2 Samuel 22

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David’s Hymn of Praise for the Lord’s Deliverance

2 Samuel 22

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Lesson Number 22

Background Notes

Doctrinal Point(s)

  1. Believers should praise the Lord for His deliverance.
  2. Believers should praise the Lord for His principles.
  3. Believers should praise the Lord for His enablement.

Practical Application

  1. Let’s give the Lord all the credit!


  1. Where do we find an identical psalm to the one recorded in 2 Samuel 22?
  2. What is a Messianic Psalm?
  3. Give an example of one of the messianic verses of this psalm.
  4. What moral principles do we see in this psalm ?
  5. Explain how David could claim to be righteous in all of his ways (verses 21-25).


  1. Psalm 18
  2. A Messianic Psalm means that many verses of the psalm go beyond the experiences of David and look forward to the greater Son of David – the Messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ.
  3. Verse 50 is not only David’s personal testimony of praise, but it is also quoted in Romans 15:9 as a testimony of Christ Himself. There are many more examples; can you find them?
  4. “The Lord rewards righteous living” and “You reap what you sow.”
  5. First we note that this psalm was written before David’s great sins of adultery and murder (verse 1). We also know that David is specifically referring to his time when King Saul was wrongly trying to capture and kill him. David had done no wrong; he was blameless.


  1. God always delivers His people when they cry to Him for help. Discuss the ways He can deliver you. It may be from death, as in the case of David here. Or it may be through death, as in the case of our Lord Himself.
  2. In the context of Philippians 4:13, Paul was talking about being enabled to endure any and all circumstances, situations, and tests that the Lord calls us to go through. Reread verses 29-46 of this psalm. Recall something the Lord has enabled you to do recently, or think of something you will need His enablement to do.


  1. David gives all praise and credit to the Lord for every victory and accomplishment in his life. Be conscious to give the Lord all the credit in your life this week.

Key Verses

  • “For I have kept the ways of the LORD, and have not wickedly departed from my God.” 2 Samuel 22:22
  • “For who is God, except the LORD? And who is a rock, except our God?” 2 Samuel 22:32
  • “Therefore I will give thanks to You, O LORD, among the Gentiles, And sing praises to Your name.” 2 Samuel 22:50

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