When the Bible refers to God as “the horn of my salvation,” it sounds strange to our twenty-first-century ears. What kind of horns are we talking about here? Car horns? Antlers? Trumpets?
In nature, animals use their horns to attack. Think of a rhinoceros. While it’s an impressive animal because of its great size and thick, tough skin, it’s the rhino’s horn that often saves it.
When threatened, the rhino’s massive horn becomes a deadly weapon that can shred an angry lion.
The Bible borrows this image of a horn to symbolize strength and victory. Calling God “the horn of my salvation” was David’s way of saying God is on the offensive, rescuing His chosen ones from their adversaries and eliminating the threats around them. One mighty blow from the “divine horn” is more than enough to save us.
But notice another thing. In 2 Samuel 22:3, the offensive nature of this horn is coupled with the defensive idea of a shield.
For many animals, a massive set of horns serves as a warning and a deterrent to would-be attackers. In other words, as our horn, God not only fights for us but also shields and protects us.
The “horn of our salvation” is all we need for ultimate victory. God is the intimidating refuge that we can hide behind. And He is the One who attacks those who threaten us. He provides the ultimate defense and offense—our great salvation.
Today, you don’t have to feel feeble and vulnerable. Don’t think you’re walking around this world defenseless. The “horn of your salvation” fights for you.
God knows what He’s doing, and you can be confident that He is up to the task.
How does God as the “horn of my salvation” benefit you?