While it is true that Psalm 18 is a long Psalm, it is filled with an abundance of truth we need to hear. For our chronological study, we are met with Psalm 18 along with 1 Samuel 28-31. But, let’s take Psalm 18 by itself – and see the treasures we can uncover.
I love you, Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer, my God, my rock where I seek refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. I called to the Lord, who is worthy of praise, and I was saved from my enemies (vv. 1-3, CSB).
He reached down from on high and took hold of me; he pulled me out of deep water. He rescued me from my powerful enemy and from those who hated me,
for they were too strong for me. They confronted me in the day of my calamity, but the Lord was my support. He brought me out to a spacious place; he rescued me because he delighted in me (vv. 16-19).
For you rescue an oppressed people, but you humble those with haughty eyes. Lord, you light my lamp; my God illuminates my darkness. With you I can attack a barricade, and with my God I can leap over a wall (vv, 27-29).
God—his way is perfect; the word of the Lord is pure. He is a shield to all who take refuge in him. For who is God besides the Lord? And who is a rock? Only our God.
God—he clothes me with strength and makes my way perfect (vv. 30-32).
He frees me from my enemies. You exalt me above my adversaries; you rescue me from violent men. Therefore I will give thanks to you among the nations, Lord (vv. 48-49).
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