“He brought me out into a spacious place; he rescued me because he delighted in me.”

Psalm 18:19
The Psalms are poetry that reaches to the emotional heights and depths of our experiences. There’s no rhyme in them, but there’s a rhythmic meter that feels like a dance, or a maybe a heartbeat:

“Give ear to my words, O LORD, consider my sighing.” (Psalm 5:1)

“Show me your ways, O LORD, teach me your paths.” (Psalm 25:4)

“Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise.” (Psalm 100:4)

That back-and-forth movement has a majestic quality to it. Many of the psalms are, after all, primarily the prayers of King David, taken up and fulfilled by Jesus, and now given to us to pray, as the sons and daughters of God. They invite us into a privileged relationship where we can pour out our hearts, admit our sins, present our questions, and trust that He will turn our darkness into light.

During one of the darkest times of my life, when I was crying out to Jesus, Psalm 18 seemed to perfectly express my feelings. Whenever I was tempted to think the Lord didn’t care, the poetry of that psalm would sing His passionate love back into my heart.

Scripture Focus

Psalm 18


My heart says of you, ‘Seek his face! Your face, LORD, I will seek.’” (Psalm 27:8)

Bible In A Year

  • Ezekiel 35-36
  • Psalm 148
  • 1 Timothy 5-6

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