2 Samuel 22, I Will Sing My Victory Song Of Praise
1. My God Hears My Cry (v1-7)
2. My God Is Moving Heaven & Earth For Me (v8-16)
3. My God Gives Me Everything I Need (v29-37)
4. My God Will Give Me Victory (v38-46)
5. I Will Thank And Praise God (v47-51)
2 Samuel 22, I Will Sing My Victory Song Of Praise
2 Samuel 22, I Will Sing My Victory Song Of Praise
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Here in second Samuel Chapter 22 we have this amazing Psalm of David G. Campbell. Morgan describes it as the most majestic and beautiful of the worship songs and it truly is just filled with great insights, great pictures. There is a lot here in this song.
That we're not going to be getting into today, and so I would encourage you to continue to spend some time meditating on it later on today throughout the week, perhaps, and allowing the Lord to speak to you through the words of David, the Song of David now.
As we begin to talk about this Psalm I I would ask you to consider why is this song included here, as we're going through the life of David in Samuel.
Of course, David was a psalmist, but we have the Book of Psalms and in fact this very Psalm is also recorded for us in Psalm chapter.
I mean, but it's placed here in Samuel it it's kind of out of place as we are looking at the life of David.
Here the the closing chapters of Second Samuel are not really in chronological order. They're not, you know, kind of picking up the sequence and continuing the story, but but there's different elements of David's life and reign that.
They you know included in this book to give us a full picture of who David was and the rain that he had.
And I would suggest to you that this Psalm is included here.
Here, probably because it was David's favorite song. It was a song that David would come back to often and regularly that may be similar to we have in christianese that we use today.
We we have what we call a life verse and you probably know what I mean by a life verse.
Right, and it's not something that is biblical in the sense that you know the apostle Paul doesn't say now Corinthians.
Make sure you pick out a good life verse.
You know that's going to be with you for the rest of your life, but but we have that because it's something that it's a shared experience where we've experienced that.
There's a particular verse that really stands out to us and that God uses.
It is over and over and over again throughout our lives and so in a similar way, I think that this song was David's song, that that he would.
Sorry David, would come back to this song over and over again and it would minister to his heart and that it would speak to him again and refresh him again and again and and the Lord would use this song that different.
Times in David's life and and I think that this Psalm is included here in in this kind of closing chapters of David's life.
As you know, this was his favorite song.
This is what he would always go back to in his life and that he would sing over and over again.
Now verse one gives us a timing for the original writing of this song.
In verse one it says then David spoke again or spoke to the alert.
The spoke to the Lord.
The words of this song on the day when the Lord had delivered him from the hand of all his enemies and from the hand of salt.
And so he's looking back on his life after a time of deliverance.
And he writes, these words and their words of victory and deliverance.
And so I've titled the message this morning, I will sing my victory song of praise.
I will sing my victory song of Praise now as you think about that please understand I'm not saying Jerry's victory song of Praise.
I'm not saying you should think about this.
Is Jerry talking about how he's going to sing a song of praise but but this morning I would encourage you to take these things very personally.
It's going to be your song and and as we look at the different aspects of it, it's things that you declare that you believe that you stand upon with the acknowledgement, with the understanding that in the end you will sing your victory, song of praise, and that's an important truth to hold on to.
Well, we go through different seasons in our lives.
We go through peaks and valleys and highs and lows and you will not feel in every moment.
Like there's going to be a victory song of praise in the end.
There are moments in our lives where we we just can't see how there could be any victory.
There are moments and valleys in our lives where we just can't see how things will work out.
In those moments in those more difficult days, we can hold on to we can come back to this.
Perhaps like David did, and come back and remember, God will give me a victory song that in the end I will be able to praise the Lord.
And even in those dark times, those harder.
We can in faith sing this song.
And look forward to that victory that God will bring out.
I want to take a few moments as we get started here to briefly consider the life of David, 'cause I think it gives us a little bit of greater depth and meaning to the things that David writes.
And so as we get into this, just remembering what he went through now if I was going to chart out the life of David.
This is maybe what it would look like. The peaks and the valleys of David's life, the highs and the lows. He went through some various seasons in his life.
Thinking about those as we get started, I would start with the anointing of David as King by Samuel the Prophet.
Back in Chapter 16 of First Samuel, and that was a high point, I'm sure David was out there in the field not expecting anything.
Suddenly he's called in the Holy Spirit comes upon him.
He's anointed as king.
It's a high point.
Maybe the highest point of his life to that.
You know to that point we don't know.
But but there he is experiencing something great, and then things kind of go back to normal.
