Psalm 18 – The Lord Who Rescues

We read in the introductory remarks of this psalm what the background of this psalm is born out of.  It states that David sang to the Lord the words of this song when the Lord rescued him from the power of all his enemies, including Saul.  This psalm reminds us that our victories in life are because of God, and that we should take time to express our gratitude to God for all that He does for us.

Notice that David was so full, and so grateful that he burst forth in song.  What a great idea.  Think of a song, a chorus, a hymn that says what you want to say to God and sing that song to God.  God loves to hear His people praise Him.  Many times we put so much effort in enlisting God’s help and support but not near the effort in creatively and enthusiastically praising Him for His goodness and mercy.  The Bible teacher that singing should be an overflow of being filled with the Spirit.  (Ephesians 5:18-19)  So, allow God’s spirit to take control and worship God with singing.  Remember the words of Jesus to the religious leaders of Israel who were rebuking the followers of Jesus for praising Him.   He said, “if they keep silent, the very stones or rocks will cry out!”

We may also express our thanks to God as David did by making the time to record the things that God has done.  Writing these things down gives us a two-fold benefit.  It allows us to refer to it, continually reminding us of who our God is and His amazing intervention in our lives and secondly, it allows us the great opportunity to share it with others.  When God works so powerfully and wonderfully in our lives, we should never keep it to ourselves.  Maybe God has someone specific that He wants you to share your story with today or this week.  Think of the multiple blessings and benefits we have all received from the authors of these psalms penning for us their experiences that we can so identify with.  David states in verse 3, that the LORD is worthy of praise.  The word “praise” has the meaning of “shining upon.”

How is it that we can shine upon God today?  Please take the time to read Psalm 18.

For His glory,

Pastor Jeff