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A Season of Psalms - Psalm 18: 46-49

Psalm 18:46-49

The Lord lives, and blessed be my rock, and exalted be the God of my salvation—the God who gave me vengeance and subdued peoples under me, who rescued me from my enemies; yes, you exalted me above those who rose against me; you delivered me from the man of violence. For this I will praise you, O Lord, among the nations, and sing to your name.”

English Standard Version (ESV)

Do you remember the “pet rock” fad? It didn’t last long, but it started in a bar when a man named Gary Dahl listened to his friends complain about their pets. Their grumbling finally gave him an idea for the perfect pet: a rock. In Gary’s mind, a rock was a perfect pet because it didn’t need bathing, feeding, grooming, or daily exercise. It would never be disobedient, nor would it ever fall ill or die. It required nothing from its owner because it never did anything. It was a rock of inaction.

David gives glory to the Rock in Psalm 18, his rock of action. When David called upon the Lord (v. 6), the Rock moved: the earth reeled, the heavens thundered, the foundations of the world were laid bare. If you can imagine it, it’s a pretty terrifying sight, but an accurate description of what God would do for any of His children when they call on Him in their distress. The Rock will roll heaven and earth away to deliver His children from their toils and snares.

When was the last time God delivered you from your trouble? How did you respond? Did you say “Thank you” and move quickly on, or did you stop to say “I will praise you, O Lord, among the nations, and sing to your name?” Sing to Him today, because as the song says, “There is no Rock, there is no god like our God!” His name is worthy of praise! Let’s sing it like we mean it!

Further Reading: Isaiah 44:6-8; 1 Samuel 2:1-10

Pray with me:

Father, you are the Rock of our salvation, our strong tower, our mighty fortress in whom we take refuge. You alone are worthy of our praise. We place our full trust and confidence in You, our Rock who cannot be moved, the Rock who will never be shaken. Thank you for loving us, for delivering us from sin, and for sending Your Son. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

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