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Five S of why to Love God: Psalm 18 Part 1

Psalm 18:1-3


Passage: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, “I love You, O Lord, my strength.” 2 The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, My God, my rock, in whom I take refuge; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. 3 I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised, And I am saved from my enemies.” (v. 1-3)


Establish the Need: Do you love God?


Purpose: You need to see five motivation David had to love God so that we too would be motivated to love God.

  1. Reason 1: God is sovereign in history (subscript)
  2. Reason 2: God is David’s strength: “O Lord, my strength.” (v.1b)
  3. Reason 3: God is David’s stability: “The Lord is my rock” (v.2a) and “My God, my rock, in whom I take refuge” (v.2b)
  4. Reason 4: God is David’s security (v.2)
  5. Reason 5: God is David’s salvation (v.2-3)


Introductory matters

  • This is a long Psalm (50 verses!) and we won’t be able to look at every detail of the Psalm.
  • It is a praise for God’s deliverance from the David’s enemies.[1]
  • This Psalm also appear in 2 Samuel 22.
  • The Psalm’s double appearance shows it is important for God’s people.[2]
  • David may have edited Psalm 18 himself so it can be sung in Temple worship.[3]


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The 3 Cs of Walking with God

Psalm 16


Preserve me, O God, for I take refuge in You. 2 I said to the Lord, “You are my Lord; I have no good besides You.” 3 As for the saints who are in the earth, They are the majestic ones in whom is all my delight. 4 The sorrows of those who have bartered for another god will be multiplied; I shall not pour out their drink offerings of blood, Nor will I take their names upon my lips. 5 The Lord is the portion of my inheritance and my cup; You support my lot. 6 The lines have fallen to me in pleasant places; Indeed, my heritage is beautiful to me. 7 I will bless the Lord who has counseled me; Indeed, my mind instructs me in the night. 8 I have set the Lord continually before me; Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. 9 Therefore my heart is glad and my glory rejoices; My flesh also will dwell securely. 10 For You will not abandon my soul to Sheol; Nor will You allow Your Holy One to undergo decay. 11 You will make known to me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; In Your right hand there are pleasures forever.


Purpose: In this Psalm we shall see the three C’s of our relationship to God so that we walk with God today.

  • We need to have COMMITMENT to God (v.1-4)
  • We need to find CONTENTMENT in God (v.5-7)
  • We need to have CONFIDENCE in God (v.8-11)



Introductory matters

  • Hebrew verse 1 of Psalm 16 indicates that this is written by David: “A Mikhtam of David.
  • The author is clearly identified: “of David
  • What is a “Mikhtam?
    • According to William Barrick: “One of the more likely explanations was found in the old Greek translation of the Old Testament (the Septuagint) 250 years before Christ: “inscription.”[1]
    • Jeremiah 2:22 uses a related word (nikhtam) is translated “stain” to express that something is indelible.  Thus this is writing that is meant to be preserved.[2]
  • Psalm 15 sets up God’s holy requirement to worship in God’s presence and Psalm 16 now shows us we need to trust in God and what trusting in God looks like.



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Prerequisite for Worship

Psalm 15


O Lord, who may abide in Your tent? Who may dwell on Your holy hill? 2 He who walks with integrity, and works righteousness, And speaks truth in his heart. 3 He does not slander with his tongue, Nor does evil to his neighbor, Nor takes up a reproach against his friend; 4 In whose eyes a reprobate is despised, But who honors those who fear the Lord; He swears to his own hurt and does not change; 5 He does not put out his money at interest, Nor does he take a bribe against the innocent. He who does these things will never be shaken.


Establish the Need: How often do you think about worshipping God and do you think carefully about your approach towards God?


Purpose: In this Psalm we shall see three imperative we need to follow so that we live a life that really matters.


We need to ask life’s most important question (v.1)

We need to hear the answer to life’s most important question (v.2-5b)

We need to trust in God’s assurance (v.5c)



Introductory matters

Hebrew verse 1 of Psalm 15 indicates that this is written by David.

Psalm 14 is a contrast with Psalm 15.


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Our Depravity and God’s Deliverance

Psalm 14


The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, they have committed abominable deeds; There is no one who does good. 2 The Lord has looked down from heaven upon the sons of men To see if there are any who understand, Who seek after God. 3 They have all turned aside, together they have become corrupt; There is no one who does good, not even one. 4 Do all the workers of wickedness not know, Who eat up my people as they eat bread, And do not call upon the Lord? 5 There they are in great dread, For God is with the righteous generation. 6 You would put to shame the counsel of the afflicted, But the Lord is his refuge. 7 Oh, that the salvation of Israel would come out of Zion! When the Lord restores His captive people, Jacob will rejoice, Israel will be glad.


Establish the Need: Two big problem of our age today is that people don’t see themselves as that sinful while also not believing God will deliver His people.


Purpose: In this Psalm we see two truths we have during seasons of our live where we have a lot of questions for God.

  • You need to know how God sees the depravity of unbelief (v.1-3)
  • You need to know how God promise deliverance for believers (v.4-7)


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This post was much delayed since my internet was not working at home.

This is from my daily Greek exercise of sight reading a few months ago, courtesy of Vincent S Artale Jr.

Our text is from the Greek translation (Septuagint) of Psalm 98:2. (Note in the Greek Septuagint it is Psalm 97:2.)  Here is my translation:

“2 ἐγνώρισεν Κύριος τὸ σωτήριον αὐτοῦ ἐναντίον τῶν ἐθνῶν·
The Lord made known His salvation before the nations

ἀπεκάλυψεν τὴν δικαιοσύνην αὐτοῦ.”
He Has revealed His righteousness

Here are some observations:


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This is my first book review for 2018!  This book is by David Kitz whose blog is titled “I love the Psalms” and I really appreciated this book from him!

David Kitz. Psalms Alive!  Winnipeg, Canada: Forever Books, September 1st 2009.  242 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

I have to admit that I’m not a spiritual devotional book kind of guy; among the hundred plus books I read last year only a small fraction of them have been devotional books.  However David Kitz’s devotional work on the Psalms was spiritually refreshing.  I enjoyed reading it and found the book spiritually edifying.


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This is from my daily Greek exercise of sight reading a few weeks ago, courtesy of Vincent S Artale Jr.

Our text is from the Greek translation of the Old Testament known as the Septuagint.  The Greek Septuagint numbering is different than the Hebrew and English Bible numbering and the verse I translated is from the English and Hebrew Psalm 69:5.

Here’s my translation:

“6 ὁ θεὸς, σὺ ἔγνως τὴν ἀφροσύνην μου,
O God you know my foolishness

καὶ αἱ πλημμελίαι μου ἀπὸ σοῦ οὐκ ἐκρύβησαν.”
and my wrongs are not hidden from you

Here are some observations:


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