Psalm 18:32 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Psalm 18:32, NIV: It is God who arms me with strength and keeps my way secure.

Psalm 18:32, ESV: the God who equipped me with strength and made my way blameless.

Psalm 18:32, KJV: It is God that girdeth me with strength, and maketh my way perfect.

Psalm 18:32, NASB: The God who encircles me with strength, And makes my way blameless?

Psalm 18:32, NLT: God arms me with strength, and he makes my way perfect.

Psalm 18:32, CSB: God--he clothes me with strength and makes my way perfect.

What does Psalm 18:32 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

War is an unpleasant necessity in some cases. Neither Christians of the modern era, nor believers of the Old Testament, are required to be pacifists. On the contrary, David credits God with preparing him for battle.

When David was just a youth, the Lord enabled him to slay a lion and a bear as David protected his flock. And the Lord gave him victory over the giant Goliath (1 Samuel 17:34–37, 45–47). When Saul looked for someone to play soothing music, one of his servants recommended David. He was described as skillful in playing the lyre as well as being a brave man of war with whom the Lord was present (1 Samuel 16:14–18). Further, in Psalm 18:32, David credits God with making his "way," including his military path, flawless.

The Lord has also prepared Christians for warfare against the Devil and his minions, which is where our true battles lie (Ephesians 6:12). Ephesians 6:10–18 describes the spiritual armor and valuable resource He has provided. If we avail ourselves of this armor and prayer, we will "be able to stand against the schemes of the devil" (Ephesians 6:11).