Psalm 18 for Psalm Sunday

This Psalm looks to the Lord for strength in times of disaster and trouble, so I thought it was appropriate to post today in light of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. I have only posted part of the Psalm, but you can click here to read the whole Psalm at Biblegateway.com.

Psalm 18

    For the director of music. Of David the servant of the LORD. He sang to the LORD the words of this song when the LORD delivered him from the hand of all his enemies and from the hand of Saul. He said:

1 I love you, LORD, my strength.

2 The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer;
   my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge,
   my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

3 I called to the LORD, who is worthy of praise,
   and I have been saved from my enemies.
4 The cords of death entangled me;
   the torrents of destruction overwhelmed me.
5 The cords of the grave coiled around me;
   the snares of death confronted me.

 6 In my distress I called to the LORD;
   I cried to my God for help.
From his temple he heard my voice;
   my cry came before him, into his ears.
7 The earth trembled and quaked,
   and the foundations of the mountains shook;
   they trembled because he was angry.
8 Smoke rose from his nostrils;
   consuming fire came from his mouth,
   burning coals blazed out of it.
9 He parted the heavens and came down;
   dark clouds were under his feet.
10 He mounted the cherubim and flew;
   he soared on the wings of the wind.
11 He made darkness his covering, his canopy around him—
   the dark rain clouds of the sky.
12 Out of the brightness of his presence clouds advanced,
   with hailstones and bolts of lightning.
13 The LORD thundered from heaven;
   the voice of the Most High resounded.
14 He shot his arrows and scattered the enemy,
   with great bolts of lightning he routed them.
15 The valleys of the sea were exposed
   and the foundations of the earth laid bare
at your rebuke, LORD,
   at the blast of breath from your nostrils.

 16 He reached down from on high and took hold of me;
   he drew me out of deep waters.
17 He rescued me from my powerful enemy,
   from my foes, who were too strong for me.
18 They confronted me in the day of my disaster,
   but the LORD was my support.
19 He brought me out into a spacious place;
   he rescued me because he delighted in me.

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8 Responses

  1. I love how this Psalm is touching each of us! I am so blessed by the last line, “He rescued me because He delighted in me.” I don’t understand how that can even be possible! Oh yes I do . . .because of Jesus! 🙂
    God bless you and all the ways He is ministering to us through you!

  2. Lord have mercy…

    Could there have been a better Psalm for today? Not just the long list of natural disasters that have already occured, as well as those we’re likely to see in the future, but the blessed assurance that David reminds us of.

    “He rescued me because He delighted in me.” Praise God in advance for the souls that will be saved in this crisis…

  3. Linda,

    Thank you for posting this Psalm. One of my favorite parts is this one:

    “16 He reached down from on high and took hold of me;
    he drew me out of deep waters.
    17 He rescued me from my powerful enemy,
    from my foes, who were too strong for me.”

    Have you always posted Psalms on Sundays? I will have to look at some. I really love them.

    Blessings,
    Theresa

    • Theresa, I just started posting Psalms on Sunday in 2011. When I took on the Post a Day 2011 challenge from WordPress I had to figure out how to accomplish that task without going nuts. I had occasionally just posted a Psalm on some days when I had nothing else to post before, so decided making it a regular Sunday theme would be fun. Peace, Linda

  4. Thanks, Linda

    Can’t imagine why this line jumped at me the way it did ” … but the LORD was my support” but I’m hanging onto it!

    There have been many many incidents when I felt like the bottom of my world was falling out but He stepped in and made a difference.

    Thank you for sharing this, Linda. Praying we’ll continue to trust Him to support us when we feel like we’ve reached the end of our rope.

    Blessings,
    ann

    • Ann, He has been my support, too. I think my favorite verse of this Psalm, though, is verse 6. To think that the Lord would hear my cry from His temple is so comforting. Peace, Linda

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