With language almost apocalyptic, in Psalm 18 King David describes being rescued from his enemies by God. This lengthy psalm of 50 verses is the first of its size, after 17 shorter psalms, none larger than 20 verses, in order to exalt God for his salvation.
He made the sky sink as he descended;
a thick cloud was under his feet.
He mounted a winged angel and flew;
he glided on the wings of the wind.
—Psalm 18.9-10 NET
#1. God maintains points of focus in his work: in his chosen king, in his chosen people. He saves and blesses them in order to extend his salvation and blessing to all who receive him David served as a type of Messiah who will come at a later date.
#2. This dramatic language serves to attribute to God all the victories that the king had over his enemies. It emphasizes David’s understanding as to who was the author of his victories in his problematic situation.
#3. The great lesson: “You prove to be loyal to one who is faithful; … For you deliver oppressed people, but you bring down those who have a proud look” (verses 25, 27). God answers his obedient people’s supplications for rescue.
David painted this scene for those who did not yet see. For some, David had a turbulent and problematic reign. For David, it was a sequence of rescues by the Lord, all of which pointed to the hand of God over him.
May I see clearly the movement of heaven and earth under your hand, Lord, for the salvation which you bring to your people. Blessed be the Lord!
Hold this thought: To save his people, from heaven our God descends, / From evil men the powerful Lord defends.