“And David spake unto Jehovah the words of this song in the day that Jehovah had delivered him out of the hand of his enemies and out of the hand of Saul.”
David and his servants had just been given a great victory over the sons of the giants. David did not call his troops together and tell them how honored he was to have served with such an esteemed group. He did not wish to take this opportunity to thank all those who had made this victory possible and to lament those who had given their lives for such a noble cause. He was given of the Spirit of the Most High God to speak the words of this song to Jehovah God. He did not employ a promoter to arrange a concert schedule so he could take his minstrel show around the kingdom where they could perform before the multitudes and win converts to God. He spoke to Jehovah God and ascribed all glory and honour to His great name for the great and wonderful things He had done.
The Preacher wrote that to every thing there is a season and a time for every purpose under heaven (Ecc. 3:1). David could only write of a general theory or principle had he spoken these words before he had experienced them. The experience gave him a prospective of the matters which made them difficult to endure, painfully real and deeply personal. All the battles had to have been fought with each and every victory and defeat in their proper order for the song that he sang to be much more than factual and he had to experience them personally for him to sing from his heart true praise unto his God.
He had been delivered from the hand of his enemies. When he was taken from the sheep pen where he was tending his father’s flocks, no one knew him. When this ruddy boy of a beautiful countenance and goodly to look at was anointed with oil by Samuel the prophet to be king over Israel, there was no parade, no fanfare and no announcement. Samuel simply anointed him king and rose up and went to Ramah. Now when the Philistines sent forth their champion to defy Israel, David was told he was but a youth without strength or experience to fight Goliath, but when Jehovah God fought for His Beloved, David prevailed. And as the fame and and conquest of David grew so also the enemies of David became evident.
Not only were there kings whose armies had been defeated by the army of Israel under David but there were also men in the political arena of Israel who began to hate David. He was God’s choice for king but the people had desired Saul and when the Spirit of the Lord departed from Saul even he became an enemy of David. He tried many times to kill him and, in the latter years of his life, he chased David across the countryside with a large body of men with the intent to kill him. But God delivered David every time.
God had also delivered David from the hand of desire (Saul). The heart of David was unto his God and His people. He did not seek after the conquest of other nations or the expansion of his empire. He fought the enemies of Israel because he was given to follow after the Lord his God with all his heart. The desires of this world for fame and fortune were not with David as he slew his ten thousands and the sons of the giants of the land fell at his hand.
And so after the enemies had been subdued, David praises the God of the universe as his Rock. He knew that his feet had been set upon an established base that was unmovable and that nothing could move that Rock. This Rock is the same Rock that gave water to the children in the wilderness, cast a great shadow to protect His people from the scorching sun of the weary land, followed His people through the wilderness and brought them to the land of promise. It is the Rock from whence each child of grace has been hewn and it is a tried and precious, living Rock, who is the same today as He was before the foundation of the world. This is the fortress wherein David dwells and the gates of hell cannot prevail against it. This is the foundation upon which the house is built that shall withstand the storms and the wind because it is built upon that Rock. This is the eternal Rock who bears the witness of the Godhead in heaven to the finished work of God and the love of the brethren and the One, here on earth, who bears the witness that of the Son to His people.
Then David proclaims that this same Rock and fortress is his deliverer. Why would someone who lives in such a formidable fortress which cannot be moved, need a deliverer? Why does David speak of his high tower, his refuge and his shield as his salvation who delivered him from violence? Surely one who is so protected of God is living such a life of ease and comfort that no violence should ever befall them. But this is not the case with the children of the King. They have been made partakers of flesh and blood and have been made subject to the vanities of this world and the corruption of this flesh. They know the justice of the law of God demands perfect obedience and yet they experience the contradiction of sin against themselves. They know the frailty and weakness of the flesh and how the natural man has no understanding of the things of the Spirit, does not have the mind of God and is drawn away after the lusts and desires of the flesh. Therefore the child cries out to the Father in heaven to deliver me from the body of this death and forgive my falling short of the standard of thy Holiness. David knows the duality of the experience of the natural man born after the seed of Adam and the spiritual man born of the incorruptible seed by the Spirit of God. He knows that the children cannot be separated from the Father and that all that is the Godhead is the anchor of the soul of His people, therefore My God is every pebble, rock, flint, stone and crag and every other idea of stability and strength for He has done all for His Beloved;
“IN HIM WILL I TRUST”.
