David stands on the other side of a long-fought battle and we have a record of what he declares.
And David spoke to the Lord the words of this song on the day when the Lord delivered him from the hand of all his enemies, and from the hand of Saul. He said,
“The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold and my refuge, my savior … I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised, and I am saved from my enemies … In my distress I called upon the Lord; to my God I called. From his temple he heard my voice, and my cry came to his ears.” 2 Samuel 22:1-3, 7
I imagine that David would say that “the running years” had been the hardest season of his life. Though my distress experienced in life is not near that which David experienced, there is much we can learn from this declaration of the God who allowed the pursuit of his enemies.
He had a deep, personal relationship with God.
David speaks of “my” rock, “my” fortress, “my” God. There is a deep intimacy that has been forged through the difficult season. In Psalm 18, we see another record of this same prayer and it adds “I love you, O Lord, my strength.” as verse 1. The Hebrew word for love here denotes a strong affection for the God of his life.
He had an unshakeable confidence in His mighty God.
David attributes God as his shield, salvation, stronghold, refuge, and a God who is worthy to be praised. Even though David had been running for his life, his confidence is deeply rooted in the One who ultimately delivered him.
He knew that God had heard his every cry.
I’m sure there were times when David must have wondered if he had been forgotten. There are many times where I have wondered if I have been forgotten, and it is in those times that I say with my actions that God is not big enough to remember me and hear my cries. Instead of patiently waiting on God’s timing and faithfulness, I take matters into my one hands—sure that He must be too busy today.
Ladies, God hears. He hears every one of our soul’s cry; He even keeps every one of our tears in a bottle. (Psalm 56:8)
Some of us may be in the middle of the hardest season of life, and we might just need to float on the faith of those who have gone before us, and cling to what they’ve learned.
God can be known deeply and personally, even in our hardest seasons. God can be trusted. He is our safe place, our rescuer, our refuge. And this incredible, dependable God hears our every cry. He knows our sorrows and struggles, our passions and pain; we are not forgotten, we are deeply loved, and He has an incredible plan.
Even through this season of life.
Are you in a difficult season of life? How have you seen “your” God be your rock? Your deliverer? Let’s chat in the comments.