Responding in praise

This morning, in Psalm 18, we see David’s response to answered prayer. As Glenn’s reflection on Psalm 17 showed last week, David was a man who loved God, and knew that God provided refuge and salvation. In Psalm 17, David asks God to “Deliver my soul from the wicked by your sword”. In Psalm 18 he praises God for answering that prayer.

The notes at the title of Psalm 18 indicate that this was not penned years later, in reflection on events long past, but rather David’s immediate response to being delivered by God, on the very day of his salvation.

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David, the servant of the Lord, who addressed the words of this song to the Lord on the day when the Lord rescued him from the hand of all his enemies, and from the hand of Saul.

This is one of the two things that struck me as I read this psalm today (the other being the huge number of Sunday School songs and choruses this Psalm brought to mind from childhood – how many did you think of?).

How easy would it have been for David to draw attention to himself instead of to God? To puff himself up, and take the credit for his own victory. We know that throughout the Bible, in both the old and new testament, his heroic deeds in battle are spoken of and he was admired by many, but David’s reaction is to give the credit and the glory to God. As David knows and declares in verse 27 “For you save a humble people, but the haughty eyes you bring down”.

As I read this Psalm today, I am reminded afresh how much I am depending on God. Am I as quick to give him the glory and praise for His answers to my prayers as I am to ask of Him when I am in need? Is it my first, and natural reaction to praise His name and declare His goodness to others? May it be so, as I lean more on Him, and less on my own strength.

As we come up to a time of celebration in recognition of paying off the last of the debt for our new building, may we like David recognise that it is God who makes all things possible, and who provides through the generosity of His people. Rather than say how great we are for that accomplishment, we must call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised.

I’ll leave you today with the words of a song penned by Greg to mark this occasion, that does just that. I hope you’ll enjoy singing it this Sunday as we respond in praise.

You Are Our God

We give thanks to You our God You’re good to us
We give thanks Your love endures forevermore
We give thanks for You alone can satisfy
We give thanks for what You’ve done this very day

You are faithful Lord
You are holy Lord
You are our God

You are faithful Lord
You are holy Lord
You are our God

With a shout we give You all honour and glory
With ashout we lift up our hands in Your name

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One thought on “Responding in praise

  1. Thanks James. David immediately thanked and praised God after his win. David had a close relationship with God.. He knew the importance of praise. He has an attitude of thanksgiving and an attitude of giving God credit for all He had done. We can learn a lot from David.

    Lindy P.

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