Therefore I will give thanks to You, O Lord, among the Gentiles, and sing praises to Your name (2 Samuel 22:50).
This is a time to give thanks to the Lord as David gave thanks to the Lord when he had delivered him from the hand of all his enemies and from the hand of Saul.
These are words from the Psalmist David after the Lord had given him a very great deliverance. David says, “He sent from above, He took me, He drew me out of many waters. He delivered me from my strong enemy, from those who hated me; for they were too strong for me. They confronted me in the day of my calamity, but the Lord was my support. He also brought me out into a broad place; He delivered me because He delighted in me” (2 Samuel 22:17-20).
David takes delight in God’s saving nature. He sees God as the great deliverer who keeps him from drowning in problems and sorrows. The Lord delivered him from enemies who were strong, hateful, and cruel who attacked him when he was his weakest. But, the Lord came to his rescue. All of us have experienced similar problems and have had similar deliverances.
David continues to extol the Lord for all He has done in the following verses saying, “For You are my lamp, O Lord; The Lord shall enlighten my darkness. For by You I can run through a troop; by my God I can leap over a wall. As for God, His way is perfect; the word of the Lord is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him” (2 Samuel 22:29-31).
Let us, as David, continue to remember the goodness of the Lord. He is our lamp in darkness and strengthens us to do exploits. He shields all who trust in Him. The following verses are our boast in the Lord, and we should speak saying, “For who is God, except the Lord? And who is a rock, except our God? God is my strength and power, and He makes my way perfect. He makes my feet like the feet of deer, and sets me on my high places. He teaches my hands to make war, so that my arms can bend a bow of bronze. You have also given me the shield of Your salvation; Your gentleness has made me great. You enlarged my path under me; so my feet did not slip […] Therefore I will give thanks to You, O Lord, among the Gentiles, and sing praises to Your name” (2 Samuel 22:32-37, 50).
Let us also remember God’s goodness to us and as David did, sum up all of your remembrances with shouts of thanksgiving to the Lord. Thank you Lord for all Your goodness toward us!