44 “You have delivered me from the attacks of the peoples; you have preserved me as the head of nations.
People I did not know now serve me, 45 foreigners cower before me; as soon as they hear of me, they obey me. 46 They all lose heart; they come trembling from their strongholds.
2 Samuel 22:44-46
Now in 2 Samuel 22 we are in a chapter given the title David’s Song of Praise in the NIV and David’s Song of Deliverance in the ESV and David’s Psalm of Deliverance in the NASB. I mention all of these as this chapter could have easily ended up in the Book of Psalms with verse one as in introduction. Consider verses 2-4
2 “The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer;
3 my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge,
my shield and the horn of my salvation.
He is my stronghold, my refuge and my savior—
from violent people you save me.
4 “I called to the Lord, who is worthy of praise,
and have been saved from my enemies.
2 Samuel 22:2-4
I have heard many of these lines in one hymn or another throughout the years. This Song of Praise was clearly heartfelt by the shepherd boy who had become the king of Israel. 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 (v1). As a matter of fact this song is found with minimal variation as Psalm 18 where the words of the first verse there, I love you, Lord, my strength, are an addition and thought of as its title.
This song was from the early time of David’s reign when he was finally recognized as the king of all of Israel. The peoples in verse 44 above are the peoples of the 12 tribes of Israel. This was because even after Saul’s death there was a war between his descendents and their army against David’s army for two and one half years where
The war between the house of Saul and the house of David lasted a long time. David grew stronger and stronger, while the house of Saul grew weaker and weaker.
2 Samuel 3:1
After this followed victories over Philistines, Moabites, Syrians, Ammonites, and Edomites to the point various countries sought peace with Israel and David wrote foreigners cower before me; as soon as they hear of me, they obey me. They all lose heart; they come trembling from their strongholds
David never got truly prideful and arrogant. He knew the source of his victories. Thus this chapter which became Psalm 18 where all the credit goes to The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge (Psalm 18:2, 2 Samuel 22:2).
Even when people obey us, follow our directions, who is really in charge, who really deserves the credit for our successes? It is the Lord our God, for no matter how hard we worked to achieve whatever we have accomplished all of our talent, capabilities, perseverance come from one place – God. Or as John said
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through Him all things were made; without Him nothing was made that has been made.
Nothing was made without Him. Nothing. Thank you Jesus for all we have.
It’s Friday and I hope you have Great Weekend. When you go to church, remember to thank Jesus as you do (hopefully) every day of the week.