Part 3 of 4: Verses 28-45
Two weeks ago, we looked at the first 18 verses of Psalm 18 and saw three things demonstrated: the protection of the Lord, the understanding of the Lord and the deliverance of the Lord. The overarching truth of the first section of this Psalm is that the Lord will answer when we call!
Last week, we continued with this Psalm with verses 19-27, Overarching truth of that section: God rewards when we obey!
Tonight, we move on to the third section (of 4): verses 28-45. Read these verses with me (remember: this is God’s word. Read it as such!)
28 You, O Lord, keep my lamp burning;
my God turns my darkness into light.
29 With your help I can advance against a troop d;
with my God I can scale a wall.
30 As for God, his way is perfect;
the word of the Lord is flawless.
He is a shield
for all who take refuge in him.
31 For who is God besides the Lord?
And who is the Rock except our God?
32 It is God who arms me with strength
and makes my way perfect.
33 He makes my feet like the feet of a deer;
he enables me to stand on the heights.
34He trains my hands for battle;
my arms can bend a bow of bronze.
35 You give me your shield of victory,
and your right hand sustains me;
you stoop down to make me great.
36 You broaden the path beneath me,
so that my ankles do not turn.
37 I pursued my enemies and overtook them;
I did not turn back till they were destroyed.
38 I crushed them so that they could not rise;
they fell beneath my feet.
39 You armed me with strength for battle;
you made my adversaries bow at my feet.
40 You made my enemies turn their backs in flight,
and I destroyed my foes.
41 They cried for help, but there was no one to save them —
to the Lord, but he did not answer.
42 I beat them as fine as dust borne on the wind;
I poured them out like mud in the streets.
43 You have delivered me from the attacks of the people;
you have made me the
head of nations;
people I did not know are subject to me.
44 As soon as they hear me, they obey me;
foreigners cringe before me.
45 They all lose heart;
they come trembling from their strongholds.
David knew where the source of his strength came from! He knew the Lord alone was the source of his life (“keep my lamp burning…”)
Moreover he knew that the Lord’s help was mightier than any army (remember, he wrote this surrounded by Saul’s army while they were trying to kill him!).
In verse 30, David confesses that the Lord’s ways are perfect—literally, without error or fault. David did not even blame God in the least for the situation he was in. Instead he say it as an opportunity to bless God for caring for him! God can be trusted with our salvation and safe-keeping.
Here, David describes how God has empowered him, protected him, equipped him, and will bring about His will!
(read it again)
Overarching truth: God empowers the obedient!