Almighty God, you are my rock and my strong tower. You see what I cannot, and you work on a canvas that is vast and infinite. God of love and mercy, I choose to submit to your will and purposes today.
Read 2 SAMUEL 22:31-51
31 “As for God, his way is perfect:
The Lord’s word is flawless;
he shields all who take refuge in him.
32 For who is God besides the Lord?
And who is the Rock except our God?
33 It is God who arms me with strength[a]
and keeps my way secure.
34 He makes my feet like the feet of a deer;
he causes me to stand on the heights.
35 He trains my hands for battle;
my arms can bend a bow of bronze.
36 You make your saving help my shield;
your help has made[b] me great.
37 You provide a broad path for my feet,
so that my ankles do not give way.
38 “I pursued my enemies and crushed them;
I did not turn back till they were destroyed.
39 I crushed them completely, and they could not rise;
they fell beneath my feet.
40 You armed me with strength for battle;
you humbled my adversaries before me.
41 You made my enemies turn their backs in flight,
and I destroyed my foes.
42 They cried for help, but there was no one to save them—
to the Lord, but he did not answer.
43 I beat them as fine as the dust of the earth;
I pounded and trampled them like mud in the streets.
44 “You have delivered me from the attacks of the peoples;
you have preserved me as the head of nations.
People I did not know now serve me,
45 foreigners cower before me;
as soon as they hear of me, they obey me.
46 They all lose heart;
they come trembling[c] from their strongholds.
47 “The Lord lives! Praise be to my Rock!
Exalted be my God, the Rock, my Savior!
48 He is the God who avenges me,
who puts the nations under me,
49 who sets me free from my enemies.
You exalted me above my foes;
from a violent man you rescued me.
50 Therefore I will praise you, Lord, among the nations;
I will sing the praises of your name.
51 “He gives his king great victories;
he shows unfailing kindness to his anointed,
to David and his descendants forever.”
- 2 Samuel 22:33 Dead Sea Scrolls, some Septuagint manuscripts, Vulgate and Syriac (see also Psalm 18:32); Masoretic Text who is my strong refuge
- 2 Samuel 22:36 Dead Sea Scrolls; Masoretic Text shield; / you stoop down to make
- 2 Samuel 22:46 Some Septuagint manuscripts and Vulgate (see also Psalm 18:45); Masoretic Text they arm themselves
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ReflectIn our darkest moments, times when we are most afraid, God is near and able to meet every need.
This long song—also included in the book of Psalms (Psalm 18)— gives an epic and poetic account of God’s dealings with David in praise for his rescue from his enemies. As he looks back over turbulent times, the poet is able to see God’s hand in his life in the most trying and desperate of circumstances. And we remind ourselves that this song of thanksgiving came out of a long period of being hunted down by his former mentor, King Saul.
In praising God for keeping him steady and strong when he might have collapsed, David employs a metaphor that is used elsewhere in the Old Testament. He says that God makes his feet like a deer’s, able to scale high places (v 34). This word picture can also be found in Habakkuk 3:19.
In her bestselling book Hinds Feet on High Places (Christian Literature Crusade, 1955), Hannah Hurnard tells the story of Much Afraid and her many ordeals. In the company of two friends— Sorrow and Suffering—she discovers that God is indeed able to give her grip and strength on the dazzling heights of her life.
Think of times when God’s help became evident, even when you were not looking for it.
Lord, I am uncertain and tentative about many things. But I look to you as my helper and guide to give me the courage I need today.
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