"...with Your help I can..." - 2 Samuel 22:29

In this song of praise, David recognized God’s attributes of steadfastness, protection, and intervention. The song was inspired after “…the Lord delivered him from the hand of all his enemies and from the hand of Saul.” (v. 1) The geography around Jerusalem provides great object lessons that David utilized in attributing the traits of God’s strength. He described God as his rock. It was personal and it was as immovable as a giant boulder. He described God as a fortress, a place of refuge. There were cities of refuge in the region where one could flee from legal charges, thereby assuring due process for the accused. David also recognized God as his deliverer. Again it was personal, and David described how God has rescued him from “violent people” (v.3).

David recalled how he had called out to God and the way in which God responded to his prayers of deliverance. He described God’s way as “perfect” (v. 31) David described at length how God had preserved him, avenged his cause, and exalted him above his enemies. What a great passage to encourage anyone who is facing difficult circumstances or who may feel flooded from personal attack or during times of desperation. God is faithful!

In the middle of this passage are the words, “…with your help I can…”

Sounds very similar to another five word phrase: “I can do all things” (through Christ Who strengthens me – another five words that is paired with the phrase found in Philippians 4:13).

With God’s help… we are more than conquerors (Romans 8:37); greater than he who is in the world (I John 4:4); being renewed daily (2 Corinthians 4:16); all things work together for our good (Romans 8:28), and we are being conformed to the image of his Son (Romans 8:29).

Pray these five words today. Let them come alive on your lips. Know the power of God in you to be light in a dark world. Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. God is with you; He is for you; He will light your path; He will lighten your load; and He is working on your behalf.

Blessings to you all,