Psalm 18 – An Introduction

by Timothy Shorey

Today’s Reading: Psalm 18:1-50/focus on Psalm 18:1-6

(Sorry: no Spurgeon quote today)

Cardiphonia:*

We come today to the first of the longer prayer-songs in The Book of the Psalms. For the sake of clarity of content, suitability of tune (for each section) and overall singability, the psalm has been divided into five sections with five different tunes; which will be posted one section at a time. While these can be sung all in one sitting to capture the overall feel and flow of the psalm (which I recommend be tried once they’ve all been posted), they can also be sung as separate songs to great benefit.

This is a Messianic psalm; which means that while it speaks of the experience of the original psalmist, David, and (to one degree or another) of us as well, it is also much, if not mostly about Jesus, the Messiah who was to come. Two of the ways we can tell that a psalm is Messianic is by direct New Testament application, and by descriptions in the psalm the clearly go beyond David, and anything that happened in his life. Both are found in this psalm. Be sure to read the psalm as testimony of your own experience of God in life; but then also read and search it to find hints of Jesus; statements and truths that are descriptive of our Savior.

* A word coined by and borrowed from John Newton (meaning “sounds of the heart”).  The Cardiphonia comments in the Shorey Psalter are my personal reflections on the Psalm.

 

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