2 Samuel 22:1-15
22 David sang the words of this song to the Lord. He sang them when the Lord saved him from the powerful hand of all of his enemies and of Saul. 2 He said, “The Lord is my rock and my fort. He is the One who saves me. 3 My God is my rock. I go to him for safety. He is like a shield to me. He’s the power that saves me. He’s my place of safety. I go to him for help. He’s my Savior. He saves me from those who want to hurt me. 4 I call out to the Lord. He is worthy of praise. He saves me from my enemies. 5 “The waves of death were all around me. A destroying flood swept over me. 6 The ropes of the grave were tight around me. Death set its trap in front of me. 7 When I was in trouble I called out to the Lord. I called out to my God. From his temple he heard my voice. My cry for help reached his ears. 8 “The earth trembled and shook. The pillars of the heavens rocked back and forth. They trembled because the Lord was angry. 9 Smoke came out of his nose. Flames of fire came out of his mouth. Burning coals blazed out of it. 10 He opened the heavens and came down. Dark clouds were under his feet. 11 He got on the cherubim and flew. The wings of the wind lifted him up. 12 He covered himself with darkness. The dark rain clouds of the sky were like a tent around him. 13 From the brightness that was all around him flashes of lightning blazed out. 14 The Lord thundered from heaven. The voice of the Most High God was heard. 15 He shot his arrows and scattered our enemies. He sent flashes of lightning and chased the enemies away.
This psalm was written earlier in David’s life and seems to be included here to reflect back on his life.
After a seemingly endless series of struggles against enemies intent on destroying David: from Philistine giants and almost every nation surrounding Israel, to his own king and father in law, Saul, and his son, Absolom, there is now a time of peace.
It would be so easy to look back and say “I did it”, but David recognises that it was God who brought him through; that God gave him the strengths and abilities he needed. He knows that it is God who gave the victories. He sees how God acted dramatically and mightily in the spiritual as well as the physical, in ways that would be missed by those who only believe what they see with their eyes.
It’s ironic that David’s hardest times were not
when he was being pursued by Saul or in the thick of battle, but when he had peace. When Saul was on his heels the necessity of making God his refuge, and the importance of doing what was right was clear. It was in success that David fell into sin (such as with Bathsheba or taking the census).
David correctly sees that God blessed him because he
delighted in him (v20). Though David’s desire to do what was right was important (v21-25), it was his heart for God that was most important. In his later years he learnt the importance of repentance when he fell and that God also loves to forgive and heal a broken relationship.
Father, give me eyes to see the reality that you are my rock, my fortress and my saviour; and a heart for you, that longs to please and longs for restoration when I hurt you.
Written by David Cornell