2 Samuel 22 is often referred to as King David’s last song. It is a great lesson on God’s day-to-day deliverance and it is very similar to Psalm 18. David is singing this song to the LORD. In this portion of Scripture, he tells us that the LORD is the source of our strength. Are we aware that our Lord is the source of our strength? In this passage David praised the Lord for providing the resources to walk through this life victoriously. The LORD always provided the resources that empowered David to conquer all the trials and temptations of life, including all the giants and the enemies, whatever their names were, who were attempting to defeat him.
David in the entire chapter reflects his awareness that all he was and all he had become was a gracious gift of God. King David’s last song or psalm reflects the fact that GOD is faithful in keeping HIS promises to bless those who keep the “ways of the Lord.” In verses 29 -37, David lists the wonderful resources provided by the Lord, but today I just want to concentrate on one – verse 33. The Lord gives us HIS presence to act as a shield around about us for those who trust and take refuge in HIM. The Lord gave strength to David and made his way perfect in the sense of being safe and secure. Our Lord provided a perfect way of escape for him when facing the enemies who were trying to defeat and destroy him. It did not matter if it was a giant, a king, an army or some simple trial or temptation. The LORD was his strength and power.
Well, you may be thinking that is nice for David, but how does that apply to our lives?
Let me give you an example: As a young college athlete Jackie Joyner-Kersee saw her commitment and hard work pay off after capturing a USA championship. If Jackie had allowed herself to be hindered by physical ailments, her dreams of future success would have been lost. The recurring pain of a pulled hamstring once forced her to withdraw from the world championships. Another time, her asthmatic conditions were so bad that she had to compete while wearing an allergen -filtering mask. However, neither of these conditions stopped this athlete from pursuing her goal. By the time she retired from active competition in 1998, Jackie Joyner-Kersee had spent more than a decade winning championships, setting world records and earning Olympic gold medals.
So, you may be saying I am no gold medalist, I am no Jackie Joyner-Kersee, I have no talents or abilities. BUT, if you are a Believer you do have gifts and talents given to you by God at the time of your salvation. Perhaps Our Lord has put some desire or specific goal in your mind that you would like to do something for His Kingdom but you have felt that you can’t do it. You see, Our Lord believes that you can do everything that HE has called you to do. Yes, He truly cares about you.
As we go through life it is wise to imagine that Jesus is watching you because He really is WATCHING YOU! When we pray He is really LISTENING carefully and He is really LISTENING constantly. If Our Lord has given you a desire to achieve a specific goal you can be sure that He has provided you with the strength and power and the ability to accomplish it in the face of any OR ALL obstacles. So go and do it! Right now is a perfect time to step out for the Lord! Don't waste any more time...JUST DO IT, HE WILL GIVE YOU THE STRENGTH!