Saturday, October 12, 2013

Journal Through the Bible: Week 40 Friday

Psalm 18

David compared the deliverance that he received from God as magnificent as an earthquake, a hailstorm of fire, and the worldwide flood.
The LORD liveth; and blessed be my rock; and let the God of my salvation be exalted. (verse 46)

Does God issue any commands in this psalm?

  • God did not speak.

Does God make any promises?

  • David described the promises of God to lead the righteous to safety.
  • David was clinging to the promise of the kingdom as God's anointed when he said strangers would serve him and submit to him.

Does this psalm teach anything about Jesus?

  • When God answered David's prayer to be delivered from the sorrows of hell and death one of the results was an earthquake and darkness just as it happened when Jesus died and saved all who cry for deliverance from hell and death.
  • The description of God's brightness and thundering voice are described further in Revelation as belonging to Jesus. Hebrews 1:3 describes the Son as being the brightness of His [God's] glory and the express image of His person.
  • The enemy of our soul is too hard for us but Jesus delivers us.
  • David is a type of Christ when he details his righteousness. David had no righteousness of his own so he was claiming the righteousness of his savior as his own. This is sanctification in the sight of God.
  • David described God as his Rock. Jesus is the Rock, the stone that the builder rejected.

Does this psalm teach anything about yet-future events?

  • Some of the descriptions of God riding on the wings of the wind upon a cherub are similar to descriptions of heavenly servants in the book of Revelation. 
  • The description of God Himself cloaking His brightness within the thick clouds and having a thundering voice is reminiscent of the time of the Exodus and that of John seeing God's glory in Revelation.
  • God will lead His people safely through the darkness.
  • David claimed the promises of God to himself as God's anointed and for his descendants forever.

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Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.
Psalms 19:14 (KJV)