“He sent from above, He took me; He drew me out of many waters. He delivered me from my strong enemy, from those who hated me, for they were too strong for me. They confronted me in the day of my calamity, but the Lord was my support. He also brought me into a broad place; He delivered me because He delighted in me” (Psalm 18:16-19).
In this psalm, David was looking back after a great deliverance. He was rejoicing because the Lord had rescued him from his enemies. King Saul had put a bounty on his head and chased him relentlessly, forcing David to sleep in caves, dens and open fields.
David said of that dark time, “The sorrows of hell surrounded me, and I lived in distress. Ungodly men made me afraid. They all hated me.” But God came roaring out of the heavens to deliver David: “He bowed the heavens also, and came down … The Lord thundered from heaven … He delivered me from my strong enemy” (Psalm 18:9, 13, 17).
The enemy had come in like a flood and yet David was able to say, “God came roaring forth to pull me out of the swirling waters. He rescued me from all my troubles!” The Holy Spirit gave David a revelation that is the key to all deliverance. David could say, “The reason God delivered me from all my enemies — from all my sorrows and the powers of hell — is because I am precious to him. My God delights in me!”
“He also brought me out into a broad place; He delivered me because He delighted in me” (Psalm 18:19).
What do you need deliverance from? From lust? From a temptation or a trial? From a problem that is mental, spiritual, emotional, physical? The key to your victory is in this verse. God delights in you. You are precious to him!