2 Samuel 22

2 Samuel 22

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David’s Song of Deliverance

22 And David spoke to the LORD the words of this song on the day when the LORD delivered him from the hand of all his enemies, and from the hand of Saul. He said,

  “The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer,
    my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge,
  my shield, and the horn of my salvation,
    my stronghold and my refuge,
    my savior; you save me from violence.
  I call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised,
    and I am saved from my enemies.
  “For the waves of death encompassed me,
    the torrents of destruction assailed me;
  the cords of Sheol entangled me;
    the snares of death confronted me.
  “In my distress I called upon the LORD;
    to my God I called.
  From his temple he heard my voice,
    and my cry came to his ears.
  “Then the earth reeled and rocked;
    the foundations of the heavens trembled
    and quaked, because he was angry.
  Smoke went up from his nostrils,
    and devouring fire from his mouth;
    glowing coals flamed forth from him.
  He bowed the heavens and came down;
    thick darkness was under his feet.
  He rode on a cherub and flew;
    he was seen on the wings of the wind.
  He made darkness around him his canopy,
    thick clouds, a gathering of water.
  Out of the brightness before him
    coals of fire flamed forth.
  The LORD thundered from heaven,
    and the Most High uttered his voice.
  And he sent out arrows and scattered them;
    lightning, and routed them.
  Then the channels of the sea were seen;
    the foundations of the world were laid bare,
  at the rebuke of the LORD,
    at the blast of the breath of his nostrils.
  “He sent from on high, he took me;
    he drew me out of many waters.
  He rescued me from my strong enemy,
    from those who hated me,
    for they were too mighty for me.
  They confronted me in the day of my calamity,
    but the LORD was my support.
  He brought me out into a broad place;
    he rescued me, because he delighted in me.
  “The LORD dealt with me according to my righteousness;
    according to the cleanness of my hands he rewarded me.
  For I have kept the ways of the LORD
    and have not wickedly departed from my God.
  For all his rules were before me,
    and from his statutes I did not turn aside.
  I was blameless before him,
    and I kept myself from guilt.
  And the LORD has rewarded me according to my righteousness,
    according to my cleanness in his sight.
  “With the merciful you show yourself merciful;
    with the blameless man you show yourself blameless;
  with the purified you deal purely,
    and with the crooked you make yourself seem tortuous.
  You save a humble people,
    but your eyes are on the haughty to bring them down.
  For you are my lamp, O LORD,
    and my God lightens my darkness.
  For by you I can run against a troop,
    and by my God I can leap over a wall.
  This God—his way is perfect;
    the word of the LORD proves true;
    he is a shield for all those who take refuge in him.
  “For who is God, but the LORD?
    And who is a rock, except our God?
  This God is my strong refuge
    and has made my way blameless.
  He made my feet like the feet of a deer
    and set me secure on the heights.
  He trains my hands for war,
    so that my arms can bend a bow of bronze.
  You have given me the shield of your salvation,
    and your gentleness made me great.
  You gave a wide place for my steps under me,
    and my feet did not slip;
  I pursued my enemies and destroyed them,
    and did not turn back until they were consumed.
  I consumed them; I thrust them through, so that they did not rise;
    they fell under my feet.
  For you equipped me with strength for the battle;
    you made those who rise against me sink under me.
  You made my enemies turn their backs to me,
    those who hated me, and I destroyed them.
  They looked, but there was none to save;
    they cried to the LORD, but he did not answer them.
  I beat them fine as the dust of the earth;
    I crushed them and stamped them down like the mire of the streets.
  “You delivered me from strife with my people;
    you kept me as the head of the nations;
    people whom I had not known served me.
  Foreigners came cringing to me;
    as soon as they heard of me, they obeyed me.
  Foreigners lost heart
    and came trembling out of their fortresses.
  “The LORD lives, and blessed be my rock,
    and exalted be my God, the rock of my salvation,
  the God who gave me vengeance
    and brought down peoples under me,
  who brought me out from my enemies;
    you exalted me above those who rose against me;
    you delivered me from men of violence.
  “For this I will praise you, O LORD, among the nations,
    and sing praises to your name.
  Great salvation he brings to his king,
    and shows steadfast love to his anointed,
    to David and his offspring forever.”


2 Samuel 22 Commentary

by Hank Workman

It’s good and right to look back at God’s faithfulness. We forget that too often. It seems that for many of us, when we’re knee-deep in some situation and almost downright crazy with fear or concern, that overrules our trust. Instead, if we would pause and look at how God has provided over and over again throughout our journey and been a constant, we would shift our trust level a bit. This must be accompanied by prayer and praise for all He’s done, who He is and how He’s sovereign.

They’re not completely sure when David wrote this Psalm of praise found in here. In fact, it shows up again in the book of Psalms as number 18. But it is such a high octane voice of thankfulness David brings before God who has been with him through his journey. It is a song of deliverance. It is a song of grace. It is a song of protection.

Our journey takes in the most peculiar and yes difficult places. By God’s leading and allowance He uses these things to shape us, mold us and transform even our own trust to a deeper level. I love how verse 32 in the NIV translation speaks here almost as a summary to all these thoughts:

“It is God who arms me with strength and keeps my way secure.”

All too often, with whatever may come our way we believe we can handle it. We rely on our own wit and strength to see that situation come to an end or purpose to go forward. We will never be strong enough without the strength of the Holy Spirit in our lives; without the guidance and wisdom of the Holy Father, without the grace and power of the Lord Jesus Christ.

For today, for this moment, pause and reflect. Consider your current journey and where you’re at right now. It may be that of a time of joy for you. It may be purpose-driven. However, there’s potential that it’s at a very dark and dismal place. Hope has fled, the situation has grown larger and you’re overwhelmed.

Whatever the place you are right here, right now, take a moment to reflect upon the faithfulness, provision and grace of God that has been a Sustainer. As David lifted up his voice in praise make it a point to praise God as you look back upon His constant in your life. In fact, the challenge today is to simply not intercede for anything but praise instead.

His arm will strengthen you. His presence is right beside. He will keep your way secure as you move forward.

2 Samuel 22 Commentary

by Brad Boyles

My rock, my fortress, and my deliverer.

These were the words David penned about God after he looked over the history of his relationship. There’s no doubt that the words of Scripture speak to this truth. However, there is something to be said about personal experiences and how God validates his promises to us even in our messed up circumstances.

Many times as Christians, we find ourselves repeating the same phrases over and over again to each other within the church. This is a great thing if it comes from the heart, but if it’s just what we say because we’re in church, it’s nothing more than a mask we put on. David wasn’t wearing a mask when he penned these words about God.

David was able to think back to when he was a boy and God led him to victory over the mighty Goliath. He was able to gain encouragement by God’s faithfulness during Saul’s reign and pursuit of him. He was able to be strengthened by God’s grace when he thought back to the horrendous decisions he’d made both in his own life as well as with his people. He was able to find wisdom and counsel in the laws that God had written on his heart time and time again, through all circumstances.

God truly was David’s rock, his fortress, and his deliverer. He was a rock for David in his rise to become king. He was a fortress for David when enemies were pursuing him. He was David’s deliverer when he chose to be disobedient and cause all kinds of grief.

Can you, in thinking over your life, say this about God today? The only way David was able to say this is because he had an amazing faith journey with the Lord. If we never step out of what’s comfortable, we will never see the amazing journey God has for us.

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