Psalm 18:1-16

Tell God that you love him: I love you, O Lord, my strength (verse 1).

Repeat to yourself what God means to you: ‘The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold’ (verse 2).

Remember the outcome of prayer: ‘I call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised, and I am saved from my enemies’ (verse 3).

Describe your situation to God: ‘The cords of death encompassed me; the torrents of destruction assailed me; the cords of Sheol entangled me; the snares of death confronted me’ (verses 4-5).

Recall how God helped previously: ‘In my distress I called upon the Lord; to my God I cried for help. From his temple he heard my voice, and my cry to him reached his ears’ (verse 6).

Think of God’s presence: ‘Then the earth reeled and rocked; the foundations also of the mountains trembled and quaked, because he was angry. Smoke went up from his nostrils, and devouring fire from his mouth; glowing coals flamed forth from him. He bowed the heavens and came down; thick darkness was under his feet. He rode on a cherub and flew; he came swiftly on the wings of the wind’ (verses 7-10).

Think of God’s power: ‘He made darkness his covering, his canopy around him, thick clouds dark with water. Out of the brightness before him hailstones and coals of fire broke through his clouds. The Lord also thundered in the heavens, and the Most High uttered his voice, hailstones and coals of fire. And he sent out his arrows and scattered them; he flashed forth lightnings and routed them. Then the channels of the sea were seen, and the foundations of the world were laid bare at your rebuke, O Lord, at the blast of the breath of your nostrils (verses 11-16).

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