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Bible Commentaries

F.B. Meyer's 'Through the Bible' Commentary

Psalms 18

Verses 1-26

a Wonderful Deliverance

Psalms 18:1-26

There is another edition of this psalm in 2 Samuel 22:1-51 .Psalms 18:2; Psalms 18:2 and Psalms 18:49 are applied in the New Testament to the Lord Jesus, Hebrews 2:13 and Romans 15:9 . We begin with the psalmist’s good resolve, Psalms 18:1-3 . No single metaphor can comprehend the whole of God’s helpfulness to men; but can we say, “I love thee”? See John 21:17 . “ Thou knowest!”

The story of the past, Psalms 18:4-19 . We also have our Red Seas. In our distress let us also cry. The voice of the sufferer may be weak and solitary, but it reaches through the gates of pearl and moves creation! Luke 8:46 .

The confident claim of the righteous, Psalms 18:20-26 . We cannot boast a righteousness of our own, but we stand in Christ. We are full of impurity and evil, but we may claim at least integrity of motive. Compare Psalms 18:26 with Leviticus 26:21-24 . The wind blows in one direction; you can walk against it or with it-take your choice.

Verses 27-50

Girded with Strength for Service

Psalms 18:27-50

God’s way is perfect, and if only we will walk with Him He will make ours perfect also. Walls and troops cannot stop a man when God leads him through them. We must follow on the line of His purpose, and then the very mountains are a way and our enemies subserve the program, Acts 2:23 .

Swift and sure-footed, when the path is slippery, Psalms 18:33 ; strong in battle, Psalms 18:34 ; great through God’s gentle kindness, or, as the English Book of Common Prayer renders it, “thy loving correction,” Psalms 18:35 . Severity would never have done for the Apostles what Jesus did by His patience and long-suffering.

The closing hallelujah of Psalms 18:46-50 is very fine. It is the living Savior that we need. We must stint our words when we speak of men; but mortal lips, however eloquent, have never exhausted the worth of our King.

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Meyer, Frederick Brotherton. "Commentary on Psalms 18". "F. B. Meyer's 'Through the Bible' Commentary". 1914.