“For by you I can run against a troop, and by my God I can leap over a wall.” (2Sam. 22:30)
Verse 15 of 2 Samuel chapter 21 points to the fact that King David was indeed a man, therefore, was subject to the weaknesses of the flesh. It pointed out that as a warrior King, he was not all powerful.
“There was another war between the Philistines and Israel, and David and his men went and fought the Philistines. During one of the battles David grew tired.” (2Sam. 21:15 GOOD NEWS BIBLE).
I will not attempt to count the number of battles David had fought before now, however, concerning this very battle, David got weak! The King and Commander – In – Chief of the armed forces of Israel grew weak in the line of battle. His strength failed him and one of the giants of the Philistines (Ishbibenob) saw the opportunity to kill him. If this had happened Israel would have lost this battle.
However, a brave soldier came to the rescue. “But Abishai son of Zeruiah came to David’s help, attacked the giant, and killed him. Then David’s men made David promise that he would never again go out with them to battle. ‘You are the hope of Israel, and we don’t want to lose you,’ they said.” (verse 17)
I need not say that David had fought a lot of wars and age was also no more on his side. In fact, verses 15 to 22 alone records four battles of Israel under the Kingship of David.
It is, therefore, not surprising that the next chapter covered nothing but David’s praise unto God. He acknowledged His faithfulness, power and might to the point where he noted that it was not his bravery or battle skills that gave him victory over his enemies or his strength that saved or protected him against his foes, but God made it possible. “You give me strength to attack my enemies and power to overcome their defenses.” (GOOD NEWS BIBLE)
We do not need to get to the point of death before acknowledging God as our source of life, protector, deliverer, provider, etc. We do not need to be warriors like David to admit that it is God who gives us victory.
Rather we should cultivate a lifestyle of daily praise; thanking the LORD for His daily providence, protection, deliverance, victory, healing, etc.
If you can assure yourself of all goodness of life, please ignore this. But if you cannot, starting praising now for every detail of your life.