“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.”
2 Samuel 22:1
This chapter is a beautiful worship song, by David, expressing love, honour and thanksgiving to God, who had rescued him from all his enemies.
David’s enemies were very real and some of them had the potential to make his life very miserable, to say the least. But David knew that God was his victory, and he regularly, loudly proclaimed his thankfulness and poured out his worship to God, reminding himself and everyone within earshot of God’s great, incomparable attributes. Did David ever get discouraged and down? Of course he did. But he knew how to “encourage himself in the Lord” by focusing on who God is, rather than who his enemies were; By looking at how great God is, compared with life’s issues. Perhaps you’re in a place today where you are feeling a little battle weary? I would encourage you to read through 2 Samuel 22– while giving God room to speak right into your heart, reminding you of Who of who it is that you have on your side:
1. The God Who Hears (and Responds to) Your Distress Call
“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”. 2 Samuel 22:7
2. The One True God
“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? 2 Samuel 22:31-32
David says “This God”. I like the way the NET version translates it:
“The one true God”; We may not have the false gods of Old Testament times, but often when our backs are against the wall we put our trust in our modern day false gods of overeating, self medicating, religious ritual, self help books, to name a few – just about anything or everything, before we think of looking to The One True God who, David declares, is a shield for all who take refuge in him!
3. The One Who Enables
“The one true God is my mighty refuge; he removes the obstacles in my way. He gives me the agility of a deer; he enables me to negotiate the rugged terrain.” 1 Samuel 22:33-34
Do you find yourself in a place where you’re looking at your circumstances and asking “Why did this happen God?” Do you feel as though things are always going to be “this way.” Do you long for freedom from fear, freedom from the past and the ability to walk confidently in that freedom?
Habbukuk was a man who could have let himself slide down the slippery slope into dispair. But he made a choice. In the midst of chaos, he chose to rejoice in the Lord. He made a promise to The Lord that his praise and thanksgiving would always be to God whatever his present situation in life.
The ‘secret’ to Habakkuk’s joy was worship. His thanksgiving wasn’t dependent on external things, it was firmly established and rooted in God. Habbakuk was confident in who God is.
In Habakkuk 3 we find almost the exact same wording as in 2 Samuel 22:34: “When the fig tree does not bud, and there are no grapes on the vines; when the olive trees do not produce, and the fields yield no crops; when the sheep disappear from the pen, and there are no cattle in the stalls, I will rejoice because of the Lord; I will be happy because of the God who delivers me! The sovereign Lord is my source of strength. He gives me the agility of a deer; he enables me to negotiate the rugged terrain.” Habbukuk 3:17-19
God designed the deer, specifically the hind, to walk the high rocky, mountain terrain; treacherous to other animals or humans. The deer can negotiate the rugged terrain confidently, without even thinking about it, because it’s created to do so.
As His child, God has designed you too, to be able to negotiate the rugged terrain. There will often be times in life when the terrain is be rugged. But our God has designed and enabled us to walk with confidence over that terrain.
And besides that, we can rejoice, because we don’t have to negotiate that rugged terrain on our own – we have a Shepherd who walks with us.
He says to you today “Remember who I Am”.
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