Psalms Chapter 18
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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.
Ordette Wels-Simmsl's Psalms Chapter 18 comment on 8/31/2013, 3:48am...
This particular Psalm is relevant to me now. I have been through much and my enemies were great. I Kept the faith like my brother David....praised worshiped and gave glory to God. Your words were indeed encouraging, now I am getting ready to see the results of praying this great Psalm. Continue the great work of the Lord your reward is great on earth but greater in heaven. Heaven is real I visited the Gardens of Heaven by the Spirit of the Lord...unbelievable and breathtaking. God is real and He never fails!
Frank's Psalms Chapter 18 comment about verse 3 on 8/30/2013, 3:06am...
its a psalm of assurance and trust in the potency of our Lord and God. its a good depiction that God gives the ultimate protection from those who oppose our course. the selective terminology builds in me a sentiment and sobriety that when i choose to surrender to the Most High and depend upon His power, i am placed in that position that He moves in to defend my course and life so that them who oppose my advancement are quitened. its a build up for peace for then He secures my borders.
P.Kiran Kumar's Psalms Chapter 18 comment on 8/14/2013, 2:42am...
This chapter is very useful to every faith believer & son's of god & children & loneliness people -kiran
Gary's Psalms Chapter 18 comment on 7/25/2013, 4:59am...
The praise and thanks and reliance on the Lord is great! But this Psalm is also about God's POWER that He exercised from heaven as well as through David because he was a legitimate son of God and walked in uprightness. He was eligible for God to empower him to do mighty and impossible feats by grace! He wants to use us and work THROUGH us mightily...not just for us! But how excellent are His works?!?!? You are AMAZING God!
Skawoo's Psalms Chapter 18 comment on 7/16/2013, 12:10am...
Reminds me of 2 Cor 10:4 - the weapons of our warfare are mighty through God! David shows us that it is God who wars on our behalf, our rock and shield. We, however, have to be upright, faithful in order for God to be faithful to us. In crying out in our affliction, our Lord will bend down the heavens to come to our aid. Powerful stuff!
Gpaul's Psalms Chapter 18 comment on 2/19/2013, 2:20pm...
David praised, preached, exhorted, testified, exalted, and magnified God all in one chapter. Who is like God's servant David? David is our example. Amen.
Bless's Psalms Chapter 18 comment on 1/30/2013, 7:14am...
Blessed be God, let my God arise and let all enemies be scattered, Brothers and Sisters, be not afraid of the enemies, pray trust God and He will deliver you all; He is the great I am.
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