Today's devotion from 2 Samuel 22.
David's song is filled with phrases that have almost become cliche in the church. We sing similar words in songs about salvation and rescue, but many times the truth and power of these words are absent from the hollow voices we lift. Too often I think this is because we have forgotten how difficult it is to be saved.
Perhaps, I should not say that being saved is difficult, but years of sanctification sometimes allow us to forget exactly how lost we were, how overwhelming the enemy was, or desperately we needed refuge from the storm. Sometimes, I'm afraid, we just sing songs about God instead of singing praise to God. There is a marked difference. In one, there is authenticity and genuine gratitude. In the other, there is nothing but powerless words.
When I saw which chapter we were in, I silently sighed. "How could I write a devotion about David's song?" I asked. I began to truly scour the words and phrases looking for significance. When I did so, I was impressed by the genuine "un-churchiness" of his thoughts and ideas. He didn't berate himself, but stated proudly that God rewarded him" (vs. 21) Then, he felt no conflict at all by following that with a condemnation against the proud. (vs. 28) He praised the destruction of his adversaries and thanked God for deliverance." (vs. 44) And for David, this was all very natural and fitting.
We might read these words and believe David is one of those haughty fellows that needs to be brought down. Yet, previously he had demonstrated true humility in the confession, "He rescued me from my powerful enemy and from those who hated me, for they were too strong for me." (vs. 18)
What David is doing is something that many of us might struggle with...he's being honest. He is absolutely humble, but in the real, genuine, and authentic sense. He doesn't have to display a false humility like many of us. So, when he is able to boldly declare how God has blessed him, everyone can see, "...your help exalts me." (vs. 36)
David's bragging is not of himself, but of God. And it is completely ok to identify where God is worthy of praise. After all, "Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord." (2 Corinthians 10:17)