Psalm 18:1 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Psalm 18:1, NIV: For the director of music. Of David the servant of the LORD. He sang to the LORD the words of this song when the LORD delivered him from the hand of all his enemies and from the hand of Saul. He said: I love you, LORD, my strength.

Psalm 18:1, ESV: To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David, the servant of the LORD, who addressed the words of this song to the LORD on the day when the LORD delivered him from the hand of all his enemies, and from the hand of Saul. He said: I love you, O LORD, my strength.

Psalm 18:1, KJV: {To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David, the servant of the LORD, who spake unto the LORD the words of this song in the day that the LORD delivered him from the hand of all his enemies, and from the hand of Saul: And he said,} I will love thee, O LORD, my strength.

Psalm 18:1, NASB: 'I love You, LORD, my strength.'

Psalm 18:1, NLT: For the choir director: A psalm of David, the servant of the L I love you, LORD; you are my strength.

Psalm 18:1, CSB: I love you, Lord, my strength.

What does Psalm 18:1 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

The introduction to this psalm credits it to David, who gave the first version of this praise in 2 Samuel chapter 22. David was motivated by God's immense help in rescuing him from Saul and his many other enemies.

In this verse David tells God he loves Him. Deuteronomy 6:5 gives Israel the command to love the Lord with all their heart, soul, and might, and Jesus identified this command as "the great and first commandment" (Matthew 22:37–38). David's love for the Lord honored this commandment. His love for God was deep. David recognized the Lord as the one who made him victorious over his foes.

After rising from the grave, Jesus met His disciples and asked Peter whether Peter loved Him. Peter had previously denied the Lord three times but now he confessed three times that he loved the Lord as the Lord restored him (John 21:15–17). Like David and restored Peter, we, too, should love the Lord; and we can show our love for Him by keeping His commandments (John 14:15).