PSALM 18 | FAMILY WORSHIP SUNDAY

July 4th weekend gives us a great opportunity to be intentional within our community.
 We encourage you to gather with your family, Missional Community, neighbors and friends. This guide will lead us through Psalm 5 with the singing of songs, reading of God’s Word, discussing questions and praying together. We hope you enjoy your July 4th weekend celebrating not only the freedom we have here in America, but the freedom we have in Jesus.


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"YOU NEVER CHANGE" | AUSTIN STONE WORSHIP
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"GOD WITH US" | JESUS CULTURE


PSALM 18 (ESV)

The Lord Is My Rock and My Fortress

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 delivered him from the hand of all his enemies, and from the hand of Saul. He said:

1  I love you, O Lord, my strength.
2 The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer,
    my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge,
    my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
3 I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised,
    and I am saved from my enemies.

4 The cords of death encompassed me;
    the torrents of destruction assailed me;[a]
5 the cords of Sheol entangled me;
    the snares of death confronted me.

6 In my distress I called upon the Lord;
    to my God I cried for help.
From his temple he heard my voice,
    and my cry to him reached his ears.

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,[b]
    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.

20 The Lord dealt with me according to my righteousness;
    according to the cleanness of my hands he rewarded me.
21 For I have kept the ways of the Lord,
    and have not wickedly departed from my God.
22 For all his rules[c] were before me,
    and his statutes I did not put away from me.
23 I was blameless before him,
    and I kept myself from my guilt.
24 So the Lord has rewarded me according to my righteousness,
    according to the cleanness of my hands in his sight.

25 With the merciful you show yourself merciful;
    with the blameless man you show yourself blameless;
26 with the purified you show yourself pure;
    and with the crooked you make yourself seem tortuous.
27 For you save a humble people,
    but the haughty eyes you bring down.
28 For it is you who light my lamp;
    the Lord my God lightens my darkness.
29 For by you I can run against a troop,
    and by my God I can leap over a wall.
30 This God—his way is perfect;[d]
    the word of the Lord proves true;
    he is a shield for all those who take refuge in him.

31 For who is God, but the Lord?
    And who is a rock, except our God?—
32 the God who equipped me with strength
    and made my way blameless.
33 He made my feet like the feet of a deer
    and set me secure on the heights.
34 He trains my hands for war,
    so that my arms can bend a bow of bronze.
35 You have given me the shield of your salvation,
    and your right hand supported me,
    and your gentleness made me great.
36 You gave a wide place for my steps under me,
    and my feet did not slip.
37 I pursued my enemies and overtook them,
    and did not turn back till they were consumed.
38 I thrust them through, so that they were not able to rise;
    they fell under my feet.
39 For you equipped me with strength for the battle;
    you made those who rise against me sink under me.
40 You made my enemies turn their backs to me,[e]
    and those who hated me I destroyed.
41 They cried for help, but there was none to save;
    they cried to the Lord, but he did not answer them.
42 I beat them fine as dust before the wind;
    I cast them out like the mire of the streets.

43 You delivered me from strife with the people;
    you made me the head of the nations;
    people whom I had not known served me.
44 As soon as they heard of me they obeyed me;
    foreigners came cringing to me.
45 Foreigners lost heart
    and came trembling out of their fortresses.

46 The Lord lives, and blessed be my rock,
    and exalted be the God of my salvation—
47 the God who gave me vengeance
    and subdued peoples under me,
48 who rescued me from my enemies;
    yes, you exalted me above those who rose against me;
    you delivered me from the man of violence.

49 For this I will praise you, O Lord, among the nations,
    and sing to your name.
50 Great salvation he brings to his king,
    and shows steadfast love to his anointed,
    to David and his offspring forever.


Take a few moments to read and listen to the following
commentary on Psalm 18.

 

Psalm 18 is a royal psalm  that
celebrates the way that God has shown his love to his people.
The Psalms repeatedly call God a refuge,  because we so
constantly need it. Turning to God for refuge is the only real
support we have in life. In this psalm, David expresses how God
has been active beneath the surface of things, even when he
seemed absent at times.  All of this moves David to a place of
celebration.  Celebrating who God is and what God has accomplished.


Take a moment to answer the following questions
as you meditate on Psalm 18

Who is God? (vs. 1, 2, 19, 30, 31, 32)
What has God done? (vs. 2, 6, 13, 14, 16, 19, 20, 27-30, 32-36, 50)
Who am I? (vs. 3, 6, 17, 19, 20, 23, 29, 33-34, 48)
How do I live? What does Psalm 18 call me to do? (vs. 1, vs. 49)


PRAYER

 

Thank you, Lord Jesus, for leaving the ultimate refuge of heaven
to become radically vulnerable and to die for me, so that now,
despite my sin, I can find a welcome and refuge in the arms of the
Father. I love you for what you have done and for who you are.
The very fact that another day has been added to my life is due
to your underserved mercy and active presence. As I age another
day, let me grow in the knowledge that I am completely accepted
and fully loved, despite my flaws and failures, in Christ. Amen.
Tim Keller - The Songs of Jesus