Monday Reflection – October 07, 2019
A Song of Praise
The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer. 2 Samuel 22:2
In 2 Samuel 22, David raises a song of praise dedicated to the Lord. This song appears almost as David’s final words. Hence, it may rightfully be seen as a summary thanksgiving for God’s many deliverances of David throughout his long life. Except for minor variations, this song is the same as Psalm 18. Indeed, this song is a great summary of David’s whole character and attitude through life. David possessed deep convictions –the absolute sovereignty of Jehovah, God’s omnipotent power to deliver, the need for humans to obey God’s law, and the assurance that in the case of such obedience God always acts in the best interest of his people. Such convictions constitute the underlying strength of David’s character.
David begins by declaring that God is his rock, fortress and deliverer. David piles title upon title in praising God. God’s work for David was so big and comprehensive that it couldn’t be contained in one title. David had personally experienced God’s action and deliverance time and time again including, from Goliath, from Saul, from backsliding, from Israel’s enemies, from Absalom, and from his own sinful passions. God has been with him all the way, and never abandoned him. It is no wonder that David trusted God, entrusted himself in the hands of God. The truth is that when we see God for who he is, it is easy to trust him. When we know God is our rock, fortress, deliverer, shield, stronghold and Saviour, it is natural to trust him completely.
When we reflect on our own lives and recall all that God has done, we should raise a song of praise like David. Do we spend time remembering how and what God has brought us through? Do we recall all that God has delivered us from? The truth is, so many times we don’t even realize or know what God has saved us from. Sometimes we are delayed so we escape a tragedy. Sometimes we face a challenge but are prevented from having to deal with a greater one. This is just how awesome and wonderful God is! These realities should drive us to praise God and give him the glory that he so rightful deserves.
In today’s New Testament text in 2 Corinthians 1:10, Paul joins David in declaring his unhesitant hope and unrelenting confidence in God. He says, “On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us”. When we recall and celebrate God’s omnipotent hand in our lives, it gives us a resolute confidence and hope that we can face anything that comes our way, because God is able. And it’s never about us, but all about God.
Till next week, remember “…he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.”
(1 John 4:4)