2 Samuel 22-23, Psalm 57: Thanksgiving

As you consider 2 Samuel 22 today, take some time to look at two things: 1) the variety of ways David describes God and 2) the variety of things David gives thanks for.

I enjoy reading the Psalms, not because they discuss very real situations, very real doubts, fear, triumphs and faith, but because of their description of God. This chapter of 2 Samuel is the same. I am amazed at David’s experience of who God is, of how his mind’s eye pictures God and of the various ways that David extols God’s character. David seemed to have such a rich, awestruck understanding of God. I can only assume that he came by that understanding because of his direct experience of God. When I read these words from David it inspires me to drive deeper into God’s presence to experience more of who he is.

David also takes time in these verses to talk about all that God has done for him, the rich blessings, the times of rescue, the refuge in times of trial, the triumph brought by God’s presence. When was the last time you sat down and thought though, in detail, the goodness of God in your life or the richness of the blessings he has laid before you? It is good for the soul. Remember, David is coming to the end of his days here, he will soon pass from the Biblical narrative. Yet his writing, his words of thanksgiving remind us that part of living in awe of God is realizing just how faithful and good he is.

Happy reading

  • What was familiar from this passage of scripture?  What was something I already knew?
  • What was new from this piece of scripture? What was something that really stood out for me that I have never paid attention to before?
  • Does Jesus appear in this passage of scripture?
  • How does this passage apply to my life, here and now?  Do I need to do anything about it?
  • What prayer would I offer up to God after reading this piece of scripture?

Tomorrow’s Reading: Psalm 95, 97-99

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