He goes back to the field and later on in Chapter 17, he has the opportunity to win a great battle against Goliath.
And and here it's it's a peak for sure.
I mean, it's a great victory.
It's a huge victory for David for the nation.
In fact, there's songs written about him as a result of it.
I mean, it's just a huge victory in the work of God that happened in his life in the battle against Goliath.
But soon after that, David began to experience some more difficult things as Saul attempted to kill David, throwing Spears, chasing him daily in the wilderness.
And there was a long season of this where daily David was on.
The run in.
The wilderness, fleeing for his life and just barely escaping each time.
He went through this season.
It probably felt like it would never end.
It probably felt like it couldn't get any worse until David said.
The only choice I have is to run to the land.
Of the philistines.
And that brought David to a new low as he lived in the area of the Philistines and committed things that were really despicable and not like David, and not what we would expect of David.
He was disconnected from God during that time, and.
Didn't really walk with God for a year and a half as he lived in with the Philistines and and really reached a very low point.
End of his life, but at the end of that God called him out.
He responded, he looked to the Lord and God turned it around pretty quickly and he became king of Judah.
And so he he comes out of this valley, and he now gets to become king, not of over all of Israel, but over Judah.
And it's possible that it's at.
This time that he writes the Psalm that we're reading today.
Saul has died in battle and David is now king.
But then there's a new high as David becomes King of Israel.
About seven years after that, and this is kind of the peak of David's life, because this promise that God had given to him so many years ago is now finally fulfilled. He is on the throne over all Israel.
He's establishing Israel.
He's bringing them back to walking with God and relationship with God.
Great things are happening in the life of David.
That goes on for some time until well.
Then there comes the deepest valley.
David commits adultery and then murder and attempts to cover it up and then tries to pretend like nothing happened for about a year.
While he runs from the conviction of the Lord, and finally God sends Nathan the Prophet and Nissan repents, and so he comes out of that valley.
He he begins to climb back up and be established with the Lord and walk with the Lord and his emotional state, his mental state.
You know, it's it's beginning to recover.
And as he continues on from the aftermath of those things, he also experienced the low of Absalom, his son rebelling against him and then dying in battle.
But David is, you know, thrown out of Jerusalem as a result, and he is in the wilderness again for a short time.
But he comes back and he's king again.
And and he begins to re establish himself and walk with the Lord.
And you see this pattern throughout the life of David, that it wasn't just all glory.
It wasn't just all suffering there, there was different seasons in David's life and it's at the end of one of those seasons that David looks back and writes this song.
At the end of a long time of suffering and difficulty, he looks back and says, Wow, God, I can sing a victory song.
You have been so good to me, but again, as I suggested, I think that David throughout his life from there on out, he'd recover from these valleys.
He'd get through these times.
He would go through these difficult seasons and he would be able to come back to this.
Song over and over again.
And hold onto these truths and these promises about the victory that God has declared, that he will bring to us.
Pastor Warren Wiersbe puts it this way.
As he looked back on those years of danger and difficulty, David did not see the hardness of life.
He saw the gentleness of God.
Your life today may seem hard, but keep trusting and obeying one of these days.
God will give you your own victory song.
As you look at David.
In each of these moments.
He might not have felt.
That there was going to be great victory.
He might not have felt such great confidence.
He might not have been so encouraged every moment throughout this journey.
But as he looks back, he comes to the conclusion and God is good.
He's given me victory and Pastor Warren Wisby says in the same way God is going to give you a victory song.
This is this is the promise for us.
As believers, this is a guarantee for us as children of God, no matter what we go through in this life.
There will come.
A point in the future where we can look back and say God, you're good and you've delivered me and you've given me victory.
And so to help us kind of have that perspective, we're going to walk through this Psalm of David and we're not going to cover every verse.
We're just going to hit some highlights, but we're going to start looking at verses one through 7.
And here's point.
Number one, my God.
Here's my cry. Here's.
One of the reasons why we can see this song now, even if we're in the midst of a valley.
We can sing this victory song because we know that God hears our cry.
We're going to look at verse two and three to start with and consider Davids relationship to God and verse.
Says and he said, the Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, the God of my strength, in whom I will trust.
My shield, the horn of my salvation, my stronghold, and my refuge, my savior.
You saved me from violence.
David begins this song with a description of God in a variety of ways. There's about 9 different aspects of the nature of God or David's relationship to God that he describes in this different titles that he uses for God.
These are not just a list of titles, he didn't just open up his, you know, synonym Finder, and you know find all these cool names that sounded good, and so he wanted to write them down.
