Summary: No matter how deep of a hole you find yourself in, if you have a relationship with God He will hear, He will find, and He will rescue you, though the victory may not be what you expect, it is accomplishing God's will
Psalm 18 is the longest Psalm we have dealt with so far at fifty verses. It appears to have been written by David (though some argue against this) at a time after his lengthy battles with enemies that surrounded Israel and Saul’s battle against him for the kingship. It really speaks to the Lord’s faithfulness in rescuing those that belong to Him. This Psalm, by the way, is repeated almost word for word in 2 Samuel 22 during a portion of Scripture that recounts David’s and David’s men and their achievements. Keep in mind as we look at God as warrior portions of this psalm that God came to be our Ultimate Action Hero, to fightt and defeat sin that was seeking to devour us!
1 – 3
Look how David begins: “I love You, Lord!” How many times do you just simply tell God that? The most important thing we have going for us is the love relationship we have with the Lord. Here, David is saying “Yahweh, I love you!”
Then he uses some very descriptive and poetic words to describe how God has shown His love for David: rock, fortress, mountain, shield and “the horn of my salvation” which means that God has the power to save like the powerful horn of an animal.
How God uses these metaphors is to provide strength, deliverance, refuge, and salvation.
David says he called on God and was saved. There many times in David’s life where God literally hid him away from Saul. David here is looking back. Individual battles or experiences were tough and sometimes in the midst we cannot see the hand of God moving powerfully. But it is good for us to look back sometimes and see a series of events where God has come through for us, and rejoice!
I’d like to read the whole next section together because it is really one beautiful picture of how David felt about the Lord rescuing him.
4 – 19
David paints the picture of being pulled under the waves (vs 16). If you have ever experienced this you know how frightening it can be. I remember as a teenager I was body surfing at The Wall, a beach in Southern California, and I started riding one particular wave and it was really large and took me and slammed me down on the ocean floor and held me there. I really thought this was it, I couldn’t move, I couldn’t breathe, and I couldn’t escape the ocean’s hold.
Sometimes that’s what it feels like when we have been overcome with tragedy, difficulty, and attack.
In very wonderful and picturesque speech David pictures the Lord hearing about David’s plight and coming in a dramatic and forceful way, piercing through the enemy to reach down and pull David up and rescue him “Because He delighted in me.” (vs 19)
We may feel that God couldn’t love us enough to get us out of this jam we are in. But if you have a relationship with God through Jesus Christ then you are His child. This reminds me of a parent that has discovered their child is in danger. Parents, you know how it feels—you will spare nothing in order to rescue your child.