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Psalm 18:1


1 To the chief Musician, [natsach] A Psalm of David, [David] the servant [`ebed] of the LORD, [Yahovah] who spake [dabar] unto the LORD [Yahovah] the words [dabar] of this song [shiyr] in the day [yowm] that the LORD [Yahovah] delivered [natsal] him from the hand [kaph] of all his enemies, ['oyeb] and from the hand [yad] of Saul: [Sha'uwl] And he said, ['amar]

I will love [racham] thee, O LORD, [Yahovah] my strength. [chezeq]KJV-Interlinear


1 For the choir director. A Psalm of David the servant of the Lord, who spoke to the Lord the words of this song in the day that the Lord  delivered him from the hand of all his enemies and from the hand of Saul. And he said,

1 "I love Thee, O Lord ,my strength."  NASB


Taken from 2 Sam. 22, this psalm or song, is a personal expression of thanks or gratitude from David toward God through the Lord, for all that God has done for David, even though David is far from being deserving of that grace. None of us are deserving.

While a psalm is generally viewed as a public display of worship, a song or music, is an expression from within the inner self, from the soul, and is intended to express a private manifestation of a feeling that is beyond words and difficult to be expressed. Therefore the music wells up from within in a fashion that words cannot describe.

David was the anointed king. And while Saul was king at the time, and while David had Gods express promise, he still looked to, and subordinated himself to God. He did not see himself as some special person above and beyond others.

David spoke to the Lord. This he did through continual prayer. This is the attitude through which we all can learn humility and look to one who is able to help us in all things.

This world is full of enemies from without and from within. The general enemies can be personal or non-personal. They can be people or circumstances. Anything that can bring pressure into ones life and serve as a distraction of your life away from God, is an enemy.

Saul was a formidable enemy. He was the power of that day. He was the king, and David was the marked target of Sauls government.

And yet, God delivered David out of Sauls hands, as well as out of the hands of all of Davids circumstances, even though David was on the run for several years and could have easily succumbed to any number of enemies during that time.

We can all look back on our lives and with objectivity, wonder just how we survived the many circumstances that we have faced. Certainly there have been overwhelming times and periods of adversity and even uncertainty, that should have under any other circumstances, taken our life in another direction if not worse. And yet here we are.

All of the education, all of the luck, all of the situations that we have faced could never have brought us through life as well as God has done for us.

God has a plan for each of our lives, and as long as we humble ourselves and comply with that which God has prescribed for us, then there will never be a failing moment. But when we are defiant toward God, and revolt against that which God has placed before us, then failure is certain and the bumps in the road become all that more difficult.

To love God, means to have a deeply abiding compassion for His provisions for our life. And that feeling does not exist nor can it, unless and until you first recognize Gods role in your own personal life.

Strength from God, comes only through doctrine. For to learn doctrine, produces understanding, and understanding produces application, and application produces wisdom, and wisdom produces faith, and in faith our eyes are truly opened to the realities of life and Gods role in our life.

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