Sabbath: Psalm 18

Take time this Sabbath to meditate on today’s passage from Psalm 18:20–36 (ESV), reflecting on how it relates to the fruit of the Spirit from this week: self-control and gentleness.

The LORD dealt with me according to my righteousness;
     according to the cleanness of my hands he rewarded me.
For I have kept the ways of the LORD,
     and have not wickedly departed from my God.
For all his rules were before me,
     and his statutes I did not put away from me.
I was blameless before him,
     and I kept myself from my guilt.
So the LORD has rewarded me according to my righteousness,
     according to the cleanness of my hands in his sight.
With the merciful you show yourself merciful;
     with the blameless man you show yourself blameless;
with the purified you show yourself pure;
     and with the crooked you make yourself seem tortuous.
For you save a humble people,
     but the haughty eyes you bring down.
For it is you who light my lamp;
     the LORD my God lightens my darkness.
For by you I can run against a troop,
     and by my God I can leap over a wall.
This God—his way is perfect;
     the word of the LORD proves true;
     he is a shield for all those who take refuge in him.
For who is God, but the LORD?
     And who is a rock, except our God?—
the God who equipped me with strength
     and made my way blameless.
He made my feet like the feet of a deer
     and set me secure on the heights.
He trains my hands for war,
     so that my arms can bend a bow of bronze.
You have given me the shield of your salvation,
     and your right hand supported me,
     and your gentleness made me great.
You gave a wide place for my steps under me,
     and my feet did not slip.