The Need For Dependency

My devotional today took me through David’s praises to God in 2 Samuel 22. While thinking about it, my mind let down anchor at the fourth verse, ”I will call on the Lord, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies.” I’m not sure how to put it out, but what I am getting here is that David called on God, and one of the primary reasons he did that, was so that God would save him from his enemies.

David is one person we know who really enjoyed a close relationship with God. He talked to God a lot through songs, psalms, vocal prayers etc. At a point even God boasts of David as a man after His own heart. I think that’s such a recommendation. Beside the love and admiration David had for the Lord, I am today drawn to the knowledge of the kind of dependency David had for the Lord.

David was very clear on the nature of his relation with the Lord. I learn that what makes his relationship with the Lord stand out is his sincere recognition of his need for the Lord. Whenever he lifted up his voice to the Lord, it was for a particular reason. In today’s context, the reason he called on the Lord was so that the Lord would save him from his enemies. There was a reason, a factor that goes just beyond being a reason, a factor that shows dependency, which in turn determines the fullness of the God-life in us.

I began scanning through verses of the Psalms in my memory bank and came to realize that apart from his general writing, David was specific and had a reason when he offered praise, thanksgiving, supplication or any other request at all. “Lord I put my trust in You – save me from them that persecute me; I will praise the – for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Oh give thanks unto the Lord – for He is good, for His mercy endures forever, for he does great wonders, for His wisdom, for His creation, for He smote Egypt to delivered Israel, for He remembered us in our low estate, for He redeemed us from our enemies.” These declarations reflect his need and dependency for the Lord.

I again come to understand that there isn’t really anything wrong with expecting things from the Lord. If we are His children, then we will need to do a lot of asking. As a matter of fact, our wellbeing depends on it. A problem arises when we try to become adults and self-sufficient. In the settings of the text today, David is a king commanding quite a big army. He had enough people and tools to keep him safe. But yet again, he depended on the Lord and not his army to save him from his enemies.

God has on several occasions revealed Himself as a father. A parent finds fulfillment in providing the needs of his/her offspring. It makes the whole hustle worthwhile at the end of the day when there is a meal on the table, a child walking gaily with new shiny clothes on, etc. This is part of the pleasure God wants from us. While still meditating on this, I overheard someone give a bit of a different understanding of Ruth 2:12. Boaz tells Ruth, “May the Lord reward you for taking refuge in Him.” Jesus commands in John 16:24, “Ask, so that your joy may be full.” It really isn’t just enough to know God loves us. We need to let Him love and father us.

So I learn from David today to be direct in relating to God, to have a firm understanding of who He is to me. I am again learning to praise and thank Him, not for ‘everything’, but for specifics like David did in 2 Samuel 22. My life depends on me consistently reaching out to Him in love and for all I need. I will call upon the Lord who is worthy to be praised. So shall I be saved from my sins and enemies; so shall I be provided for; so shall I be healed; so shall I live…

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