He wasn't just like meeting.
A quota like OK, this song is going.
To fit on.
This parchment, just.
It's like a little bit.
Not long enough like, yeah, we just need to fill a little bit of space and so let me just add in some extra names.
Of God to kind of, you know, fill up the whole parchment and and then it'll be complete.
And that that's not what David was doing.
David here is listing these different titles of God calling God these different things because he has learned by experience.
Since that God works this way in his life when he said the Lord is my rock, David David writes that because he's experienced that the Lord is his rock.
But the Lord is solid and unmovable, and when everything else in his world shakes, the Lord is unshakable ashore.
He says the Lord is my fortress because David has experienced three of those difficult times through those difficult days that, well, when all other defenses fail when all other issues, you know threats.
You know, the protection against them when when those fall short and fail, God still is my fortress.
And he protects me.
And he's my deliverer and I'm not going to go through all of these.
But but I would encourage you to do so and to spend some time thinking about if you know God in this way.
Now, the only way to know God in.
This way is really.
To experience relying upon God and calling upon the Lord.
Through the midst.
Of these kinds of things, if you.
Want to learn that God is your rock?
Then trust in him when everything else is shaking.
And you'll begin to learn.
You'll begin to develop the understanding of what it means that God is my rock.
Everything else it's shifting sand, it rocks.
It rolls, it moves, but God he is a firm foundation.
Do you know that God is your fortress because he protects you even when all the other things that you thought were going to protect you?
Failed, and we're not able to protect you.
And do you know God is your deliverer?
Or is that your savings account?
Or is that your credit card or is that your spouse?
Or you know whatever it is that that all of those things that we trust in to save us to deliver us to rescue us.
But at some point those things fail.
They fall, but God never does, and so we begin to learn these titles of God by experience as we cry out to him and trust in him during these times.
Jumping down to verse seven, here's what David says in my distress.
I called upon the Lord.
I cried out to my God.
He heard my voice from his temple, and my cry entered his ears.
David, knowing God in.
This way was going through great distress.
And he determined I'm going to call upon the Lord.
He's worthy to be praised.
In the times of overwhelming and the times of great distress, when I am in way over my head.
I'm calling upon the Lord.
And what he did at that time was he heard my voice.
And there's a little bit of a contrast.
He heard my voice from his temple.
And so David is describing God.
He's picturing God up in heaven in his temple, and he is down low in his distress.
There's a great gulf between them, right?
There's a lot of distance separating them.
And yet, even though he is.
So far low and God is so up high.
God heard my cry.
My cry entered his ears.
David kind of marveling in the fact that.
God heard him.
From there in the midst.
Of his distress FB Mayer describes it this way.
The voice of the sufferer may be weak and solitary, but it reaches through the gates of Pearl and moves creation.
When we're crying out to God in the midst of our distress, it it might feel weak in solitary.
It might feel just like dead you ever feel like you're crying out to God, it's just you know, hitting the ceiling and falling down it just.
Doesn't go that far.
Not much seems to happen.
David here reminds us no no.
You may feel that way.
That may be your perception.
But that's not the reality.
From your distress, from your lowest point, from from your worst condition.
Physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually, from your the worst place you can be.
You cry out to God and he hears your cry.
He hears it, it goes.
It enters into his ear.
It enters in.
He he hears it and he begins to respond as B.
Mayer describes it as moving creation, which is what we'll see in the the following verses.
But as we consider these things this morning, I would remind you that God hears your cry and again let it let it be your word, not my word, not just Jerry tells me.
But for you to declare.
Here's my cry.
Can you say that?
Go ahead, Sir.
I know I don't usually solicit that kind of thing.
So you're like.
I don't know.
I'm not going to.
Spank you, you're
Not getting in trouble.
You own it.
My God hears my cry.
This is your guarantee.
This is your promise.
God hears his children as you call out to him.
Your cry enters his ears.
You're not going to feel like this every moment.
It's not always going to seem that way, but it is the truth that you can count on.
My God hears my cry and not only does he hear, but he begins to move and that brings us to the next point in verses 8 through 16.
And that is my God is moving heaven and earth for me.
Now again, this is a hard one.
And these things require faith.
But but this is the reality whether we see it or not.
Or believe it or not, when we begin to cry out to God, God works in such an incredible fashion in our lives.
In verse eight, he describes it this way.
Then the earth shook and trembled the foundations of heaven quaked
And were shaken because he was angry.
As David cries out to God, the earth shakes.
The foundations of heaven.
Are quaking and shaken because God is angry?
God is beginning to move in a dramatic way.
