Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 22.1-4

2 Samuel 22.1-4
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. He said: “The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; 3 my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge,     my shield and the horn of my salvation. He is my stronghold, my refuge and
my savior—     from violent people you save me. “I called to the Lord, who is worthy of praise,     and have been saved from my enemies.

In life, I think it is safe to say that we have all struggled with something that has either left us devastated and desperate, or maybe we still are struggling with that one thing.  Maybe if we are honest, it’s a little bit of both.

David knew what it meant to be devastated and desperate.  His once mentor and father-in-law, Saul, became his enemy.  An enemy that wanted him to fail, to even die.  But in the midst of his heartbreak and reeling from the injustice, David did what he always did, he trusted God.  And God, in turn, answered David’s prayers.

I know for me, when I’m deep in a “valley” season, I pray fervently for God to take whatever is worrying me or frustrating me.  But oddly enough, whenever God does bring me to that “other” side, I breathe a sigh of relief, move about my life, and pat myself on the back for surviving that little pitfall.  Why is it so hard to give praise and adoration to the only One who can (or even did) bring us out of that valley?!  I think we can all learn from David.  One of the things David did do well was express his love and thankfulness overly and abundantly to God, the Giver of all good things.

Is that what you need to do today?  Stop right now and give credit where the credit is due.  Lift up your hands, sing a song, write a prayer, whatever it looks like to you, BUT DO IT and be encouraged that your Father in Heaven is saying, “Well done, my good, and faithful servant."

Weekly Memory Verse: Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life, And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. Psalm 23.6