I love Psalm 18.
It’s one of the many, many psalms that spoke the loudest to me during a season in my life when I was surrendering an addiction with alcohol to the Lord. One of the recurring themes through this psalm is God’s incredible greatness. If you have read this blog for a while (or my short ebook) then you know that the turning point in my recovery was when I was encouraged one Sunday at church to finish this sentence “God is bigger than ____________.”
I began to believe that God was bigger than my struggle…even when I kept failing over and over and over. But instead of running in a different direction or choosing to hide (or attempting to hide) from an all-knowing God…I started coming back to Him and grabbing back onto His hand…choosing to believe even in the dark. Coming to terms with this problem and getting to a point of surrender, was the most difficult journey I have ever embarked on. But God was bigger.
“He reached down from heaven and took hold of me… He armed me with strength for the battle…He crushed my enemy.”
This morning the following verses stood out to me as I read them again.
“He parted the heavens and came down, a dark cloud beneath His feet…He made darkness His hiding place, dark storm clouds his canopy around Him.” Psalm 18: 9, 11
Some takeaways I wanted to share this morning:
God is present in the darkness
God rules over the darkness
The storm clouds will ultimately be used for His purpose
Storm clouds a canopy? THIS is redemption
Who can/would take shelter within a storm?
only One who is bigger/stronger than the storm