Now that 1 Samuel is finished it’s time to head back into Psalms for several chapters before eventually moving on to 2 Samuel.
“I called to the Lord, who is worthy of praise, and I have been saved from my enemies.” – Psalms 18:3
First, God is not worthy of praise. He kills. He’s a murderer. He’s a rapist. He’s a child molester. Second, you’d need less saving from enemies if you stopped killing people and creating enemies.
“The earth trembled and quaked, and the foundations of the mountains shook; they trembled because he was angry.” – Psalms 18:7
Or it was simply an earthquake. Earthquakes happen EVERY day somewhere on Earth and typically there are MANY each day. This is not an act of an all-mighty god. It’s tectonic plates moving and releasing built up energy.
“He parted the heavens and came down; dark clouds were under his feet.” – Psalms 18:9
Yeah…these are just rain clouds.
“He made darkness his covering, his canopy around him—the dark rain clouds of the sky.” – Psalms 18:11
In other words the sun set and it’s now night time outside.
“The Lord thundered from heaven; the voice of the Most High resounded.” – Psalms 18:13
Okay, so it’s a thunderstorm. I’ll admit that intense thunderstorms can be a big scary.
“He shot his arrows and scattered the enemy, with great bolts of lightning he routed them.” – Psalms 18:14
Lightning does accompany thunder. Granted, the people of this time lack an understanding of science, but it’s ridiculous Christians today still take this as the word of God when the physical mechanism of thunder and lightning is well known.
“The Lord has dealt with me according to my righteousness; according to the cleanness of my hands he has rewarded me.” – Psalms 18:20
The cleanness of your hands? David, you killed innocent people!!! Your hands are as dirty as they come!
“For I have kept the ways of the Lord; I am not guilty of turning from my God. All his laws are before me; I have not turned away from his decrees.” – Psalms 18:21-22
These verses speak the truth. David has not turned away from God. He has kept the ways of the Lord. God kills innocents and has ridiculous laws that result in the unnecessary death of tens of thousands of people. David has certainly followed these laws.
“To the faithful you show yourself faithful, to the blameless you show yourself blameless, to the pure you show yourself pure, but to the devious you show yourself shrewd.” – Psalms 18:25-26
Unless you’re Job, in which case the exact opposite is true.
“…with my God I can scale a wall.” – Psalms 18:29
Or a rope. A rope will help you scale a wall too.
“As for God, his way is perfect: The Lord’s word is flawless; he shields all who take refuge in him.” – Psalms 18:30
Killing babies and raping women is perfect. It is flawless in the eyes of God.
“You have delivered me from the attacks of the people; you have made me the head of nations. People I did not know now serve me, foreigners cower before me; as soon as they hear of me, they obey me. They all lose heart; they come trembling from their strongholds.” – Psalms 18:43-45
People David didn’t know are now his slaves. They obey him as slaves are forced to obey. This is all righteous in the eyes of God.
“He gives his king great victories; he shows unfailing love to his anointed, to David and to his descendants forever.” – Psalms 18:50
Well, God shows his ‘unfailing’ love ‘forever’ until someone pisses God off by breaking a stupid rule like eating too much bread on the wrong day of the year. Then you and several generations of your descendants are punished.
This concludes Psalms 18. There’s much to be said about this chapter. David credits God for several natural weather events, including rain, thunder, and lightning, along with plate tectonics. Granted, he doesn’t know how these things work so we can let him slide, but Christians today who know the explanation for these events have no excuse to continue accepting these events as ‘God’s will’. The other thing we’ve learned reading Psalms is how truly disgusting the god of the Bible is. Psalms first comes across as a series of songs praising God, but if you read the words, line for line, and apply them to the previous biblical books, they tell a disgusting story of a God who punishes without regard to blame. There’s no righteousness in the Bible. Only evil.
Coming Soon: Psalms – Chapter 121: A song of ascents.