Scripture: 2 Samuel 22-24
Key verses: (22:3-7)
3 my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge,
my shield and the horn of my salvation,
my stronghold and my refuge,
my savior; you save me from violence.
4 I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised,
and I am saved from my enemies.
5 For the waves of death encompassed me,
the torrents of perdition assailed me;
6 the cords of Sheol entangled me,
the snares of death confronted me.
7 In my distress I called upon the Lord;
to my God I called.
From his temple he heard my voice,
and my cry came to his ears.
Reflection: When reading David’s joyful song of thanks and praise from 2 Samuel in this season of Lent, my thoughts go back to Jesus as he prayed in Gethsemane before the crucifixion. As David was so long before him, Jesus was surrounded by enemies, in distress, and calling out to God. In those dark moments, they both sought refuge in the Lord and relied on God for strength and protection. David’s song revels in the salvation that followed those moments where he felt distressed and without hope. Just as Jesus conquered death in his resurrection, God heard David’s cry and saved him from the “snares of death”.
We spend the Lenten season celebrating Jesus’ victory over death as OUR savior, the savior of the world. At the same time of this universal blessing, David’s song of praise reminds us of the importance of a personal and intimate relationship with God in his use of the word “MY”. David calls God “my rock”, “my fortress”, “the horn of my salvation.” We celebrate God’s never-ending love that enables God to be all things for all people: OUR rock, but also MY rock, and YOURS in collective and individual moments of distress. Thanks be to God that our creator and savior is big enough to hold all of humanity together and at the same time know and love each of us intimately.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, as David did so long before us, we give thanks for the salvation of your love for each of us. You are my rock and fortress, just as you were David’s rock and fortress. As you hear our cries in moments of need, we celebrate, knowing that through a personal relationship with you, we will ultimately conquer our distress – just as David conquered his enemies, and Jesus conquered death in his resurrection.
Author: Andrew Batchelor
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].