“The Lord lives! Praise be to my Rock! Exalted be my God, the Rock, my Savior!” (2 Samuel 22:47 NIV)
There are a lot of songs that captures the imagination, the one written by David expressed in the twenty-second chapter of 2 Samuel should be one to stir anyone.
Here is a song that reveals the greatness of God and the gratitude of the man who experiences that greatness. David beautifully depicts his plight: often surrounded by the enemy, often outnumbered, often seemingly overwhelmed. Anyone who has experienced that can relate to David’s condition. Anyone who knows what it is to stare defeat in the face so often can join inin with how David felt as he expresses it.
That set-up makes the response of the Lord all the more marvellous. That relationship expressed between David and God is instructive. Here is a king who is not too proud to cry out for help. Here is a monarch who willingly submits himself to his Lord in time of trouble and because he looks to follow what God instructs there is confidence of heavenly support. What support that is too!
God hearing and rising to bring about a comprehensive victory and enabling David to get in on the action so that the tables are turned. Where once David was the man under attack and in trouble, because of God on his side he can now go on to trounce those who opposed him and inflict a defeat from which there is no return.
It is an amazing song of the amazing works of God in the life of a man who devotes himself to following Him. It’s the kind of song that should encourage and challenge us in our own relationship with God. What would we sing about God in our lives? What could we recount if we were to share of His interaction in the situations we have faced?
For His Name’s Sake
C. L. J. Dryden