II Samuel 21:15-22:51 Praise To The LORD For Victory.
When David started to grow faint in battle it was decided that he would no longer go out with the army. David was the first to drop one of the Philistine giants, but he would not be the last. After the victories recorded at 21:15-22, David then spoke to the LORD the words of the following song. The covenant LORD is the rock, fortress, and deliverer of all who trust in Him. He is our shield and the horn of our salvation, our strength. Worthy to be praised indeed (vv. 2-3). Our greatest enemy is death (vv. 4-6). I the midst of darkness deliverance comes from the glory cloud (vv. 7-16). “The LORD thundered from heaven, and the Most High uttered His voice.” (v. 13) “He also brought me out into a broad place; He delivered me because He delighted in me.” (v. 20)
God takes us from hiding in the crags and caves of defeat and fear to a broad place of peace and security. David was righteous. “For I have kept the ways of the LORD, and have not wickedly departed from my God. For all His judgments were before me, and I did not put away His statutes from me.” (vv. 22-23) The temptation is great when suffering and persecution come to deny the word of the LORD, but David did not. It may not seem like it in the midst of the struggle, but God is a just judge. “For You will save the humble people, but will bring down haughty looks.” (vv. 24-28) It was not ultimately in himself that he trusted. One look at himself was enough to humble him (cf. Pss. 32; 51), but he knew that with the covenant LORD there was forgiveness.
The proud think they have it all together but, He “will bring down haughty looks.” David did not trust in his own wisdom or insight. It was the LORD who lit his lamp and enlightened him in his darkness (v. 29). And that light was nothing less than the word of God proven (v. 31). David did not manufacture his own righteousness-it was the LORD who made his way perfect (v. 33). God is the one alone who gives strength for victory (vv. 34-35, 37-42). Salvation is our shield, and it is broad and complete (vv. 35-36, 38-46). “The LORD lives! Blessed be my rock! Let the God of my salvation be exalted.” (v. 47) We do not avenge ourselves. It is the LORD who will do this (vv. 48-49). This is a cause for thanksgiving (v. 50). However, this is also a messianic Psalm, and it is good to note the most obvious points.
Jesus the Christ is our deliverer, savior, and refuge (vv. 1-20. The LORD hears our prayers because he hears the Son’s prayers (v. 7). He is our King who thunders from heaven (vv. 8-16). The Father delivered him because he delighted in him, and through him he also delights in us (v. 20). His righteousness was rewarded, because he kept his ways and judgments (vv. 21-25). The church needs to get a larger vision of the scope of our salvation and the LORD our God! Christ will reign from His heavenly throne till all His and our enemies are put under His feet (vv. 43, 47 cf. Ps. 110:1; Mt. 22:44; I Cor. 15:25; Eph. 1:22; Heb. 1:13). Great mercy and deliverance He has shown to His Anointed (v.50) “And the God of peace will crush Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.” (Rom. 16:20)