Psalms of Honesty and Truth
The remaining verses of David’s song to His Father, God, warms our own hearts with reminders of how God has rescued us, provided victories in the trials of this life while molding and shaping us for His purposes all along our journey with Him. He is God and we are not is our life song, our mantra for life.
“Is there anyone like our God?”, David declares. We immediately respond with a resounding “NO”! He is our rock, the God of our salvation. Sing and shout praises for the Lord is our God who loved us before we knew Him, who rescued us before we knew we needed it and while we were rebellious sinners, provided a way to be saved. No, there is no one like our God!
God Equips Us When We Submit to Him (vv. 28-45). What was God accomplishing during those difficult years of Saul’s reign? For one thing, He was disciplining His people for running ahead of Him and making Saul king! In His long-suffering, He was also giving Saul opportunities to repent. At the same time, He was equipping David for his years of service. God takes time to prepare His servants: thirteen years for Joseph, forty years for Moses, and forty years for Joshua. The lessons David learned about himself and God during those years of exile helped to make him the man he was. The images in these verses reveal God developing a great warrior, a compassionate leader, and a godly man.
Because David trusted God (v. 30), God enabled him to run, leap, fight, and defeat the enemy (vv. 29, 32-34, 37-45). He could run through a troop, scale a wall, or leap like a deer up the mountains. This is not a glorification of war, for God trained him to fight His battles (v. 34) and protect Israel so they could accomplish His purposes on earth. After looking back at God’s gracious ministry to him, what else could David do but praise Him?
Psalm 18, The Message (Final stanzas of David’s song)
31-42 Is there any god like God?
Are we not at bedrock?
Is not this the God who armed me,
then aimed me in the right direction?
Now I run like a deer;
I’m king of the mountain.
He shows me how to fight;
I can bend a bronze bow!
You protect me with salvation-armor;
you hold me up with a firm hand,
caress me with your gentle ways.
You cleared the ground under me
so my footing was firm.
When I chased my enemies I caught them;
I didn’t let go till they were dead men.
I nailed them; they were down for good;
then I walked all over them.
You armed me well for this fight,
you smashed the upstarts.
You made my enemies turn tail,
and I wiped out the haters.
They cried “uncle”
but Uncle didn’t come;
They yelled for God
and got no for an answer.
I ground them to dust; they gusted in the wind.
I threw them out, like garbage in the gutter.
43-45 You rescued me from a squabbling people;
you made me a leader of nations.
People I’d never heard of served me;
the moment they got wind of me they listened.
The foreign devils gave up; they came
on their bellies, crawling from their hideouts.
46-48 Live, God! Blessings from my Rock,
my free and freeing God, towering!
This God set things right for me
and shut up the people who talked back.
He rescued me from enemy anger,
he pulled me from the grip of upstarts,
He saved me from the bullies.
49-50 That’s why I’m thanking you, God,
all over the world.
That’s why I’m singing songs
that rhyme your name.
God’s king takes the trophy;
God’s chosen is beloved.
I mean David and all his children—
Pause to remember a recent victory God gave to you. Now, praise Him! Remember the lessons you learned before and after the victory, for it is those truths that mold and shape us for our future with God in the lead.
I’m thank you, God for salvation, peace, hope, lessons learned, joy, provisions, protection and Your love. May Your glory be seen in my life. In Jesus Name, Amen