Shining a light on the weekly Bible Lessons published in the Christian Science Quarterly®


The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; the God of my rock; in him will I trust: he is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my saviour; thou savest me from violence. 

Often compared with Hannah’s song in First Samuel 2:1–10, David’s psalm of thanksgiving serves as a final review of God’s protection and power in his life. To the rock and horn metaphors in the earlier poem, David adds fortress, shield, and tower images. (A slightly different version of this poem is found in Psalm 18.)

Horn can refer to musical instruments or animals’ horns, but its biblical use is largely symbolic. From projections at the altar of incense in the Temple, to Daniel’s visions and the inspiration of the Revelator, horns represent might, vigor, and strength (see Exodus 30:2Daniel 7:7, 8Revelation 13:117:12).

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Resources quoted in this issue

Cits. 2, 15: Keck, Leander E., et al., eds. The New Interpreter’s Bible Commentary. Vol. 3, Introduction to Hebrew Poetry, Job, Psalms, Introduction to Wisdom Literature, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs. Nashville: Abingdon, 2015.

Cit. 12: Radmacher, Earl D., Ronald Barclay Allen, and H. Wayne House. The NKJV Study Bible. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2007.

Cit. 14: Perowne, John J.S., Alexander F. Kirkpatrick, Frederic H. Chase, Reginald St. John Parry, and Alexander Nairne, eds. The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges. 58 vols. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1882–1922. Also available at

Cit. 18: Ellicott, Charles John, ed. A Bible Commentary for English Readers by Various Writers. London: Cassell, 1897–1905. Also available at

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