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written by Martin Luther, came from Martin's desire for music to be sung by the "laity" as opposed to music only being sung by monks and the church's representatives.
David's three episodes of escape in I Samuel 19:8-24 remind us that, through Jesus Christ, we can exclaim with David, "The Lord is...my shield."
God is our refuge, our fortress; He has proven his faithfulness in the past, and our entire lives are dependent upon His sovereign goodness, wisdom and mercy. In Psalm 31 we see the faithful character of God revealed in his faithfulness to David, even when he "said in (his) alarm, 'I am cut off from your sight.' But you heard the voice of my pleas for mercy when I cried to you for help." God is the One who pursues us, we do not pursue Him. Even when it seems that we are at our wit's end, he will keep us, sustain us and save us.
We like to think of ourselves as self-reliant and capable of protecting ourselves. We arrange our careers, finances, relationships, and technology to this end, but eventually we get to a place where all of the money, status, medicine, and relationships cannot save us and the condition of our life is out of our hands. David wrote Psalm 18 after God brought him through a life and death situation where he was entirely dependent on God's protection. David called out to God for help and God saved him, so David wrote this song to honor the Lord, his rock and fortress.