Blessed Jesus, at Your Word ~ Hymn 395

By: Alan Harvey

Posted: November 2, 2019

Category: Daily Devotional

Devotions Based on Hymns from Glory to God and Their Scriptural Allusions

READ: II Samuel 22:29

Indeed you are my lamp; O Lord, the Lord lightens my darkness.

II Samuel 22:29

In Chapter 22 of the Old Testament book of II Samuel, we have David’s Song of Thanksgiving that runs from II Samuel 22:3-51. II Samuel 22 begins this way:

David spoke to the Lord the words of this song on the day when “the Lord delivered him from the hand of all his enemies, and from the hand of Saul.”

David reviews his life. He recounts the activities of adversaries and enemies. He remembers how he would have suffered or died had the Lord not been a refuge for him, He recalls their treachery. He is aware that he could have easily lost his life had the Lord not rescued or saved him from his enemies.

Terms of endearment David uses for God are: my God, my rock, my fortress, my deliverer, my shield, the horn of my salvation, my stronghold, my savior, and Most High.

The reader is encouraged to read Chapter 22 to learn more about the nature of God’s intervention in the life of David and illustration of the perils and threats David encountered in his life. You are invited to do your own life review and consider how God intervened in your life.

The rejection may have seemed a crushing blow, but in retrospect what a blessing.

What about the road not taken?

Remember how God protected you in the accident or in the storm?

After prayer and Bible study, it became clear what I should do.

The last verse of Blessed Jesus at Your Word offers a scriptural allusion to II Samuel 22:29.

Glorious Lord, yourself impart, Light of light from God proceeding. Touch our lips and ears and heart. Help us by your Spirit’s pleading, Hear the cry your church now raises; hear and bless our prayers and praises.

It appears that David desires this song of thanksgiving to be appropriated by future generations in terms of their own lives and not just how God had blessed him.


Gracious and Merciful God, we give You thanks and praise for watching over us, for guiding us, for protecting us, and for rescuing us. Let us never forget all Your blessings. In Christ’s name, we pray. Amen.