Psalm 18: 13-19…..How literal is this?

The LORD also thundered in the heavens,
and the Most High uttered his voice,
hailstones and coals of fire.
And he sent out his arrows and scattered them;
he flashed forth lightnings and routed them.
Then the channels of the sea were seen,
and the foundations of the world were laid bare
at your rebuke, O LORD,
at the blast of the breath of your nostrils.
He sent from on high, he took me;
he drew me out of many waters.
He rescued me from my strong enemy
and from those who hated me,
for they were too mighty for me.
They confronted me in the day of my calamity,
but the LORD was my support.
He brought me out into a broad place;
he rescued me, because he delighted in me.

Comment: This sounds like a description of a massive storm or series thereof, and may even be describing more significant geophysical events. Whatever David sees, he certainly sees himself in the midst of real strife and he claims God to be the author of the demonstrated force and acknowledges that God has taken him through it and established him in a ‘broad place’. Is this an imaginative description of what the events seemed liked to him? There are in the historical section of the Bible stories, which I accept as true, of God interfering in the affairs of men via weather events. He is the Creator why not use His creations for His purposes?

Prayer: Help me to see Your actions behind the scenes of my life, O God.

One thought on “Psalm 18: 13-19…..How literal is this?

  1. Thank you Barry for your comments on this Psalm. God uses His creation to speak to us in many different ways. When we read Exodus chapter 9, the story of Moses asking Pharoah to let the people go, God used hail to send His message of displeasure to Pharoah. I believe that in every weather event in this world today, God is sending a message to people, to help them to see His strength and power in His creation, and to bring people to worship and praise Him, their Creator. God bless you.


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