Saturday, February 22, 2020

Psalms 18

Today's reading in our daily plan is Psalm 18. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
  • David (who later became king of Israel) wrote this psalm after God had delivered him from his enemies, which included King Saul (the current king of Israel). A little bit more about David:
    • David was the guy who killed Goliath, an enemy of Israel, for Saul. Saul had given David his daughter in marriage for being so brave.
    • The people of Israel praised David for being such a mighty warrior. Eventually, Saul became jealous and wanted to kill him. David had opportunities to kill Saul but refused to kill his king even though Saul was trying to unjustly kill him.
    • Saul’s own son, who was a friend of David, helped David escape because he knew his father was wrong in wanting to hurt David.
  • David loves God because of his great provision and protection. David could have taken matters into his own hands, but instead chose to trust God. In the end, God delivered him and even made him king of Israel.
  • Verses 7-15 would make an awesome movie scene. It’s a different picture of God than what we are used to, but it’s a great description of the power of God.
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • David discusses how God made him as a mighty warrior. God calls men to be brave and fight against evil; not in a chauvinistic way, but as honorable warriors.
  • David had a relationship with God for many years and God had proven he could be trusted. Even in the hardest time of his life, David knew he could never turn away from his God. God is described in warrior-like words in this psalm. David is trying to show us how powerful God is and how we can trust him to fight for us. 
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • Do you have a faith like David's? How have you seen God work in your life? After times like these have you praised God with such passion as David demonstrates here? Does the image of God as a warrior cause you to want to draw near to God or turn from him? Ask God to help you understand Him better.