Friday, January 12, 2024

Psalm 118, A Psalm of Joy

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:


Verses 1-7:

I love you, Lord, my strength. 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.

I called to the Lord, who is worthy of praise, and I have been saved from my enemies.

The cords of death entangled me; the torrents of destruction overwhelmed me.

The cords of the grave coiled around me; the snares of death confronted me.

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.

The earth trembled and quaked, and the foundations of the mountains shook; they trembled because he was angry.


Verses 9-10,13-14,

He parted the heavens and came down; dark clouds were under his feet.

He mounted the cherubim and flew; he soared on the wings of the wind.

The Lord thundered from heaven; the voice of the Most High resounded.

He shot his arrows and scattered the enemy, with great bolts of lightning he routed them.


Verses 16-21,24

He reached down from on high and took hold of me; he drew me out of deep waters.

He rescued me from my powerful enemy, from my foes, who were too strong for me.

They confronted me in the day of my disaster, but the Lord was my support.

He brought me out into a spacious place; he rescued me because he delighted in me.

The Lord has dealt with me according to my righteousness; according to the cleanness of my hands he has rewarded me.

For I have kept the ways of the Lord; I am not guilty of turning from my God.

The Lord has rewarded me according to my righteousness, according to the cleanness of my hands in his sight.


Verses 30,35, 43,46

As for God, his way is perfect: The Lord’s word is flawless; he shields all who take refuge in him.

You make your saving help my shield, and your right hand sustains me; your help has made me great.

You have delivered me from the attacks of the people; you have made me the head of nations. People I did not know now serve me,

The Lord lives! Praise be to my Rock! Exalted be God my Savior!


David wrote a great Psalm of praise after he had been in a horrible place. He trusted that God heard his request for help, and God showed great kindness to him, rescuing him from his enemies, giving him wonderful circumstances.


David said God rewarded him because of his, David’s, righteousness. Many times in other places, David admits his sin and grieves because of it.


Was this before some of his most famous sins? Was he not admitting his sin? Was he simply so secure in God’s love and forgiveness, that he wanted just to praise God for the good in his life?


Lord, I pray to have more of David’s closeness to you, his confidence in your love, and his willingness to share your name with others. 

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