“Glory To The Lamb Jesus”/Psalm 18, “I Will Love Thee, O Lord, My Strength” A Psalm of David

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Psalm 18 is attributed to David.  The text of this Psalm is found in 2 Samuel 22 with some variations.  The superscription (writing) indicates that this Psalm was David’s Hymn of Celebration To The Grace Of God.  This may be a Psalm of Trust.  *NCBC.    

Psalm 18, 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:

“I Will Love Thee, O Lord, My Strength,” Psalm 18:1) I Will Love Thee, O Lord, My Strength.  Deuteronomy 32:4; 1 Samuel 2:2; Psalm 91:2.  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.  Psalm 76:4.  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.  7) Then The Earth Shook And Trembled;  The Foundations Also Of The Hills Moved And Were Shaken, Because He Was Wroth.  Acts 4:31.  8) There Went Up A Smoke Out Of His Nostrils, And Fire Out Of His Mouth Devoured:  Coals Were Kindled By It.  9) He Bowed The Heavens Also, And Came Down:  And Darkness Was Under His Feet.  Isaiah 64:1.

 *Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v1, I Will Love You, O Lord:   Twice in the psalms the psalmist declares A Love For God (116:1).  Here an unusual word for Love is used, referring to compassion as deep as a mother’s love.  v2, 3 The Hebrew word for my Rock is balanced by its parallel Hebrew word my Strength, meaning also “my rock.”  References to God As A Mountain Fortress that protects the Believer are found many times in the Psalms (91:1-3; 144:1).  This is a particularly apt image for David, who many times had to hide in the mountains for security (see 1 Samuel 26:1, 20).  The words Strength and Stronghold Reinforce The Image Of God As Protector.   v4-6, In these verses, David describes how his life is endangered.  Using strong language, he expresses the pain he feels as he watches death come near:  sorrows of Sheol (Hades, Hell).   But even in the great depths of his trouble, he cries out to The Lord And The Faithful God Answers Him.  v7-9, the earth shook … He Bowed The Heavens:  Underlying these poetic words is The Understanding That The Almighty Will Turn The Universe Inside Out, If Necessary, To Deliver His Servant.

Quest Study Bible – v2, “How Is God Like A Rock?”  God Is Firm, Solid, Impregnable And Immovable—just the kind of stability needed by an emotional man like David.  He writes of a Rock large enough that he could hide on top of it from his enemies below.  A few soldiers could defend a high rock bluff against a much larger army.  Perhaps David was recalling the rocks and caves that kept him safe from Saul (1 Samuel 23:5).   v6, “Where was The Temple in David’s day?”  The Jerusalem Temple was not built until after David’s death.  There are several possible interpretations:  (1) The Tabernacle may have been called a Temple.  (2) This psalm may have been written by another, later author.  (3) A later editor may have changed Tabernacle to Temple.  (4) The word is a more general reference to Creation As God’s Temple (see 29:9).  (5) David saw God’s Dwelling Place In The Heavens As A Temple (see 11:4).   v7-15, “Why Did God Appear In Such Frightening Ways?”   Because God, By His Very Nature, So Far Transcends Mere Human Experience, Those Who Encounter His Glory, Majesty And Power Are Overwhelmed.  Furthermore, the limitations of human language—even with poetic figures of speech—do not do Justice To Such An Awesome, Holy God.

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v1-19, The First Words, “I Will Love Thee, O Lord, My Strength,” are the scope of the Psalm.  Those that Truly Love God, may Triumph In Him As Their Rock And Refuge, and may with confidence Call Upon Him.  It is Good for us to observe all the circumstances of a Mercy, which Magnify The The Power Of God And His Goodness To Us In It.  David was a Praying man, And God Was Found a Prayer-Hearing God.  If we Pray as he did, we shall speed as he did.  God’s Manifestation Of His Presence is fully described (in) ver. 7-15.  Little appeared of man, But Much Of God, In These Deliverance’s.  It is not possible to apply to the history of the son of Jesse those Awful, Majestic, and Stupendous Words Which Are Used Through This Description Of The Divine Manifestation.  Every Part Of So Solemn A Scene Of Terrors Tells Us, A Greater Than David Is Here.  God Will Not Only Deliver His People Out Of Their Troubles In Due Time, But He Will Bear Them Up Under Their Troubles In The Mean Time.  Can We Meditate On ver. 18, Without Directing Thought To Gethsemane And Calvary?  Can We Forget That it Was In The Hour Of Christ’s Deepest Calamity, When Judas Betrayed, When His Friends Forsook, When The Multitudes Derided Him, And The Smiles Of His Father’s Love Were Withheld, That The Powers Of Darkness Prevented Him?  The Sorrows Of Death Surrounded Him, In His Distress He Prayed, Hebrews 5:7(-10) Who In The Days Of His Flesh, When He Had Offered Up Prayers And Supplications With Strong Crying And Tears Unto Him That Was Able To Save Him From Death, And Was Heard In That He Feared;  8) Though He Were A Son, Yet Learned He Obedience By The Things Which He Suffered:  9) And Being Made Perfect, He Became The Author Of Eternal Salvation Unto All Them That Obey Him;)  God Made The Earth To Shake And Tremble, And The Rocks To Cleave (Split), And Brought Him Out, IN HIS RESURRECTION, BECAUSE HE DELIGHTED IN HIM (CHRIST) AND IN HIS UNDERTAKING.  Amen.     

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