May 17. Gibeonites Avenged; Philistine Giants Destroyed; Praise for God’s Deliverance

II Sam. 21:1-22:51; I Chron. 20:4-8

Many years earlier as the Israelites were taking possession of Canaan, Joshua had made a covenant with the Gibeonites that they would not be attacked for their land. Sometime later, that covenant had been violated by Saul and his army.

God took Joshua’s covenant seriously and punished the Israelites with a famine that had lasted three years as a result of Saul’s disobedience. In order to satisfy the demands of the Gibeonites, David arrested seven descendants of Saul and allowed them to be executed for Saul’s sin. “And after that God heeded the prayer for the land.”

In an act of respect for Saul and Jonathan, David removed their bones from their burial place and brought them to the tomb of Saul’s father, Kish.

The Lord was with David’s army as his men were able to subdue the Philistines, including the giants who were among them.

This song of salvation is also recorded almost verbatim as Psalm 18. David as a “man after God’s own heart” continued to look to Him for protection and deliverance. He was lavish in his praise to God for his blessings.

The song began with an expression of the writer’s love for God. It continued with praises for the many blessings that he had enjoyed from God’s hands.

David further pointed out that it was through his own obedience that God had looked upon him with favor. He was not a self-righteous boaster, but he recognized that God loves righteousness and hates sin. He had accomplished many things, but God was the One who had provided the strength.

Pagan gods are lifeless images of wood, stone or precious metals. David concluded his song by recognizing Jehovah God as a living savior and deliverer.