A Song of Thanks

Growing with God: A daily devotional with Tonia Slimm.

2 Samuel 22:1 (NIV)
David sang to the Lord the words of this song when the Lord delivered him from the hand of all his enemies and from the hand of Saul.

2 Samuel 22:1 (MSG)
David prayed to God the words of this song after God saved him from all his enemies and from Saul.
“David spoke the words of this song to the Lord when the Lord rescued him from the hands of all his enemies and from the hand of Saul.”-AMPLIFIED

In 2 Samuel 22 we have a song of praise written by David. Excluding the very first verse of the chapter, which is an introduction, the entire chapter consists of “David’s Psalm of Thanksgiving for God’s Powerful Deliverance and Manifold Blessings”. This song is also recorded as Psalm 18.

From our introductory verse, verse one, we can learn why David felt inspired to write this psalm. It was written in gratitude and benediction to the Lord for delivering him from his enemies and in particular Saul.

God’s protection is very prominent and easily seen within this song. In fact, it really is the main theme. The song itself consists of three main parts:
1.) David’s deliverance from the hands of his enemies.
2.) The moral grounds of God’s deliverance.
3.) A personal testimony of God’s deliverance in his life.

Let us look at the various parts of the song.
David’s deliverance from the hands of his enemies:
“God is bedrock under my feet,
the castle in which I live,
my rescuing knight.
My God—the high crag
where I run for dear life,
hiding behind the boulders,
safe in the granite hideout;
My mountaintop refuge,
he saves me from ruthless men.
I sing to God the Praise-Lofty,
and find myself safe and saved.
The waves of death crashed over me,
devil waters rushed over me.
Hell’s ropes cinched me tight;
death traps barred every exit.
A hostile world! I called to God,
to my God I cried out.
From his palace he heard me call;
my cry brought me right into his presence—
a private audience!
Earth wobbled and lurched;
the very heavens shook like leaves,
Quaked like aspen leaves
because of his rage.
His nostrils flared, billowing smoke;
his mouth spit fire.
Tongues of fire darted in and out;
he lowered the sky.
He stepped down;
under his feet an abyss opened up.
He rode a winged creature,
swift on wind-wings.
He wrapped himself
in a trenchcoat of black rain-cloud darkness.
But his cloud-brightness burst through,
a grand comet of fireworks.
Then God thundered out of heaven;
the High God gave a great shout.
God shot his arrows—pandemonium!
He hurled his lightnings—a rout!
The secret sources of ocean were exposed,
the hidden depths of earth lay uncovered
The moment God roared in protest,
let loose his hurricane anger.
But me he caught—reached all the way
from sky to sea; he pulled me out
Of that ocean of hate, that enemy chaos,
the void in which I was drowning.
They hit me when I was down,
but God stuck by me.
He stood me up on a wide-open field;
I stood there saved—surprised to be loved!” -2 Samuel 22:2-20 (MSG)

The moral grounds of God’s deliverance:

“God made my life complete
when I placed all the pieces before him.
When I cleaned up my act,
he gave me a fresh start.
Indeed, I’ve kept alert to God’s ways;
I haven’t taken God for granted.
Every day I review the ways he works,
I try not to miss a trick.
I feel put back together,
and I’m watching my step.
God rewrote the text of my life
when I opened the book of my heart to his eyes.
You stick by people who stick with you,
you’re straight with people who’re straight with you,
You’re good to good people,
you shrewdly work around the bad ones.
You take the side of the down-and-out,
but the stuck-up you take down a peg.
29-31 Suddenly, God, your light floods my path,
God drives out the darkness.
I smash the bands of marauders,
I vault the high fences.
What a God! His road
stretches straight and smooth.
Every God-direction is road-tested.
Everyone who runs toward him
Makes it.” -2 Samuel 22:21-31 (MSG)

And finally the closing verses.
A personal testimony of God’s deliverance in his life:
“Is there any god like God?
Are we not at bedrock?
Is not this the God who armed me well,
then aimed me in the right direction?
Now I run like a deer;
I’m king of the mountain.
He shows me how to fight;
I can bend a bronze bow!
You protect me with salvation-armor;
you touch me and I feel ten feet tall.
You cleared the ground under me
so my footing was firm.
When I chased my enemies I caught them;
I didn’t let go till they were dead men.
I nailed them; they were down for good;
then I walked all over them.
You armed me well for this fight;
you smashed the upstarts.
You made my enemies turn tail,
and I wiped out the haters.
They cried “uncle”
but Uncle didn’t come;
They yelled for God
and got no for an answer.
I ground them to dust; they gusted in the wind.
I threw them out, like garbage in the gutter.
You rescued me from a squabbling people;
you made me a leader of nations.
People I’d never heard of served me;
the moment they got wind of me they submitted.
They gave up; they came trembling from their hideouts.
Live, God! Blessing to my Rock,
my towering Salvation-God!
This God set things right for me
and shut up the people who talked back.
He rescued me from enemy anger.
You pulled me from the grip of upstarts,
You saved me from the bullies.
That’s why I’m thanking you, God,
all over the world.
That’s why I’m singing songs
that rhyme your name.
God’s king takes the trophy;
God’s chosen is beloved.
I mean David and all his children—
always.” -2 Samuel 22:32-51 (MSG)

This anthem was basically David’s song of salvation. His song to the Lord shows us all the importance of showing gratitude and giving thanks to our God.

Those who trust God in the way of duty, calling and responsibility will find Him an ever-present help in their times of need. We can see that truth in David’s testimony.

My Prayer:
Lord, I can read through David’s song and testimony and see that you were ever-faithful and true to him. I know that you do not play favorites, but are faithful and true to all of your children. Help me to trust that you are always with me, protecting, defending, sheltering and saving. You are my ROCK! I will trust in you and NOT be afraid. I too give you thanks for who you are and what you do for me. Thank you for being my All-in-All. You are my Ever-present Help. God, You are so good to me. ❤