As David cries out to him and he moves in anger, David describes now don't get scared about this.
This is not God angry at you.
This has got angry for you and there's a big difference.
When the enemy of your soul is fighting against you and bringing situations that are distressing and seeking to capitalize on issues in your life and whatever the case might be, and you cry out to God, God doesn't just kind of go.
Oh yeah, yeah, I was thinking something.
Might be up I.
I have that on my To Do List.
You know, I'm gonna I'm gonna get to that one of these days no no God is angry.
At the works.
The plots the schemes to destroy your life and you cry out to him.
He will move heaven and earth.
God is angry not at you, but for you.
If you need to kind of think about a little bit, think about a parent, right?
I I was thinking about back when I was a teenager.
And had some other teenager friends over.
We spent the night and they were at our house.
And you know how it is teenagers.
Kind of hanging out, gathering together, making a lot of noise, causing a lot of ruckus.
And there were times you know throughout the night that mom or Dad comes out.
You know you guys need to be quiet.
Knock it off, you know.
Turn off the lights, go back to bed, you know and.
So I have to come out here one more time, right?
That's the typical parent talk, right?
Well, we didn't.
We kept you know causing trouble and we snuck into my dad's jar of Disneyland Jelly beans. There was this like special jar he he'd had it.
I don't know for how long he's watching.
He'll probably tell me later, but but he had this and it was like it wasn't.
It wasn't for eating, it was for.
Decoration, it was, uh, you know it was a Disneyland jar of Jelly beans.
I think someone had given to him sealed and everything.
Busted it open.
As you know.
Of course, that's what you would expect from a teenager, right?
And so we busted open.
We ate it, but they're kind of hard.
'cause you know they were.
10 years old.
And so then we were like just like.
Chewing on them and like throwing at each other and.
That was a situation where, well, there is anger at us at me.
But then there's other situations where the parent sees someone with their child see some threats.
See some danger.
You know, we talk about a bear you know robbed of her Cubs and and you think of like whoa, now that you know you don't want to be in that.
Situation listen, that is where we're at.
With God, we we're the Cubs.
And God is the mamabear someone messes with you.
The enemy messes with you and seeks to bring distress and destruction.
O God, will move heaven and earth in his anger, for you to fight for you, to work on your behalf.
He continues to describe it in verse 9.
Smoke went up from his nostrils and devouring fire from his mouth.
Coals were kindled by it.
God is he's fierce, he's angry, he's angry.
He's going to work on your behalf.
In verse 11 he says he rode upon a cherub and flew, and he was seen upon the wings of the wind.
It's describing the speed at which God is reacting and responding and coming to work in the situation.
Now again, this is important because from our perception, we don't often see this kind of thing going on, but we need to understand this is the way that.
God is working.
Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey, right?
Nice and slow, steady, just kind of making his way a lot of times that's how it feels to us when we cry out to God.
It's like, well, one of these days.
God is going to get here, you know, help is going to arrive.
We we talk about God you.
Know coming in at the last hour at the last moment, and.
That's our perception, but it's wrong.
God on the wings of the wind.
He's flying on the cherub, he's he.
Is there immediately and instantly beginning to work?
It may not be visible to us.
We may not perceive it quite yet.
But when you cry out.
To God he is moving heaven and earth.
To fight for you to work out all things together for good to those who love him and are the called according to his purpose.
And so you can declare it.
My God is moving heaven and earth for me.
Are you ready to step up to the microphone and singing your victory song even in the midst of the valley?
Even in the midst of the difficulty you know you might be at different stages at different seasons.
But here's what you can count on.
And you can sing this song, and even if you find it too difficult to sing this at this moment, if this chorus line is too difficult for you to be able to utter at this moment, you can rest assured that there will come a day.
In this life.
For sure, in eternity there will come a day like David.
You'll look back at the season.
And seeing your victory song and give God thanks and praise for what he's done in your life.
Moving on to versus 17 through 28 we get point #3 and.
That is, my God will deliver me.
Verse 17 says he sent from above he took me.
He drew me out of many waters.
He delivered me from my strong enemy from those who hated me, for they were too strong for me.
They confronted me in the day.
Of my calamity.
But the Lord was my support.
As God gets off his throne and comes to David, 8 Davids aid, moving heaven and Earth, and thundering and lightning.
He comes to David to rescue him.
David describes him as drawing him out of many waters that he's facing a flood theirs.
There's a tsunami you know pouring down upon him, and God swoops in.
And snatches him out.
He says he delivered me from my strong enemy.
David was a strong man.
He was a fierce warrior.
