Psalm 18 starts very simply, “I love you, oh [Yahweh], my strength.” So basic, so potent, a beautiful way to start a song, a poem, a prayer – or a day! How often do you tell your heavenly Father that you love Him? Do the words come easily, or do you have to ‘work’ at it? I like to say it out loud once or twice when I open my eyes in the morning; it makes me smile.
Psalm 18, although starting so simply, gathers momentum quickly and explodes into a passionate, poetic description of David’s distresses (see verses 4-8). Actually the Psalm is in praise of Yahweh for having delivered him from them. He paints an amazing picture of the Most High parting the heavens and rushing to the rescue by coming down mounted on the cherubim and soaring on the wings of the wind (Psalm 18:9-10). What a breath-taking and glorious image. This magnificent Being Who thunders from the heavens and scatters our enemies (verses 13-14) is also our beloved and caring Father, interested in every aspect of our daily lives. How safe He makes us feel!
King David writes, “He reached down from on high and took hold of me; he drew me out of deep waters” (18:16). I find myself wondering why, if David was His child, Yahweh allowed him to get into ‘deep waters’? It is a fact, though, that many times we, too, find ourselves ‘floundering’; and He allows it. Even so, we can say, with David, that Yahweh ‘keeps my lamp burning and turns my darkness into light. He arms me with strength and keeps my way secure’ (Psalm18:28-32 my paraphrase).
Yahweh is all that we need, His way is perfect and He is a shield for all those who look to Him for protection. I love you, Yahweh!