Read: 2 Samuel 21-22
The Bible has many different styles of literature. We have; biographies; history books; personal letters; legal information; texts containing truisms (wisdom); and quite a bit of poetry and songs. Whereas the Psalms would have been sung (and some churches still do today) they were often rooted in history and served as the end of a story arch. Here are a few examples:
- Hannah's song of victory after being given a son (1 Samuel 2)
- Mary's song (Luke 1:46-55)
- Moses and Miriam's song after the Exodus (Exodus 15).
As you saw in our reading today, David has offered us a song. Within the Bible, the songs tend to have in common a declaration of the faithfulness and goodness of God. You could almost interpret and understand these as a battle-cry to be used against those who stood against Isreal. Listen to these words,
'The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer, whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation' (2 Samuel 22:1).
It is easy to reminisce and thank God with those words after a troubling season of life is over, but you can also imagine how comforting it is to know that this God is with you with such power in your day of trouble. We get a truly awesome description of God in V7-20 which is followed by a description of whom God helps (v21-37).
More than that, today we get to see God with more clarity than David. We do this through the person of Jesus. The one who was faithful, pure, and humble (v26-28). The one who avenged us from sin (v48), who defeated our enemies (v49) the Great King who shows unfailing love and kindness (v51).
I am one of the least creative people I know. I can't draw and I wouldn't dream about trying to write a song. What I can do though is keep a record of the walls God has helped me scale (v30) and in this way seek to remember like David. My record will likely never be on display to share with a friend or foe, but that is okay. The act of remembering will help shape my faith and life into one more thankful to God.