April 29 | Daily Devotion

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Lectio Divina

“I called to the Lord, who is worthy of praise, and have been saved from my enemies.”
~2 Samuel 22:4

The material in chapter 21 is in no particular chronological order and could be introduced like this: “Here were a few more things that happened during David’s reign.” God rids David of Saul’s descendants, potential rivals to his throne, in a strange episode of ancient justice that avenges some of Saul’s war crimes. God also gives David victory again and again over his enemies, the Philistines, who simply will not give up on the possibility of defeating Israel.

God has been faithful to David throughout his life, so it is fitting that the king should sing! David’s song of praise in chapter 22 is filled with imaginative imagery as God gets angry and comes to his rescue like a modern-day superhero soaring over earth and sea. When David speaks of the Lord rewarding him because of his righteousness (v. 22:25), he is not speaking arrogantly. Nor is he saying that he was a perfect king. (We’ve clearly seen that David is far from sinless.) He is speaking of the over-arching trajectory of his life and the rightness of his cause. David lived a vertical life, a God-ward life. He pursued righteousness, however imperfectly. He sought to do right before the audience of One.

With poetic flair David describes a God who loves us so much He becomes angered when we are wronged. The earth trembles and quakes as He thunders from heavens. All creation responds as if to say, God is mad about something! We had better get out of His way. There is great encouragement here for the people of God. When we have been wronged or we are in danger, our Hero comes to our rescue. He is moved by our pain, and He comes to save us! So cry out to Him when you hurt. He will not come quietly to your rescue; He will make a grand entrance and deliver you from trouble. When he does, sing to Him as David did!

Lectio Divina is written by F. Lionel Young III, who serves as the senior pastor of Calvary Church in Valparaiso, Indiana. He is the author of A New Kind of Missionary, a popular introduction to global Christianity.