Psalm 18

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The Greatness of God is Emphasized

Psalm 18

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Lesson Number 12

Background Notes

Doctrinal Point(s)

  1. God is great in His character.
  2. God is great in His deliverance.
  3. God is great in His blessing.

Practical Application

  1. Don’t expect God to answer your ungodly prayers.


  1. Which other Old Testament passage parallels Psalm 18?
  2. What type of psalm is Psalm 18?
  3. List the metaphors that emphasize the greatness of God’s character (verses 1-3).
  4. Which New Testament passage echoes the moral principle of verses 25-29?
  5. Why didn’t God answer the prayers of the enemy (verse 41)?


  1. Psalm 18 is essentially the same as 2 Samuel 22.
  2. It is a typical-Messianic psalm, because it concerns David’s experiences while looking forward to the life of the Messiah, the greater son of David.
  3. rock, fortress, shield, horn, and stronghold
  4. Galatians 6:7
  5. These people were not calling out to Him in repentance and wanting forgiveness. Rather, they wanted help in their ungodly ways.


  1. Read through Psalm 18 and show how it follows the sequence of the life of our Lord. Verse 4 and following – His death Verse 16 and following – His resurrection Verse 20 and following – His exaltation Verse 31 and following – His Second Coming Verse 43 and following – His glorious future kingdom


  1. Don’t expect God to answer your ungodly prayers. Ask yourself if your prayers are in line with His Word and His will.

Key Verses

  • "As for God, His way is perfect; the word of the LORD is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him. For who is God, except the LORD? And who is a rock, except our God?" Psalms 18:30-31
  • "The LORD lives! Blessed be my Rock! Let the God of my salvation be exalted." Psalms 18:46

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