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Commentary » II Samuel 22:26-II Samuel 22:51 »

David’s Song of Praise

Some time ago, a teenager, Arthur Hinkley, lifted a 3,000-pound tractor with his bare hands. He wasn’t a weight lifter, but his friend, Lloyd Bachelder, 18, was pinned under a tractor on a farm near Rome, Maine. Hearing Lloyd scream, Arthur somehow lifted the tractor enough … More


This is David’s song of praise and is similar to Psalm 18. In this passage David states the basic principles that the Lord follows in delivering or judging people:

1.   He declares why the Lord has delivered him from his enemies (vv.26-30). He tells how God will save the humble but oppose the proud (v. 28). The proud try to put themselves in God’s place, and He will never allow that to happen (Prov. 3:34).

2.   He states the extent of the Lord’s deliverance from his enemies (vv. 31-46).

3.   He concludes with his resolve to praise his delivering Lord, even among the Gentiles (vv. 47-51)

David was showing how people see God through the filter of their spiritual condition. Believers see God as loving and forgiving. Unrepentant sinners, on the other hand, see God only as a judge and avenger. To those in rebellion, God appears untrustworthy and manipulative. However, God remains what He has always been; holy, just, loving, pure and compassionate.

The Lord did approve of David’s battles and gave him victory wherever he went. God showed himself superior to rival gods and their armies. The remainder of this passage accentuates David’s praise to God for his deliverances (vv. 31-51). David never lost his desire to know and please God and grew close to Lord because of his heart’s desire to spend time alone with Him, Spiritual greatness is born in the presence of God.


The Lord’s desire is for me to spend time with Him each day and I really look forward to my Quiet Time with Him when I first get up each morning. He is teaching me so much!

II Samuel 22:26-51 (English Standard Version)

""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."

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