Psalm 18:7-19: “The Mountains Felt a Mighty Shock”

by Timothy Shorey

(no Spurgeon quote)

Cardiphonia*

There is a sudden change of mood in this second section of Psalm 18. The tender tone of verses 1-6 gives way to a resounding, even thunderous sound in verses 7-19. When the psalmist cries out to God for his help and deliverance, God rises up and bursts onto the scene as he rushes with power to David’s aid. His coming is likened to an earthquake, a thunderstorm, and a tempest. He is aroused in behalf of his beloved David and against all who would do him harm. The same is true in behalf of all who belong to him. God is not indifferent to the cries of his people due to the attacks of evil. We must take comfort in knowing that he will come with delivering and vindicating power.

To capture this mood change, we have moved from the gentle sound of Adoniram Gordon’s “My Jesus I Love You” tune to the resounding effect of Martin Luther’s “A Mighty Fortress”.

* 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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