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July 29, 2017

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Reading along with us in the first 30 chapters of Psalm? Here’s today’s reading:

Psalm 18 (ESV)

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… Continue Reading

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  1. 31 For who is God, but the Lord?
    And who is a rock, except our God?—
    46 The Lord lives, and blessed be my rock,
    and exalted be the God of my salvation—

  2. What an extremely powerful Psalm, full of God’s overcoming power, declarations of His character, and expressions of David’s hope in Him and regard for Him. Verses 4-6 certainly show the desperation of David’s condition due to his enemies (King Saul in this Psalm). Verses 7-18 give vivid and strong pictures of God’s might and control of creation that would cause anyone to say, I don’t want to have Him opposed to me…Verses 19-29 express David’s confidence in the righteousness of his cause and actions as well as the things God provides in response to David’s obedience. I like 25-26, like any good parent, God rewards the right and punishes the evil. Verses 30-45 give more great declarations of who God is and the results that have come to David’s situation because of God’s help. 46-50 really give a summation of the psalm: exalting God and praising Him for the victories He has given David over His enemies.

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