Daily reading

Today’s reading is: 2 Sam. 22; Psa. 18

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2nd Samuel Chapter Twenty-Two

  1. The Lord provided a rest for David near the end of his life (2nd Sam. 22:1).
    1. The Sons of Goliath War (2nd Sam. 21:15-22) was the final “hand” of David’s enemies directed against him.
    2. The Gibeonite matter (2nd Sam. 21:1-14) was the final “hand” of Saul directed against David (2nd Sam. 22:1).
  2. David composed a song in his thankfulness to the Lord that is recorded here, and in Psalm 18.
  3. David praised the Lord for being his crag, fortress, deliverer, rock, shield, horn, stronghold, refuge, and savior (2nd Sam. 22:2,3).
  4. David praised the Lord for His faithfulness to answer prayers (2nd Sam. 22:4-7).
  5. The very power of God that wages war in the angelic conflict (2nd Sam. 22:8-16) is the power of God that rescues man in that conflict (2nd Sam. 22:17-20).
  6. David praised the Lord for his life of Godliness, the prayer intimacy he consequently enjoyed (2nd Sam. 22:21-29), and the battlefield confidence he also enjoyed (2nd Sam. 22:30-46).
  7. David testified that all these works were God’s works, and that all praise and thanksgiving belong to Him (2nd Sam. 22:47-51).

Psalm Eighteen

  1. This psalm is also recorded in 2nd Sam. 22. A useful reference is Jeffrey Jackson, Synopsis of the Old Testament.
  2. The slight variations between the two records seem to make Psalm 18 more suitable for corporate worship. Perhaps the biggest difference comes in verse one: I love you, Lord!
  3. Ps. 18:2 (2 Sam. 22:3) is cited by Zacharias at the birth of John the Baptist (Lk. 1:69).
  4. Ps. 18:43-45 is useful for millennial studies as David’s historic typology prefigures Jesus Christ’s eschatological expectations (cf. Ps. 66:1-4; 81:15).
  5. Ps. 18:49 (2 Sam. 22:50) is Paul’s lead passage in Rom. 15:7-13 to illustrate the Gentile benefits of the work of Jesus Christ to the Jews. Additional citations come from Dt. 32:43; Ps. 117:1; Isa. 11:10.