Psalm 18: I Love You, O Lord, My Strength

(50 verses, 4:47 to read)


What I am about to READ 

  • You can’t get any better than the introduction David actually places with this Psalm.  Read that.


  • Instructions to vs. 3: The Lord rescues and is strong both in deliverance and protection
  • 4-19: David’s distress, prayers, God hears, God acts, God rescues and brings David into safety
  • 20-28: This is taken from Pastor Wolfmuellers meditation on this Psalm:  “David seems to boast in his goodness, but compare this with 18:27. David’s righteousness is the righteousness of faith in the Gospel, shown forth in his life.”
  • 29-42: Further confession that God receives the glory for the rescue of David as well as David’s blamelessness
  • 43-50: Hope for the future: The Lord lives and will thus continue to rescue and defend.


  • The very first words after the instructions and context are so beautiful.  “I love you, O Lord….”  This love is indeed a love that is from both God to David and from David to God.  However, the rest of the Psalm gives voice against any thought that this love is quantitatively or qualitatively equal.  David’s love for God, as our love for God, wavers and is always beginning.  God’s love for David and us is rock solid.  It is a love that defends us (fortress, shield, stronghold) and rescues us (deliverer, He bowed down the heavens and came down, he took me, he drew me out, etc).
  • Read vs. 43, 46-50 as a prayer of Christ to His Father after His victorious death, resurrection & ascension.
  • vs. 25 & 26, “With the merciful you show yourself merciful… and with the crooked you make yourself seem tortuous.”  The name of Jesus and confession that He is judge brings great comfort to the Christian and great terror to those who do not confess that the Lord lives as the head of all nations.


  • vs. 17, “He has rescued me from my strong enemy and from those who hated me, for they were too mighty for me.”  Your enemy is strong, dear saints.  He is much too strong for you.  Confess your weakness.  But your Jesus is the stronger man (Luke 11:21-22).  He has rescued you.  The Lord lives and He is your rock.  Confess your strength.  Pray: “I love you, O Lord, my strength.”
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Christopher Stout, Pastor of Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, Kannapolis, NC & Abundant Life Lutheran Church, Charlotte, NC

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