Psalm 18 - Great Praise from a Place of Great Victory - Page12 (series: Lessons on Psalms)

by John Lowe
(Woodruff, S.C.)

(v. 50) Great deliverance giveth he to his king. The Lord had given His king great victories, and He would also give victories to David’s descendents (his seed). But those victories would be only a foretaste of Christ’s victory over all the nations of the earth—“Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession” (Acts 2:8).

(v. 50) And sheweth mercy to his anointed. David affirmed that the Lord had shown His loyal love (unfailing kindness) to His anointed servant. This concluding verse is another royal Messianic affirmation of the Davidic covenant in 2 Samuel 7.

(v. 50) And sheweth mercy to his anointed, to David, and to his seed for evermore. The Psalm ends with David exalting the Lord for His covenant to Him and to his descendents (See 2 Samuel 7). Little children often use their own names when they ask for something (“Please give Tommy a cookie”), and David used his own name here, just like a little child, as he did also in 2 Samuel 7:20—“And what can David say more unto thee? for thou, Lord GOD, knowest thy servant.” David used the term “for evermore,” so he must have realized that it would be through the promised Messiah that the kingdom promises would be fulfilled. “And He shall reign forever and ever” (Revelation 11:15). All honor and praise is due unto the Triune God alone.

God extends His mercy to us today. This marvelous psalm closes on a note of praise to God. Oh, that there might be praise in your mouth and mine, in your life and mine, in your heart and mine, toward our God. “O give thanks unto the LORD, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever. Let the redeemed of the LORD say so . . .” (Psalm 107:1-2). If the redeemed do not say the Lord is good, nobody else in the world will. The redeemed ought to say so. We need some “say-so” Christians.

{1] (Psalm 18:6) In my distress I called upon the LORD, and cried unto my God: he heard my voice out of his temple, and my cry came before him, even into his ears.
{2] (Exodus 2:10) And the child grew, and she brought him unto Pharaoh's daughter, and he became her son. And she called his name Moses: and she said, Because I drew him out of the water.
{3] (Psalm 18:6) In my distress I called upon the LORD, and cried unto my God: he heard my voice out of his temple, and my cry came before him, even into his ears.
{4] (Psalm 25:17) The troubles of my heart are enlarged: O bring thou me out of my distresses.
{5] (Proverbs 13:9) The light of the righteous rejoiceth: but the lamp of the wicked shall be put out.
{6] (Romans 15:10-11) And again he saith, Rejoice, ye Gentiles, with his people. And again, Praise the Lord, all ye Gentiles; and laud him, all ye people.
{7] (Romans 15:12) And again, Esaias saith, There shall be a root of Jesse, and he that shall rise to reign over the Gentiles; in him shall the Gentiles trust.
{8] Habakkuk 3:3-4) God came from Teman, and the Holy One from mount Paran. Selah. His glory covered the heavens, and the earth was full of his praise. 4 And his brightness was as the light; he had horns coming out of his hand: and there was the hiding of his power.
{9] (Psalm 17:3-5) Thou hast proved mine heart; thou hast visited me in the night; thou hast tried me, and shalt find nothing; I am purposed that my mouth shall not transgress. 4 Concerning the works of men, by the word of thy lips I have kept me from the paths of the destroyer. 5 Hold up my goings in thy paths, that my footsteps slip not.
{10] (Proverbs 22:5) Thorns and snares are in the way of the froward: he that doth keep his soul shall be far from them.
{11] (Proverbs 28:6) Better is the poor that walketh in his uprightness, than he that is perverse in his ways, though he be rich.

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