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Dr. June Normil
David wrote 2 Samuel 22 (see also Psalm 18) as a tribute to God's protection and grace (2 Samuel 22:1-4). God had been with him throughout the difficult times, and David responded in worship. Much of the wording David used in 2 Samuel 22 reflected his trials while fleeing Saul. Like the immovable rocks in which David hid, God became his rock. David also described God as his shield, high tower, refuge, and horn--that is, the horn of an animal--providing protection and power. The nations around David had many gods. They often believed if they won a war, their god was greater than the god of the nation they defeated. But David knew there is only one God (verse 32). God was David's deliverer and provider (verses 33-37). Like the deer that navigated a mountain's rocky crags, God gave David the sure footing he needed to find rest and security. He made possible David's victories, and kept m safe from enemies. David closed 2 Samuel 22 with words of praise (verses 47-50). David would not take credit for his victories. God was the Author of all blessings. Think about how God has protected and helped you. As you reflect on God's goodness in your life, think about ways you can worship Him.
GOD OUR VINDICATOR ( PSALM 7:1-17)
OUR GlORIOUS GOD ( Psalm 19:1-14).
During his time as a shepherd, David had opportunity to view God's creation: the sun, moon, and stars. For David, creation spoke of God's power; everyone could see this brilliant display of His sovereignty (Psalm 19:1-6). Because of God's revelation through nature, there is no one who is without excuse when it comes to knowing God (see Romans 1:18-20). Even though people try to ignore God, His creation tells of His great power. Beginning in verse 6 of Psalm 19, David wrote of God's specific revelation through His Word. It was required of kings to personally copy the Law so they would be familiar with it. But it seems David also copied it on his heart. Note David's descriptive terms regarding the Law: perfect, sure, right, pure, clean, true, and righteous. David saw the life-changing power of obedience to God. His Word gives wisdom and joy and brings understanding of His will. It directs us in righteous living. God's word will never lead us to sin or away from God (verses 7-14). Psalm 19 ends with a prayer that expreses hios eart toward God (verse14). This is a powerful prayer for us today as well. Note that it encompasses our words, our throughts, and ther desires of our thoughts, and the desires of our hearts. Our Redeemer deserves nothing les than total surrender to Him, total obedience to His Word, and hearts filled with worship.
Worship is an important part of the believer's life. Through worship we acknowledge God for who He is and what He has done for us. It is a verbal expression of our gratitude for Him and His grace in us. Worship is also a lifestyle. When we worship God we honor Him in the way we live. Each day, look for ways you can worship. Reflect on the times He has protected you and given you strength to face the difficuties of life. Verbalize this worship. Write it down and reflect on God's goodness. As you read the Bible, allow the words to inspire worship. God is worthy of our praise. Also think about how you can share your testimony of the ways God has helped you. You may be able to encourage others to worship God.
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Copyright Reference: Radiant Life, Volume 97 Number 4 Jun. Jul. Aug. 2016 by Gospel Publishing House, 1445 N. Boonville Ave, Springfield, Mo 65802.
Dr. June Normil