If you’ve ever seen the sun rise over the ocean, you know it is breathtaking. Over the darkness of the horizon, you see a tiny pinpoint of light. Then, steadily and surely, the light rises, and the point becomes a circle. The entire sky is transformed by this fireball of light. People often burst into spontaneous applause at the sight of a sunrise. What a magnificent reminder of God’s daily provision.
While today we are focusing only on the first portion of Psalm 18, the entire psalm celebrates God’s faithfulness. The first verse sums up the Psalm: “I love you, Lord, my strength.” David had been delivered from his enemies and from Saul, whose intent was to take his life. Here David sings praise to God, who consistently comes to his rescue.
David’s situation was so severe that he teetered on the brink of death. Note the poetic description he uses, as death entangles, overwhelms and confronts him (vv. 4–5). When we face significant trials, it can certainly feel like the problems take on a life or character of their own. But those problems pale in the face of the mighty God, our redeemer and rescuer. David believes God can and will rescue him. When believers pray, God hears and reacts (vv. 6–10). God does not sit passively by and ignore our call. He takes dramatic action against David’s enemies and rescues the one He loves: “he rescued me because he delighted in me” (v. 19).
Please pray again for the Controller’s Office, adding Linda Wahr, Marya Preston, Robert Jones, and Roger Sipes to your list. May the Lord encourage them with His love and care as they study the Bible together during their department devotions.