The Lord Thundered


Reading the Word

Psalm 18:7–19 (ESV)

7 Then the earth reeled and rocked; the foundations also of the mountains trembled and quaked, because he was angry. 8 Smoke went up from his nostrils, and devouring fire from his mouth; glowing coals flamed forth from him. 9 He bowed the heavens and came down; thick darkness was under his feet. 10 He rode on a cherub and flew; he came swiftly on the wings of the wind. 11 He made darkness his covering, his canopy around him, thick clouds dark with water. 12 Out of the brightness before him hailstones and coals of fire broke through his clouds. 13 The Lord also thundered in the heavens, and the Most High uttered his voice, hailstones and coals of fire. 14 And he sent out his arrows and scattered them; he flashed forth lightnings and routed them. 15 Then the channels of the sea were seen, and the foundations of the world were laid bare at your rebuke, O Lord, at the blast of the breath of your nostrils. 16 He sent from on high, he took me; he drew me out of many waters. 17 He rescued me from my strong enemy and from those who hated me, for they were too mighty for me. 18 They confronted me in the day of my calamity, but the Lord was my support. 19 He brought me out into a broad place; he rescued me, because he delighted in me.

Understanding and Applying the Word

In the first six verses of Psalm 18 David speaks confidently of God hearing his cries for help and of God being a faithful refuge in times of trouble. Now, in these verses, David recalls how God has rescued him from times of trouble. He describes God as one who shows up in great strength and ready to do battle on David’s behalf. God showed up in great power and scattered the enemies.

We too can have great confidence in God as our stronghold and our deliverer in times of need. He is the Sovereign One over all of creation. All things are in his hand. While our circumstances may seem too big for us, we know that he is always able. In fact, we know that he desires for his people to trust in him and not in themselves, contrary to the common saying “God helps those who help themselves.” The Bible teaches us that God helps those who realize they need him. And he promises to save us and bring us into his presence because he delights in us.

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