David Praises God For Deliverance

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Praise

At various times in the history of Israel they tended to believe that the ark of the covenant or the king of Israel was what would save them from the hand of their enemies. In this passage David expresses how this is not so, but that the Lord is the one who has delivered him (v. 1). In these introductory words of praise he affirms that the Lord is everything to him, that He is all he needs (vv. 2-4). Death is pictured as a hunter setting traps for its victims but David knew who to turn to as he cried out to the Lord (vv. 5-7). God heard the plea of David, whose cry for help reached the ears of the Lord.

The poetic description of God’s self manifestation is related to a storm and earthquake (vv. 8-9). Earth and the heavens tremble when the Lord is angry (Isa. 13:13), at the enemies of His people (I Sam. 14:15). Smoke in the Lord’s nostrils depicts judgment against his enemies (Isa. 65:5) and burning coals represents divine punishment (Ez. 10:2). When the Lord descends from heaven His appearance is awesome (v. 10). His feet are planted on dark clouds which bring violent thunderstorms (vv. 11-12). In the brightness of the Lord’s presence a brilliant light surrounds Him as thunder and lightening routes David’s enemies (vv. 13-16).In personalizing what he just said, David explains how God reached down from heaven to save him on earth (vv. 17-20). He concludes his overall description of deliverance from his enemies by the self-revealing, all powerful God who reached down from heaven and saved him on earth. The Lord now leads to His description of God’s saving deliverance and the righteousness of those who are rescued by God (vv. 21-25).

Application

We live on Jeju Island. Many church people say their parents were Christian so they were saved in their mother’s belly. I praise the Lord that only Jesus Christ can save; not their parents (Jn. 14:6).

II Samuel 22:1-25 (English Standard Version)

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."

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