I will never forget the day my coworker and friend introduced me to Psalms 18. I came to work very distant and distracted. Image your weekend of what use to be normal turn so toxic and unhealthy. I was so tired, weary and felt so alone. It felt like I had a stranger in my home because my husband had changed that much. I didn’t know how to handle this personality change. Bewildered and overwhelmed over how much this disease took over my husband, I guess she saw it all over my face. So gentle, she said, ” why don’t you go into a room and have some quiet time. I read this Psalms I would love to share with you.” A reminder that God Is my refuge, a strength, rock, fortress and deliverer. His truths confirmed I was going to make it. I was caught in the currents of a bewildered ocean entangled by seaweed fighting to keep me under but there’s a promise I had and still have in Him. I was created to survive!! And so are you! Bathe in this truths and take time to read through this Psalms:
“”I love You, O LORD, my strength.” The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, My God, my rock, in whom I take refuge; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. I call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised, And I am saved from my enemies. The cords of death encompassed me, And the torrents of ungodliness terrified me. The cords of Sheol surrounded me; The snares of death confronted me. In my distress I called upon the LORD, And cried to my God for help; He heard my voice out of His temple, And my cry for help before Him came into His ears. Then the earth shook and quaked; And the foundations of the mountains were trembling And were shaken, because He was angry. Smoke went up out of His nostrils, And fire from His mouth devoured; Coals were kindled by it. He bowed the heavens also, and came down With thick darkness under His feet. He rode upon a cherub and flew; And He sped upon the wings of the wind. He made darkness His hiding place, His canopy around Him, Darkness of waters, thick clouds of the skies. From the brightness before Him passed His thick clouds, Hailstones and coals of fire. The LORD also thundered in the heavens, And the Most High uttered His voice, Hailstones and coals of fire. He sent out His arrows, and scattered them, And lightning flashes in abundance, and routed them. Then the channels of water appeared, And the foundations of the world were laid bare At Your rebuke, O LORD, At the blast of the breath of Your nostrils. He sent from on high, He took me; He drew me out of many waters. He delivered me from my strong enemy, And from those who hated me, for they were too mighty for me. They confronted me in the day of my calamity, But the LORD was my stay. He brought me forth also into a broad place; He rescued me, because He delighted in me. The LORD has rewarded me according to my righteousness; According to the cleanness of my hands He has recompensed me. For I have kept the ways of the LORD, And have not wickedly departed from my God. For all His ordinances were before me, And I did not put away His statues from me. I was also blameless with Him, And I kept myself from my iniquity. Therefore the LORD has recompensed me according to my righteousness, According to the cleanness of my hands in His eyes. With the kind You show Yourself kind; With the blameless You show Yourself blameless; With the pure You show Yourself pure, And with the crooked You show Yourself astute. For You save an afflicted people, But haughty eyes You abase. For You light my lamp; The LORD my God illumines my darkness. For by You I can run upon a troop; And by my God I can leap over a wall. As for God, His way is blameless; The word of the LORD is tried; He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him. For who is God, but the LORD? And who is a rock, except our God, The God who girds me with strength And makes my way blameless? He makes my feet like hinds’ feet, And sets me upon my high places. He trains my hands for battle, So that my arms can bend a bow of bronze. You have also given me the shield of Your salvation, And Your right hand upholds me; And Your gentleness makes me great. You enlarge my steps under me, And my feet have not slipped.”
Psalms 18:1-36 NASB
David wrote this Psalms in the day that the Lord delivered him from the hands of his enemies and from the hand of Saul. You may not have people coming after us like David, but our emotions, thoughts, any guilt your carrying can become an enemy that seeks to destroy you. You want to do a little study with me? I hope so. Answer these questions for me please.
How is God described in this Psalm?
Have you experienced Him as a refuge, fortress, rock, or strength? Explain
Who are your enemies? (Anger, guilt, self-hatred, depression, fear. Think about it?)
What was God’s response to David starting at verse 7-19?
During this time, based off this Psalms how is God equipping you?
Hope to hear from you. If you care to share any insight from these question PLEASE do… Until then, may God richly bless, keep and comfort you.