King David was a man devoted to God. He captured in writing the good, the bad and the ugly and eternalized his times of triumph and of failure in the many psalms he authored. Whether passing through a deep valley or arriving on an illustrious mountaintop, King David shared all these moments with the Lord.
Psalm 18 represents a mountaintop moment. A footnote of this particular psalm paints the picture:
“He sang to the Lord the words of this song when the Lord delivered him from the hand of all his enemies and from the hand of Saul.”
King Saul’s leadership led the nation of Israel into a crisis. David served in King Saul’s army at the time, and his continued success in battle eventually brought on King Saul’s deadly jealousy. As a result David had to be on the run and had to spend a significant portion of his life as a refugee. Eventually, King Saul and his son Jonathan were killed in battle, which is when David was elected the new king of Israel.
In his moment of triumph David took the time to remember that everything he had came from the Lord. His victory was the result of many steps of faith that had led him to this place. Every step of the way he had needed protection from his enemies, deliverance in battle and a Rock to hold on to. He could not have reached the mountaintop without the Lord. So David turned his gratitude into a prayer (Psalm 18:2):
“My God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.”
It is good to remember the gifts we have been given. Gratitude is humility’s sister and opens our eyes to the wonders of God’s love.