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


my-rock.jpg                    will never end.                     my-rock.jpg


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 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?


One Response to “Psalm 18”

  1. denise

    Beautiful psalm.

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