Psalm 18:31-42

In these verses, David thanks God for giving victory to him and his army in one of his military campaigns. David's actions picture our spiritual warfare against our spiritual enemies.


Thank God we have a divine rock to hold us up: And who is a rock, except our God? (verse 31).

Remember that God can enable us to do difficult things: 'the God who equipped me with strength and made my way blameless. He made my feet like the feet of a deer and set me secure on the heights. He trains my hands for war, so that my arms can bend a bow of bronze' (verses 32-34).

Thank God that he deals with us kindly: 'You have given me the shield of your salvation, and your right hand supported me, and your gentleness made me great' (verse 35).

Recall how God enabled us to make progress in our spiritual wars: 'You gave a wide place for my steps under me, and my feet did not slip. I pursued my enemies and overtook them, and did not turn back till they were consumed. I thrust them through, so that they were not able to rise; they fell under my feet' (verses 36-38).

God can give us the victory over far more powerful enemies than David faced - the devil: 'For you equipped me with strength for the battle; you made those who rise against me sink under me. You made my enemies turn their backs to me, and those who hated me I destroyed. They cried for help, but there was none to save; they cried to the LORD, but he did not answer them. I beat them fine as dust before the wind; I cast them out like the mire of the streets' (verses 39-42).

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