In fact, as they cry for a period of peace and safety, they are going to end up with sudden destruction.
God save s the king, His King, His anointed one. Usually the sermons on this site are about half as long as mine.
Maybe this is because it takes me twice as long to say the same thing. When I came to the lessons on Psalm 18, I believe this passage had been divided so that it took about six lessons to expound this psalm.
And to think I am going to deal with it in one lesson! In this lesson, our main task is to expound the main thrust of the psalm, while avoiding many of the details, as profitable as they might be.
The Message of the Psalm--David's Deliverer In the first verse of the psalm, we are given the historical background for this song of David. This psalm was written by David after God delivered him from the hand of his enemies and from the hand of Saul.
It would seem then that the psalm was written shortly after Saul's death and at the outset of David's reign as king.
David now occupies the throne, and from this vantage point, he reflects on God's gracious dealings in his life to fulfill His promise that he would be Israel's king. The actual psalm begins with David's praise to God for who He is -- his refuge.
Employing a handful of symbols, David speaks of God as his Commentary on a passage from cry of safety. He is David's rock or lofty crag, v. No doubt David had spent much of his time standing upon such crags, looking down from the lofty heights, knowing that he was virtually inaccessible to his enemies.
And now, David urges us to look behind these means which God employed to God Himself. It is God who delivers; it is He who is our protector and deliverer. He is our place of safety. Verse 4 sets down a principle, based upon the truth that God is David's refuge versesand demonstrated in God's various acts of deliverance verses David employs the imagery of dangerous waters to describe the way his life was being threatened by his enemies.
First, he describes himself as a man who is drowning in rough seas, not unlike Jonah. With his last breath, or on his third time going under as it were, David tells us he calls out to God for deliverance, and from His dwelling place, God hears his cry verse 7.
David then describes his rescue by God in the imagery of a theophany a manifestation of God to man. In many ways, David's imagery recalls the language of God's appearance at Mount Sinai when He gave the law through Moses: David called to God for deliverance, and God responded in a way that signaled His sovereignty over all creation.
When God heard David's cry, He responded, as evidenced by all of His creation. God is angered by the enemies who have endangered His anointed king, and all of creation reflects God's anger.
This is not just a description of a God who is eager to save His king, but a God who is intent upon destroying the enemies who threaten His king. The first indication of divine intervention is that of an earthquake. The entire earth shook and quaked verse 8. Smoke proceeds from the nostrils of God, and fire from his mouth consumes anything in its path.
Coals of fire are kindled by it verse 9. As God descends, the heavens bow down, and He stands upon thick darkness, an ominous foretaste of things to come verse He rides on the wings of the wind, thick clouds and darkness are around Him, and a white-hot brightness radiates ahead of Him verses God's voice is heard in the thunder, and bolts of lightening shoot out like arrows verses Upon His approach, the seas part, and the land below is exposed at His rebuke and the blast of His nostrils verse God reaches down and plucks His servant from the waters, delivering him from his strong enemy, and setting him down in a broad place on solid ground.
Though David's enemies are stronger, God delivers him from their hand. The Basis for David's Deliverance With few exceptions see 1 Kings He understood that those who would draw near to God are those who keep His law:Study.
a Bible passage «Isaiah 40 (NRSV)» Click a verse to see commentary. God’s People Are Comforted. Comfort, O comfort my people, says your God. 2. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and cry to her. that she has served her term, that her penalty is paid.
The Stones Cry Out. Bible Study Aids: Here are some Bible study helps I have put together through the years which I hope you can find useful in your study of God's Word. Creation Passages (BHS): The Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia text of every OT Creation/science passage.
Psalm 88 English Standard Version (ESV) I Cry Out Day and Night Before You A Song. A Psalm of the Sons of Korah. To the choirmaster: according to Mahalath Leannoth.
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The following commentary may also be downloaded as a PDF. Genesis 3 (The Fall/Curse):In the first two chapters of the Bible we read about the beginnings of all things in the natural world.
The Stones Cry Out. οἱ λίθοι As an appendix, I offer commentaries on a few NT passages that refer directly and indirectly to the pericope .