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Thankful - Explore the Bible for August 19, 2018

Aug 9, 2018

Explore the Bible
August 19, 2018
Gerald Nash
2 Samuel 22:26-36, 50-51 (HCSB)

The context for David’s song of thankfulness falls into three categories. First, God delivered David from King Saul; from the Philistines, Moabites, Arameans and Edomites, and from Absalom. He looked back over his life and expressed thankfulness for God’s deliverance.

David was thankful for God’s salvation (2 Sam. 22:1-20). David said, “The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer, my God, my mountain where I seek refuge. My shield, the horn of my salvation, my stronghold, my refuge, and my Savior, You save me from violence” (2 Sam. 22:2-3). The pronoun “my” indicates the personal relationship David had with God.

David was also thankful for God’s sustaining power to overcome the temptations and trials in his life. David was thankful that God had sustained him during times of temptation and trials. David said his hands were clean and he was pure (2 Sam. 22:21-25). This sounds strange since we know David was both an adulterer and a murderer. David was not saying that he was sinless. David had his moments of failure, but overall his life was devoted to the Lord. Measured by the righteousness of the Law, David’s hands were clean and his heart was pure (Psa. 24:3-6).

He was also thankful for God’s security. The word, “Therefore,” helps us to see that David is looking back over his life, and it is an occasion for praise and singing about God’s name (2 Sam. 22:50). God is a tower of salvation that never fails. He is loyal to His promises.

I often use a red rose to illustrate a point. There are two classes of people in the world: those who complain about roses having thorns and those who rejoice that the thorns have roses. To which class do you belong? Rather than complain, David gave praise and thanksgiving. What has the Lord given you, and how has the Lord helped you? The Lord is worthy of our praise and thanksgiving for the provisions He has provided.

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