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I’m Gonna Love You, Forever and Ever, Amen

A Few Devotional Thoughts from Psalm 18:1–4



To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David, the servant of the Lord, who spake unto the Lord the words of this song in the day that the Lord delivered him from the hand of all his enemies, and from the hand of Saul: And he said,


1  I will love thee, 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 buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.

3  I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised:

So shall I be saved from mine enemies.

4  The sorrows of death compassed me,

And the floods of ungodly men made me afraid.

Psalm 18:1–4


The well known theologian Randy Travis said,


“I’m gonna love you, forever and ever, forever and ever amen”.

Ok, Randy ain’t a theologian and he wasn’t talking to the Lord, but David was saying almost the same thing in the opening line of this song.


There are a few things about our reading today that I love. The title of this one is almost a Psalm in itself.


"To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David, the servant of the Lord, who spake unto the Lord the words of this song in the day that the Lord delivered him from the hand of all his enemies, and from the hand of Saul: And he said,”


That is a whopper of a title isn’t it?


Notice that this is to the Lord when David was delivered from his enemies but then adds, “and from the hand of Saul” as though Saul wasn’t an enemy. David would not lump Saul into the category of his enemies. Saul had on quite a few occasions tried to kill David. Saul had made David a wanted man and a refugee from his homeland forcing him to hide in caves for fear of his life. Saul had taken David’s wife and married her off to another. Saul certainly has made himself the enemy of David, but David refused to make himself the enemy of Saul.


I suppose just because someone hates you then you don’t have to return the favor. 

The beginning of this Psalm is my favorite part.


“I will love you...”

Those are the words David spoke to the Lord. Do you tell your Savior that you love him? I think he would love to hear that from you. I try to tell him often. I sometimes sing to the Lord when I know it is just us. I like to change the old hymn and sing it this way to my Jesus,


“oh how I love you Jesus, oh how I love you Jesus, oh how I love you Jesus, because you first loved me”

It wouldn’t sound like much to you, but I think my Lord loves it. He loves me and the Bible teaches that the Holy Spirit helps our prayers in Romans 8:26. So, I bet because of his bias love and after the Holy Spirit’s auto-tune, to him, my singing sounds like Elvis.


David sang “I will love you” to the Lord. I try to also. How about you try it?


David not only made a commitment to love the Lord but he also committed to call upon him.


Psalm 18:3
I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised:
So shall I be saved from mine enemies.

The psalmist said that he would call because the Lord was worthy of praise. The Lord had proven himself to be David’s strength and he was confident that he would do so again. It makes sense that a commitment to love would include a commitment to communicate. Would you believe a person’s love was genuine if they ignored you and refused to speak? You would have reason to question that kind of love and yet we who claim to love God are guilty of this very omission.


Let’s commit to loving our Lord, expressing that through praise to him and reflecting his heart by the way we treat those that who don’t deserve our affection.


Can we sing it together to our Lord,


“I’m gonna to love you, forever and ever, forever and ever, amen”








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