Our passage today is Psalm 18:30-42.
I once saw a video of Warren Wiersbe talking about preaching. One of the things that stuck in my mind is that he said it is possible to approach a Psalm like someone taking a beautiful rose and pulling the petals off one by one to understand it. You may understand more about it but what you are left with is a bit of a mess. I really hope that isn’t what we are doing here as we continue in Psalm 18.
‘His way is perfect’. God never makes a mistake; he is always righteous, holy, true and just. That’s good to know because when we come to God we have to come with a different attitude. I heard a preacher say once that he felt that God had said to him ‘you and I are incompatible and I can’t change’. Ok it’s funny but there is a truth there; if you are arguing with God you must be wrong. Not only is God perfect but his word is flawless. He has chosen to reveal himself to us most completely through his word, the Scriptures. Of course God is ultimately revealed through Jesus but almost all that we know about Jesus is from the word. If you want to know God, read the Bible. If you want to know Jesus, read the Bible. If you want to know more of the Holy Spirit, no prizes for guessing, read the Bible.
The Lord, who is perfect, protects his people, they take refuge in him. Paul wrote; ‘your life is hidden with Christ in God’ (Colossians 3:3). Through the death and resurrection of Christ, our lives are hidden with him. That means we are secure and that he has plans for us.
The Lord, who is perfect and protects also equips. There had been times in his life when David had been forced to hide in caves but God’s purpose was not for him to stay there. David said; ‘He trains my hands for battle’. Believers are not called to be passive or static, we have been commissioned to make disciples and God has set up ministries in the Church to equip his people;
“It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up.” (Ephesians 4:11-12)
The Lord, who is perfect; protects, equips and empowers. The last section of today’s reading is pretty warlike. “I crushed them so that they could not rise; they fell beneath my feet.” From our reading of the Bible as a whole, its clear that we shouldn’t apply these verses as a call to war and start a bombing campaign. Paul writes;
“The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.” (2 Corinthians 10:4)
So we fight battles as David did but whereas he fought physical battles, ours are spiritual. We fight with prayer, with the word of God and with love, to win the world for Jesus.
There’s an army rising up
To break every chain
Break every chain
Break every chain (Will Reagan)