Psalm 18

Posted On May 13, 2007

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(For the music leader. A psalm by David, the LORD’s servant. David sang this to the LORD after the LORD had rescued him from his enemies, but especially from Saul.)

David’s Song of Thanks

my-rock.jpg                     1I love you, LORD God,                     my-rock.jpg

 

and you make me strong.

 

2You are my mighty rock, [a] my fortress, my protector,

 

the rock where I am safe,

 

my shield,

 

my powerful weapon, [b] and my place of shelter.

 

3I praise you, LORD!

 

I prayed, and you rescued me

 

from my enemies.

 

4Death had wrapped

 

its ropes around me,

 

and I was almost swallowed

 

by its flooding waters.

 

5Ropes from the world

 

of the dead

 

had coiled around me,

 

and death had set a trap

 

in my path.

 

6I was in terrible trouble

 

when I called out to you,

 

but from your temple

 

you heard me

 

and answered my prayer.

 

7The earth shook and shivered,

 

and the mountains trembled

 

down to their roots.

 

You were angry

 

8and breathed out smoke.

 

Scorching heat and fiery flames

 

spewed from your mouth.

 

9You opened the heavens

 

like curtains,

 

and you came down

 

with storm clouds

 

under your feet.

 

10You rode on the backs

 

of flying creatures

 

and swooped down

 

with the wind as wings.

 

11Darkness was your robe;

 

thunderclouds filled the sky,

 

hiding you from sight.

 

12Hailstones and fiery coals

 

lit up the sky

 

in front of you.

 

13LORD Most High, your voice

 

thundered from the heavens,

 

as hailstones and fiery coals

 

poured down like rain.

 

14You scattered your enemies

 

with arrows of lightning.

 

15You roared at the sea,

 

and its deepest channels

 

could be seen.

 

You snorted,

 

and the earth shook

 

to its foundations.

 

16You reached down from heaven,

 

and you lifted me

 

from deep in the ocean.

 

17You rescued me from enemies,

 

who were hateful

 

and too powerful for me.

 

18On the day disaster struck,

 

they came and attacked,

 

but you defended me.

 

19When I was fenced in,

 

you freed and rescued me

 

because you love me.

 

20You are good to me, LORD,

 

because I do right,

 

and you reward me

 

because I am innocent.

 

21I do what you want

 

and never turn to do evil.

 

22I keep your laws in mind

 

and never look away

 

from your teachings.

 

23I obey you completely

 

and guard against sin.

 

24You have been good to me

 

because I do right;

 

you have rewarded me

 

for being innocent

 

by your standards.

 

25You are always loyal

 

to your loyal people,

 

and you are faithful

 

to the faithful.

 

26With all who are sincere,

 

you are sincere,

 

but you treat the unfaithful

 

as their deeds deserve.

 

27You rescue the humble,

 

but you put down all

 

who are proud.

 

28You, the LORD God,

 

keep my lamp burning

 

and turn darkness to light.

 

29You help me defeat armies

 

and capture cities.

 

30Your way is perfect, LORD,

 

and your word is correct.

 

You are a shield for those

 

who run to you for help.

 

31You alone are God!

 

Only you are a mighty rock. [c] 32You give me strength

 

and guide me right.

 

33You make my feet run as fast

 

as those of a deer,

 

and you help me stand

 

on the mountains.

 

34You teach my hands to fight

 

and my arms to use

 

a bow of bronze.

 

35You alone are my shield.

 

Your right hand supports me,

 

and by coming to help me,

 

you have made me famous.

 

36You clear the way for me,

 

and now I won’t stumble.

 

37I kept chasing my enemies,

 

until I caught them

 

and destroyed them.

 

38I stuck my sword

 

through my enemies,

 

and they were crushed

 

under my feet.

 

39You helped me win victories,

 

and you forced my attackers

 

to fall victim to me.

 

40You made my enemies run,

 

and I killed them.

 

41They cried out for help,

 

but no one saved them;

 

they called out to you,

 

but there was no answer.

 

42I ground them to dust

 

blown by the wind,

 

and I poured them out

 

like mud in the streets.

 

43You rescued me

 

from stubborn people,

 

and you made me the leader

 

of foreign nations,

 

who are now my slaves.

 

44They obey and come crawling.

 

45They have lost all courage,

 

and from their fortresses,

 

they come trembling.

 

46You are the living LORD!

 

I will praise you.

 

You are a mighty rock. [d] I will honor you

 

for keeping me safe.

 

47You took revenge for me,

 

and you put nations

 

in my power.

 

48You protected me

 

from violent enemies

 

and made me much greater

 

than all of them.

 

49I will praise you, LORD,

 

and I will honor you

 

among the nations.

 

50You give glorious victories

 

to your chosen king.

 

Your faithful love for David

 

and for his descendants

 

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How often do we tell God we love him?
The final verse of this Psalm is relevant to both David and Jesus
We are spiritual descendents of David
God’s love is unfailing. God’s Word, the Bible, shows His love is unfailing

Psalm 18:2 Lead me to draw a picture some years ago I have it in a position in my house where I can see it daily

Verses 3 and 6
In this Psalm there are a few great verses about prayer in which we can to in time of worry and suffering

In Verses 7-15 the Psalm goes on to tell us of the lengths God goes to, to set us free from our enemies if that is what he wishes to do.

Psalm 18:37-50
These verses are biblical supports for the “Just War” doctrine http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Just_war. This is a teaching that we have to look at carefully, especially when America is engaged in the ’War On Terrorism’ no matter how we may feel about the war in Iraq. There may be some Christians that disagree with the fact that there are biblical supports for this doctrine however how can we explain the fact that God commanded the Israelites to go to into war against the Canaanites. Or David’s numerous wars with the Philistines?

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One Response to “Psalm 18”

  1. denise

    Beautiful psalm.

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