Amazing Grace: Further Thoughts on Psalm 18

Amazing Grace: Further Thoughts on Psalm 18

Psalm 18:32 “It is God who arms me with strength”

[In my weakness your strength is perfected]

“and makes my way perfect.”

[You know exactly what should happen, what should come, what is right, and that is what you bring. You know how I should respond and guide me in that direction.]

Psalm 18:33  “He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he enables me to stand on the heights.”

[It is in your power that we can accomplish, for without you we can do nothing. It is in your grace that we can move onward and upward in life, keeping on the whole armor, standing in the day of evil, doing all you desire from us.]

Psalm 18:34  “He trains my hands for battle; my arms can bend a bow of bronze.”

[You give me ability, strength, endurance and discipline, which I must then develop in cooperation with you.]

Psalm 18:35  “You give me your shield of victory,”

[This is important—it is your shield, it is your victory, the glory goes to you. You want to share with us your victories in your power, to defeat the true enemy in your strength, to triumph in praise, prayer and obedience.  You give you shield, we have to use it. In the three difficult situations before me, I must get that shield up, to rest in you, praise you in my weakness, trust you in prayer and rejoice in the unseen that you are doing behind the scenes.]

“and your right hand sustains me;”

[as I tire and droop in the battle, you lift me up, strengthen me, support me so I can continue on in the fight against the real enemy.]

“you stoop down to make me great.

[This is a beautiful and amazing truth: we are so far below you, yet you lean way down to lift us up and make us great in your sight. This is sharing your glory, giving us your power, wisdom and grace that those around us may see your work in our lives and rejoice in you.]

Psalm 18:36  “You broaden the path beneath me,”

[you, Lord God, are at work in all the details. You open the doors, prepare the way, deal with things we are not aware of and protect us in your love.]

“so that my ankles do not turn.”

[you know what will cause us to stumble, to fall, and to be crippled—and these things you prevent so that we can press on in the battle, thinking truth, praising you, joining you in prayer, doing what your Word says is right.

Praise you, Lord God, for your goodness and graciousness and love. Praise you that I can live in these truths, bask in your light, revel in your love and rise up to run in obedience to you, bringing honor and glory to your name. May that happen today.