Psalm 18 – Rejoicing in the Unparalled Greatness of God

We should never forget what we were, whilst dead in trespasses and sins, and what we are made by the effectual working of God’s grace in our souls. The change is nothing less than “passing from death unto life,” and “from the power of Satan unto God:” and when we contemplate it, we should be filled with wonder and with love on account of the stupendous mercies we have received. We should ever remember, “Who it is that has made us to differ” from those who are yet in darkness and the shadow of death: and the constant frame of our souls should be, “Not unto us, O Lord, not unto us, but unto thy name be the praise!” We may, indeed, without impropriety on some occasions say, as the Psalmist, “I have pursued mine enemies, and overtaken them; I have wounded them, that they were not able to rise;” but we must soon check ourselves, like St. Paul, and say, “Yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me:” “He that hath wrought me to the self-same thing, is God.” It is worthy of particular observation, how anxious David is to give to God all the glory of those exploits which he commemorates; “By Thee I have run through a troop; and by my God I have leaped over a wall [ver. 29]” — Let us imitate him in this respect, and “give unto our God the glory due unto his name:” yea, “let our mouths be filled with his praise all the day long.”

In what exalted terms David speaks of God at the commencement of this psalm [ver. 2.]— Verily, he had profited well from his past experience. And ought not we to profit in like manner? Ought not we to remember what God is to all his believing people? If we have God for our God, what have we to fear? Can any enemy prevail against us, when he is on our side? Remember how God reproved those of old, who, when danger threatened them, gave way to terror, instead of trusting confidently in their God: “Say ye not, A confederacy, a confederacy! etc. but sanctify the Lord of Hosts himself, and let him be your fear, and let him be your dread: and he shall be to you for a sanctuary.” Whatever be your want, know that He is able to supply it — whatever be your difficulty, He can make you triumphant over it —  “His way is perfect: his word is tried: he is a buckler to all those who trust in him [ver. 30].”

Charles Simeon

Read Psalm 18. Notice the ways in which God’s unparalled greatness is brought out in these verses. What difference does the greatness of God make in your life? If you aren’t ways in which you can clearly see this in your life, how can you begin to make yourself more aware?

Great Is Thy Faithfulness by Thomas Chisholm

Posted on: August 24, 2017 - 10:00PM

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