2 Samuel 22:2
“The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer.”
“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” (2 Samuel 22:1).
I don’t think I would want David’s life. He was a shepherd. He was described as strong and attractive. He was a warrior. He was king. But I don’t think I’d want his life. Sure, there were certainly times it was nice to be king, but his life was filled with turmoil. His family was a wreck. He was a target.
I don’t want David’s life, but I’m so thankful for a common faith.
You see, in the midst of David’s tumultuous life he had stability in the LORD. As head of a family that was torn to shreds, he found security in the LORD. As someone who was often filled with guilt over past and present sins, he recognized the LORD as his deliverer from every enemy—sin, Satan, and death.
We share the same faith as David—faith in the LORD. The LORD promised a Deliverer to a sin ruined world. He delivered. The LORD promised a stronghold to find rest from our calamities. He delivered. The LORD promised a place to find refuge for our bodies and souls now and forever. He delivered and will deliver again. Our LORD—our Rock, Fortress, and Deliverer—is the same, so our confidence can be the same. Like David we can say: My Rock; My Fortress; My Deliverer. David looked forward to the ultimate Deliverer, we look back to the ultimate Deliverer. He is the same Savior Jesus.
David’s hard times were a blessing in disguise. If it hadn’t been for them he would never sing of God’s grace and compassion as he does in 2 Samuel 22. Do you have hard times? Pain? Adversity? They are a blessing in disguise, because they give us an opportunity to experience God’s grace and compassion and to sing His praises because of it. Like an eagle perched on a high crag stubbornly secure as the wind whips around him, we can rest secure throughout the storms in our life. We can do this because we know of the peace that is ours in our LORD, now and forever.