Okay, I’m going to stop apologizing for sporadic posting. That just seems to be life right now. Anyhow, I just wanted to write a little bit about Psalm 18, which I was studying recently and really struck me… and since I’m actually pretty much caught up on homework, I thought I’d try to get a post written.
Then the earth shook and trembled; the foundations of the hills also quaked and were shaken, Because He was angry. Smoke went up from His nostrils, And devouring fire from His mouth; Coals were kindled by it. He bowed the heavens also, and came down With darkness under His feet. And He rode upon a cherub, and flew; He flew upon the wings of the wind. He made darkness His secret place; His canopy around Him was dark waters And thick clouds of the skies. From the brightness before Him, His thick clouds passed with hailstones and coals of fire. The LORD thundered from heaven, and the Most High uttered His voice, Hailstones and coals of fire. He sent out His arrows and scattered the foe, lightnings in abundance, and He vanquished them. Then the channels of the sea were seen, the foundations of the world were uncovered At Your rebuke, O LORD, at the blast of the breath of Your nostrils. Psalm 18:7-15
So, that just hit me because it was so intense. I mean God is obviously pretty angry about whatever is going on here. Often when I read this kind of passage it kind of makes me think of the end times, the Great Flood, Sodom and Gomorrah… basically instances where the people were so sinful God had to totally wipe them out. So I looked back a few verses to see what had brought on God’s anger like this.
I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised; so shall I be saved from my enemies. The pangs of death surrounded me, and the floods of ungodliness made me afraid. The sorrows of Sheol surrounded me; the snares of death confronted me. In my distress I called upon the LORD, and cried out to my God; He heard my voice from His temple, and my cry came before Him, even to His ears. Psalm 18:3-6
What brought this dramatic response from God? A simple call for help from one of His people who was trusting in Him. Although it may be tempting to think that God’s judgment came in response to the injustice of the circumstances, another reason is given later in the psalm.
He also brought me out into a broad place; He delivered me because He delighted in me. Psalm 18:19
It was all because God loved him. And that’s what hit me… God loves all His people so incredibly much.
I’ve been struggling a lot recently with some things, but through it all I keep realizing how amazingly blessed I really am. God is so good, so faithful, so abounding with grace and mercy… and He loves me so much. I guess this psalm just really blew my mind because of how far God’s love goes. I just wanted to share it in case someone else needed some encouragement.