The introduction to this psalm says that David wrote this song as a response to the Lord when He delivered David from his enemies and the hand of Saul. It is personal and particular to David’s call as the future king of Israel. As I read this I thought how does this pertain to me?
The first relevant point for believers who are reading this psalm is found in verses 6 - 7 and subsequent following verses.
“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.” (Psalm 18:6 – 7)
The whole section from verse 4 to 20 speaks of the Father’s reaction and His intervention for the sake of His son. David cried out in distress and God reacted. God responses to us, His children, as any good parent would when their child is in distress. He heard the cry and He reacted. He moved heaven and earth to deliver David from his distress.
Verse 16 says: “He reached down from on high and took hold of me; he drew me out of deep waters.” Verse 19 says: “He brought me out into a spacious place; he rescued me because he delighted in me.” How wonderful! This is what we can expect when we feel overwhelmed and surrounded on all sides by situations and circumstances that are beyond our control. He will respond.
Can you picture Him jumping up from His throne with his robes flying out behind Him as He rushes to your assistance? I can! One time 3 of our children were paddling in an inflatable boat at the beach close to shore. They all had on life preservers but Jessie, the 2 year old, stood up and fell out of the boat. Her youngest brother grabbed her foot and held it up out of the water. Bonnie saw it and was up from the lounge chair and into the water before I even knew what happened. Jared was confident he had saved her but his efforts kept her head under water. Bonnie was there in an instance as soon as she heard the cry. The Lord responds in the same way. He is our deliverer and strong tower.
Prayer: "Aw, Lord, how wonderful to have a Father like You. Thank You that I matter to You and You respond to my cries for help."