(Original post by greeneyedgirl)
A Song for When We Want to Escape - Psalm 18
Sometimes we get moments in our life when we just want to escape from life, be someone different/be anywhere but here. What moments recently have caused you to feel this way?
I felt really down a few weeks ago as a lot of my friends were having problems and i wanted to help them but i couldn't and it go a bit too much.
Uni had also started up again and the workload had increased.
What do you do when you feel like this?
I tend to snap at the people i shouldn't and cry lots, i also tend to want to spend lots of time alone and withdraw.
How hard do you find it to face up to the problem instead of running away with it?
Relatively hard, especially if its something i know i can't change and it will only get worse.
Read Psalm 18 v1-6
Horn (v2) is a symbol of strength
Temple (v6) in this circumstance is referring to heaven
Look at the inscription (the section before v1). What pressures was David facing? How does this relate to this section of the psalm?
He was facing problems with his enemies and with King saul who wanted him dead.
What does David do when he feels overwhelmed?
He turns to God and asks him for help, he cried to the lord in distress and God answered him.
Compare verses 1-3 with 4-6. What are the differences that David is feeling in these two sections?
1-3 is praise, 4-6 is distress, anger and fear.
David keeps on using "my" in verses 1-3, we can use this with God too. Which of the nouns he uses to describe God do you feel could be particularly useful to you at the moment? Praise God that He is that for you and remember it when facing your troubles.
I always like the image of God as my rock, as my fortress who protects me, its definitely a comforting fort when things feel too much.
When David cries to God for help, what is his response? What emotions would you associate with His response?
What does God coming Himself instead of sending angels to deal with it show about God's relationship with David and us?
Read Psalm 18:16-19
When God arrives, what does He do?
Reading this it reminded me very much of revelation with the imagery of God used here. It was a description of God being angry, on passing judgement on David's enemies. He gets rid of them, scatters them and uterly destroys them.
Contrast His actions with those just described in verses 6-15. How does He treat David in comparison to David's enemies.
With Love, comfort and compassion. He is the salvation for David.
Compare the things that want to make you escape to the power of God in rescuing David and the description of God. How do these things look when compared to God?
Like tiny specks of dust like they are nothing to worry about and definitely nothing to run away from because God will get us through them
Read Psalm 51:1-5
With this in mind, read Psalm 18:20-27
There's clearly a difference between David seeing his sin and calling himself blameless. Yet this doesn't mean that in psalm 18 he just hasn't started sinning yet. It seems as if, knowingly or unknowingly, David knew there would be a time where no matter how much we sin we would be seen as blameless. How is it that we are seen as blameless? How does this make you feel?
Through Jesus' death we are seen as blameless for he has paid the price for our sin. It makes me feel incredibly lucky but also made me feel unworthy to have this knowing all i have done wrong. How amazing is our God that through his grace we are all saved when we don't deserve it, that we are all loved by God.
Read Psalm 18:28-36
As we saw in last week's study, David makes God his refuge. How does this make him feel? Contrast this with how you feel when you are overwhelmed or under pressure.
I tend to hide from God when i'm struggling, or get angry at him because he's not helping me instead of turning to him seeking his refuge and realising that he was there all along. I tend to think God can't help me, how wrong could i be? The the one who can move mountains, who can make a shepherd boy win a fight with a giant and yet i forget this and think he can;t help me. Its bizarre.
Read Psalm 18:37-50
How can the fact we share in Christ's victory over sin, fear, death and Satan help us when we feel like escaping?
It reminds us that if Christ can beat all of that, we can beat the little things in life that our worrying us and make us want to escape and furthermore we have something more amazing to look forward to!
What are you going to do when you next feel that you need to run away?
Turn to God, stop trying to do everything by myself and ask for help from God and remind myself of this psalm!
This week, we're going to turn the psalm into a prayer, pray through it methodically using these sections for guidance:
Verses 1-5 Give thanks that God is our rock, fortress, deliverer etc.
Verses 6-19 Ask God to help you with your situation, ask Him to reach down and lift you up.
Verses 20-27 Confess your sin and fear and thank God that we are seen as blameless through Christ's death.
Verses 28-36 Ask God for strength and courage to face your problems through trust in Him.
Verses 37-50 Giver thanks for the victory of Jesus and ask God to deliver you from your enemies.