יי מעוז חיי
Adonai ma’oz chaiyai
Adonai is the strength of my life
David’s prayers are often emotional, viewing life experientially. The stresses of life keep him awake at night. Terror sometimes seizes him as he considers the potential for tragedy in his life. He fears for friends and loved ones. He feels the bite of others’ scorn. He faces the solitude of devotion to God in an impious world.
But the focus of his hope is the thought of God. It is not one specific thing about God that is a fortress or strong place in this world of fearful things. It is everything about God.
A fleeing mercenary, which David often was, has nowhere to sleep in peace until he attains the stronghold, the defensible place. For David, this bastion is the contemplation of God.