David sings a song of praise to the Lord for delivering him from all of his enemies. David says the Lord is my rock, fortress, deliverer, my strength, my shield, horn of my salvation, my refuge, my Savior, and my lamp. David has a really high view of the Lord! 🙌
But… it also appears that David has a really high view of himself bc he says “The Lord rewarded me according to my righteousness, According to the cleanness of my hands…For I have kept the way of the Lord, And have not wickedly departed from God…I was blameless before Him…” 🤔 Are you thinking what I am thinking? I hate to remind David of his affair and subsequent murder. How can David declare himself righteous? 👆 It is because David isn’t talking about his own righteousness. He knows that his righteousness does not come from himself or from his works; it comes from his faith in the Lord. David is fully aware that he is a sinner. He says in Psalm 25 “Remember not the sins of my youth or my transgressions…pardon my guilt for it is great”. And he says in Psalm 52 “Hide your face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities, Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me”. David is clean and righteous bc he trusts the Lord, he repents when he blows it, and he knows that God is the One who washes him clean. David can’t clean David! Same with us. We are righteous through the blood of Jesus and our faith in what He did for us.
Later in the Story Paul will say in Romans 3:20-25, ”For by works of the law no human being will be justified in his sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin. But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it— the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe…(go read the rest 👌)” David goes on to say in today’s song “You will save the humble people, But your eyes are on the haughty, that You may bring them down”. David may struggle with pride and sin but David doesn’t put his hope in his own righteousness, it’s in the Lord! This is good bc David stumbles again tomorrow. Keep reading.
(2 Samuel 22:1-51, Psalm 18)