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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.

2 The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.

3 I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies.

4 The sorrows of death compassed me, and the floods of ungodly men made me afraid.

5 The sorrows of hell compassed me about: the snares of death prevented me.

6 In my distress I called upon the LORD, and cried unto my God: he heard my voice out of his temple, and my cry came before him, even into his ears.

7 Then the earth shook and trembled; the foundations also of the hills moved and were shaken, because he was wroth.

8 There went up a smoke out of his nostrils, and fire out of his mouth devoured: coals were kindled by it.

9 He bowed the heavens also, and came down: and darkness was under his feet.

10 And he rode upon a cherub, and did fly: yea, he did fly upon the wings of the wind.

11 He made darkness his secret place; his pavilion round about him were dark waters and thick clouds of the skies.

12 At the brightness that was before him his thick clouds passed, hail stones and coals of fire.

13 The LORD also thundered in the heavens, and the Highest gave his voice; hail stones and coals of fire.

14 Yea, he sent out his arrows, and scattered them; and he shot out lightnings, and discomfited them.

15 Then the channels of waters were seen, and the foundations of the world were discovered at thy rebuke, O LORD, at the blast of the breath of thy nostrils.

16 He sent from above, he took me, he drew me out of many waters.

17 He delivered me from my strong enemy, and from them which hated me: for they were too strong for me.

18 They prevented me in the day of my calamity: but the LORD was my stay.

19 He brought me forth also into a large place; he delivered me, because he delighted in me.

20 The LORD rewarded me according to my righteousness; according to the cleanness of my hands hath he recompensed me.

21 For I have kept the ways of the LORD, and have not wickedly departed from my God.

22 For all his judgments were before me, and I did not put away his statutes from me.

23 I was also upright before him, and I kept myself from mine iniquity.

24 Therefore hath the LORD recompensed me according to my righteousness, according to the cleanness of my hands in his eyesight.

25 With the merciful thou wilt shew thyself merciful; with an upright man thou wilt shew thyself upright;

26 With the pure thou wilt shew thyself pure; and with the froward thou wilt shew thyself froward.

27 For thou wilt save the afflicted people; but wilt bring down high looks.

28 For thou wilt light my candle: the LORD my God will enlighten my darkness.

29 For by thee I have run through a troop; and by my God have I leaped over a wall.

30 As for God, his way is perfect: the word of the LORD is tried: he is a buckler to all those that trust in him.

31 For who is God save the LORD? or who is a rock save our God?

32 It is God that girdeth me with strength, and maketh my way perfect.

33 He maketh my feet like hinds' feet, and setteth me upon my high places.

34 He teacheth my hands to war, so that a bow of steel is broken by mine arms.

35 Thou hast also given me the shield of thy salvation: and thy right hand hath holden me up, and thy gentleness hath made me great.

36 Thou hast enlarged my steps under me, that my feet did not slip.

37 I have pursued mine enemies, and overtaken them: neither did I turn again till they were consumed.

38 I have wounded them that they were not able to rise: they are fallen under my feet.

39 For thou hast girded me with strength unto the battle: thou hast subdued under me those that rose up against me.

40 Thou hast also given me the necks of mine enemies; that I might destroy them that hate me.

41 They cried, but there was none to save them: even unto the LORD, but he answered them not.

42 Then did I beat them small as the dust before the wind: I did cast them out as the dirt in the streets.

43 Thou hast delivered me from the strivings of the people; and thou hast made me the head of the heathen: a people whom I have not known shall serve me.

44 As soon as they hear of me, they shall obey me: the strangers shall submit themselves unto me.

45 The strangers shall fade away, and be afraid out of their close places.

46 The LORD liveth; and blessed be my rock; and let the God of my salvation be exalted.

47 It is God that avengeth me, and subdueth the people under me.

48 He delivereth me from mine enemies: yea, thou liftest me up above those that rise up against me: thou hast delivered me from the violent man.

49 Therefore will I give thanks unto thee, O LORD, among the heathen, and sing praises unto thy name.

50 Great deliverance giveth he to his king; and sheweth mercy to his anointed, to David, and to his seed for evermore.

Commentary for Psalms 18

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.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Psalms 18

