PRAISE FOR DELIVERANCE
Help me, Lord, to praise You when I have been blessed and to remember those blessings when times are hard.
Read PSALM 18:1–29
 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:
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In this psalm, David rejoices in God’s deliverance from his enemies. It is a reminder for us to remember God’s mercy in delivering us from our sin.
This psalm is reproduced almost word for word in 2 Samuel 22. Although many psalms are attributed to King David and are either written or commissioned by him, this one has an unusually full introduction, telling us that David sang it when he was victorious.
Historically, it probably comes at the end of 2 Samuel 8, when “The Lord gave David victory wherever he went” (2 Sam. 8:14). He had brought the Ark of the Lord into Jerusalem; his enemies were defeated; his reign was secure. As he sang with the people, he may have recalled Nathan’s prophecy: “Your house and your kingdom will endure forever before me; your throne will be established forever” (2 Sam. 7:16).
When we read this psalm, are we aware of the rest of the story? David sang, “The Lord has dealt with me according to my righteousness; according to the cleanness of my hands he has rewarded me” (20). After he had written those words, he committed adultery and murder, acquired numerous wives and concubines, created impossible situations for his commanders and failed to discipline his unruly and rebellious sons. Looking back at the end of his life, maybe he recalled verse 27, “You save the humble but bring low those whose eyes are haughty.” We know, from Psalm 51, that he recognized his sin and came before the Lord in penitence and tears. When he died and met his Lord and Savior face to face, then he would have understood that Nathan’s promise of a kingdom that would endure forever was fully and finally fulfilled. So for us, as we join the praises of all those down the ages who have known the Lord, our rock and our deliverer, we sing in the knowledge of our own frailty and his enduring love and forgiveness.
Recall times when God turned your darkness into light and enabled you to overcome seemingly insurmountable odds (28,29).
Lord, help me to walk in humility, knowing, like David, that I cannot see the future nor fully evaluate the past.
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