2 Samuel 22:1-51 – Sometimes, You Gotta Remember, “How Great Thou Art!”

Posted: August 29, 2018 in 10-2 Samuel
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2 Samuel 22:1-51
David’s Song of Praise

Wow! What an amazing passage this is! It is a psalm hidden in 2 Samuel! David enumerates just some of the qualities of God in this passage and it takes up a whole chapter! It is funny how God teaches us things through multiple sources at the same time. Through seemingly unrelated sources, we often get the same message from God! And when you realize it, you go “OK, God, I get the message/lesson you are sending/teaching me!” I call it, for the lack of a better term, “God’s synchronicity”. That’s when you the same word from God through different people’s conversations with you and/or through the things you read either in the Bible or through another book.

Last night as I was reading the beginning parts of the book, Christianity at the Religious Roundtable: Evangelicalism in Conversation with Hinduism, Buddhism, and Islam, by Timothy Tennant. In my readings last night, I learned a new term, aseity. Asiety is a category of theology focusing on God as He is in and of Himself, apart from His actions. Asiety is a way of stepping back and acknowledging that God was still God in all His fullness before He created the universe, before He created Man, or before we needed to be redeemed. Not only was God free NOT to create, but God did not NEED to create to fulfill something lacking in Himself. We have been guilty at times of presenting God as good, not simply because He is good in and of Himself but because of what He can do for us. When we view God from the perspective of Him being full and complete in and of Himself and that He chose to create universe and all that is in it including Man, it makes His grace offered to us through Jesus Christ all the more astounding and awe inspiring.

Sometimes, in our daily journey of life, we forget about God being who He is. We try to make Him our buddy and pal. We try to make ourselves on par with Him. We try to make Him smaller or ourselves larger. We see Him as a personal servant sometimes. We get pissed at Him when He doesn’t do what we want Him to do. We ask Him for something as if we have earned the right to speak to him as if we are equals. We demand things from God and we don’t get them we act as if God has disappointed us, his best buddy. We have tried to make ourselves so equal with Him that in a lot of writings you read these days that we no longer even capitalize personal pronouns when they are used in connection with God. It used to be the standard in writing of God that when we used a personal pronoun such as Him, He, You, Thou, and so on you would capitalize it. It’s just a little thing but it shows how we have lost some awe when it comes to God.

I am guilty of this behavior toward God as much as anyone. Here, lately, I have been struggling with this new calling on me life and why things are happening so slowly (considering that I am 56 years old as of last Saturday). And what I have had to come to realize is that I am Mark and He is God. I must trust Him with my career, my life, my soul. I must realize my weaknesses that have to be developed into strengths. I must realize too that there are just some gifts that God in His providence did not give to me and that I must live with that. I must realize that He has made me for specific roles in specific places at specific times and those roles will call upon what He gifted me with and either steer me away from areas where I am not gifted or put me through a process of chiseling to develop those gifts. I have been learning that God is not my equal. He is God and I am a mere human. It is in Him that I must trust. I should not trust my own savviness as to how to proceed in my new career as a full-time pastor. I just need to trust the Creator of the Universe and be excellent in the avenues and the places to which He has me assigned.

That is what I thought of this morning is how David firmly expresses this idea of just some of the mighty qualities of the Creator of the Universe, God. Let’s read now what David has to say in 2 Samuel 22:1-51:

Chapter 22
1 David sang this song to the Lord on the day the Lord rescued him from all his enemies and from Saul. 2 He sang:

“The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my savior;
my God is my rock, in whom I find protection.
He is my shield, the power that saves me,
and my place of safety.
He is my refuge, my savior,
the one who saves me from violence.
I called on the Lord, who is worthy of praise,
and he saved me from my enemies.

“The waves of death overwhelmed me;
floods of destruction swept over me.
The grave[a] wrapped its ropes around me;
death laid a trap in my path.
But in my distress I cried out to the Lord;
yes, I cried to my God for help.
He heard me from his sanctuary;
my cry reached his ears.

“Then the earth quaked and trembled.
The foundations of the heavens shook;
they quaked because of his anger.
Smoke poured from his nostrils;
fierce flames leaped from his mouth.
Glowing coals blazed forth from him.
He opened the heavens and came down;
dark storm clouds were beneath his feet.
Mounted on a mighty angelic being,[b] he flew,
soaring[c] on the wings of the wind.
He shrouded himself in darkness,
veiling his approach with dense rain clouds.
A great brightness shone around him,
and burning coals[d] blazed forth.
The Lord thundered from heaven;
the voice of the Most High resounded.
He shot arrows and scattered his enemies;
his lightning flashed, and they were confused.
Then at the command of the Lord,
at the blast of his breath,
the bottom of the sea could be seen,
and the foundations of the earth were laid bare.

“He reached down from heaven and rescued me;
he drew me out of deep waters.
He rescued me from my powerful enemies,
from those who hated me and were too strong for me.
They attacked me at a moment when I was in distress,
but the Lord supported me.
He led me to a place of safety;
he rescued me because he delights in me.
The Lord rewarded me for doing right;
he restored me because of my innocence.
For I have kept the ways of the Lord;
I have not turned from my God to follow evil.
I have followed all his regulations;
I have never abandoned his decrees.
I am blameless before God;
I have kept myself from sin.
The Lord rewarded me for doing right.
He has seen my innocence.

