2 Samuel 8

Jun 17, 2022    Pastor Daryl Zachman
“So the LORD made David victorious wherever he went.” (2 Samuel 8:6, NLT)

Undoubtedly, David was a man of war. He began his career by slaying Goliath, and as king he subdued the nations surrounding Israel. David could do this because the LORD was with him and gave him victory wherever he went.

David knew that his strength came from the LORD, and he sung about it. He wrote Psalm 18 when the LORD delivered him from the hand of all his enemies.

“I will love You, O LORD, my strength. The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised; so shall I be saved from my enemies.” (Psalm 18:1–3, NKJV)

David loved the LORD, because He proved Himself trustworthy and protected David wherever he went. He saved David from Saul and from all his enemies.

Whenever I read the psalms, I like to personalize them and make them my own prayer to God. So verse 2 would be, “You are my rock and my fortress and my deliverer. You are my strength in whom I trust. You are my shield and the horn (strength) of my salvation.” I will sometimes add extra words to make it my own expression. For example, “You are my stronghold, and I run to you whenever I am afraid.” David’s psalms are my favorite because he so wonderfully expresses the joys, sorrows and uncertainties of life. By personalizing and praying them, I find myself falling in love with the same God that David loved for all the same reasons. If you have some extra time today, pray through Psalm 18 and make it you own psalm of thanksgiving for delivering you from your three enemies of the flesh, the world and the devil.