Just wrapping a three day fast for America, and the Lord made sure I landed in this remarkable chapter in the Bible. What an amazing promise of deliverance for those whose heart is pure, who cry out to the Lord for help.
Enjoy these excerpts from 2 Samuel 22, and stay hopeful, people of God! God is our rock, fortress, and deliverer! He preserves His anointed, and His people!
|2 Samuel 22|
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 And he said: “The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer;
3 The God of my strength, in whom I will trust; My shield and the horn (strength) of my salvation, My stronghold and my refuge; My Savior, You save me from violence.
4 I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised; So shall I be saved from my enemies.
5 “When the waves of death surrounded me, The floods of ungodliness made me afraid (overwhelmed).
6 The sorrows of Sheol surrounded me; The snares of death confronted me.
7 In my distress I called upon the Lord, And cried out to my God; He heard my voice from His temple, And my cry entered His ears.
17 “He sent from above, He took me, He drew me out of many waters.
18 He delivered me from my strong enemy, From those who hated me; For they were too strong for me.
19 They confronted me in the day of my calamity, But the Lord was my support.
20 He also brought me out into a broad place; He delivered me because He delighted in me.
21 “The Lord rewarded me according to my righteousness; According to the cleanness of my hands He has recompensed (restored) me.
22 For I have kept the ways of the Lord, And have not wickedly departed from my God.
23 For all His judgments were before me; And as for His statutes, I did not depart from them.
24 I was also blameless before Him, And I kept myself from my iniquity.
25 Therefore the Lord has recompensed (rewarded) me according to my righteousness, According to [a]my cleanness in His eyes.
26 “With the merciful You will show Yourself merciful; With a blameless man You will show Yourself blameless;
27 With the pure You will show Yourself pure; And with the devious You will show Yourself shrewd.
28 You will save the humble (or afflicted) people; But Your eyes are on the haughty (proud), that You may bring them down.
31 As for God, His way is perfect; The word of the Lord is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him.
32 “For who is God, except the Lord? And who is a rock, except our God?
33 God is my strength and power, And He makes my (or His) way perfect.
34 He makes my feet like the feet of deer, And sets me on my high places.
36 “You have also given me the shield of Your salvation; Your gentleness has made me great.
37 You enlarged my path under me; So my feet did not slip.
44 “You have also delivered me from the strivings (contentions) of my people; You have kept me as the head of the nations. A people I have not known shall serve me.
45 The foreigners submit to me; As soon as they hear, they obey me.
46 The foreigners fade away, And come frightened from their hideouts.
47 “The Lord lives! Blessed be my Rock! Let God be exalted, The Rock of my salvation!
48 It is God who avenges me, And subdues the peoples under me;
49 He delivers me from my enemies. You also lift me up above those who rise against me; You have delivered me from the violent man.
50 Therefore I will give thanks to You, O Lord, among the Gentiles,
And sing praises to Your name.
51 “He is the tower of salvation to His king, And shows mercy to His anointed, To David and his descendants forevermore.”
2 Samuel 22:25 LXX, Syr., Vg. the cleanness of my hands in His sight (cf. Ps. 18:24); Tg. my cleanness before His word
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