Study Guide – Psalm 18:37-45

Psalm18-37-45

37 I pursued my enemies and overtook them;

    I did not turn back till they were destroyed.


38 I crushed them so that they could not rise;


    they fell beneath my feet.


39 You armed me with strength for battle;


    you humbled my adversaries before me.


40 You made my enemies turn their backs in flight,


    and I destroyed my foes.


41 They cried for help, but there was no one to
save them—


    to the Lord, but he did not answer.


42 I beat them as fine as windblown dust;


    I trampled them like mud in the streets.


43 You have delivered me from the attacks of the
people;


    you have made me the head of nations.


People I did not know now serve me,


44     foreigners cower before me;


    as soon as they hear of me, they obey me.


45 They all lose heart;


    they come trembling from their strongholds.
NIV

 

This section contains verses of victory in
battle. These are words of a great warrior, general and king who commanded
legions of troops and planned intricate strategies for war. And yet, at the
same time, these are the words of a man who depended upon God to overcome great
odds during his lifetime.

 

Imagine David, near the end of his lifetime,
sitting down with God to recall what it was like to fight in all of those wars.
Read these verses all the way through as if you were at the table for that
conversation.

 

What feelings are stirred within you as you hear
this from David?

 

:::::
APPLICATION CHALLENGE :::::

Do you have any enemies? Do you have any
temptations you are losing? Do you have any person that strains you? Do you
have any spiritual battle that just won’t go away? With this in mind, how would
it feel in the future to be able to say verses 37-45 to God?
 

Take a moment to pray for this to be true.

Ken Castor

Ken Castor is a husband, dad, pastor, writer and teacher. He serves as a professor at Crown College, Minnesota, where he equips students to pursue Jesus-Centered Faith and Next Generation Ministry. For 20+ years he's focused on equipping the next generations in places like the U.S., Canada, and Northern Ireland. He's the author of Grow Down (Simply Youth Ministry, 2014), Make a Difference (Broadstreet, 2016), the Blue-Letters Editor of the Jesus-Centered Bible (Group, 2015) and numerous other articles and Bible Study guides. But, whenever possible, he gets down on the floor and builds Lego with his kids. Connect with him @kencastor.

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