For You are my lamp, O Lord; the Lord shall enlighten my darkness. For by You I can run against 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. 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. (2 Samuel 22:29-35)
There Is Power With The Lord
David was a mighty man of God who loved to declare the praises of the Lord. As a shepherd, he was accustomed to the rigors of life that made him a great soldier. He never lost his awe of the power of God in his life and how often it was through the might of the Lord he was able to overcome his enemies. Victory came through the light of God’s word giving the son of Jesse great faith to overcome every adversity. His songs were vivid descriptions of the Lord working in his life. Through the might of God, David was able to subdue the armies of his enemies. Conquering cities came with great ease. The power of the Lord gave him swift victory. Through the might of the Lord, there was nothing David could not do – even bend a bow of brass or bronze.
The stories of David are not given simply as great Bible class lessons to thrill young hearts. These are true stories of faith, courage and a belief that with God nothing is impossible. What David sang about is still true today. The lamp of God’s word is the embodiment of all that is true and without knowledge of the word of God, we cannot expect victory. There is power in the Word. David loved to mediate on the message of the Lord. We are blessed with the complete revealed word of God from Genesis to Revelation and yet so many are in spiritual kindergarten when it comes to the knowledge of the Bible. Faith is weak. Strength diminished. Battles lost for lack of truth.
Knowledge is power. The more we know about the word of God the more we are able to subdue the armies of sin. David enjoyed the knowledge of the perfect way of the Lord that he had proven repeatedly in his life. Like a shield, the word of God protected David from his enemies because David trusted God. He delivered him from the bear and the lion that came against his flock. Standing before Goliath, the young shepherd boy fought in the name of the Lord. Humbled by his sin with Bathsheba, David still trusted in the mercy of God. Strength for David came from the might of the Lord and his deep trust in the will of God.
The Christian power is found in the might of Jesus Christ. There is nothing impossible when we put our full trust in God. In a world gone mad with hatred, envy, lusts, greed and immorality, trusting in the power of the Lord is paramount to our survival. We can overcome the trials of life when we have the spirit of David. The armies of Satan will fall before us when we trust in the Lord and the power of His might. Read the full context of 2 Samuel 22 as David sings of the power of God and know this power is still with the people of God today. We are overcomers. Our power is in the might of the Lord.
God possess all the power there is. (Hasting Rashdall, Philosophy and Religion, 1909)