Psalm 18

To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David the servant of the LORD, who spoke to the LORD the words of this song on the day that the LORD delivered him from the hand of all his enemies and from the hand of Saul.  And he said:

1 I will love You, O LORD, my strength.

2 The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; My God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

3 I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised; So shall I be saved from my enemies.

4 The pangs of death surrounded me, and the floods of ungodliness made me afraid.

5 The sorrows of Sheol surrounded me; the snares of death confronted me.

6 In my distress I called upon the LORD, and cried out to my God; He heard my voice from His temple, and my cry came before Him, even to His ears.

7 Then the earth shook and trembled; the foundations of the hills also quaked and were shaken, because He was angry.

8 Smoke went up from His nostrils, and devouring fire from His mouth; coals were kindled by it.

9 He bowed the heavens also, and came down with darkness under His feet.

10 And He rode upon a cherub, and flew; He flew upon the wings of the wind.

11 He made darkness His secret place; His canopy around Him was dark waters and thick clouds of the skies.

12 From the brightness before Him, His thick clouds passed with hailstones and coals of fire.

13 The LORD thundered from heaven, and the Most High uttered His voice, hailstones and coals of fire.

14 He sent out His arrows and scattered the foe, lightnings in abundance, and He vanquished them.

15 Then the channels of the sea were seen, the foundations of the world were uncovered at Your rebuke, O LORD, at the blast of the breath of Your nostrils.

16 He sent from above, He took me; He drew me out of many waters.

17 He delivered me from my strong enemy, from those who hated me, for they were too strong for me.

18 They confronted me in the day of my calamity, but the LORD was my support.

19 He also brought me out into a broad place; He delivered me because He delighted in me.

20 The LORD rewarded me according to my righteousness; according to the cleanness of my hands He has recompensed me.

21 For I have kept the ways of the LORD, and have not wickedly departed from my God.

22 For all His judgments were before me, and I did not put away His statutes from me.

23 I was also blameless before Him, and I kept myself from my iniquity.

24 Therefore the LORD has recompensed me according to my righteousness, according to the cleanness of my hands in His sight.

25 With the merciful You will show Yourself merciful; with a blameless man You will show Yourself blameless;

26 With the pure You will show Yourself pure; and with the devious You will show Yourself shrewd.

27 For You will save the humble people, but will bring down haughty looks.

28 For You will light my lamp; The LORD my God will enlighten my darkness.

29 For by You I can run against a troop, by my God I can leap over a wall.

30 As for God, His way is perfect; The word of the LORD is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him.

31 For who is God, except the LORD? And who is a rock, except our God?

32 It is God who arms me with strength, and makes my way perfect.

33 He makes my feet like the feet of deer, and sets me on my high places.

34 He teaches my hands to make war, so that my arms can bend a bow of bronze.

35 You have also given me the shield of Your salvation; Your right hand has held me up, Your gentleness has made me great.

36 You enlarged my path under me, so my feet did not slip.

37 I have pursued my enemies and overtaken them; neither did I turn back again till they were destroyed.

38 I have wounded them, so that they could not rise; they have fallen under my feet.

39 For You have armed me with strength for the battle; You have subdued under me those who rose up against me.

40 You have also given me the necks of my enemies, so that I destroyed those who hated me.

41 They cried out, but there was none to save; even to the LORD, but He did not answer them.

42 Then I beat them as fine as the dust before the wind; I cast them out like dirt in the streets.

43 You have delivered me from the strivings of the people; You have made me the head of the nations; a people I have not known shall serve me.

44 As soon as they hear of me they obey me; the foreigners submit to me.

45 The foreigners fade away, and come frightened from their hideouts.

46 The LORD lives! Blessed be my Rock! Let the God of my salvation be exalted.

47 It is God who avenges me, and subdues the peoples under me;

48 He delivers me from my enemies. You also lift me up above those who rise against me; You have delivered me from the violent man.

49 Therefore I will give thanks to You, O LORD, among the gentiles, and sing praises to Your name.

50 Great deliverance He gives to His king, and shows mercy to His anointed, to David and his descendants forevermore.


Wow!  Just Wow!  Take a moment and let all of that sink in.  Read it again if you’d like.  I barely even know where to start with this one.  This psalm in particular has been one of my favorites for years, probably because it is specifically about God delivering epic levels of victory to David that will continue indefinitely to his children’s children’s children.  Face it, when you clearly read how God has your back and it mentions you by name it’s hard to not get excited about it.  So for a moment I will let you borrow it and switch in your name anywhere you see “David”.  Seriously, all the way back to the intro, read it again.  Out loud if possible.  I’ll start you off, “To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of (Your name here) the servant of the LORD, who spoke to the LORD the words of this song on the day that the LORD delivered him/her from (all of your current problems) and from the hand of (whatever the most pressing one happens to be).  And he/she said:”


Right towards the beginning, where does he turn to for help?  Who does he call?  Spoiler alert, it ain’t the Ghostbusters.  He says “I will call on the LORD” and not just any lord, after all there are all sorts of lords.  If you work as an employee, your boss is a lord, if you rent a house or apartment, the property owner is a land lord, in the UK half of parliament is made up of the House of Lords, but he’s not calling any of them.  He is calling the only Lord “who is worthy to be praised” and that shortens the list considerably to only one.  And that One is all you need to be saved from your enemies.


He was surrounded on every side.  Outmanned, outgunned, outflanked, and outmatched he called the only LORD worthy of praise, and just like that the momentum of his calamity does a 180.  His enemies found out that they brought a knife to a God-fight.  He is rescued and taken from death’s door to a beautiful wide meadow complete with birds chirping, butterflies fluttering, and a gentle stream filled with cool fresh water.  Why does God treat him so favorably?  Because of the righteousness of his heart.  When we are merciful, blameless, and pure, God responds in kind, but when we try to be sneaky and think we are going to exploit “the system”, we find out that God is even sneakier.  But wait a minute you say, I’m not blameless or pure, or for that matter wasn’t David the king that turned out to be a murdering adulterer.  You are correct, though technically at this point in his life David had not done any of that yet, but he was still descended from Adam and as such had inherited plenty of blame to spare, so where does this blameless stuff come from.  Did God make a mistake choosing to save David?  Nope, in verse 30, “As for God, His way is PERFECT”, and two verses later, “It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way PERFECT.”  God’s perfection impacts his weakness like the Captain America super-soldier formula and now suddenly he can leap tall buildings in a single bound and defeat whole armies.  The very enemies that had him surrounded are now fleeing for their lives and he runs them down and beats them so hard that people who only look like them have a limp the rest of their life.  People from places he has never even heard of come to offer tribute.  I really could go on and on, but the best part of all of this is that God did this, “according to my righteousness, according to the cleanness of my hands in His sight.”  You see, when God looks at me and sees me covered in the perfect blood of Jesus, “in His sight” God doesn’t see me he sees Jesus.  So even if your name isn’t David it doesn’t matter, when God rescued David, even David wasn’t David, he was Jesus.

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