“To the faithful you show yourself faithful;
to those with integrity you show integrity.
To the pure you show yourself pure,
but to the crooked you show yourself shrewd.
You rescue the humble,
but your eyes watch the proud and humiliate them.
O Lord, you are my lamp.
The Lord lights up my darkness.
In your strength I can crush an army;
with my God I can scale any wall.

“God’s way is perfect.
All the Lord’s promises prove true.
He is a shield for all who look to him for protection.
For who is God except the Lord?
Who but our God is a solid rock?
God is my strong fortress,
and he makes my way perfect.
He makes me as surefooted as a deer,
enabling me to stand on mountain heights.
He trains my hands for battle;
he strengthens my arm to draw a bronze bow.
You have given me your shield of victory;
your help[e] has made me great.
You have made a wide path for my feet
to keep them from slipping.

“I chased my enemies and destroyed them;
I did not stop until they were conquered.
I consumed them;
I struck them down so they did not get up;
they fell beneath my feet.
You have armed me with strength for the battle;
you have subdued my enemies under my feet.
You placed my foot on their necks.
I have destroyed all who hated me.
They looked for help, but no one came to their rescue.
They even cried to the Lord, but he refused to answer.
I ground them as fine as the dust of the earth;
I trampled them[f] in the gutter like dirt.

“You gave me victory over my accusers.
You preserved me as the ruler over nations;
people I don’t even know now serve me.
Foreign nations cringe before me;
as soon as they hear of me, they submit.
They all lose their courage
and come trembling[g] from their strongholds.

“The Lord lives! Praise to my Rock!
May God, the Rock of my salvation, be exalted!
He is the God who pays back those who harm me;
he brings down the nations under me
and delivers me from my enemies.
You hold me safe beyond the reach of my enemies;
you save me from violent opponents.
For this, O Lord, I will praise you among the nations;
I will sing praises to your name.
You give great victories to your king;
you show unfailing love to your anointed,
to David and all his descendants forever.”

In this psalm-like passage, we see that David praises God wholeheartedly. Praise is not just a song about God. It is a song TO God. In this song, David uses many word pictures, such as rock, light, and shield to portray God’s marvelous attributes. Praising God has several aspects to it. We praise God when we:

(1) Say thank you to Him for each attribute of His divine nature. As you read the Bible, look for characteristics of God for which to thank Him.
(2) Focus on our hearts on God. Take one attribute of God, say for example, his mercy, then concentrate on it for an entire week in your bible study and prayer.
(3) Thank God for His many gracious gifts to us. Make a list of ways in which you have experienced or are experiencing blessings from God (i.e., count your blessings). It is amazing how this can change your perspective.
(4) Thank God for our relationship with Him. Through Christ we have been given the greatest gift of all, salvation. Take time to tell God anew how much your salvation through Jesus Christ means to you.

As stated earlier, God’s synchronicity is when you hear or read the same message from Him from multiple different sources. Message received Lord! I have drifted away from being in awe of my Creator as if He owed me something. He owes me nothing. He does not need me. He created the entire universe and everything in it! He is complete in and of Himself. He has no needs. He has no equals. He is the King and I am the subject. He is limitless and I am just a mere and limited mortal. He is Creator and I am the created. We are not equal. He is not my push-button vending machine. I do not demand things because I am not on equal footing with Him. He is God. I am just Mark.

However, though God does not need me and He is Almighty and Powerful and I am limited and weak, He chooses, get that – chooses, to care about me. The Mighty One chooses to call me His child. He created me and knows me like an earthly father knows his child. He knows my gifts and talents that He gave me. He knows my weak spots. He knows my blind spots. He cares for me. He loves me. Though I am not equal in any way to Him, He cares for me even when I do not realize it – because I am His created child. Because He is almighty and all powerful combined with the fact that He loves me more than I will ever know, I just need to trust my Abba Father with my life – my work, my play, my everything.

David’s song is a reminder to us all to use some aseity when it comes to God. Sometimes, we need to step back and realize just who we are praying to, who we are singing to, who God is. There is an old traditional church hymn that I still get chills on those rare occasions that I get to hear it that explains it best. It is called How Great Thou Art. Let’s revisit those lyrics as we close out:

O Lord my God, When I in awesome wonder,
Consider all the worlds Thy Hands have made;
I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder,
Thy power throughout the universe displayed.

Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, How great Thou art.
Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, How great Thou art!

When through the woods, and forest glades I wander,
And hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees.
When I look down, from lofty mountain grandeur
And see the brook, and feel the gentle breeze.

Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, How great Thou art.
Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, How great Thou art!

And when I think, that God, His Son not sparing;
Sent Him to die, I scarce can take it in;
That on the Cross, my burden gladly bearing,
He bled and died to take away my sin.

Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, How great Thou art.
Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, How great Thou art!
When Christ shall come, with shout of acclamation,
And take me home, what joy shall fill my heart.
Then I shall bow, in humble adoration,
And then proclaim: “My God, how great Thou art!”

Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, How great Thou art.
Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,

How great Thou art, How great Thou art!


Nuff said. Amen and Amen.

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