The Path of Life
Psalm 18 was written by David - many of his writings were a plea for deliverance, but this is a praise for answered prayer. David lived a life of war, physical enemies, complicated marriages (understatement), a dysfunctional family (on steroids), a shepherd boy made king, sometimes ruler, sometimes fugitive, often on the run from loved ones. And yet, in amongst all of this mess, he loved God. He never forgot Who was most important. Yes, he slipped (as do we all), BIG TIME, but God doesn't care how far we fall - He is there is catch us in loving arms. David suffered the consequences of his sins, he acknowledged that he deserved it and he knew as surely as he knew his name, that God would never leave him. God was there throughout the dark times, lifting him into the light. David wrote these beautiful words in response to his love for the Lord:
"I love you, LORD God, and you make me strong. You are my mighty rock, my fortress, my protector, the rock where I am safe, my shield, my powerful weapon, and my place of shelter. I praise you, LORD! I prayed, and you rescued me from my enemies. Death had wrapped its ropes around me, and I was almost swallowed by its flooding waters. Ropes from the world of the dead had coiled around me, and death had set a trap in my path. I was in terrible trouble when I called out to you, but from your temple you heard me and answered my prayer. You are always loyal to your loyal people, and you are faithful to the faithful. With all who are sincere, you are sincere, but you treat the unfaithful as their deeds deserve. You rescue the humble, but you put down all who are proud. You, the LORD God, keep my lamp burning and turn darkness to light. You help me defeat armies and capture cities. Your way is perfect, LORD, and your word is correct. You are a shield for those who run to you for help. You alone are God! Only you are a mighty rock. You give me strength and guide me right. You make my feet run as fast as those of a deer, and you help me stand on the mountains. You teach my hands to fight and my arms to use a bow of bronze. You alone are my shield. Your right hand supports me, and by coming to help me, you have made me famous. You clear the way for me, and now I won't stumble. You are the living LORD! I will praise you. You are a mighty rock. I will honor you for keeping me safe. You took revenge for me, and you put nations in my power. You protected me from violent enemies and made me much greater than all of them. I will praise you, LORD, and I will honor you among the nations. You give glorious victories to your chosen king. Your faithful love for David and for his descendants will never end." verses from Psalm 18
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