David's life spans many chapters in the Bible. The phases and seasons recorded gives insights and wisdom for events we face in our lives.
II Samuel 22 records a song that David sang when God delivered him from his enemies and from the "days of Saul." It's 51 verses. That's a long song, right?
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"I called to the Lord...the waves of death swirled about me; the torrents of destruction overwhelmed me. The cords of the grave coiled around me; the snares of death confronted me.
In my distress I called to the Lord; I called out to my God. From His temple He heard my voice; my cry came to His ears." vs. 4-7
Unless you've been in a season like he describes you can't write about it with such descriptive words. It's easy to see David sang from his own experiences.
Many times his exact words comforted me like a warm blanket giving me hope. I thank God that He, by His Spirit, had these words put into the Bible for times such as these for my life and yours.
Prophetically these words also describe what Jesus would experience going to the cross to pay the price for your redemption and mine.
David continues singing his song of praise:
"He reached down from on high and took hold of me; He drew me out of deep waters. He rescued me from my powerful enemy, from my foes, who were too strong for me. They confronted me in the day of my disaster, but the Lord was my support. He brought me out into a spacious place; He rescued me because He delighted in me." vs. 17-20
"You, Lord, are my lamp; the Lord turns my darkness into light. With your help can advance against a troop; with my God I can scale a wall." vs. 29-30
"It is God who arms me with strength and keeps my way secure. He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; He causes me to stand on the heights. He trains my hands for battle; my arms can bend a bow of bronze.
You make Your saving help my shield; Your help has made me great. You provide a broad path for my feet so that my ankles do not give way.
I pursued my enemies and crushed them; I did not turn back till they were destroyed. I crushed them completely, and they could not rise; they fell beneath my feet.
You armed me with strength for battle;" vs. 33-40
I Samuel 22 tells of 400 men that joined themselves to David. Outwardly these men were misfits, some were in distress or in debt or discontented and yet they gathered around David. He took them in and became their commander. They became his mighty men.
These men had come alongside David when he was on the run for his life. He was, by outward appearance at that time, not someone who walked in the bling of a king. Yet, there was something about David's spirit that drew them to become his "ride or die" crew.
II Samuel 23 describes David and his inner circle of mighty men. It tells some of the exploits that this special corps of his army carried out. He had two elite groups called "the Thirty" and "the Three."
Josheb-Basshebeth was chief of the Three; he raised his spear against 800 men, whom he killed in one encounter. (23:8)
Next to him, was Eleazar who stood his ground and struck down the Philistines till his hand grew tired and froze to the sword. (23:9-10)
Next to him, was Shammah who took his stand alone in the middle of a field and defended it against a band of Philistines. (23:11-12)
In all of those battles God gave the victory.
During one of their outings David was thirsty and commented how he longed for a drink from the well in Bethlehem. His mighty three broke through enemy lines and drew water from that well and returned to David.
"He refused to drink it; instead he poured it out before the Lord. "Far be it from me, Lord, to do this! Is it not the blood of men who went at the risk of their lives?" (23:13-17)
The rest of the chapter names "the Thirty" however we see 37 names. It's believed that some had died and were replaced by others.
The final name listed is Uriah the Hittite. One of David's loyal men in "the Thirty."
As we recall, he was Bathsheba's husband whom David brought home for an R & R to lie with his wife in an attempt to cover up David's sin drinking from another man's well resulting in her becoming pregnant. Proverbs 5:15-20
However, Uriah refused to go into his home citing that it wasn't right as his men were endangering their lives in battle, spilling their blood. He slept outside on the front porch. David then sent Uriah out on the front lines to ensure his death so that he could have Uriah's wife for himself.
Could it be that Uriah's integrity and loyalty to his fellow warriors and to David had so convicted him that he could not drink the water his faithful three had risked their lives for in order to satisfy his thirst once again from a well that was not his?
King David, his name is spoken with respect, a man after God's own heart. Yet, we see in all the writings of his life that he missed the mark many times, his pride and ambition would get the upper hand.
David's relationship with God that began while tending sheep was his greatest strength.
He had a heart after God. When he blew it, he knew it.
He made restitution where he could.
He got up, dusted himself off and went forward putting his trust in God.
Aren't you thankful for the faithfulness of God? For the Holy Spirit who convicts our hearts?
When we blow it and we know it...when we repent and receive God's mercy...then let's do as David did...
Sing to the Lord our songs of praise giving Him all the glory for seeing us through all of our ups and downs.
This is how we become God's mighty men and women, overcomers in this life.
God is faithful.