So, let’s read about the reason that God delivered David.

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. As if death were a country that was extending its territory to include David.

My deliverer. Thunder and lightning – that’s the source of light in a storm. And yet even when God works in providential, behind-the-scenes sorts of ways – it’s awesome.

But I do know that verse 16 pictures God as involved in a rescue operation. Wait – darkness… and yet light? He called upon the Lord. : 18:21-24) On גּמל (like שׁלּם with the accusative not merely of the thing, but also of the person, e.g., 1 Samuel 24:18), εὐ or κακῶς πράττειν τινά, vid., on Psalm 7:5. Psalm 18:28, ESV: "For it is you who light my lamp; the LORD my God lightens my darkness." Now, as always, I need to point out that David isn’t being a hypocrite here.

David also pictures God as strengthening him for battle against the enemies. My high protecting tower to which I may flee.

Right? This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. And that consideration leads David to ponder and declare God’s reaction to certain types of people in verses 25 and 26. So, David has been given authority over the nations. The result was an overwhelming victory! For thou wilt light my candle: the LORD my God will enlighten my darkness.

I. Psalms 18:28. It’s as if God is the coast guard, flying a helicopter over David who’s stranded in a flood – indeed, who’s actually drowning in that flood. Why? David pictures that deliverance as if it were a powerful frightening storm rolling through.

So, that’s my summary of the psalm thus far. Let’s read. My shield. Psalm 18, itself, might have been adapted for use in public worship. Thou wilt or dost advance me to honour, increase my prosperity, and make me continually joyful by thy favour. It was providential. For thou wilt light my candle, etc. And so I think in Psalm 18 today that we see David’s response to God answering that prayer of his – for deliverance from his enemies. God being a buckler or shield to those who trust him. Give them according to their deeds, and according to the wickedness of their endeavours: give them after the work of their hands; render to them their desert.

All rights reserved. He utters his voice and terrifies those enemies. Let’s read.

Did David? My rock.

And even when he works in merely providential ways – like he absolutely did in David’s case – right? He has darkness under his feet. That’s basically what providence is – God’s silent invisible leading. But God doesn’t need a helicopter like a mere mortal rescue worker would need one. And it goes on and on.

All candles are not shining, and so there are some graces which yield no present comfort; but it is well to have candles which may by and by be lit, and it is well to possess graces which may yet afford us cheering evidences. Now, in verses 1-3 we see David issuing: a Call to Praise because of God’s powerful deliverance from all David’s enemies. Now, I don’t know if those waters are the metaphorical result of the storm and resulting flooding that happened from our previous section where God is pictured as coming in a storm or not.

Psalm 28:1. Thank you for this clear explanation of Psalm 18! David gives a concluding resolution pledging praise for God’s deliverance from all his enemies. Copyright © 2020, Bible Study Tools.

Dionysius the Carthusian (1471), quoted by J. M. Neale. Well, the Philistines killed Saul.

And the thunder is pictured as being God’s awesome fearful voice. Next in verses 4-6 David describes the situation that necessitated the kind of deliverance that only this powerful God could provide. But now David pictures it as God effecting that deliverance through the one delivered. A. David in so many of the psalms is asking for deliverance. Fire has never literally gone out of God’s mouth. I’m asserting that this event never literally physically happened. – David was not delivered from Saul miraculously. Thank you, Your email address will not be published. And that storm would perhaps even swallow up David in its mighty waters – but God rescued David. David bending a metal bow – which is an obvious metaphor. Let’s consider some examples. You know, we could go through each statement of David’s regarding what the Lord is to him in this first section. Verses 20 through 24 start and end with David declaring his own righteousness. The power or horn of my salvation – the powerful deliverer. The merciful, upright, and pure are shown those same exact qualities from God.

And as with most praise psalms, David ends this one with a concluding resolution in verses 49 and 50. And if I had to guess, I’d say that 2 Samuel 22 was written before this psalm and then later placed in the psalter with a few minor edits when the book of Psalms was being written and compiled. Psalm 18:16-17. External Opposition to God’s Work and the Response of God’s People in Nehemiah 2. 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.

It was forceful. It affects the one who has received it.

And so, I think that David again is being poetic and using images to portray God’s deliverance of him from all his enemies.

And because of David’s righteousness – which was both imputed by God and then acted out by David – God delivered him because he delighted in David. So,let me give you the big idea of Psalm 18 and then we’ll look at the text. No. Supposing this to have been the ancient custom, not only in Egypt, but in the neighbouring countries of Arabia and Judaea, "the lighting of the lamp" in this passage may have had a special allusion.


Let’s read. Psalm 18 Bible Commentary. When is the last time you saw a storm start attacking your enemies? And usually we would do just that – explain and discuss what each word and phrase and section means to get a fuller understanding of what David is saying.

Because – how was David delivered from Saul? Verse 28. (1-2) Asking to be heard by God. of And wonderfully God heard him. So, yes, God is affected by our misery and suffering – especially at the hands of oppressors. The metaphor of the whole verse is founded upon the dolorous nature of darkness and the delightfulness of light; "truly the light is sweet, and a pleasant thing it is for the eyes to behold the sun;" and even so the presence of the Lord removes all the gloom of sorrow, and enables the believer to rejoice with exceeding great joy. 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. Please enter your email address associated with your Salem All-Pass account, then click Continue. Hear the voice of my supplications, when I cry unto thee, when I lift up my hands toward thy holy oracle. Running through a troop with God’s help. It’s one of those chapters that the author of those books just put at the end it seems, out of chronological order from the rest of the book’s narrative. David is stating in poetic terms and images that God strengthened and continued to strengthen him against his enemies. As a first time reader, I found the expiation very inspiring. Christ – the son of David and eternal Davidic king and king of heaven – he’ll rule over his enemies for 1,000 years.

And God’s response is pretty amazing.

He rebukes and simply breathes out of his nostrils and it’s as if both water and earth are just peeled back and the foundations of these things are exposed. Salem Media Group. 49 Therefore will I give thanks unto thee, O LORD, among the heathen, and sing praises unto thy name. And now, since Saul is gone and God had made David king – now, David has power over those nations as the king of Israel.

Lest, if thou be silent to me, I become like them that go down into the pit; Hear the voice of my supplications, when I cry unto thee. He’s pictured as riding a cherub – an angel – not one of those pudgy little kids with wings – a powerful angel.

Now, I think in the immediate context, this is talking about Israel’s power over surrounding enemy nations. Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament.

... Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament (Heb. In the parallel passage, 2 Samuel 22:29 , Jehovah is figuratively styled the "lamp" of the psalmist, as above.

Now, we all know that there are some pretty amazing events recorded in the Old Testament. Chapter 18 This psalm we met with before, in the history of David’s life, 2 Samuel 2 That was the first edition of it; here we have it revived, altered a little, and fitted for the service of the church.