Psalm 18 has been sung throughout the ages, probably with a variety of musical styles. Michael O’Shields composed a recent tune to the ancient words in the 1970’s as a young traveling minister. The original author however was King David. David wrote the song of thanksgiving after he was delivered from the hands of his enemies, again.
It may have been that even in David’s day the men began the song with a catchy echo: “I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies.” Did the women back then repeat each line after the men, like it is often done today? No matter what the style may have been, the song’s conclusion is strong and triumphant: “The Lord liveth; and blessed be my rock; and let the God of my salvation be exalted.” This good truth is worth repeating so let the chorus ring on and on!
The next time we hear this song, let’s think back to David and the closeness he shared with the Lord who protected him from his enemies. We can ponder David’s desire as a warrior to openly praise the Lord in song, then sing out loudly to God, our audience of One. May He be our blessed rock, our firm foundation and worthy of heartfelt praise and adoration.