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Pondering God's Blessings

2 Samuel 22:18-25 

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"He delivered me from my strong enemy, From those who hated me, for they were too strong for me. [19] They confronted me in the day of my calamity, But the Lord was my support. [20] He also brought me forth into a broad place; He rescued me, because He delighted in me. [21] The Lord has rewarded me according to my righteousness; According to the cleanness of my hands He has recompensed me. [22] For I have kept the ways of the Lord, And have not acted wickedly against my God. [23] For all His ordinances were before me; And as for His statutes, I did not depart from them. [24] I was also blameless toward Him, And I kept myself from my iniquity. [25] Therefore the Lord has recompensed me according to my righteousness, According to my cleanness before His eyes."

Our text today is taken from David's Song of Deliverance. Portions of the Psalm seem to be referring to his distant past and this conflict with King Saul, other parts seem to refer to his conflict with his son Absalom (vs 18). While this Psalm certainly has roots in specific events, I take it to be a general praise for God's goodness and Mercy in David's life. Some noteworthy verses are vs. 3-4, "The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; [3] My God, my rock, in whom I take refuge; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold and my refuge; My savior, Thou dost save me from violence. [4] I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised; And I am saved from my enemies." We've sung and prayed these lines many times in response to our own overwhelming sense of God's goodness in our lives. And then there is the wonderful exclamation of praise in verses 31-34: "As for God, His way is blameless; The word of the Lord is tested; He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him. [32] For who is God, besides the Lord? And who is a rock, besides our God? [33] God is my strong fortress; And He sets the blameless in His way. [34] He makes my feet like hinds' feet, And sets me on my high places." Who among us hasn't taken strength from these verses? These verses declare that God is our rock, our strong fortress who establishes us and strengths us to be able to fight the good fight.

David ends the Psalm with a great summation of his praise in verses 50-51, "Therefore I will give thanks to Thee, O Lord, among the nations, And I will sing praises to Thy name. [51] He is a tower of deliverance to His king, And shows lovingkindness to His anointed,To David and his descendants forever." David reflects upon his life and willingly gives praise to God and sings to Him because of the goodness God has showered down upon him and to his family. 

My first reaction is to say good for David. Think about it. He could have been bitter against God for the calamity he had to endure. Saul certainly didn't treat David fairly. He had no justification for trying to kill him on numerous occasions. All David did was to defeat Saul's greatest enemy and faithfully serve the king. He never acted with presumption, but had a servant's heart. Really, David was a role model for living a faithful life as a young man. Yet, while he lived this model life, Saul's jealousy ran rampant, forcing him to treat David unjustly.

Later in life, after David's throne was firmly established, he lived through a lot of heartache. His son raped his daughter. Another son killed one of his brothers and headed up a rebellion against David, trying to take his throne from him. Weigh the pain involved in those last two sentences. If you had a son try to ruin you after he killed one of your other sons because he raped your daughter, how would you feel? Throw in the pain of losing another son shortly after he was born and the constant threat from outside enemies, would you feel like praising God? I'm not so sure I would. Perhaps I would feel more like complaining or even blaming God for my misfortune. After all, I believe in the power and might of God. I believe He is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer who saves me from my enemies. I am amazed that David was able to praise God the way he did in the midst of his trials.

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