Today’s reading is: 2 Sam. 22; Psa. 18
2nd Samuel Chapter Twenty-Two
- The Lord provided a rest for David near the end of his life (2nd Sam. 22:1).
- The Sons of Goliath War (2nd Sam. 21:15-22) was the final “hand” of David’s enemies directed against him.
- The Gibeonite matter (2nd Sam. 21:1-14) was the final “hand” of Saul directed against David (2nd Sam. 22:1).
- David composed a song in his thankfulness to the Lord that is recorded here, and in Psalm 18.
- David praised the Lord for being his crag, fortress, deliverer, rock, shield, horn, stronghold, refuge, and savior (2nd Sam. 22:2,3).
- David praised the Lord for His faithfulness to answer prayers (2nd Sam. 22:4-7).
- 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).
- 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).
- David testified that all these works were God’s works, and that all praise and thanksgiving belong to Him (2nd Sam. 22:47-51).
- This psalm is also recorded in 2nd Sam. 22. A useful reference is Jeffrey Jackson, Synopsis of the Old Testament.
- 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!
- Ps. 18:2 (2 Sam. 22:3) is cited by Zacharias at the birth of John the Baptist (Lk. 1:69).
- 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).
- 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.