2 Samuel 22:31,33 - Blessings in Obedience.
2 Samuel 22:31, 33; Blessings in Obedience.
2 Sam 22:31, 33 (NIV) As for God, his way is perfect; the word
of the LORD is flawless. He is a shield for all who take refuge in
him. It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect.
2 Sam 22:31, 33 (NKJV) As for God, His way is perfect; The word
of the LORD is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him. God
is my strength and power, And He makes my way perfect.
2 Sam 22:31, 33 (RSV) This God -- his way is perfect; the
promise of the LORD proves true; he is a shield for all those who take
refuge in him. This God is my strong refuge, and has made my way safe.
2 Sam 22:31, 33 (CWR) The ways of the Lord are perfect; The
words of the Lord are true; He is a mighty shield to all who seek His
protection He alone is my refuge and strength; He clears the way before
me; He makes my path safe.
David's Song of Praise
David's Song of Thanksgiving
David's Song of Deliverance (22:1-51)
David's Song of Deliverance--Psalm 18:1-50
Psalm 18:30 (KJV) As for God, his way is perfect: the word of
the Lord is tried: he is a buckler to all those that trust in him.
Psalm 91:4 (KJV) He shall cover thee with his feathers, and
under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and
Matthew 5:48 (KJV) Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father
which is in heaven is perfect.
2 Samuel 22:2-3 (KJV) And he said, The Lord is my rock, and my
fortress, and my deliverer;  The God of my rock; in him will I trust:
he is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and
my refuge, my saviour; thou savest me from violence.
Exodus 15:2 (KJV) The Lord is my strength and song, and he is
become my salvation: he is my God, and I will prepare him an
habitation; my father's God, and I will exalt him.
Psalm 27:1 (KJV) The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom
shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be
Psalm 28:7-8 (KJV) The Lord is my strength and my shield; my
heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly
rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him.  The Lord is their
strength, and he is the saving strength of his anointed.
Psalm 46:1 (KJV) God is our refuge and strength, a very present
help in trouble.
Isaiah 41:10 (KJV) Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not
dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee;
yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.
2 Cor. 12:9 (KJV) And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient
for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly
therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ
may rest upon me.
Ephes. 6:10 (KJV) Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord,
and in the power of his might.
Philip. 4:13 (KJV) I can do all things through Christ which
COMMENTARY / APPLICATION
David permitted the Gibeonites to exact revenge for Saul's
violation of an ancient treaty (21:1-14). The Philistine wars are
summarized (vv. 15-22). David's song of praise for deliverance is recorded
(22:1-51). After a report of David's last words (23:1-7) and a list of war
heros (vv. 8-39), the book closes with an account of David's sin in
taking a census of fighting men (24:1-25). [The 365-Day Devotional
"David sang to the LORD" 2 Sam. 22:1-51. The psalm traces
David's rise from a fugitive to a conquering monarch, and praises God as
the source of David's deliverance and his achievements. God
protected David when he was in deadly danger (vv. 1-7), and David was in
awe of His mighty power (vv. 8-16). God rescued righteous David from
his enemies (vv. 17-25), and David acknowledged God's faithfulness
to those who trust in Him (vv. 26-37). God raised David to power
and international prominence (vv. 38-46), and David sang praises to
the LORD for His unfailing kindness (vv. 47-51). [The 365-Day
Perfect. "complete," "whole" "entire." The emphasis of the
Hebrew is not, as is the English, upon flawlessness, but upon
completeness. [SDA Commentary]
A buckler or a "shield". God offers protection to all who place
their trust in Him. [SDA Commentary]
Who is a rock? Who is trustworthy, firm, immovable, and sure,
save our God? [SDA Commentary]
God is my strength. The man who does not lean upon the Lord is
no stronger than himself, but the man who trusts in the Lord has
with him all the strength of heaven. [SDA Commentary]
This song of praise, very similar to Psalm 18, reflects David's
awareness that all he was and had become was a gracious gift of God. It
was true, when the psalm was penned, that God's reward was
"according to my righteousness." But this thought is no boast. David simply
reflected on the fact that God is faithful in keeping his promise to bless
those who keep "the ways of the LORD." [The 365-Day Devotional
When I was a child I stood in the yard of my uncle's farm home
and watched rain pour down on a field just across the road, while I
remained perfectly dry. What David is saying is that by obedience we
cross the road and find showers of blessing. God's blessings are
always being poured out. Obedience puts us in the place where the
blessings flow. [The 365-Day Devotional Commentary]