Written by: Dcs. Heidi Goehmann
Jesus is a once and for all kind of God. He tells us in His Word that the battle is over, the fight has been won. The cross paid the full price for our sin. The resurrection gave us eternal life. It is finished, it is done (See Romans 8:37-39, John 16:33)
But he’s also an every day kind of God, a not quite done with me God. (See Philippians 1:4-6, 2 Timothy 4: 6-8) We are still in this race, still slapping our armor on each day. He is still working out His plan on our lives, every day.
In ministry life, we are intensely aware of this. We get a first hand glimpse into pictures all around us of God working out His salvation in His people. What a ministry blessing, that I for one, so easily take for granted.
2 Samuel 22 is filled with David’s words of exultation and thanksgiving for God’s salvation. This beautiful testimony to God’s saving action in our lives is repeated again in Psalm 18. And it is indeed worthy of repeat. Let’s read at least 2 Samuel 22:1-7. Feel free to look up the whole chapter. It’s beautiful!
“And David spoke to the LORD the words of this song on the day when the LORD delivered him from the hand of all his enemies, and from the hand of Saul. He said, “The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, 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. I call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised, and I am saved from my enemies. “For the waves of death encompassed me, the torrents of destruction assailed me, the cords of Sheol entangled me; the snares of death confronted me. “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.”
David was miraculously saved from Saul’s torment of him, through an enemy. God’s ways of rescue and salvation are ceaselessly amazing. He used a manger and a cross to save us. Who would have seen that coming?
But David’s days of battle were far from over with Saul’s death. 2nd Samuel is packed with battles and there is a reason that the passage above goes on for 51 more verses! God continued to save David, to shelter and protect him, as well as to discipline and forgive him, for His whole life, day in and day out.
That is the message of 2nd Samuel 22 and Psalm 18 – an almost endless praise for the saving works of God, both those done and those he continues to do.
What has God saved you from? Maybe you were premature at birth, maybe you were in a terrible auto accident, maybe adolescence almost got the best of you. Maybe hopelessness seeped in at one point in your life, maybe you are struggling with the loss of a child. Perhaps mental illness, anxiety, or depression has walked in your front door. Where ever you have been and whatever battles lie ahead, He is the same Savior.
He saves us yesterday, today and tomorrow. He died once for all, but we are daily made new.
Lord God, I don’t know what battle each person faces, but I pray for each and every battle. Jesus, you are our salvation. You rescue, you heal, you set us on a solid rock. We praise you today. Thank you for your goodness, your love and your mercy. In Jesus name, Amen.
Watching the people of God hurt and struggle is one of the greatest emotional, spiritual, and even physical challenges in life in ministry. Life together costs energy and effort and more than a few tears. But there is also so much laughter and joy and healing. We get to be a part of that in a way many do not. His salvation once and for all on the cross and worked out each day in front of us in those we treasure – that’s worth praising!