OPEN ARMS  

| THURSDAY 12TH MAY, 2022

Our Daily Bread 2022 Annual Edition

By Anne Cetas

Read: 2 Samuel 22:1–7, 17–20 (NIV) | Bible in a Year: 2 Kings 15–16; John 3:1–18

In my distress I called to the Lord . . . . My cry came to his ears. 2 Samuel 22:7

Saydee and his family have an “open arms and open home” philosophy. People are always welcome in their home, “especially those who are in distress,” he says. That’s the kind of household he had growing up in Liberia with his nine siblings. Their parents always welcomed others into their family. He says, “We grew up as a community. We loved one another. Everybody was responsible for everybody. My dad taught us to love each other, care for each other, protect each other.”

When King David was in need, he found this type of loving care in God. Second Samuel 22 (and Psalm 18) records his song of praise to God for the ways He had been a refuge for him throughout his life. He recalled, “In my distress I called to the Lord; I called out to my God. From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came to his ears” (2 Samuel 22:7). God had delivered him from his enemies, including King Saul, many times. He praised God for being his fortress and deliverer in whom he took refuge (vv. 2–3).

While our distresses may be small in comparison to David’s, God welcomes us to run to Him to find the shelter we long for. His arms are always open. Therefore we “sing the praises of [His] name” (v. 50).

Read: 2 Samuel 22:1–7, 17–20 (NIV) 

David’s Song of Praise

22 1David sang to the Lord the words of this song when the Lord delivered 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 is my rock, in whom I take refuge,
    my shielda] and the hornb] of my salvation.
He is my stronghold, my refuge and my savior—
    from violent people you save me.

4 “I called to the Lord, who is worthy of praise,
    and have been saved from my enemies.
5 The waves of death swirled about me;
    the torrents of destruction overwhelmed me.
The cords of the grave coiled around me;
    the snares of death confronted me.

7 “In my distress I called to the Lord;
    I called out to my God.
From his temple he heard my voice;
    my cry came to his ears.

17 “He reached down from on high and took hold of me;
    he drew me out of deep waters.
18 He rescued me from my powerful enemy,
    from my foes, who were too strong for me.
19 They confronted me in the day of my disaster,
    but the Lord was my support.
20 He brought me out into a spacious place;
    he rescued me because he delighted in me.

INSIGHT

  1. When has God been your refuge?

  2. How can you help someone else run to Him?

Second Samuel 22 is nearly identical to Psalm 18. This psalm celebrates David’s deliverance and military victories, giving God all the credit, and may also have been used more generally to celebrate other military victories. Psalm 18 is one of a group of psalms often labeled “royal psalms” (others include Psalms 22021457289101110132), each of which draws a connection between an earthly king’s reign and God’s own reign over the universe.

PRAYERS

God, I’m grateful You’ve always been and will always be my secure place to land. In Jesus name I give thanks. Amen!!

Read: 2 Samuel 22:1–7, 17–20 (NIV) | Bible in a Year: 2 Kings 15–16; John 3:1–18

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