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.
Robin's Psalms Chapter 18 comment about verse 6 on 1/05/2014, 1:49pm...
This is my song of praise, thank you Lord for hearing and answering prayers. Amen
Rev. Autrey's Psalms Chapter 18 comment about verse 46 on 1/05/2014, 1:38pm...
(Verse 46) "The Lord lives! Blessed be my rock! May the God of my salvation be exalted!"
Didn't Paul say in 1 Corthenians 10:4-5 that the rock who followed the Jews through the wilderness was Christ? Yet, in the next sentence he said the rock was God. And didn't Peter say in Acts 4:12 that "there is salvation in no one else! There is no other name in all of heaven for people to call on to save them." If David had salvation, and Peter had salvation, then it was Jesus who saved both of them.
People of God, we must be consistent in our thinking. There are not two types of salvation. And there are not two Saviors. Jesus is the Savior now just as he was the Savior in the days of old.
God bless you!
Swapnil's Psalms Chapter 18 comment about verse 10 on 12/28/2013, 6:43am...
i think it's not hard work but is so easy in fly i think it is very simple. k.
Rev. Autrey's Psalms Chapter 18 comment on 12/26/2013, 9:59pm...
(Verse 48) "And (you Lord) rescues me from my enemies. You hold me safe from violent opponents."
The enemy of man is sin. It has always been our enemy. This means that David is talking about God as Jesus, who saves us from sin by his death on the cross. Let's say it this way. David was a prophet looking into the future and seeing Jesus as our Savior. He saw Jesus as Paul saw him in Titus 2:13, "Our great God and Savior." And he pictured what Jesus would say in John 6:39, "But the Scriptures point to me."
Jesus further said to two of his followers in Luke 24:25-26, "You are such foolish people! You find it so hard to believe all that the prophets wrote in the Scriptures. Wasn't it clearly predicted by the prophets that the Christ would have to suffer all these things before entering his time of glory?" Verse 27 reads: "Then Jesus quoted passages from the writings in Moses and all the prophets, explaining what all the Scriptures said about himself."
Yes, the Psalms are about Jesus!
God blesses those who understand!
Rev. Autrey's Psalms Chapter 18 comment on 12/26/2013, 1:02pm...
(verse 3) "I will call on the Lord, who is worthy of praise, for he saves me from my enemies."
Zechariah, the father of John the Baptist, made reference to this verse when he said in Luke 1, "Praise the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has visited his people and redeemed them." This is translated, "He has come to his people to save them."
Zachariah continues:"He has sent us a mighty Savior from the royal line of his servant David, just as he promised through his holy prophets long ago." Didn't Isaiah tell us in Isaiah 40, "Messenger of good news, shout to Zion from the mountaintops! Shout louder to Jerusalem-do not be afraid. Tell the towns of Judah, 'Your God is coming!"
Then to make sure we knew this God would be Jesus he said, "Yes, the Sovereign Lord is coming in all his glorious strength. ... He will feed his flock like a shepherd. ..."
The enemy referred to in Psalm 18:3 is sin. Jesus did this by dying in our place on the cross. That is, sin was trying to kill us, but Jesus died in our place. Now we can be given eternal life and live forever with him in heaven.
God bless you!
George chimere jerry's Psalms Chapter 18 comment about verse 33 on 12/19/2013, 1:35am...
He MAKES my feet like hinds feet and he SETS me upon my high PLACES...note these 3 key words.he makes which is a continous thing,he sets which is also continous.studying the hind thats the animal you would understand that it is a mountain animal and all its steps are calculatedto keep it from falling.remember the mountain is not a smooth path.and here it says he MAKES nd SETS.that means for every trouble we face he MAKES AND SETS.he doesnt stop there,he places us on our high places..not a place but places...for every trouble we face,he keeps us on high places..the places is plural .OH how wonderful.but remember that evry animal trusts his instincts,evry human beign trust his leg...we always have this assurance that when we stand we wont wobble and fall.that is how God wants us to trust him.remain hidden in christ brethren
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!
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