Psalm 18 has completely disintegrated in my Bible because of how much I’ve read it. I credit this Psalm–and the Lord’s promises in it–as saving my life in graduate school and beyond.
Now, I listen to an audio version or read it online when I’m at that point in the Psalms. As I listened this morning, I noted 10 amazing promises in this writing:
- The Lord is my strength (verse 1).
- 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 (verse 2).
- 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 (verse 6)
- He reached down from on high and took hold of me; he drew me out of deep waters (verse 16).
- The Lord was my support. He brought me out into a spacious place. He rescued me because he delighted in me (verses 18-19).
- You, Lord, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light. With your help I can advance against a troop. With my God I can scale a wall (verses 28-19).
- As for God, his way is perfect. The Lord’s word is flawless; he shields all who take refuge in him (verse 30).
- It is God who arms me with strength and keeps my way secure. He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he causes me to stand on the heights (verses 32-33).
- He trains my hands for battle; my arms can bend a bow of bronze (verse 34).
- You make your saving help my shield, and your right hand sustains me; your help has made me great. You provide a broad path for my feet, so that my ankles do not give way (verses 35-36).
I love thinking of God in all of these ways!