Psalms Chapter 18
1 (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.
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Matthew Henry's Psalms Chapter 18 Bible commentary...
David rejoices in the deliverances God wrought for him. (1-19) He takes the comfort of his integrity, which God had cleared up. (20-28) He gives to God the glory of all his mighty deeds. (29-50)
1-19 The first words, "I will love thee, O Lord, my strength," are the scope and contents of the psalm. Those that truly love God, may triumph in him as their Rock and Refuge, and may with confidence call upon him. It is good for us to observe all the circumstances of a mercy which magnify the power of God and his goodness to us in it. David was a praying man, and God was found a prayer-hearing God. If we pray as he did, we shall speed as he did. God's manifestation of his presence is very fully described, ver. #7-15|. Little appeared of man, but much of God, in these deliverances. It is not possible to apply to the history of the son of Jesse those awful, majestic, and stupendous words which are used through this description of the Divine manifestation. Every part of so solemn a scene of terrors tells us, a greater than David is here. God will not only deliver his people out of their troubles in due time, but he will bear them up under their troubles in the mean time. Can we meditate on ver. 18, without directing one thought to Gethsemane and Calvary? Can we forget that it was in the hour of Christ's deepest calamity, when Judas betrayed, when his friends forsook, when the multitude derided him, and the smiles of his Father's love were withheld, that the powers of darkness prevented him? The sorrows of death surrounded him, in his distress he prayed, #Heb 5:7|. God made the earth to shake and tremble, and the rocks to cleave, and brought him out, in his resurrection, because he delighted in him and in his undertaking.
20-28 Those that forsake the ways of the Lord, depart from their God. But though conscious to ourselves of many a false step, let there not be a wicked departure from our God. David kept his eye upon the rule of God's commands. Constant care to keep from that sin, whatever it be, which most easily besets us, proves that we are upright before God. Those who show mercy to others, even they need mercy. Those who are faithful to God, shall find him all that to them which he has promised to be. The words of the Lord are pure words, very sure to be depended on, and very sweet to be delighted in. Those who resist God, and walk contrary to him, shall find that he will walk contrary to them, #Le 26:21-24|. The gracious recompence of which David spoke, may generally be expected by those who act from right motives. Hence he speaks comfort to the humble, and terror to the proud; "Thou wilt bring down high looks." And he speaks encouragement to himself; "Thou wilt light my candle:" thou wilt revive and comfort my sorrowful spirit; thou wilt guide my way, that I may avoid the snares laid for me. Thou wilt light my candle to work by, and give me an opportunity of serving thee. Let those that walk in darkness, and labour under discouragements, take courage; God himself will be a Light to them.
29-50 When we praise for one mercy, we must observe the many more, with which we have been compassed all our days. Many things had contributed to David's advancement, and he owns the hand of God in them all, to teach us to do likewise. In verse 32|, and the following verses, are the gifts of God to the spiritual warrior, whereby he is prepared for the contest, after the example of his victorious Leader. Learn that we must seek release being made through Christ, shall be rejected. In David the type, we behold out of trouble through Christ. The prayer put up, without reconciliation Jesus our Redeemer, conflicting with enemies, compassed with sorrows and with floods of ungodly men, enduring not only the pains of death, but the wrath of God for us; yet calling upon the Father with strong cries and tears; rescued from the grave; proceeding to reconcile, or to put under his feet all other enemies, till death, the last enemy, shall be destroyed. We should love the Lord, our Strength, and our Salvation; we should call on him in every trouble, and praise him for every deliverance; we should aim to walk with him in all righteousness and true holiness, keeping from sin. If we belong to him, he conquers and reigns for us, and we shall conquer and reign through him, and partake of the mercy of our anointed King, which is promised to all his seed for evermore. Amen.
Anon's Psalms Chapter 18 comment about verse 2 on 10/12/2014, 8:19pm...
Everything here is a reference to war making, which David was no stranger to. If you 've ever been in the heat of a martial conflict, and heard the horns of desperately needed reinforcements rushing to your aid, then you know exactly what kind of salvation he 's referring to. It destroys enemy morale, boosts yours, and turns the tide. Your life is saved, your kingdom, your people, your women, your wealth, your bloodline... A lot rides on these engagements. I 'm not sure what these commentaries are talking about with horned beats and mountains. haha
Janet's Psalms Chapter 18 comment about verse 28 on 9/30/2014, 2:12am...
The light of God wipes out darkness. Where the light of Jehovah God is, works of darkness will have no place.
Nicola's Psalms Chapter 18 comment on 9/18/2014, 9:50am...
In times of difficulty and great opposition we ought to look and call upon God for deliverance or help. God hears us when we call. God is worthy to be praised for His faithfulness.
Ginny Knotts's Psalms Chapter 18 comment on 9/14/2014, 11:57pm...
God is my high tower. My hiding place. Also my fortress.God watched over David because Saul was trying to kill him.
Michael's Psalms Chapter 18 comment about verse 2 on 8/22/2014, 12:16pm...
To understand this verse, you need to understand why David said it. He had just overcome his enemies and Saul, the jealous king, and he was so happy that he broke forth with this entire Psalm 18. It is a song of victory over one 's obstacles. These all are military terms, rock, fortress, deliverer, salvation, horn, high tower, buckler shield , strength but the enemy is figuratively a spiritual one satan and David is referring mostly to a physical enemy. He has not gotten to the spiritual enemy yet which caused him to fall later in his life. Enjoy this entire Psalm 18 whenever you have victory in your life over the enemy, especially the continued fight against satan, who by the way is out of the box for a short time here in the last days Revelations, Chapter 22...??
Rev. Autrey's Psalms Chapter 18 comment about verse 30 on 7/25/2014, 11:29am...
Everyone knows that only God can save us. So if we say that Jesus is not God, then Jesus can 't be save us. So how do we explain this? The answer is, Jesus and God are one and the same. Thomas knew this when he said to Jesus, 'My Lord and my God. ' Paul knew it, too, when he called Jesus 'God our Savior. John knew it also when he said in John 1, verse 2, '... and the Word was God. ' So why don 't we know it today. It is because we have been deceived by Satan. Satan knows that if we say that God did not fulfill his promise to by coming as Jesus, then by default, we are saying that he, Satan, is God. We only have two choices, God as Jesus or Satan.I can say it no other way. We can say this is not true, but it is. There is no other way to explain the stubborn resistance God 's own people have to the name of Jesus. I will give you Psalm 18, verses 30 and 31, to prove my point. 'What a God he is! How perfect in every way! All his promises are true. He is a shield for everyone who hides behind him. For who is God exect our Lord? Who but he is a Rock? The point is, Jesus is the Rock an which we build. But people will say, what about the Father? Isn 't he God? The answer is, Yes he is. He is the way God directs his affairs. Jesus said so. But Jesus is always the way God speaks to us and saves us. Ask God to help you understand!
Marie's Psalms Chapter 18 comment about verse 33 on 7/21/2014, 7:28pm...
Hinds feet! I instantly begin to praise him when I read that verse. God ALWAYS gives a way out. He gives us Hinds feet like the mountain animals to climb out of the valley, climb out of any situation that arise. What a wonderful God we serve.
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