Bible Verse Explanations and Resources


Psalms 18:1

King James Version (KJV)
Adam Clarke
Bible Commentary

I will love thee - Love always subsists on motive and reason. The verb רחם racham signifies to love with all the tender feelinys of nature. "From my inmost bowels will I love thee, O Lord!" Why should he love Jehovah? Not merely because he was infinitely great and good, possessed of all possible perfections, but because he was good to him: and he here enumerates some of the many blessings he received from him.

My strength -

1. Thou who hast given me power over my adversaries, and hast enabled me to avoid evil and do good.

Albert Barnes
Notes on the Whole Bible

I will love thee, O Lord - This verse is not found in the song in Psalm 27:1, “The Lord is the strength of my life.” Psalm 28:8, “he is the saving strength of his anointed.” Compare Psalm 29:11; Psalm 46:1; Psalm 73:26; Psalm 81:1; Psalm 140:7.

Matthew Henry
Concise Bible Commentary
The first words, "I will love thee, O Lord, my strength," are the scope and contents of the psalm. Those that truly love God, may triumph in him as their Rock and Refuge, and may with confidence call upon him. It is good for us to observe all the circumstances of a mercy which magnify the power of God and his goodness to us in it. David was a praying man, and God was found a prayer-hearing God. If we pray as he did, we shall speed as he did. God's manifestation of his presence is very fully described, ver.
Matthew Henry
Concise Bible Commentary
The gracious recompence of which David spoke, may generally be expected by those who act from right motives. Hence he speaks comfort to the humble, and terror to the proud; "Thou wilt bring down high looks." And he speaks encouragement to himself; "Thou wilt light my candle:" thou wilt revive and comfort my sorrowful spirit; thou wilt guide my way, that I may avoid the snares laid for me. Thou wilt light my candle to work by, and give me an opportunity of serving thee. Let those that walk in darkness, and labour under discouragements, take courage; God himself will be a Light to them.
Cross References
A. M. 2986. B.C. 1018. the servant
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