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David wrote Psalm 18 after the Lord delivered him from death at the hand of his enemies.

I believe that verses 6-11 pertain to how the Lord works within ourselves when we are facing danger or difficulties.

Before the Lord can work in the situations around us, He must work within our hearts and minds, to put us in a position to receive the blessings and victory.

Verse 6, of course, is the moment we cry out to the Lord about our situation:

6 “In my distress I called upon the Lord, and cried unto my God: He heard my voice out of his temple, and my cry came before Him, even into His ears.”

Verses 7 & 8 show what happens when we cry with an effectual fervent prayer: (James 5:15)

7” Then the earth shook and trembled; the foundations also of the hills moved and were shaken, because He was wroth.

8 There went up a smoke out of His nostrils, and fire out of His mouth devoured: coals were kindled by it.”

When we submit to His will for our lives, and pray the humble and fervent prayer,  He immediately comes to our aid. Verses 9 & 10 show us this:

9 “He bowed the heavens also, and came down: and darkness was under His feet.

10 And He rode upon a cherub, and did fly: yea, He did fly upon the wings of the wind.”

However, this is where it becomes interesting. The original Hebrew word for “darkness” in verse 9 means the kind of darkness within ourselves. Because of our circumstances, things look gloomy and hopeless. We are depressed and fearful. But, notice in the same verse 9 that He puts that darkness under His feet! He gives us hope, and it is up to us to focus on His Presence and exchange our inward darkness (which is already under His feet) for His Light of hope!!!

Now, as we go on to verse 11, we see the word “darkness” again, but it is from an entirely different Hebrew word:

11 “ He made darkness His secret place;  His pavilion round about Him were dark waters and thick clouds of the skies.”

This “darkness” means the darkness of evil and wickedness. This is the darkness of the devil, possibly the cause of our situation in the first place, and certainly he is there in an opportunistic capacity to make things worse.

Notice, in verse 11, that it does not say that this evil darkness is under the Lord’s feet….In fact, He is dwelling there, as we are at that time. He is in the situation with us, just as He dwelt amongst the evil when He was in the Garden of Gethsemane and on the cross… our lives, and experiencing our passions first hand so He can conquer them for us. He not only conquers them for us, but He does it WITH US, putting the darkness of our own emotions under His feet so that we are free to combine our hearts with His as we go through the situation!!!!! How wonderful for the God of the Universe and beyond to come into our lives over and over again as we ask Him to!!!!!

Verses 12 -15 speak of the Lord overcoming the demonic forces and changing things in the heavenlies.

We may not see those changes immediately, and we may not see them at all in this world, because what God calls a victory may not look so to us. We are so limited in our knowledge, and basically selfish, so we may not recognize the victory, but we do know, from these verses, and many others, that the Lord is as surely with us in our dilemnas as He was with David in the Lion’s den, or Shadrack, Meshak and Abednigo in the firey furnace, Moses and Joshua in the battles, to name a few.

He will do for us, Verse 19, as He did for David and others,.. “He brought me forth also into a large place; He delivered me, because He delighted in me.”

He delights in you, and no matter how things look, He is in it with you, experiencing what you are experiencing, and putting your hopelessness under His feet, as you exchange it for His Power and Joy.  He has a “large place” ready for you, just as He did for David.

He has a plan, and as soon as we submit to that plan, no matter how it looks to us, He will shake heaven and earth on our behalf!!!!!

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