“The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer;
My God, my rock, in whom I take refuge,
My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold and my refuge;
My savior, You save me from violence.
“I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised,
And I am saved from my enemies.”
2 Samuel 22:2-4 (NASB)
This passage is beautiful. Although the language still falls short of the true majesty of who God is, it captures His character beautifully. How amazing is this picture of God as a refuge and rock for David. What is also very interesting is that David wrote this after having just endured great personal humiliation on the battle field. David was told by his soldiers that he was a liability and the he would not be allowed to come “lest the light of Israel be put out.” Yet it seems that David new that He was not the light of Israel at all. He knew who Israel’s true light was and David continued to call on him even after terrible personal tragedy and loss. David’s fail is fascinating.
Small wonder that David is called “a man after God’s heart.” It also appears that after years of walking with God through the good, the bad, and the really, really ugly, to some degree David got God’s heart. He understood who God was and who he was before God. In v 20 David testifies that God saved him because He delighted in David. It is amazing to me that I still can’t always quite bring myself to believe this – God delights in me and that is why He saved me. This thought, as hard as it is to fully grasp, casts an even more powerful light on this passage. It is the very reason why God is worthy to be praised – just like David, there is no good reason for God to delight in me, but He does. Amazing!
Lord God, I thank you for your great love, I thank you for being the only real refuge and fortress that we have. This life offers no guarantees, but you are eternally faithful and true. What have we to fear if You are for us and if You delight in us. I do not understand it but my only reaction is worship of the only one worthy of praise! Amen