Psalm 18: 37-46…..Sounds a bit gory!

I pursued my enemies and overtook them,
and did not turn back till they were consumed.
I thrust them through, so that they were not able to rise;
they fell under my feet.
For you equipped me with strength for the battle;
you made those who rise against me sink under me.
You made my enemies turn their backs to me,
and those who hated me I destroyed.
They cried for help, but there was none to save;
they cried to the LORD, but he did not answer them.
I beat them fine as dust before the wind;
I cast them out like the mire of the streets.
You delivered me from strife with the people;
you made me the head of the nations;
people whom I had not known served me.
As soon as they heard of me they obeyed me;
foreigners came cringing to me.
Foreigners lost heart
and came trembling out of their fortresses.
The LORD lives, and blessed be my rock,
and exalted be the God of my salvation

Comment: The things David deals with here are not pleasant to our ears in some ways but I expect they were to be expected under the circumstances of the job God had given David.

  • War leads to ghastly scenes of flowing blood and agonizing death!
  • In some ways it sounds as if he is boasting about his status and his victories but then I guess victory is the object of contest. He was the instrument in God’s hand to further establish the Jewish nation.
  • He gives God the glory for his victories, and if that is honestly done, it keeps us humble!

Prayer: In victory keep me humble, O Lord; in defeat gracious, please.

3 thoughts on “Psalm 18: 37-46…..Sounds a bit gory!

  1. Thank you Barry for your comments on this Psalm. David was often fighting battles. It seems as though this was something which was quite common place in his life. Reading this Psalm, it does sound “gory” as you said. Our battles are not quite the same as David’s, and yet we do have battles to fight daily, against Satan and temptation as we live in this world. So we still need to stay close to God, and put on the armour of God, as Eph.6:10-18 describes. God bless you.


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