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2 Samuel 21 [Read]
2 Samuel 22 [Read]
Luke 22:1-30 [Read]
As we approach the end of David’s narrative, it’s good to consider his life as a whole. This will tell us who David was. But more importantly, we should consider why the author of the books of Samuel portrayed David in such way. For this will tell us who God is.
David was a humble shepherd among his brothers, not even his father was thinking too highly about him (1Sam16:11). His victory over Goliath made him a national figure, but it also caused him to hide and run from the powerful King Saul (1Sam 18:9). Throughout the second half of 1Sam, David was living in caves, among Philistines, pretended to be insane, and moving from place to place. Finally, he became the King (2Sam 5:3). The good days did not last long, for he committed the detestable sins of adultery and murder (2Sam 11). His life was spared but the punishment soon began, and he was once again in running, this time way from his own son Absalom. David’s life was filled with toils and misery, and such context provided the proper perspective for 2Sam 22.
2 Sam 22 is a psalm of thanksgiving, and David had many things to be grateful. Perhaps he thought of the cave in Adullam when he wrote “God was my rock and my fortress” (22:2), the spear of Saul for “God was my shield” (22:3), the battle with Goliath for “God was my horn” (22:3), and running from Absalom for “God was my refuge” (22:3). David experienced the wrath of God in his first attempt to bring back the Ark (2Sam 6), and that gave him the insight of God’s awesome power (22:8-16). He also experienced the kindness of God when he was running away from Saul, the God anointed King, and not taking things into his own hand, which made him utter the faithfulness of God (22:21-25). He also experienced God’s protection in all his victories over the enemies, and that brought him to his knees in praising God’s deliverance (22:35-49). Finally, God’s covenant with him certainly caused him to praise his name among all nations (22:50-51).
David was indeed a grateful person, but that is because God is gracious. David was a strong king, but that is because God is mighty. David was a humble servant, but that is because God is perfect. From the good and flaws of David, we get to see the fullness of God. Let us see what David saw in God, so we may also be grateful, strong, and, one day, perfect before God.
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