David’s Song of Deliverance

“And David spake unto the LORD the words of this song in the day that the LORD had delivered him out of the hand of all his enemies, and out of the hand of Saul: And he said, The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; The God of my rock; in him will I trust: he is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my saviour; thou savest me from violence. I will call on the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies.” —II Samuel 22:1-4

David is at the end of his reign as king of Israel. Soon he will turn the kingdom over to Solomon and go home to be with the Lord.
Evidently David is looking back over his life and reflecting upon his deliverance from Saul and Saul’s many attempts to kill him.
We don’t live in the past, but we should never forget the past as it regards the victories the Lord has given us. Past victories should be lodged in our hearts as memorials to the Lord’s faithfulness. As well, past victories help us to develop faith. When difficulties arise, let us look to the past for encouragement and know that if the Lord helped us before, He can help us again.
As David contemplated all that the Lord had done for him, he began to sing a song of deliverance. David’s song is the song of all who have experienced God’s divine protection and deliverance.

The Lord Is My Rock
A rock speaks of an immovable mass that cannot be shifted and cannot be moved by adverse circumstances; a rock speaks of foundation. In Matthew 16:18, the Lord said, “Upon this rock (speaking of Himself) I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail.”
Matthew 7:24 says, “Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock.”
Rock is used as an example of God and of Christ. As God, He is the refuge and foundation for His people. As Christ, He is the smitten rock and foundation of the church.
Yes, storms are going to come, opposition is going to come, and Satan will buffet and seek to steal, kill, and destroy. But as David found out, the Lord is our rock and our foundation, and nothing can destroy the sure foundation that is Christ.

The Lord Is My Fortress
Fortress speaks of a secure retreat that the enemy cannot penetrate—a stronghold, a place of safety and strength. There is also a progression that we should not skip over. The Lord is our rock—our sure foundation—and He is our secure fortress that can protect us from the bombardment of Satan.

The Lord Is My Deliverer
Deliverer speaks of the one and only one who has the power to deliver us from all our enemies. He, and He alone, can make a way of escape. The Lord was born a deliverer. He died a deliverer. He rose from the dead as a deliverer, and He’s coming back as a deliverer.

The Lord Is My Shield
God is our defender. He covers the head and the heart so neither is wounded by arrows of the enemy.

The Lord Is The Horn Of My Salvation
The horn is a symbol of power; therefore, this phrase means “a powerful salvation.” Salvation is the greatest display of power the world has ever seen. We are the product of a mighty salvation.

The Lord Is My High Tower
A place so high as to be out of the danger of Satan’s destruction. The Lord lifts His children up so that we can soar on wings of eagles.

The Lord Is My Refuge And Savior
Refuge speaks of rest and safety. Savior speaks of salvation. This is a place where no evil can destroy; a place of comfort and salvation.

I Will Call Upon The Lord
At all times we should call upon the name of the Lord. To call upon the Lord implies that we understand that the help we need comes from the Lord and the Lord alone.

Who Is Worthy To Be Praised
There is victory and life in praise. Where there is proper praise, there will be proper faith. Praise and faith go together. A faithless person is a person who does not praise the Lord. Praise is giving God honor for who He is and what He has done, for what He is doing, and for what He is going to do.
The only hope for us in this ungodly world is the Lord. He, and He alone, is our rock, our fortress, our deliverer, our shield, the horn of our salvation, our high tower, our refuge, and our Savior.
Therefore, I will praise Him, and I will trust Him.

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