and safety, that is not available on the lower lands below. It is a place that is difficult to see or locate or even get to, let alone discover by some enemy. It is a place of security and safety from predators, or scavengers, or hunters, or roving gangs, and such.
A fortress, 'matsuwd,' is a castle, a defense, a strong place that is difficult if not impossible to attack.
Deliverer, 'palat,' means to escape, to carry away to safety.
God, 'el,' means strength, power, almighty. There is no greater power or strength or ability above or beyond God.
Strength, 'tsuwr,' is similar to the rock just mentioned, but this refers to a sharp stone upon which an adversary would be cut to pieces. It is a refuge, a large boulder, signifying power and strength and security.
Trust, 'chacah,' means a place to run to, to confide in, to seek refuge with peace of mind without tension or worry.
Buckler, 'magen,' means small shield, one that is easily moved or handled and used for defense and deflection and counter action.
Horn, 'qeren,' comes from the animals that have horns, that are used for defense and offense, representing their power and ability to inflict fatal and permanent blows that end a conflict.
Salvation, 'yesha,' means deliverance, prosperity, safety. The horn of salvation is a phrase used to describe God as the means of all deliverance from all earthly adversarial circumstances, regardless of their nature.
High tower, 'misgab,' refers to a high place that is inaccessible and therefore a perfect place of safety.
In these descriptions, God is all of this and far, far more.
In this world, there is nothing and no one and no place that is comparable. Only God is the perfect place of safety and defense and offense, and deliverance and peace and prosperity.
And since God is not physically here among us, we look to doctrine or our knowledge of His word in order to gain access to these attributes and tools with which God guards and protects us. Without doctrine, you do not have Gods protection to its maximum potential. Without doctrine, you have only Gods common grace which treats everyone nearly the same, but more or less as historical filler. Historical filler is not the place of choice in life.
Being the apple of Gods eye is a far, far better position to live within because it comes with far greater advantages.
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