Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 22.5-20
2 Samuel 22:5-20
The waves of death swirled about me; the torrents of destruction overwhelmed me. 6 The cords of the grave coiled around me; the snares of death confronted me. 7 “In my distress I called to the Lord; I called out to my God. From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came to his ears. 8 The earth trembled and quaked, the foundations of the heavens shook; they trembled because he was angry. 9 Smoke rose from his nostrils; consuming fire came from his mouth, burning coals blazed out of it. 10 He parted the heavens and came down; dark clouds were under his feet. 11 He mounted the cherubim and flew; he soared on the wings of the wind. 12 He made darkness his canopy around him—the dark rain clouds of the sky. 13 Out of the brightness of his presence bolts of lightning blazed forth. 14 The Lord thundered from heaven; the voice of the Most High resounded. 15 He shot his arrows and scattered the enemy, with great bolts of lightning he routed them. 16 The valleys of the sea were exposed and the foundations of the earth laid bare at the rebuke of the Lord, at the blast of breath from his nostrils. 17 “He reached down from on high and took hold of me; he drew me out of deep waters. 18 He rescued me from my powerful enemy, from my foes, who were too strong for me. 19 They confronted me in the day of my disaster, but the Lord was my support. 20 He brought me out into a spacious place; he rescued me because he delighted in me.
In these verses, David continues to reminisce on the times he almost lost his life and how God delivered him. He describes with dramatic imagery the danger he was in (verses 5-6). David speaks of death as being like dangerous waters to describe the threats of his enemies. He describes himself as a man who is drowning in rough sea or being swept away by floodwaters. He describes how close he is in terms of the cords of Sheol, the Old Testament place of death.
If you have ever felt like that – the issues of life drowning you and pulling you under? Then be encouraged by verse 7. Here we find the main point for our devotional today. With his last gasping breath, going under for the third time, David calls out to God for help. And from God’s Temple (think the throne of heaven), the Lord hears his plea and springs into action on his behalf. The following verses describe in metaphorical terms the rescue of David by God. It is very similar to the majestic way God appeared to Moses at Mount Sinai. There’s an earthquake, fire from God, darkness, lightning, etc. as God comes down from heaven and delivers David from the drowning waters of his enemies.
Who is your enemy? There may be a person in your life causing a problem. There may be an issue with which you struggle. Ultimately our enemy is Satan. He is the one behind the scenes causing people problems and personal problems. Don’t wait until you’re drowning in emotional pain. Call out to God in heaven. Take heart from these words of David. Make verse 7 your prayer today, “In my distress I called upon the Lord …” Let God comes down and rescue you.
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