TUESDAY 27 September, 2016
Songs of Deliverance
Then David spoke to the Lordthe words of this song, on the day when the Lordhad delivered him from the hand of all his enemies, and from the hand of Saul. And he said:The Lordis my rock and my fortress and my deliverer;… - 2 Samuel 22:1-2
David, towards the end of his life wrote this song in reflection of how the Lord had delivered him from his enemies and from Saul. This expression is almost identical to Psalm 18. In the song, he proclaims to others his personal knowledge of the Lord by showing who He had become to him over the years of his life––God always had His hand on David’s life.
As a warrior, David was my hero. Even from his youth, as a humble shepherd boy; he had grown to know God as his deliverer. The Lord delivered him from wild beasts while he watched over his sheep. David had learned to place his confidence in God. When he came against Goliath he told the arrogant giant:
…I come to you in the name of the Lordof hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the Lordwill deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you and take your head from you - (1 Samuel 17:45-46).
As he matured, God delivered him from all his enemies in war and from King Saul; who became mad with jealously against him. Not only was God his deliverer, He was also his Rock––his source of strength and stability. The LORD was his fortress; a place of protection where God surrounded him and he could rest safely in His presence.
When we face difficulties, we too can grow in our knowledge of God through His many names. As you learn of His faithfulness your confidence in Him will grow. Then we will be able to sing to the Lord songs of praise.
You are my hiding place; You shall preserve me from trouble;
You shall surround me with songs of deliverance.
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