What Is the Lord to You? 

Second Samuel 22

Don Ruhl • Savage Street, Grants Pass, Oregon • August 2, In the year of our Lord, 2015

Song Leader and Song Suggestions: Phil Joseph – Songs that praise the Lord


  1. Of all of David’s psalms, 
    1. which would you choose to be the best, or
    2. the one that you believe epitomizes
      1. what David said about life and the Lord?
      2. Would it be Psalm 23?
  2. The Holy Spirit chose Psalm 18 and 
    1. placed it in what we call Second Samuel 22.
    2. What made this Psalm so special?


  1. Second Samuel 22.1 – What Is the Lord to You?

    1 Then David spoke to the Lord the words of this song, on the day when the Lord had delivered him from the hand of all his enemies, and from the hand of Saul.

    1. Enemies sought David all his life.
    2. Perhaps the worse was Saul, because
      1. he was the king of Israel and
      2. David refused to lift his hand against him.
    3. With that background listen to David now.
  2. Second Samuel 22.2–3 – What Is the Lord to You?

    2 And he said:

    The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer;
    3 The God of my strength, in whom I will trust;
    My shield and the horn of my salvation,
    My stronghold and my refuge;
    My Savior, You save me from violence.

    1. The Lord is our everything;
    2. He is our all.
      1. He is our rock.
      2. He is our fortress.
      3. He is our deliverer.
      4. He is our strength.
      5. He is our shield.
      6. He is our horn.
      7. He is our stronghold.
      8. He is our refuge.
      9. He is our savior.
    3. What does all this mean?
      1. He is our immoveable foundation.
      2. He is our protector.
      3. He is our power.
  3. Second Samuel 22.4 – Call upon the Lord

    4 I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised;
    So shall I be saved from my enemies.

    1. After what David said in verses 2 and 3,
    2. why would anyone not call upon the Lord?
      1. He is obviously worthy to be praised.
      2. If He is all those things, He can save us from our enemies!
    3. Song 866
  4. Second Samuel 22.5–7 – When Floods Come into Your Life

    5 When the waves of death surrounded me,
    The floods of ungodliness made me afraid.
    6 The sorrows of Sheol surrounded me;
    The snares of death confronted me.
    7 In my distress I called upon the Lord,
    And cried out to my God;
    He heard my voice from His temple,
    And my cry entered His ears.

    1. Death came after David,
      1. wave after wave, and
      2. sorrows surrounded him, and
      3. death tried to catch him in its snares!
    2. What did he do?
      1. What would you do?
      2. When distress so filled his life,
        1. he did not hesitate to call upon the Lord,
        2. knowing that the Lord would hear.
          1. The Bible says:
            1. The Lord speaks; listen.
            2. Speak; the Lord listens.
  5. Second Samuel 22.8–16 – Nature Reacts to the Lord

    8 Then the earth shook and trembled;
    The foundations of heaven quaked and were shaken,
    Because He was angry.
    9 Smoke went up from His nostrils,
    And devouring fire from His mouth;
    Coals were kindled by it.
    10 He bowed the heavens also, and came down
    With darkness under His feet.
    11 He rode upon a cherub, and flew;
    And He was seen upon the wings of the wind.
    12 He made darkness canopies around Him,
    Dark waters and thick clouds of the skies.
    13 From the brightness before Him
    Coals of fire were kindled.
    14 The Lord thundered from heaven,
    And the Most High uttered His voice.
    15 He sent out arrows and scattered them;
    Lightning bolts, and He vanquished them.
    16 Then the channels of the sea were seen,
    The foundations of the world were uncovered,
    At the rebuke of the Lord,
    At the blast of the breath of His nostrils.

    1. The Lord and His creation awaken to the call of His children.
    2. Do you know the power waiting for you to pray?
  6. Second Samuel 22.17–20 – The Lord in Action

    17 He sent from above, He took me,
    He drew me out of many waters.
    18 He delivered me from my strong enemy,
    From those who hated me;
    For they were too strong for me.
    19 They confronted me in the day of my calamity,
    But the Lord was my support.
    20 He also brought me out into a broad place;
    He delivered me because He delighted in me.

    1. David was strong, but
      1. so were others, and
      2. sometimes they came together against him.
    2. Yet, he knew that the Lord and
      1. one man make a majority.
      2. Therefore, we cannot lose while standing with the Lord.
    3. He will draw us out of the flooding waters.
      1. He will deliver us from our strong enemy.
      2. Do you not know that the Lord is our support?
  7. Second Samuel 22.21–25 – The Lord Blesses According to How We Live

    21 The Lord rewarded me according to my righteousness;
    According to the cleanness of my hands
    He has recompensed me.
    22 For I have kept the ways of the Lord,
    And have not wickedly departed from my God.
    23 For all His judgments were before me;
    And as for His statutes, I did not depart from them.
    24 I was also blameless before Him,
    And I kept myself from my iniquity.
    25 Therefore the Lord has recompensed me according to my righteousness,
    According to my cleanness in His eyes.

    1. David sinned, but
    2. he did not live in sin.
      1. He lived in the Lord, and
      2. for that the Lord blessed David.
    3. How did David manage
      1. to keep from living in sin and
      2. to keep living in the Lord?
        1. He explained how in verse 23:
        2. He kept all the Lord’s judgments before him.
          1. He think on the teachings of the Lord without ceasing.
          2. He spent time reading it and hearing it taught.
  8. Second Samuel 22.26–28 – We Reap as We Sow

    26 With the merciful You will show Yourself merciful;
    With a blameless man You will show Yourself blameless;
    27 With the pure You will show Yourself pure;
    And with the devious You will show Yourself shrewd.
    28 You will save the humble people;
    But Your eyes are on the haughty, that You may bring them down.

