Psalms 18:36

36 Thou hast enlarged my steps under me, that my feet[a] did not slip.

Psalms 18:36 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 18:36

Thou hast enlarged my steps under me
Which is opposed to those straitened circumstances in which the psalmist was, ( Psalms 18:4 Psalms 18:5 ) ; and is expressive of deliverance from his enemies, by whom he was surrounded, besieged, and shut up; see ( Psalms 31:8 ) ; and of freedom of walking at large, without being straitened for room, or interrupted by others, ( Proverbs 4:12 ) ; and of safety in standing; all which is true in a spiritual sense of believers in Christ, who being delivered by him out of the hands of their enemies, serve the Lord without fear in righteousness and holiness; walk at liberty by faith in Christ, and up and down in the name of the Lord their God; and have their feet established upon the Rock of ages, that sure and large foundation, Christ, from which there is no danger of slipping and falling; as follows;

that my feet did not slip;
so as to fall and perish; for sometimes the steps of the saints are well nigh slipped; yea, in some sense they stumble; slip, and fall, but not so as to be utterly cast down and perish eternally; the bottom on which they are is so broad, and the foundation so sure, that it is not possible they should. The words will bear to be applied to Christ, who was in very pressed and straitened circumstances, when beset with the bulls of Bashan, encompassed with dogs, and enclosed with the assembly of the wicked; and was in slippery places, when he sunk in deep mire where there is no standing, ( Psalms 22:12 Psalms 22:16 ) ( 69:2 ) ; but now being delivered from all this, he is brought, as in ( Psalms 18:19 ) , into a large place, into heaven, and made higher than the heavens, and is set down at the right hand of God, from whence he can never be moved.

Psalms 18:36 In-Context

34 He teacheth my hands to war, so that a bow of steel is broken by mine arms.
35 Thou hast also given me the shield of thy salvation: and thy right hand hath holden me up, and thy gentleness hath made me great.
36 Thou hast enlarged my steps under me, that my feet did not slip.
37 I have pursued mine enemies, and overtaken them: neither did I turn again till they were consumed.
38 I have wounded them that they were not able to rise: they are fallen under my feet.

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. my feet: Heb. mine ankles
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