He had great strategy in his battles as well.
The David here is describing a situation where his strength wasn't enough.
He says his enemies were too strong for him.
He couldn't handle this situation.
He couldn't take it.
He didn't have the strength.
He didn't have the strategy.
He didn't have what it took.
He could not resolve this himself.
But God was stronger than all of those strong enemies.
Those that came against David and the Davis calamity, he says.
But the Lord was my support.
God delivered David as he looks back.
He calls out to God now because of that memory.
Of how God has delivered him in the past.
But notice verse 20.
He also brought me out into a broad place.
He delivered me because.
He delighted in me.
This is this is important to reflect on here.
David gives us the reason why God is working this way in his life.
God delivered me because God delighted in me.
And we can look at this in Big Wow.
Great for David, you know.
Enjoying the delight meant of God, but does God delight in us in this same way?
A lot of times we going back to the .1. We don't cry out to God.
Because, well, we feel like I don't really deserve God's deliverance.
I mean, I'm kind of in this situation.
I put myself there, it's my mistake, it's my sin.
It's my issue.
It's I put myself there.
I don't really deserve.
For God's deliverance or for God to come in and move heaven and earth on my back. I don't really deserve.
But the thing here that David is pointing out is God didn't bring this deliverance because of David's performance.
He brought this deliverance because he delighted in David.
God delights in you.
He does, he really does.
Today, as we conclude the service, we're going to partake of communion.
Where we have the permanent reminders and Jesus gave us the bread and the cup and he said, this is my body which is broken for you.
Because I delight in you.
This is the cup my blood represents my blood which is shed for you for the remission of sins.
I'm giving this to you.
Drink it often regularly partake of these things to Remember Me because I delight.
In you the.
Author of Hebrews describes it as the joy that was set before him.
It's for that reason he endured the cross.
For the delights for you.
For us he delights in us.
He loves us so greatly once and for all at the cross.
The father, the son, proved.
He delights in us.
He loves us.
We can cry out to him.
He will work in our lives not because we've earned it.
It's not based on our performance.
It's not whether we deserve deliverance or not, but because he delights in us.
As we cry out to him, he works in our lives and to illustrate this further, I just want to camp out for a couple moments here in verses 21 through 25. Here's what David goes on to say and see if you have any difficulty.
Be with it.
The Lord rewarded me according to my righteousness.
According to the cleanness of my hands, he has recompensed me, 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 As for his statutes, I did not depart from them.
I was also blameless before him and I kept.
Myself from iniquity.
Therefore the Lord has recompensed me according to my righteousness, according to my cleanness.
In his eyes.
Here David makes some bold pronouncements.
God delivered me according to my righteousness.
I've always kept his ways.
And that's why God has worked this way in my life.
It's a little bit difficult for us to.
Grasp hold of what David is saying here.
David, are you?
Are you saying you're perfect?
Kind of sounds like he is.
I'm righteous, I'm clean and so God has paid me back for my righteousness.
For how good I am.
A lot of commentators going through these verses.
Come to the conclusion. Well, so this was probably written before David's issue with Bathsheba.
Yeah, because afterwards you know for sure he couldn't say these things, but I would challenge that a little bit and say, could he say these things before really?
This was for sure after his time in the land of the Philistines, where he became a Raider, right, and he was like killing innocent people, taking their stuff in order to provide for himself lying to the the the king of the Philistines there, and just in absolute disconnection to God.
Could he say these things.
He he wrote these things after that so.
How does that fit?
The thing to keep in mind here is that.
David is righteous before God.
Not because he is perfect and never failed.
I remember what the word says about Abraham.
Abraham believed God and it was credited to him as righteousness.
It's our faith in God. It's our acceptance of God's forgiveness that puts us in right standing. It's not about David's performance, but it's about his position in his position. He is righteous before God because.
He has received the forgiveness of the Lord.
Pastor David Guzik describes it this way.
He says David knew he was a forgiven man and that the cleanness of his hands was because they were cleansed by God, not because.
They had never been dirtied.
And this we can relate to David.
It's not that we have never dirtied our hands.
But we all can experience that cleansing of God and have that righteous position that righteous standing with God remember what the Lord told Nathan or told David through Nathan the Prophet.
When Nathan confronted David about his sin, David said D'anethan, I have sinned against the Lord and Nathan said to David, the Lord also has put away your sin.
You shall not die, you have sinned.
But the Lord has put it away.
You're washed, you're clean, you're forgiven.
That's what the Lord told David.
David believed that I would suggest David could sing this song after his encounter in issues with David with Bathsheba and Uriah.