  • Lilian
    Therefore I will call upon the Lord were I will be saved from my enemies Thank you Jesus for protecting me from my enemies Shalom my Peace and my saviour amen hallelujah
  • A Pilgrim
    Hear my word, Do my word and be saved!.With such clear message, why do we seem to hope for forgiveness to our seemingly endless deeds against the word of Christ.Repentance is not regret. I looked for ways beyond the comfort of forgiveness and boundaries of the doctrine itself to search "How Can I do his Word". Amazingly, it was not disappointing.
  • Cephas
    The God of my rock in him will I trust: he is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my saviour thou savest me from violence. Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever. And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS. Now unto God and our Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
  • Steve morrow
    LUKE 6:46 AND --- WHY CALL --- YOU ME LORD LORD AND DO NOT THE THINGS WHICH I SAY 2 TIMOTHY 2:19 NEVERTHELESS THE FOUNDATION OF GOD STANDETH SURE HAVING THIS SEAL THE LORD KNOWETH THEM THAT ARE HIS AND LET EVERY ONE --- THAT NAMETH THE NAME OF CHRIST --- DEPART FROM INIQUITY--- ACTS 3:26 UNTO YOU FIRST GOD HAVING RAISED UP HIS SON JESUS --SENT HIM-- TO BLESS YOU IN TURNING AWAY EVERYONE OF YOU FROM HIS INIQUITIES --- JOHN 18:37 PILATE THEREFORE SAID UNTO HIM ART THOU A KING THEN JESUS ANSWERED THOU SAYEST THAT I AM A KING TO THIS END WAS I BORN AND FOR THIS CAUSE --- CAME I INTO THE WORLD --- THAT I SHOULD BEAR WITNESS UNTO THE TRUTH EVERYONE THAT IS OF THE TRUTH HEARETH MY VOICE JOHN 5:34 BUT I RECEIVE --NOT TESTIMONY--FROM MAN BUT THESE THINGS --I SAY-- THAT YOU MIGHT BE SAVED
  • BSP
    Verse 6: God listens to the prayers of his righteous servants.
  • Steve morrow
    LUKE 11:33 NO MAN WHEN HE HATH LIGHTED A CANDLE PUTTETH IT IN A SECRET PLACE NEITHER UNDER A BUSHEL BUT ON A CANDLESTICK THAT THEY WHICH COME IN MAY SEE THE LIGHT --- PSALM 97:11 LIGHT IS SOWN FOR THE RIGHTEOUS AND GLADNESS FOR THE UPRIGHT IN IN HEART --- JOHN 3:21 BUT HE THAT DOETH TRUTH COMETH TO THE LIGHT THAT HIS DEEDS MAY BE MADE MANIFEST THAT THEY ARE WROUGHT IN GOD --- PSALM 36:9 FOR WITH THEE IS THE FOUNTAIN OF LIFE IN THY LIGHT SHALL WE SEE LIGHT --- MATTHEW 13:16 BUT BLESSED ARE YOUR EYES FOR THEY SEE AND YOUR EARS FOR THEY HEAR --- PSALM 119:130 THE ENTRANCE OF THY WORDS GIVETH LIGHT IT GIVETH UNDERSTANDING UNTO THE SIMPLE --- 1 JOHN 2:10 HE THAT LOVETH HIS BROTHER ABIDETH IN THE LIGHT AND THERE IS NONE OCCASION OF STUMBLING IN HIM --- JOHN 12:46 I AM COME A LIGHT INTO THE WORLD THAT WHOSOEVER BELIEVETH ON ME SHOULD NOT ABIDE IN DARKNESS --- JOB 38:2 WHO IS THIS THAT DARKENETH COUNSEL --- BY WORDS --- WITHOUT KNOWLEDGE --- REVELATION 2:5 REMEMBER THEREFORE FROM WHENCE THOU ART FALLEN AND REPENT AND DO THE FIRST WORKS OR ELSE I WILL COME UNTO THEE QUICKLY AND WILL REMOVE THY CANDLESTICK OUT OF HIS PLACE EXCEPT THOU REPENT
  • Monica
    It shows there is hope for even the darkest soul. When one feels all alone, and the world is more than they can take, hold on! One is not fighting this battle alone--even if it is mental. God is mightier than all. He is there for each that ask, but that is what he is waiting on, like a shy, timid child in the corner, who wants to play. One must invite him in first, or he will remain in the corner.
  • Nick Nkole
    Psalms 18:28 tell us that the world and all around us is in darkness. Indeed, the world is so dark. We live in it. As such, we do know that the world is in darkness. But, why is it so? It is both ungodly and unrighteous. The foe has made it so. And, all who live in the world are in darkness, too. Why? All have sinned. And, in doing so, all have come short of the glory of the Lord. Rom. 3:23 So, if the Light does not shine in the darkness of this world, then none can see the glory of God. And, all will fall and perish. But, the Lord is the true Light of the world. John 9:5 And, if one asks the Lord for His light, then the Lord will gladly shine the light for her or him. The darkness will go away when the Light shines on it. No one will fall or perish when the Light shines on her him. Yes, one can to see, walk, or work when darkness is out. May the Light of the world ever shine for and on us. Amen.

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What was Psalm 18 written about?
  • God giving David deliverance from Saul
  • When David's son was born
  • When David became king
  • God rebuking David for his sin