Psalm 18, a Psalm of Gratitude . . .

*Pastor’s Note: Do you as a born-again Christian feel like you give the Lord the gratitude He is due? Do you acknowledge where He has brought you from in your past to the glorious promises of the future? Our dear Sister Pat over at her site, Beholding Him Ministries, has shared another inspiration message concerning this very thing. It is worth considering and meditating on.

As always, please stop by and let her know you appreciate her ministry for us as well as towards the Lord. While you’re there, check out her other articles. She is very prolific in her writing and shares her awesome inspiration. Remember, these teachings and exhortations are a sacrifice of praise and worship to the Lord! Give her a like and maybe an encouraging comment! God Bless!

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rb a psalm of gratitude 1I love You, O Lord, my strength. Psalm 18:1

Glory to God, our Deliverer, Provider, the One in Whom we find victory! Thank You, Jesus!
Blessings today!

This week we will continue our journey through The Psalms as we look at Psalm 18. The Psalm has 50 verses so we will look at the it over several days beginning with the superscription.

Psalm 18 superscription: [A Psalm] of David the servant of the Lord, who spoke the words of this song to the Lord on the day when the Lord delivered him from the hand of all his enemies and from the hand of Saul. And he said:

From Charles Spurgeon’s “Treasury of David”

We have another form of this Psalm, with significant variations (2 Samuel 22), and this suggests the idea that it was sung by David at different times when he reviewed his own remarkable history, and observed the gracious hand of God in it all. Like Addison’s hymn beginning, “When all thy mercies, O my God,” this Psalm is the song of a grateful heart overwhelmed with a retrospect of the manifold and marvelous mercies of God. We will call it THE GRATEFUL RETROSPECT. The title deserves attention. David, although at this time a king, calls himself, “the servant of Jehovah,” but makes no mention of his royalty; hence we gather that he counted it a higher honour to be the Lord’s servant than to be Judah’s king. Right wisely did he judge. Being possessed of poetic genius, he served the Lord by composing this Psalm for the use of the Lord’s house; and it is no mean work to conduct or to improve that delightful part of divine worship, the singing of the Lord’s praises. Would that more musical and poetical ability were consecrated, and that our chief musicians were fit to be trusted with devout and spiritual psalmody. It should be observed that the words of this song were not composed with the view of gratifying the taste of men, but were spoken unto Jehovah. It were well if we had a more single eye to the honour of the Lord in our singing, and in all other hallowed exercises. That praise is little worth which is not directed solely and heartily to the Lord. David might well be thus direct in his gratitude, for he owed all to his God, and in the day of his deliverance he had none to thank but the Lord, whose right hand had preserved him. We too should feel that to God and God alone we owe the greatest debt of honour and thanksgiving.

If it be remembered that the second and the forty-ninth verses are both quoted in the New Testament (Hebrews 2:13; Romans 15:9) as the words of the Lord Jesus, it will be clear that a greater than David is here. Reader, you will not need our aid in this respect; if you know Jesus you will readily find him in his sorrows, deliverance, and triumphs all through this wonderful psalm.
~Charles Spurgeon

And again, “I will put my trust in Him.” And again, “Behold, I and the children God has given Me.” – Hebrews 2:13.

. . . and in order that the Gentiles might glorify God for His mercy. As it is written, “Therefore I will praise You among the Gentiles, and sing to Your name.” – Romans 15:9.

May we pause from all the busyness and review our own remarkable history, and observe the gracious hand of God in it all, THE GRATEFUL RETROSPECT and realize the great privilege and honor to be “the servant of the Lord.”

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About Roland Ledoux

Pastor of Oasis Bible Ministry, an outreach ministry of teaching, encouragement and intercessory prayer from the Holy Bible, the written Word of God and author of the ministry website, For The Love of God. He lives in Delta, Colorado with his beautiful wife of 50+ years and a beautiful yellow lab whom they affectionately call Bella.
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2 Responses to Psalm 18, a Psalm of Gratitude . . .

  1. Thanks for the reblog! Blessings today!

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