In the same way that he could sing it before because it was not on the basis of his performance, but on his position.
Having been cleansed by the wood and it's why you and I can sing this victory song as well.
And no matter where.
You're at and those highs and lows maybe represent circumstances in your life.
Or maybe those highs and lows represent spiritual condition.
In your life.
Maybe there's some deep valleys of sin and deep issues that you've walked through.
You can still.
Seeing the victory song of praise, my God will deliver me as you cry out to him.
And receive the restoration and forgiveness that he offers to us and I know how it is we we sit there in those low points.
And well maybe God won't deliver me because I don't deserve it.
I don't deserve for God to work miraculously I don't deserve for God to restore and heal.
I don't deserve it and and we can easily keep ourselves from crying out to God because of that.
I hear we're reminded in the example of David.
Yes, you have those highs in those lows.
David had those peaks and valleys, not just in his life and circumstances.
But he had those mountain top, you know, songwriting experiences, and he had those low valleys of no connection to God, no talking to God whatsoever for long periods of time.
And through it all.
God is at work and he's able to look back and say.
He's able to sing a victory song at the end.
Says my God will deliver me.
And your God will deliver you again.
You can own it.
You can say this yourself.
My God will deliver me and he will because he delights.
Yeah, moving on to verses 29 through 37 we get point #4 and that is my God gives me everything I need.
Again, here's another reason for us to be able to praise God and thank God and seeing our victory song wherever we're at in the season and whatever high or low we may be experiencing.
We can remember that God gives us everything we need. Verse 29 says for you are my lamp, O Lord, The Lord shall enlighten my darkness. Verse. 30 for by you I can run against a troop.
By my God, I can leap over a wall.
God is my strength and power and he makes my way perfect.
So that was verse 33, I kind.
Of jumped ahead.
Looking at a few different aspects of what David is saying here, first he says.
You are my lamp.
You give me what I need God I needed light my life was darkness, my mind was darkness, my emotions were darkness I didn't know where to go I had no direction I didn't know what I was supposed.
To do but Lord, you were a lamp.
Like we read later on in the Psalms, the word is a lamp to our feet, right?
Shining the way showing us step by step, the Lord walks us through.
He gives us the guidance that we need.
In those times of darkness you shall enlighten my darkness, he says.
In verse 30, he says I can run.
Against a troop.
That's not normal.
Single guy, outnumbered by a troop.
Should be doomed to failure and defeat.
But David says no, you know what?
When I face a troop, God enables me.
And I can handle it do David would have put Legolas to shame.
That's Lord of the.
Rings reference in case you didn't get it.
Take down an elephant.
I'll show you I'll take on a troop by myself.
David says God gives me what I need to fight the battles that I face, and by my God I can leap over a wall and I don't think about, you know your neighbors block wall that you used to jump over.
This is a city wall.
It's a wall that you know armies would have a hard time scaling and and getting over.
But but David says.
With God I.
I'm super mad, I just with a single bound I just jump right over it because God gives me what I need when I need to jump over a wall caught enables me to jump over a wall when I need to fight a troop.
He enables me to fight a troop when I need a light for my path.
He lights my way.
David says God is my strength and my power. He says that God gives me stability. In verse 34 he makes my feet like the feet of deer and he sets me on high places and it's this picture of of being on a high place where you know the footing is unsure for us. But then there's these deer. They just kind of like.
Skip around and bounce around.
They're able to just handle it.
So that's what David says.
This is what the Lord does.
He he sets me.
He gives me stability even on those rocky places.
Those hard to balance places.
In verse 35, he teaches my hands to make war so my arms can bend a bow of bronze.
He gives me great strength.
He helps me to to fight the battle the way that it needs to be fought.
I like verse 37. You enlarged my path under me so my feet did not slip.
You enlarged my path under me.
Now I don't know if you've ever gone up like switchbacks right on the mountain or gone up a hike and there's like this narrow trail, right?
And you're like looking and you're like looking down and you're like OK I gotta stay focused you know you're going up and imagine you know you're just you're walking up it's this narrow trail you're trying to stay on it and all of a sudden.
Just right underneath you, it just goes boom.
The path is enlarged, it's wide.
You couldn't fall off if you wanted to.
David says this is what God does for me.
He enlarges my path.
It it feels like I'm I'm walking the tightwire but but then suddenly God God just mix it a Rd.
It's a four lane highway.
I couldn't fall off if I wanted to.
God is taking care of me in that way.
God gives me everything that I need.
We don't always see this.
We don't always feel this.
We go through the highs.
We go through the lows, the peaks and the valleys.
