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God’s humble people do extraordinary things

2 Samuel 22:28-30

In the Bible, humble people are those people who refuse to have proud or selfish attitudes. They do not care about their own importance; but they care much about the honour that is due to God. They study carefully how God wants them to live. They are eager to obey him in everything.

Most people in this world do not respect humble people, but God cares deeply about them (Isaiah 57:15; Luke 1:50-52). He will support them against their proud enemies.

That was what happened in David’s life. David was glad to be one of God’s humble people. Although David had many powerful enemies, God permitted him to overcome them all. To David, this felt as if God had shone his light into David’s life (compare 2 Corinthians 4:4-8). God gave to him honour beyond anything that David could even imagine (7:18-29). God even promised that God’s future king, called the Messiah or Christ, would come from David’s family (7:12-13). Luke 1:79 calls such promises a light that shines on people in darkness (see Isaiah 9:1-2 and 9:6).

In that way, God gave David the power to overcome every evil force that opposed him. So, David was not depending on his own strength to fight his battles. Without God, he would soon become weak and tired – but with God, David could achieve things that seemed impossible (Luke 1:37).

So, David ran through a crowd of men who were trying to kill him; David jumped over a wall that everyone expected to stop him. It seems that some of David’s best soldiers similarly depended on God in battle (23:8-23). They achieved extraordinary things, not because of their own strength, but because God worked powerfully through them.

Next part: How God's people can do extraordinary things (2 Samuel 22:31-32)


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