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Song of Praise

“The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation. He is my stronghold, my refuge and my savior—from violent men you save me. I call to the Lord, who is worthy of praise, and I am saved from my enemies.”
2 Samuel 22:2-4, NIV

If you have ever wondered about the true heart of a person, just listen to the words of their prayers. Whether spoken or written, I have found there is no denying the significance. If we look close enough, we will actually see the condition of a person’s heart.

At the end of David’s life, he offers to God a song of praise. In these early verses, he declares the essence of his Master. His words are descriptive. He paints a verbal picture of a personal God full of power and might. Throughout the prayer, he expresses his gratitude for a God who sees him, listens to him and is ever mindful of him. David wants the people to know God has not forgotten him. 

I don’t know about you, but there are times in life when I’ve felt like God does not see or hear me and that He has forgotten about me. Typically, this happens when life’s circumstances have gotten the best of me and I imagine the worst. Fear, worry and isolation quickly become my companions. Without consciously choosing a different path, I find myself alone and doomed to despair. David shows us the right way. In his story and in his prayers, he doesn’t give up on God. He maintains his connection and this becomes his lifeline.

How is your connection with God? What words would you use to describe your relationship with Him? How would you use those words in prayer? Take some time this morning to write out how you are able to describe God today and offer Him your own song of praise.

You are my lamp, O LORD; the LORD turns my darkness into light.”
2 Samuel 22:29, NIV
The Rev. Martin J. Bastian
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