This trust is not something that needed to be earned by God for the natural man cannot trust that which he cannot see or understand. It is an understanding that must be learned by the child of grace when the Spirit bears witness with the Spirit within and causes them to cry out, “Abba Father”. This is a confidence in deliverance and a complete understanding of the need for deliverance. The natural man s of the earth and seeks the things of this world. He has no knowledge of the necessity of being delivered from this present evil generation, delivered from the kingdom of darkness or forgiveness of sin therefore he does not trust in Jehovah God. He has no comprehension of the salvation of Jehovah or the work He has completed and like Adam in the garden, he thinks his works of righteousness are acceptable before God. The child of grace knows who His Father is, has his affections set on the things above, longs to return to the home land and is at war with the earthly members. He is born of God and cannot sin and yet he has been made subject to the vanity of this life and the limitations and impotence of this flesh. Therefore that inward man delights after the law of God and has complete confidence that when the time of this habitation is over, he shall be delivered from the body of this death. Then shall he see that Rock on whom he is built and shall sing His praises forever more.
It is this same indwelling Spirit that teaches the ways of the Lord to His people. The Spirit reveals the requirements of the law and the hopelessness of measuring up to the standards of God after the arm of the flesh but He does not leave His people to find their own way. He reveals to them that the Anointed of Jehovah has come because there is no one else who is worthy to do the work. He has come to save His people from their sin and He has finished all that the Father gave Him to do. He is now seated at the right hand of the Father with His children and they are at peace with God. Therefore, when it pleases the Father to reveal these things to His children, they understand that He alone is worthy to be praised for He alone has freed them from the house of the strong man and saved them from their enemies.
David is the type of Messiah. He needed to be delivered because He who knew no sin became the sin of His people. He endured the contradictions of sin against Himself and He could not deliver Himself by the arm of His flesh. He was Adam completely and was tempted in all points as all of Adams children are. He endured the pains, fears, doubts and temptations as His Bride does while She is a partaker of flesh and blood. He committed His Spirit unto the Father, who did not let His Servant to see corruption, but raised Him up and proclaimed Him to be the Son of God. Some may say that this shows the distinction between the Father and the Son for if they were the same then how could the one raise the other up? But do not the scriptures tell us that the child that should be born was called the everlasting Father and was it not the Father who brought salvation unto Himself by His right arm because there was no other worthy and is not His name Jesus, “Jehovah’s salvation”? He delivered Himself up as the Lamb that He sent forth to bare the sin of His people. He is the Holy law that passed judgment upon Himself, He is the High Priest who bore the wrath of God and he drank the cup of His own fury for His people. He is the fullness of every type and shadow of the law and he is the fulfillment of everything written.
Now the testimony of David and Solomon is that Jehovah God had given them and their nation rest from all their enemies before Solomon became King and built the Temple (I Kings 8:56). It also testifies that all the promises made to David and Moses were fulfilled that day and that not one word had fallen to the ground incomplete. So if all the enemies were under the feet of the Beloved before he died and the house of David was built by God and his kingdom established forever (I Sam. 7:11) then why say some that there is a day coming when Jesus shall return to fight a great battle and subdue all His enemies at Armageddon? If the battles have not been won and the enemies are not under His feet, has He built His church upon the Rock yet? But have not His children entered into His rest because He has finished His work and is seated at the right hand of the Father? If this be so then he has overcome the world and His people have overcome by faith. His church is built upon the Rock, the gates of hell cannot prevail against it and His people have peace with God. But more so, all these works were finished from the foundation of the world and have now been made manifest in our sight.
When the sorrows of hell gat hold of the Anointed and the snares of death prevented Him, in His distress He called upon the Father who sent forth from heaven and heard His cry. He came forth in furious wrath and drew His Beloved out of many waters. He delivered His Servant, His Elect from the strong enemy and them that hated Him and brought Him forth into a large place. HE delivered His Beloved because He delighted in Him (22:20). All that was ever done was because of the everlasting love of the Father, who is immutable and cannot deny Himself, for His Bride who is One in Him. She is His Beloved in whom He delights and in Her is neither spot nor blemish. David loved the Lord because He first loved him and He delivered His Beloved from the very places that He sent Her to be for good.
Beloved brethren, the love of the Father is upon all His elect family. He has sent trials and tribulations upon His people to prove the faith within and since faith is a fruit of the Spirit, these trials and temptations prove the Spirit within. No one who is born from above is escaped the chastisement of the Lord for if there be no chastisement there can be no love and if there be no love then that person is none of His. He is the shield that protects His people from that which He sends upon them to make them grow in the grace and knowledge of His will. He is the fortress where His people dwell safe and secure and when He leads His people into the valley of the shadow of death he is the guide upon the path, the schoolmaster unto perfection and the light that casts the shadow.
“Let your conversation be without covetousness and be content with such things as you have, for He hath said, I will never leave thee nor forsake thee” (Heb. 13:5).
Your servant in Christ
(Elder) Chet Dirkes
April 14, 2013