Through the Bible Day by Day
To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David, the servant of the LORD, who spake unto the LORD the words of this song in the day that the LORD delivered him from the hand of all his enemies, and from the hand of Saul: And he said, I will love thee, O LORD, my strength.
A WONDERFUL DELIVERANCE
There is another edition of this psalm in 2Sa_22:1-51. Psa_18:2 and Psa_18:49 are applied in the New Testament to the Lord Jesus, Heb_2:13 and Rom_15:9. We begin with the psalmist’s good resolve, Psa_18:1-3. No single metaphor can comprehend the whole of God’s helpfulness to men; but can we say, “I love thee”? See Joh_21:17. “Thou knowest!”
The story of the past, Psa_18:4-19. We also have our Red Seas. In our distress let us also cry. The voice of the sufferer may be weak and solitary, but it reaches through the gates of pearl and moves creation! Luk_8:46.
The confident claim of the righteous, Psa_18:20-26. We cannot boast a righteousness of our own, but we stand in Christ. We are full of impurity and evil, but we may claim at least integrity of motive. Compare Psa_18:26 with Lev_26:21-24. The wind blows in one direction; you can walk against it or with it-take your choice.
For thou wilt save the afflicted people; but wilt bring down high looks.
GIRDED WITH STRENGTH FOR SERVICE
God’s way is perfect, and if only we will walk with Him He will make ours perfect also. Walls and troops cannot stop a man when God leads him through them. We must follow on the line of His purpose, and then the very mountains are a way and our enemies subserve the program, Act_2:23.
Swift and sure-footed, when the path is slippery, Psa_18:33; strong in battle, Psa_18:34; great through God’s gentle kindness, or, as the English Book of Common Prayer renders it, “thy loving correction,” Psa_18:35. Severity would never have done for the Apostles what Jesus did by His patience and long-suffering.
The closing hallelujah of Psa_18:46-50 is very fine. It is the living Savior that we need. We must stint our words when we speak of men; but mortal lips, however eloquent, have never exhausted the worth of our King.