It’s our last day in Psalm 18. I get the impression that David is not running out of steam – he still has plenty to say.
David’s praise comes from his personal experiences with the Lord. He could say; ‘from a violent man you rescued me’. When Saul decided he wanted David murdered, not many would have given David much of a chance. Saul was the king, he held all of the cards or so it seemed. But the Lord was faithful to David and placed him in a very privileged position. No wonder he wanted to sing.
When we look for a moment at our own experiences of knowing God, perhaps it could be said we are even more blessed. We were rebels and sinners. Many of us had no thoughts of God and some even openly mocked him. Yet in love he called us. He showed the full extent of his love in sending Jesus to die in our place. He received us into his family and all of our sins he has chosen not to remember, the slate has been wiped clean. As if all of this wasn’t enough, he will one day bring us into his glorious presence, perfect in Christ, to be with him forever. In truth, we have even more reasons to sing songs of praise.
David’s song was not to be sung in the privacy of his own home, or amongst his friends or even with his own people. He wanted everyone to know what God had done for him; ‘Therefore I will praise you, Lord, among the nations’. It’s just as important to sing praise to God in the school yard, the workshop or the office as it is in Church. I mean this in the sense that we all have a ‘song’. I’ve worked with people who wanted to complain about the firm all of the time – their song was complaint. Some would boast about their possessions – their song was boasting. What are we known for? Do we just enter in with the songs of the world? Wouldn’t it be good to be people who talk of God’s goodness?
I will give thanks to Thee, O Lord among the people
I will sing praises to Thee among the nations
For Thy steadfast love is great Is great to the heavens
And Thy faithfulness, Thy faithfulness, To the Clouds
Be exalted, O God above the heavens
Let Thy glory be over all the earth (Be Exalted – Brent Chambers)