Psalm 18: In Your Distress, Call Out To The Lord

“I called to the Lord, Who is worthy of praise, and I have been saved from my enemies” –Psalm 18:3.

Psalm 18: In Your Distress, Call Out To The Lord

I love You, Lord, my strength.

The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer;
    my God is my Rock, in Whom I take refuge,
    my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

I called to the Lord, Who is worthy of praise,
    and I have been saved from my enemies.
The cords of death entangled me;
    the torrents of destruction overwhelmed me.
The cords of the grave coiled around me;
    the snares of death confronted me.

In my distress I called to the Lord;
    I cried to my God for help.
From His temple He heard my voice;
    my cry came before Him, into His ears.
The earth trembled and quaked,
    and the foundations of the mountains shook;
    they trembled because He was angry.
Smoke rose from His nostrils;
    consuming fire came from His mouth,
    burning coals blazed out of it.
He parted the Heavens and came down;
    dark clouds were under His feet.
10 He mounted the cherubim and flew;
    He soared on the wings of the wind.
11 He made darkness His covering, His canopy around Him—
    the dark rain clouds of the sky.
12 Out of the brightness of His presence clouds advanced,
    with hailstones and bolts of lightning.
13 The Lord thundered from Heaven;
    the voice of the Most High resounded.
14 He shot His arrows and scattered the enemy,
    with great bolts of lightning He routed them.
15 The valleys of the sea were exposed
    and the foundations of the earth laid bare
at your rebuke, Lord,
    at the blast of breath from Your nostrils.

16 He reached down from on high and took hold of me;
    He drew me out of deep waters.
17 He rescued me from my powerful enemy,
    from my foes, who were too strong for me.
18 They confronted me in the day of my disaster,
    but the Lord was my support.
19 He brought me out into a spacious place;
    He rescued me because He delighted in me.


There is nothing God won’t do for those in whom He delights. He delighted in the psalmist, King David, who kept His commands and precepts. David trusted in the Lord and surrendered everything to Him. All his hope was in the Lord. In his time of need, he cried out to God and, from His most Holy place, the Almighty heard his cries and came forth, delivering him from all his enemies.

Notice how God, when appealed to from one of His righteous, didn’t just hear his cry; He saved him in a mighty way! The psalmist testified: “In my distress I called to the Lord; I cried to my God for help. From His temple He heard my voice; my cry came before Him, into His ears. The earth trembled and quaked, and the foundations of the mountains shook; they trembled because He was angry. Smoke rose from His nostrils; consuming fire came from His mouth, burning coals blazed out of it. He parted the Heavens and came down; dark clouds were under His feet.”

Why was God so angry? Because an adversary dared to attempt harm on one of His beloved children. The same God Who rescued and vindicated King David, is the same God Who rescues and vindicates you today. You will never have to seek revenge on your own. God alone is your vindicator. All you have to do is surrender to Him. Tell Him you love Him and trust Him completely. He will take care of the rest.

“Thank You, Lord, for being my Rock and my fortress; the shield of my salvation, my stronghold, and my vindicator. In You I place all my trust … today and forevermore. In Your Holy Name I pray, Amen.”