But this is the song that we can sing.
This is a A chorus, a line in the song.
My God gives me everything that I need.
When I need light and direction when I need to face battles when I need stability and surety, whatever it is that I need.
My God is the answer for it he.
Is able to provide those things that I need in those moments of need.
Bush 38 through 46 now gives us point number five. My God will give me victory.
Looking ahead in faith.
This is why we can sing the victory song of Praise now.
We won't for sure, seeing it afterwards as children of God as his people.
That's the guarantee afterwards.
And maybe for you that'll be an eternity, where you'll finally be able to look back and.
Say thank you, praise you God for your work in my life.
Maybe you won't see it right now.
But in faith we can see.
The song right now.
Even though we don't see all the results yet.
Because God will give me victory. Verse 34. David says I have pursued my enemies and destroyed them. Neither did I turn back again till they were destroyed and I have destroyed them and wounded them so that they could not rise. They have fallen under my feet, for you have armed me with strength for battle. You have subdued.
Under me, those who rose against me.
You have also.
Given me the necks of my enemies.
So that I destroyed those who hated me.
David describes here the victory that he has.
And think about the whole.
Process here that David is describing.
He cries out to God.
God gets off the throne, moves with great shaking, and reaches down to David and rescues him as the enemies surround him and they're flooding in.
Or, you know, he pulls him out just in time as.
The waves crash.
But that's not the end of the work of God.
That's not the victory yet.
That's the rescue.
That's the deliverance.
But then what God does is he brings David back.
To defeat those enemies that once threatened him.
It's not just a rescue front.
It's not just to get out of the situation.
But let me give you what you need to be able to finish those enemies once and for all.
He says you have armed me with strength for the battle.
You have subdued under me those who rose against me.
David had different enemies at different times in his life.
From one season of his life.
There was a lion that was his enemy as he was guarding the sheep and the lion wanted to eat the sheep and bear in the next season is attacking the sheep as well.
Later on though, saw.
Was David's enemy.
Not from David side, but from Soulside.
David David was pursued by Saul.
Saul was attempting to kill David.
In the different season, the Philistines were the enemies of David.
Seeking to destroy him and ruin him in another season.
You know whose David enemy was?
It was sin lust.
As he encountered.
That look you know, across the way with Bathsheba.
Was an enemy an enemy of his soul?
Later on his own son, Absalom, became his enemy.
And David could look at and think about all these different enemies.
All these different ways that there's been an attempt to destroy his life.
And after looking back after coming through the work of God in it, he's able to say you've given me victory.
You've given me what I needed.
To survive those situations, but also to win the battle you've rescued me out, but you've also given me victory over.
Who are your enemies?
Who are the enemies that you face?
I would be quick to point out.
We do not wrestle against flesh and blood like like the situation with David.
There should never be in a time where you know we consider a person our enemy.
David never considered solid enemy, but Saul considered David enemy and maybe there are people in their life that they they look at you as an enemy and they attack you and they seek to hurt you and destroy you.
God will give you victory.
Maybe you're facing.
A battle of sin, like God told Cain it's crouching at your door and it's seeking to rule over you, but you must master it and.
We might be facing that fighting that battle.
God will give you victory.
Maybe you're looking at, you know the mortgage company or the electric company and you're saying that's my enemy, man, they.
Seeking to destroy me, God is going to give you victory.
We know the real enemy is Satan.
He is the enemy of your soul and he will use and capitalize all these different things to try to destroy you and get you to turn against God.
But like David, we need to come back to this truth and hold on to this reality.
My God will give me victory.
That's hard to see in the valleys, right when you when you're when you're in the valley and you're like you know you're going downhill.
All you see is down below, right?
It's hard to remember the rest of the the good times that have happened.
It's hard to imagine that the peaks and the the exciting things that are still yet to come.
It's hard to see those things.
When we're facing the calamity that we're in.
We need to believe God at his word.
Because he delights in us.
He is going to give us victory, somehow, someway he is going to work out these circumstances and one day we will look back.
And thanks and praise.
For the way that God is worth even in these situations.
Of our lives.
And so we finish it off with the verses we read to start point #6 I will think and praise God again.
Verse 47 says the Lord lives, bless it, be my rock. Let God be exalted, the rock of my salvation.
It is God who revenges me and subdues the people under me.
He delivers me from my enemies.
You also lift me up above those who rise against me.
You have delivered me from the violent man.
Therefore I will give thanks to you, O Lord, among the Gentiles, and sing praises to your name.
He is the tower of salvation to his king and shows mercy to his anointed to David and his descendants for evermore.
