Psalm 18:43-50

David becoming king of Israel and defeating his opponents is a picture of Jesus becoming Head of his church and Lord of all. So we can use the psalm as an example of seeing God's providence in the life of David and of depicting how Jesus would be exalted over his opponents.

Thank God that his kingdom grows: 'You delivered me from strife with the people; you made me the head of the nations; people whom I had not known served me' (verse 43).

Remember that God can deal with those who oppose his kingdom: 'As soon as they heard of me they obeyed me; foreigners came cringing to me. Foreigners lost heart and came trembling out of their fortresses' (verses 44-45).

Praise God that he provides salvation
: 'The LORD lives, and blessed be my rock, and exalted be the God of my salvation; the God who gave me vengeance and subdued peoples under me, who rescued me from my enemies; yes, you exalted me above those who rose against me; you delivered me from the man of violence' (verses 46-48).

Ask that the knowledge of his name would extend throughout the world
: 'For this I will praise you, O LORD, among the nations, and sing to your name' (verse 49)

Express gratitude that God was preparing for the coming of Jesus: 'Great salvation he brings to his king, and shows steadfast love to his anointed, to David and his offspring forever' (verse 50).

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