Psalm 18: Standing On The Promises

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Standing On The Promises

“As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the LORD is flawless.
He is a shield for all who take refuge in him.”
Psalm 18:30

As you read this fairly long psalm, your eyes will likely be drawn to verse 30.  Initially it will seem that David’s words here are an abrupt, although delightful, departure from the rest of the psalm.  At first blush, it seems that David has taken a side-bar to attest to the inspiration and veracity of Scripture. Yet upon further review, this verse is in complete unity with the rest of the psalm, simply and succinctly verifying David’s testimony of God’s faithfulness to him.

The title of the song at first seems to suggest that David penned these words after a Divinely orchestrated deliverance from King Saul’s insane jealousy and murderous rage.  However, the internal evidence of the psalm indicates that this is really a retrospective on the faithfulness of God over the course of David’s life in fulfilling the promise to establish David as king over an everlasting dynasty in place of Saul.  (See II Samuel 7:8-16)

In looking back, David reflects that even though the road he has travelled to kingship has been rocky, to say the least, and at times, the success of his journey certainly hung in the balance, yet at the end of the day, at the end of each day, God had been faithful to David. God had kept him.  God had delivered him. God had exalted him.  And now, David offers this wonderful song of praise that recognizes the many qualities of God that has made him worthy of David’s praise.

Then we come to wonderful verse, verse 30, where David’s worship takes on an increased volume of heartfelt praise as he sings in effect, “Yes, the promises of God have proved to be true and trustworthy. Every word he has spoken over me has been flawlessly fulfilled.  I can count on his word; I can stand on his promises.  With God, I am on safe and secure ground.”

Of course, what David said of the words of God (see Psalm 12:6, 30:5) is also true of the Word of God. In the next psalm, Psalm 19:7-9, David proclaims,

The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul.

The statutes of the LORD are trustworthy, making wise the simple.

The precepts of the LORD are right, giving joy to the heart.

The commands of the LORD are radiant, giving light to the eyes.

The fear of the LORD is pure, enduring forever.

The ordinances of the LORD are sure and altogether righteous.

Now here’s the deal:  What was true for David is true for you.  The Word of God is as true today as it was in David’s day.  And out of God’s Word, through your time of prayer and refection upon it, God will speak to you as he did David (remember, it will always be in line with his written Word), and give you a word specific to the circumstances you face.  And you can depend on God’s word in those times to be flawless as well. God’s promises to you are certain.

Are you standing on the promises of God?  Are you claiming his word?  Are you leaning into his Eternal Word?  David would say to you, “You can depend on God’s Word—and his word.  And of all people, I would know.”

“God is not silent.  It is the nature of God to speak.
The second person of the Holy Trinity is called ‘The Word.’”
—A.W. Tozer