Podcast #266: “Defender” by Francesca Battistelli

God is our Defender. It is important to remember that the next time you feel the need to defend yourself. Psalm 18 says God’s gift of salvation to us is our shield. So why do I think my words are my shield? Or my silence? Or any effort on my part? Francesca Battistelli’s song “Defender” leads us to Scripture and to considering this and other characteristics of God.

I suppose the question is now, “What how will we respond in the future now that we know the truth?”

On this episode I discuss:

  • Taking a B.I.T.E. out of Scripture – this week’s Bible Interaction Tool Exercises include:
    • Repetition
    • Read in context
    • One Word
    • Share with a friend
    • Make a list
  • Our destination this week – Psalm 18
  • Where you can find this Psalm in 2 Samuel – 2 Samuel 22
  • Reading the story of David in context up to this song
  • The historical perspective that this song was adapted from a personal song of David (in 2 Samuel 22) to a congregational Psalm
  • Reading Psalm 18 together with a friend and following the pattern of choose one word that jumps out at you and discussing that
  • Some of my daughter’s “one word”s:
    • Rock – Psalm 18:1-3
    • Saved – Psalm 18:3-5
    • Heard – Psalm 18:6
    • Angry – Psalm 18:7-15
    • Drew me out – Psalm 18:16-19
  • Making a list of the pattern of David’s life that was right
  • Characteristics of God we may miss and why
  • HOW David was able to live a righteous life – Psalm 18:28-29
  • My “one word” for the Psalm – shield – Psalm 18:30-36

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Additional Resources

This Week’s Challenge

Read through Psalm 18. I suggest reading it with a friend and exchanging your “one words.” It’s just a great way to consider the amazing characteristics of the Lord and all that we should aspire to be…equipped by Him, of course.


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