In this psalm of praise, David says that he had “cried to my God for help” (II Samuel 22:7a, NLT). He goes on to tell us the result of his cry: “He heard me from His sanctuary; my cry reached His ears” (II Samuel 22:7b).
And then David goes into a detailed description of God’s reaction. Folks, God doesn’t merely hear our cries; He responds to them. This is what David said He did for him:
“Then the earth quaked and trembled. The foundations of the heavens shook; they quaked because of His anger.
Smoke poured from His nostrils; fierce flames leaped from His mouth. Glowing coals blazed forth from Him.
He opened the heavens and came down; dark storm clouds were beneath His feet.
Mounted on a mighty angelic being, He flew, soaring on the wings of the wind.
He shrouded Himself in darkness, veiling His approach with dense rain clouds.
A great brightness shone around Him, and burning coals blazed forth.
The Lord thundered from heaven; the voice of the Most High resounded.
He shot arrows and scattered His enemies; His lightning flashed, and they were confused.
Then at the command of the Lord, at the blast of His breath, the bottom of the sea could be seen, and the foundations of the earth were laid bare.
He reached down from heaven and rescued me; he drew me out of deep waters.
He rescued me from my powerful enemies, from those who hated me and were too strong for me” (II Samuel 22:8-18).
Wow! David says “the earth quaked and trembled. The foundations of the heavens shook.” Why? “Because of His anger.” What was God angry about? Someone seeking to hurt one of His children.
The Almighty God of the Universe came to David’s rescue incensed as a Parent protecting His child: “Smoke poured from His nostrils; fierce flames leaped from His mouth. Glowing coals blazed forth from Him.”
This is such a huge passage. God “flew” to David’s rescue. But here’s what else I don’t want you to miss: “He shrouded Himself in darkness, veiling His approach with dense rain clouds.”
Child of God, it may seem dark, but God’s deliverance is on its way. When you cry out to your Heavenly Father, He’s going to answer. And He’s going to come to you. Maybe not in the exact way you want Him to. Maybe not in the exact way you expected Him to. But He’ll be there.
And take a look at this verse: “He shot arrows and scattered His enemies.” David’s enemies had become God’s enemies. When you’re living in obedience to Jesus Christ, your enemies are also His.
Your enemies may be “too strong” for you, but nothing nor no one is too powerful for God to vanquish.
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Judy Woodward Bates