by Tammy Phillips
October 15, 2020
He sent from above, he took me, he drew me out of many waters. 17 He delivered me from my strong enemy, and from them which hated me: for they were too strong for me. 18 They prevented me in the day of my calamity: but the LORD was my stay. (Psalm 18:16-18 KJV)
David wrote and sang the Psalm 18 song after the Lord delivered him from the hands of all his enemies and arch enemy, Saul. Things had been really bad for ole David. Picture him sitting on a rock by a river with his cowboy hat on strumming his guitar, writing the lyrics to this song. (Here is what Psalm 18:16-18 might look like as a country song using KJV, NKJV, NLT, NIV, CSB and TIV, Tammy’s Interpretive version)
Sing along with King David and me.
He sent from above, He took me.
He reached down from heaven and rescued me.
He reached down from on high and took hold of me.
He drew me out of many waters.
He pulled me out of deep waters.
He delivered me from my strong enemy.
He rescued me from my powerful enemies.
He snatched me from my haters.
They were too strong for me
They prevented me in the day of my calamity.
They confronted me in the day of my disaster.
They attacked me at a moment when I was in distress.
But the LORD was my stay.
I have been in the deep waters of depression, hurt, lack, sickness, and sadness. I know you have too. The enemy has pursued me. He has tried to destroy or steal my life, my family and my children. I have and continue to fight the good fight of faith against the enemy and his cohorts. Through it all I have turned my face to the LORD and have found that He is faithful. He has saved every time, in every circumstance and from every evil. If I was writing the next lyrics to the song, it would go like this…
But the Lord was my stay.
The Lord is who I leaned on
The Lord is who I relied on
The Lord is who I could trust
The Lord is my Stay.
I enCOURAGE you to sing Psalm 18 to the Lord. It will elevate your spirit and encourage your soul. Worship and praise will lift you out of the deep, dark places. Verse 19 of the song : “He also brought me out into a broad place; He delivered me because He delights in me.”
“I will call upon the LORD, [who is worthy] to be praised; So, shall I be saved from my enemies”. (Psalm 18:3 NKJV)