David concludes with, thinks, and prays.
He says the Lord lives and you know how David knows the Lord lives.
Because of the way that God has worked in.
His life he.
Cried out to God, God got off his throne.
He moved heaven and earth.
He rescued, he delivered.
He gave victory.
And so David says, the foot is alive.
He's at work.
Be my rock.
Everything else was shaken, everything else was moved.
But God was my firm foundation, and so he wants to make sure it's clear.
Let God be exalted.
David doesn't look back and say look, look how.
Good I am.
Look how much I did look, how strong you know I was able to fight and how, how valiant I fought those enemies.
Look how I handled those situations.
Look how I recovered from those things.
He doesn't look back and say look what I have done.
He says look what God has done.
I will think and praise God.
God Avengers me, he says.
It's God whose subdued peoples.
Under me he delivers me from my enemies.
Therefore I will give thanks to you, O Lord.
I will sing praises to your name.
This is the guarantee that we have.
Every one of us.
As believers in Jesus.
As children of God, we have the promise they guarantee.
God is going to work out in all these situations, something that we may not see it right now.
We may not perceive it right now.
For sure in.
Eternity, maybe in this life we'll be able to look back and recognize.
God, you've been so good to me.
For the work that you've done.
In the highest.
And in the lows.
No matter where you're at.
Facing those highs and lows.
There will be a day.
Where you will say I will think and praise God.
It's hard to do in the valleys, but if you believe God at his word.
You can begin now.
Thinking and praising God.
Preparing to sing that victory song of praise.
'cause he hears your cry.
He is moving heaven and earth.
Whether you feel it or not, whether you see things shaken or not, they're shaken.
He's angry. He's at work.
Giving you everything that you need to work out the victory that he has planned for you.
It will be such a work.
Now we can't take credit for it.
We can't say we did it.
We can't, saying I did it my way.
We can sing God did it his way.
He accomplished his work and thank him and praise him.
Are you ready to step up to the microphone to sing God his victory song to say thanks and sing praise?
Maybe you're at a high point right now and you're looking back and you can do that, and that's appropriate to do seeing those songs.
Maybe you're in a different season and maybe you have to do this looking ahead and trusting that God will be faithful to his word in his promises, and so you sing the song from a different perspective.
From a different place.
But it's the same song.
Knowing this is what God will do in my life.
I want to close our time with a quote from Pastor David Guzik Ronny.
You can come up and prepare for our time of communion, but here's what Pastor David Guzik says.
The enemy of our soul wants us to believe that we can't call upon the Lord in our distress, as if we have to be right with God, and sitting peacefully in prena per Chapel to pray rightly David knew.
That God hears our distress signals.
And this morning I would remind you.
God hears your distress signals.
And it might be hard to believe sometimes, but God delights in you.
And we have an opportunity right now as we partake of communion to just stop and reflect on that.
Jesus says, do this often and Remember Me because he wanted us to remember what he did for us.
For a lot of reasons, one of which is I want you to remember how much I love you.
I want you to remember how much I delight in you.
I want you to remember.
Once and for all, God demonstrated his love for us.
And that Christ died for us while.
We were sinners.
It was once and for all he proved it.
God delights in you.
You you don't have to question that.
Although we do, you don't have to doubt that although we might.
It delights in you.
As we partake of communion this morning, let let those elements remind you.
Of God's love for you, his promises, his guarantees.
And let it encourage you then.
Start to sing that victory song of praise.
Even when you can't see the end, even when you can't see the finished work.
You know that it's coming.
Because he's shown you how much he loves you.
Let it be a reminder to you.
That also God hears your cry.
And so, in the situations that you're facing, the things that.
You're going through.
You can cry out to God.
He delights in you.
He loves you and.
Begins to work.
Even from the lowest of the lowest of the low point, you can cry out to God in new distress, and even though he is in eternity in glory on his throne, he gets up.
He moves, he shakes heaven and earth.
Let's take this time to reflect.
On the love the delights that God has in US.
But it ministered to you that you would cry out to God and sing your victory song of praise your very own.
Not someone elses, but your victory song because God is working in your life and so Ron is going to lead us in a couple songs.
They're going to pass out the bread in the cup during anytime during this.
This this time of worship.
You go ahead and critique.
It's your song.
It's your time to partake.
It's between you and the Lord.
You'll learn that God is your rock and deliver in fortress.
As you experience his love, as you're reminded of his delight in you critique, enjoy, receive God's forgiveness, and work and cry out to him as you get ready to see that victory song. Let's.
Worship the Lord together.