When Considering Matters of Life and Death     2 Sam:22:1-7; 23:1-7     Nov. 30, 2008


Introduction

       David reflected on his life as he moved close to his time of death. It is good to think about life and death and make sure you made your commitment unto the Lord. This is especially true When Considering Matters of Life and Death.

 

1.    In Matters of Life and Death . . Praise God. 22:1-4

       A.   Praise God Giving . . Adoration. 22:1-3

1 David spoke the words of this song to the Lord on the day the Lord rescued him from

       the hand of all his enemies and from the hand of Saul. 2 He said: The Lord is my rock, my fortress,

       and my deliverer, 3 my God, my mountain where I seek refuge. My shield, the horn of my salvation,

       my stronghold, my refuge, and my Savior, You save me from violence.

              1.    Ten Titles Given To the Lord.

                     a. The Lord Is my rock, b. my fortress, c. my deliverer, d. my God, e. my mountain,

                     f. My shield, g. the horn of my salvation, h. my stronghold, i. My refuge, j. my Savior.

 

       B.   Praise God Giving . . Acknowledgments. 22:4

              4 I called to the Lord, who is worthy of praise, and I was saved from my enemies.


       These words are among David’s last recorded words. He on many occasions expressed himself through

song. In verses 1-3 he mentions ten titles of adoration for the Lord. These verses represent a great time of praise through acknowledgment of how the Lord delivered him from his enemies. When we look back on the testimonies of protection and deliverance it will be good for us to gain trust from these experiences. God can and very well may also give us similar deliverance.

 

2.    In Matters of Life and Death . . Pray to God. 22:5-7

       A.   Pray When You Are. Afraid. 22:5-6

5 For the waves of death engulfed me; the torrents of destruction terrified me. 6 The ropes

       of Sheol entangled me; the snares of death confronted me.

 

       B.   Pray When You . . Affirm The Lord. 22:7

              7 I called to the Lord in my distress; I called to my God. From His temple He heard my voice,

       and my cry for help reached His ears.


       David was a brave man; remember he faced and killed a lion, and a giant. He tells us in these verses this experience so overwhelmed him that he was afraid with a terrifying fear. His memory led him to further affirm the Lord and His deliverance. It is good to look back and see how God has blessed, but we do not want to stay in the past we need to allow any present concerns to prompt us to seek further blessings and additional opportunities of praise.


3.    In Matters of Life and Death . . Proclaim Truth. 23:1-4

       A.   Proclaim Truth with A Spiritual . . Tongue. 23:1-2

              1.    The . . Identity Of This Proclaimer. 23:1

1 The proclamation of David son of Jesse, the proclamation of the man raised on high,

              the one anointed by the God of Jacob, the favorite singer of Israel:

 

              2.    The . . Inspiration Of This Proclaimer. 23:2

                     2 The Spirit of the Lord spoke through me, His word was on my tongue.

 

       B.   Proclaim Truth with A Spiritual . . Testimony. 23:3-4

              1.    The . . Clarity Of The One Giving This Testimony. 23:3

3 The God of Israel spoke; the Rock of Israel said to me,"The one who rules the people

              with justice, who rules in the fear of God,

 

              2.    The . . Character Of The One Giving This Testimony. 23:4

4 is like the morning light when the sun rises on a cloudless morning, the glisten of rain on

              sprouting grass."


       Since this is the last poetic song David writes he reflects on what God has done in and through his life.  David proclaimed truth with a Spirit inspired tongue and testimony. He identified himself with several titles thus causing all future readers to know for certain who actually proclaimed this truth. The inspiration for David’s proclamation came from the Spirit of the Lord. Old Testament believers did not permanently possess the Spirit but He certainly came upon David in unique manifestations. The clarity and character of David’s testimony helps us know him and who granted him the ability to proclaim these words for the Lord. Many believe the rock refers to Jesus and His future reign. He is the Just One who will rule in the fear of the Lord.

 

4     In Matters of Life and Death . . Positively Speak of Your Salvation. 23:5-7

       A.   Positively Speak About The . . Blessings Of Eternal Salvation. 23:5

              5 Is it not true my house is with God? For He has established an everlasting covenant with me, ordered

       and secured in every detail. Will He not bring about my whole salvation and my every desire?

 

       B.   Positively Speak About The . . Burning Of Eternal Damnation. 23:6-7

6 But all the wicked are like thorns raked aside; they can never be picked up by hand. 7 The man who

       touches them must be armed with iron and the shaft of a spear. They will be completely burned up on the

       spot.

 

       Near the end of his life David reflected more on eternity and the salvation the Lord gives. Some Christians who approach death need to be reassured from the promises of scripture that eternal life is the gift of God. David does not refer to the works he did as evidence for his salvation but the work of the Lord. God established and secured it in every detail. Sounds like “grace, and not “works” to me. These words speak to the blessings of an eternal salvation. David relates also about the plight of the wicked. They are like thorns that will ultimately be burned. This stresses the burning of eternal damnation. Heaven and hell need to be evaluated When Considering Matters of Life and Death. Amen? Amen!