Friday, September 9, 2016

Bible Study Notes in 2 Samuel- Chapter 22

2 Samuel 22

-David speaks a song to the LORD in the day that He delivered him from the hand of all his enemies and from the hand of Saul. This lengthy psalm revolves around quite a few important theological themes. God is portrayed as David’s rock, his fortress, a place of refuge (2 Samuel 22:2-3, 31- 33, 47). The anointed of God was never exposed for the enemy to have a clear shot at him. God’s protection is thus the concept. Deliverance, or in other words salvation or rescue, is also a primary theme that is developed in the song (2 Samuel 22:4, 17, 20, 28, 36, 47, 49, 51). Our LORD is the God who saves. David knew that it was only by the LORD’s grace that he survived and was blessed. This leads us to the theme of righteousness, which the psalm explores. There is the balance between God’s clothing when it comes to His work in making one righteous and the devotion of the recipient to faithfully do the work of following God’s commands in receiving His righteousness (2 Samuel 22:21-27, 33). We see the power of God displayed throughout this song. This becomes another important aspect of the text. God’s sovereignty is magnified and exalted by the writer. Praise then becomes a key factor in David’s acknowledgement of his blessings. He is quick to give God thanks and calls Him “worthy (2 Samuel 22:4, 50).” Prayer is also punctuated in this stanza. In David’s distress, he called upon the LORD, he cried to Him, and God heard from His Temple (Heavenly home since there was no physical Temple as of yet) and helped with His miracles and wonders (2 Samuel 22:5-14). Victory was another theme that exudes from this psalm. The shattering of all those that rose up against God and His anointed king are enumerated (2 Samuel 22:15, 18-19, 25, 37-46, 48-49). God was his strength (2 Samuel 22:30, 34-36). Light is another theme that comes forth in this exaltation. The LORD is David’s Illuminator and Lamp (2 Samuel 22:29). We can also see the holiness of God in this chapter (2 Samuel 22:31). Finally, we see the lovingkindness (checed) of God expressed upon His anointed and the promise of an eternal Kingdom (2 Samuel 22:51).

-*Application* We too can have the heart of the psalmist to praise and adore our LORD with speech or song. The most beautiful times in our lives are when we are in tune with our Creator and giving Him the proper credit and thanks for all that He has accomplished in and through us. Take some time today to make our own psalm unto the LORD. What has He taken us through in victory? Where has His rescue been as we look back? How does His salvation secure our future? Let’s give Him praise and glory for all He is, just like David did!

Verses to Memorize: 2 Samuel 22:7, 18-19, 26-27, 31, 51

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