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Discover the Book - Mar. 24, 2009

  • 2009 Mar 24

David-A Rock Solid Life

David had a lifelong love for God that drew him to seek the Lord. He was drawn toward the Lord with an embracing kind of love. He is a model placed before us in God's Word of what pleases the Lord.  

Start with me at the beginning of Psalm 18, where we saw the last recorded words of David. David's relationship with the Lord was not theoretical, it was real and it was HIS and he knew it and said it—to the end! 


In the Psalm we read this morning, David becomes the third and final person in the Old Testament to be described as "the servant of the Lord”. This is the powerful word “bondservant” we know from the New Testament. So David's life has many examples for us. 

Note again the first verse in Hebrew, the little paragraph before the first verse. 

Psalm 18:1-2 To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David the servant of the Lord, who spoke to the Lord the words of this song on the day that the Lord delivered him from the hand of all his enemies and from the hand of Saul. And he said: 

Among the verses of God's Word only Moses and Joshua are given this familiar title from the New Testament.  

In Deuteronomy we are introduced to Moses as 'the servant of the Lord’ (17x): 

Deuteronomy 34:5 So Moses the servant of the Lord died there in the land of Moab, according to the word of the Lord.

Then Joshua (2x) is also given that title in Joshua 24:29. 

Joshua 24:29 Now it came to pass after these things that Joshua the son of Nun, the servant of the Lord, died, being one hundred and ten years old.

Then in our opening section of Psalm 18 as well as Psalm 36 we find David being granted this honorable title. Look at the superscription of this Psalm. 

  • Psalm 36:1 To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David the servant of the Lord

So David was a servant of the Lord. We need to always remember that— 


Now, there is one last place these words appear in all of God's Word. Look at II Timothy 2:24 for one of the most challenging verses about what God expects from us as his servants. 

II Timothy 2:24 And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient,

In this verse God says His servants are to first flee something; they as a true servant of God must not to be characterized as those who “quarrel”. Here is the page out of the Greek dictionary of New Testament Words. 

#3164 machomai: “to fight (of armed combatants, or those who engage in a hand to hand struggle); of those who engage in a war of words, to quarrel, wrangle, dispute”. 

As much as we are to speak boldly for the Lord without compromise, we are to do so with the attitude of meekness, gentleness, and humility. We are never to be harsh, abusive, overbearing, unkind, thoughtless, or pugnacious. There is to be a softness in the authority of a godly Christian, just as there was in Jesus when He said:  

  • Matthew 11:29 “Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 

Then Paul explains in quick succession three positive attributes to pursue.  Christ's bondservant must also be able to teach. The term does not refer so much to possessing vast knowledge or understanding as to having notable ability to communicate effectively the knowledge and understanding of God’s Word. 

The godly leader who is an honorable vessel must be patient when wronged, which is perhaps the hardest qualification mentioned here.   

When we are faithfully witnessing and living for the Lord, it is not easy to graciously accept unjust criticism. In addition to being our example, Jesus is also our resource for being patient. Patience is a fruit of Christ’s own Holy Spirit (cf. Gal. 5:22), who will provide the strength we need for bearing His fruit

So David in a real sense gives us New Testament era servants of the Lord so much of an example. And that is what we see in— 


Psalm 18 is the record of David’s heart and his deep affections and love for the Lord throughout his life. No matter how often David stumbled and fell—he was sheltered, secured, and sought by the God who can always be trusted. There are some simple lessons about his life we can see. 

1. God hears our cries. In Psalm 17 listen to David’s pleadings to God as he requests: 

  • Psalm 17:1 Hear a just cause, O Lord, Attend to my cry; Give ear to my prayer which is not from deceitful lips. 

2. God responds to our cries. Psalm 18 is God’s answer; an incredible description of the God who responds. So because of that David saw the Lord (18:3) as worthy of praise. 

3. God delivers us from evil. David expressed his life as the Lord delivering him from his enemies. “He delivered me..” (Psalm 18:16) This is what we need today—a personal deliverer who knows just where we are at all time, and who is strong enough to deliver us from even the strongest of enemies. Think of what you know about the Cross of Jesus. Christ has already defeated all our enemies once and for all. He is only waiting to make that real and true in our lives today. If you need help right now—He is available and able to deliver you right now from any fear, any bondage, any addiction, any abuse induced hatred or debilitating shame. 

4. God wants to walk with us. Do you need a partner or friend today? May I recommend Jesus? He is waiting, walking beside you even now and wanting to share your thoughts and actions. Jesus will never leave you, He will never forsake you or dump you for someone else. He promises that  “…I am with you always…” (Matthew 28:20). That is why I depend on Him more and more each year of my life. And that is what should be happening to all of us. 

5. God will not be mocked. In v. 26 God is shown as the One who repays man according to his deeds. The who law of sowing and reaping and the unstoppable wheels of the consequence engine is reflected by the last like of this verse.  

Much like Haman who was hung on the very gallows he built for innocent Mordecai; and Laban cheating the same Jacob who has already cheated his own brother Esau; and David who reaped murder and adultery from his sons after he had himself adulterated and murdered Uriah for Bathsheba—we serve a God who warns us to not be deceived, God is never mocked—for whatever a man sows, that is what he will reap (Galatians 6:7). 

God is worthy of our worship. The word used for “God” in Psalm 18:31 is Eloah—the God who is to be worshiped.  

6. God is all we could need. And in v. 32 the word for “God” is EL—the Almighty God of Omnipotence in His Power. 

7. God is worthy of our life long praise. Especially note his life long praise to God in Psalm 18:46 The Lord lives! Blessed be my Rock! Let the God of my salvation be exalted.  

This Psalm of praise to God is actually recorded twice in the Bible here and in II Samuel 22. It is repeated intentionally for emphasis. In II Samuel 22 it is set as the historical record of David’s final words. In Psalm 18 it is captured as the personal testimony of this life long, God seeking servant of the Lord.  

We are going to see some life long disciplines or habits that made David have a rock solid life even under stress. I call this a-- 


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