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Only the living God can save his people

2 Samuel 22:47-49

As David reached the final section of his song, he again praised God. By the wonderful things that God had done in David’s life, God had again shown himself to be the true God. It was God who rescued David from his many enemies. It was God who made David to be both the king of Israel, and the ruler over many nations. God had established David’s family to rule always by his wonderful promises to David (chapter 7). In particular, God’s future king, called the Messiah or Christ, comes from David’s family (2 Samuel 7:13; Matthew 1:1).

So, the true God is living and active in Israel. He is not like the images of wood and stone and gold that many people call their gods (Isaiah 44:6-20). Those images have no life; they cannot save anyone from their enemies. Only the living God has power to save his people (Psalm 62; Jonah 2:9).

God had often done that in the past for Israel’s people (Psalm 78). However, the facts of history cannot rescue us from our present troubles. We all need to put our complete trust in God, so that God works powerfully in our present situation (Hebrews 11:6).

That was David’s experience. He was not a perfect man, but in the many difficult situations in his life, he trusted God completely. We see evidence of that trust in God in many of the Psalms that he wrote (for example, Psalms 3, 7, 11, 17 and 27). David trusted God, and God worked powerfully in and through his life. He called God his rock, in other words, the strength that he (David) depended upon in life.

Next part: People from other nations praise God, with David (2 Samuel 22:50)


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