Then David spoke to the LORD the words of this song, on the day when the LORD had delivered him from the hand of all his enemies, and from the hand of Saul. (2 Samuel 22:1)
What an awesome privilege to be able to read the prayers and words of David, so many centuries after he lived on earth. I love that God’s Word has given us a record of compositions, songs and prayers that came from the heart of a that man after God’s heart. His words are breathtaking to read! And his dialogue with God is something I never tire of, particularly in 2 Samuel 22 which is the final swan song of David’s beautiful heart for God.
In this beautiful prayer, I am captivated by these words and I love to meditate on them and consider them:
“The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer;
The God of my strength, in whom I will trust;
My shield and the horn of my salvation,
My stronghold and my refuge;
My Savior, You save me from violence.” (2 Samuel 22:2-3)
The Lord is a rock. A place of salvation . He is my foundation. I could rest in Him and trust in Him.
The Lord is my fortress. He is the protector of my heart and my very life.
The Lord is my deliverer. He delivers me from all times of temptation. He is mighty to save and His mercies never cease.
The Lord is the God of my strength in whom I could put my trust. He protects me from the enemy.
The Lord is my shield and my salvation. I could rest in Him because He has delivered me from my sins. He has torn the veil and given me access to Him by the beautiful gift of His Son, Jesus Christ, who died on a tree for me.
The Lord is my stronghold. He is my strong tower. From His heights He allows me to see the big picture as my eyes could see it. He is my vision.
The Lord is my refuge. He is my Savior. He is the one who saves me from violence.
David recognized God for who He is and he recognizes God in absolutely every experience in life! And He gives me 20/20 vision on who God as I meditate on these intoxicating words. I am reminded of just how awesome He is. His poetic expression of gratitude is so profoundly expressed in these words. And I fall in love with God all over again as I read them.
Lord, you are so awesome! Your word is a treasure chest that is greater than the greatest that life could offer. You are timeless and I am so grateful to have the privilege of reading this beautiful prayer over and over again, thousands of years after they spoken to you from one of the greatest hearts that ever lived.
My beautiful Savior, it is my prayer that you give me a heart like David. I so desire to have a heart like the sweet psalmist of Israel for all I wish to do is lavish my love and praises to you all of my days. But God, I get distracted by this world. Anxieties for me are huge and I need to rid my heart of all things that are keeping me from trusting in you alone. Forgive me Lord, but I am human and my heart is often times inconsistent and wayward. I need your help and I ask you to what is necessary to develop me into a man that rests and trusts completely in you.
I cannot express my thankfulness to you for your Word and how it speaks to me. Your Word is life giving! The words open up my heart and my mind. They open up life. The let me live. And my desire is to live for nobody but you. All the “comforts” and things I cling to in the world are nothing but emptiness compared to you. There is none like you and it is only in a loving relationship with you that I am able to really live.
I will praise you my loving Savior. You are merciful and forgiving. You are mighty and just. You are omniscient and altogether lovely and good. You are my rock, my fortress, my reason and purpose for living. You are the hope that makes my dreams pleasant. You are my God and I love you with all of my heart!
Thank you for loving me so unfailingly. Thank you for breathing life into me and giving me abounding joy found in you. My desire is to lift you on high and make much of you and I confess my desperate need for you. It is with a heart of gratitude and praise, that I kneel before you and cry out to you, Abba Father!
I love you, Jesus!