David wrote Psalm 18 as a song to God after he had overcome his enemies and Saul who tried to take his life. David reflected on the time when his life was threatened. He spoke of feeling distressed and calling unto God for help (Psalm 18:4-6). God’s response to David’s cries for help was anger and vengeance towards his enemies. “And he sent out his arrows and scattered them; he flashed forth lightnings and routed them” (Psalm 18:14).
David remembered how God rescued him because his enemies were too strong and mighty for him. God rescued David and kept him safe because David feared and served the Lord. “For you save a humble people, but the haughty eyes you bring down” (Psalm 18:27). God then strengthened David so that he could run against a troop. God trained David’s hands for war and strengthened his feet to climb the mountains (Psalm 18:29-32).
David was given strength for battle to pursue and overtake his enemies. “I beat them fine as dust before the wind; I cast them out like the mire of the streets” (Psalm 18:42). David was rescued from his enemies and then exalted above those who rose up against him. David praised the Lord for his salvation and deliverance (Psalm 18:49).
The Psalms are a source of comfort and strength for us in times of trouble and distress. God has not changed and he will never change. Like David, God will never forsake us and is ready to take vengeance when the enemy rises up against us. God will strengthen our hands for war and make our feet secure to run against a troop. We are well able to overcome this trial and claim victory in the Lord.
“the God who gave me vengeance and subdued peoples under me” (Psalm 18:47).