    1. What we show ourselves to be
    2. the Lord works with us accordingly.
      1. This is the passage that the American runner
      2. gave to the Scottish runner, Eric Liddell,
        1. during the 1924 Olympics and
        2. that Eric held in his hand and won the race.
  9. Second Samuel 22.29–30 – The Lord Enables Us

    29 For You are my lamp, O Lord;
    The Lord shall enlighten my darkness.
    30 For by You I can run against a troop;
    By my God I can leap over a wall.

    1. He enables us to see in the dark.
    2. He enables us to run against our foes.
    3. He enables us to leap over any barrier.
      1. The Lord does not lack the ability.
      2. The question is not the Lord, but our faith.
  10. Second Samuel 22.31 – The Lord

    31 As for God, His way is perfect;
    The word of the Lord is proven;
    He is a shield to all who trust in Him.

    1. Look at the Lord God:
      1. His way is perfect.
      2. His word is proven.
      3. He shields those who trust in Him.
    2. How can we go wrong with Him?
  11. Second Samuel 22.32–37 – What the Lord Is to Us

    32 For who is God, except the Lord?
    And who is a rock, except our God?
    33 God is my strength and power,
    And He makes my way perfect.
    34 He makes my feet like the feet of deer,
    And sets me on my high places.
    35 He teaches my hands to make war,
    So that my arms can bend a bow of bronze.
    36 You have also given me the shield of Your salvation;
    Your gentleness has made me great.
    37 You enlarged my path under me;
    So my feet did not slip.

    1. David repeated images from earlier and then
    2. showed what that means.
      1. As our rock, strength, and power,
      2. He makes our way perfect,
        1. since He is perfect (v. 31), and
        2. He enables us to do wonderful things,
          1. like running as a deer, or
          2. bending a bow of bronze.
    3. However, notice the last line of verse 36.
      1. While we saw vivid images of the Lord destroying the enemy,
      2. here we have something very different toward those who trust in the Lord.
        1. He stoops down, He helps, He shows gentleness
        2. toward His friends and that makes us great.
  12. Second Samuel 22.38–41 – We Overwhelm Our Enemies

    38 I have pursued my enemies and destroyed them;
    Neither did I turn back again till they were destroyed.
    39 And I have destroyed them and wounded them,
    So that they could not rise;
    They have fallen under my feet.
    40 For You have armed me with strength for the battle;
    You have subdued under me those who rose against me.
    41 You have also given me the necks of my enemies,
    So that I destroyed those who hated me.

    1. David’s enemies overwhelmed him as waves of death and floods, but
    2. the Lord enabled David to return the favor.
      1. It will appear that the enemy has won, but
      2. learn from the Lord, as David did, and you will overwhelm the enemy.
  13. Second Samuel 22.42 – When the Lord Does Not Answer

    42 They looked, but there was none to save;
    Even to the Lord, but He did not answer them.

    1. Saul sought the Lord, but
    2. the Lord would not answer him.
      1. Saul would not listen to the Lord;
      2. why should the Lord listen to Saul?
        1. David listened to the Lord;
        2. the Lord answered David.
  14. Second Samuel 22.43 – Defeat of the Enemy

    43 Then I beat them as fine as the dust of the earth;
    I trod them like dirt in the streets,
    And I spread them out.

    1. Even as we see the God-denying forces in the Western World
    2. overwhelming us and decimating us,
      1. so the time will come when we turn them to dust.
      2. However, we have to be like David and remain faithful.
  15. Second Samuel 22.44–46 – Exalted!

    44 You have also delivered me from the strivings of my people;
    You have kept me as the head of the nations.
    A people I have not known shall serve me.
    45 The foreigners submit to me;
    As soon as they hear, they obey me.
    46 The foreigners fade away,
    And come frightened from their hideouts.

    1. David’s own people,
      1. Saul and those allied to him,
      2. strove against David.
    2. However, foreigners hear of it and
      1. submit to David.
      2. We were foreigners and
        1. now we submit to the Son of David, Jesus the Christ.
        2. You see, you never lose by staying with the Lord.
  16. Second Samuel 22.47 – The Lord Lives

    47 The Lord lives!
    Blessed be my Rock!
    Let God be exalted,
    The Rock of my salvation!

    1. All other gods never lived.
      1. However, our God lives and
      2. no one shall conquer Him.
    2. Therefore, bless Him.
      1. Exalt Him.
      2. He is your rock.
  17. Second Samuel 22.48–51 – It Is All of the Lord

    48 It is God who avenges me,
    And subdues the peoples under me;
    49 He delivers me from my enemies.
    You also lift me up above those who rise against me;
    You have delivered me from the violent man.
    50 Therefore I will give thanks to You, O Lord, among the Gentiles,
    And sing praises to Your name.
    51 He is the tower of salvation to His king,
    And shows mercy to His anointed,
    To David and his descendants forevermore.

    1. It is God who does whatever we need done.
    2. Why do people
      1. try to live without God or
      2. fight the saints of God?


  1. Be strong in the Lord. 
  2. Let us help you.