Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 22.31-51
2 Samuel 22.31-51
“As for God, His way is blameless; The word of the Lord is tested; He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him. 32 “For who is God, besides the Lord? And who is a rock, besides our God? 33 “God is my strong fortress; And He sets the blameless in His way. 34 “He makes my feet like hinds’ feet, And sets me on my high places. 35 “He trains my hands for battle, So that my arms can bend a bow of bronze. 36 “You have also given me the shield of Your salvation, And Your help makes me great. 37 “You enlarge my steps under me, And my feet have not slipped. 38 “I pursued my enemies and destroyed them, And I did not turn back until they were consumed. 39 “And I have devoured them and shattered them, so that they did not rise; And they fell under my feet. 40 “For You have girded me with strength for battle; You have subdued under me those who rose up against me. 41 “You have also made my enemies turn their backs to me, And I destroyed those who hated me. 42 “They looked, but there was none to save; Even to the Lord, but He did not answer them. 43 “Then I pulverized them as the dust of the earth; I crushed and stamped them as the mire of the streets. 44 “You have also delivered me from the contentions of my people; You have kept me as head of the nations; A people whom I have not known serve me. 45 “Foreigners pretend obedience to me; As soon as they hear, they obey me. 46 “Foreigners lose heart, And come trembling out of their fortresses. 47 “The Lord lives, and blessed be my rock; And exalted be God, the rock of my salvation, 48 The God who executes vengeance for me, And brings down peoples under me, 49 Who also brings me out from my enemies; You even lift me above those who rise up against me; You rescue me from the violent man. 50 “Therefore I will give thanks to You, O Lord, among the nations, And I will sing praises to Your name. 51 “He is a tower of deliverance to His king, And shows lovingkindness to His anointed, To David and his descendants forever.”
As we get ever so closer to the end of 2 Samuel we come to words of a song that David spoke to the Lord in the day that the Lord delivered him from the hand of all his enemies and from the hand of Saul (22.1). This is a psalm of praise for what God had done for David. It reflects David’s rich spiritual life. While David focused attention on the Lord more than on himself, his emphasis was on the blessings Yahweh had bestowed on him. The Lord showed constant grace and faithfulness toward David even when David struggled. David needed this greatly throughout the different seasons of his life.
If you were to divide David’s life into two chapters it look like this:
His first chapter, he sought the Lord, left things to God’s sovereign hand, obeyed in forgiving others including his enemies and did not let his emotions get the best of him. David could have very easily taken his anger out on Saul and have taken his life. But David instead chose to practice the discipline of forgiveness. Though his emotions and feelings may not have been caught up with the discipline of forgiveness he let the discipline lead instead of his emotions.
In the second chapter, we see David not seeking the Lord at times and sometimes not at all. He put things into his own hand and quit forgiving and instead let his feelings and emotions lead his actions. As we have seen the consequences of such actions were great.
God is constant and loving forever (22.51), this is for sure and David is grateful that in spite of his wandering heart at times God was faithful. Let us remember the great and constant love of God today and be grateful for what He has done for us. Let us be encouraged to continue to seek God, trust God’s sovereign hand, obey in forgiving others and not let emotions rule our actions…and don’t forget to sing a song of praise as David does here for all God is and has done!
Weekly Memory Verse: Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. Psalm 23.6