Psalm 18:6 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Psalm 18:6, NIV: In my distress I called to the LORD; I cried to my God for help. From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came before him, into his ears.

Psalm 18:6, ESV: In my distress I called upon the LORD; to my God I cried for help. From his temple he heard my voice, and my cry to him reached his ears.

Psalm 18:6, KJV: In my distress I called upon the LORD, and cried unto my God: he heard my voice out of his temple, and my cry came before him, even into his ears.

Psalm 18:6, NASB: In my distress I called upon the LORD, And cried to my God for help; He heard my voice from His temple, And my cry for help before Him came into His ears.

Psalm 18:6, NLT: But in my distress I cried out to the LORD; yes, I prayed to my God for help. He heard me from his sanctuary; my cry to him reached his ears.

Psalm 18:6, CSB: I called to the Lord in my distress, and I cried to my God for help. From his temple he heard my voice, and my cry to him reached his ears.

What does Psalm 18:6 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

It has been observed that, when you are on your back, you can look up. David faced a crisis in which he felt doomed. Saul's forces had hemmed him in, and he was flat on his back (1 Samuel 23:15). But David looked up. In his distress he prayed. He called out to God for help, and the Lord answered him from heaven.

Jeremiah 33:2–3 holds God's invitation to call on Him and His promise to answer (Matthew 7:7–11). Hannah is a good example of what happens when a person in distress calls to the Lord for help. Ridiculed by her husband's other wife because she was barren, Hannah entered the tabernacle and silently but fervently asked the Lord to give her a son. First Samuel 1:1–20 reveals that Hannah was "deeply distressed" (1 Samuel 1:10) and "troubled in spirit" (1 Samuel 1:15) and prayed out of "great anxiety and vexation" (1 Samuel 1:16). The Lord answered her cry for help, and gave her a son, whom she named Samuel, meaning "asked or heard of God."

For all who feel distressed, God is "a very present help in trouble" (Psalm 46:1).