23 King David’s Love for, Leaning on and Liberation by God

Psalm 18:1-5

1 To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David, the servant of the LORD, who addressed the words of this song to the LORD on the day when the LORD rescued him from the hand of all his enemies, and from the hand of Saul. He said: “I love You, O LORD, my strength. 2 The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. 3 I call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised, and I am saved from my enemies.
4 The cords of death encompassed me; the torrents of destruction assailed me; 5 the cords of Sheol entangled me; the snares of death confronted me. 6 In my distress I called upon the LORD; to my God I cried for help. From His temple He heard my voice, and my cry to Him reached His ears. 7 Then the earth reeled and rocked; the foundations also of the mountains trembled and quaked, because He was angry. 8 Smoke went up from His nostrils, and devouring fire from His mouth; glowing coals flamed forth from Him. 9 He bowed the heavens and came down; thick darkness was under His feet.
10 He rode on a cherub and flew; He came swiftly on the wings of the wind. 11 He made darkness His covering, His canopy around Him, thick clouds dark with water. 12 Out of the brightness before Him hailstones and coals of fire broke through His clouds. 13 The LORD also thundered in the heavens, and the Most High uttered His voice, hailstones and coals of fire. 14 And He sent out His arrows and scattered them; He flashed forth lightnings and routed them. 15 Then the channels of the sea were seen, and the foundations of the world were laid bare at Your rebuke, O LORD, at the blast of the breath of Your nostrils
.”  (ESV)

What we see described here is the wrath that was unleashed on the Lord Jesus Christ on the cross of Calvary for the sake of sinners. Before we desire it to be unleashed on our enemies, we must remember that God did this to His Son so that we don’t have to experience it.

This Psalm is a hymn of celebration for God’s protection and deliverance.
It’s a testament of King David’s deep love and trust in God as Deliverer.

  1. David’s Love for God (vv 1-3)
    David loved God for who and what He is, not for what He gave:
    a. He is the Rock, Fortress and Deliverer – referring to Christ (Luke 1:69).
    b. He is worthy to be praised – with skilfully played music.

    David’s love did not depend on his circumstances, but on God’s character.

  2. David’s Leaning on God (vv 4-6)
    We don’t have anything else to lean on than our God.

  3. David’s Liberation by God (vv 7-15)
    We fear God because of:
    a. The earth-shaking anger of God.
    b. The emancipating actions of God.