Reading the footnote of Psalm 18: “For the director of music; Of David the servant of the Lord”, over time King David had become a prolific song writer. He captured what moved him. Working with the director of music he made his poetry accessible to the public.
King David was a man devoted to God. Throughout his lifetime he continued to write very candidly about his experiences and turned them into poetry. He wrote down his prayers even in the worst time of his life; and on the flip side he also captured his times of triumph and success. Whether passing through a deep valley or arriving on an illustrious mountaintop, King David shared all these moments with the Lord.
Psalm 18 represents such a mountaintop moment. Another 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, a great portion of David’s life was the life of a refugee. Eventually, King Saul and his son Jonathan were killed in battle and this chapter of his life closed. When David was elected the new king of Israel, he celebrated with the Lord.
In his moment of triumph he 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. On his way he 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. David was acutely aware of the gift he had been given, and he turned his gratitude into a prayer that we are privileged to read today (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 wonder of God’s love while inspiring our love for Him.