End of Year Meditation on 2 Samuel 22:1-51
When I took my driving lessons, one of the most important basic skills I had to learn was the effective use of the mirrors in the car. If you drive, you know it too that it is not just the road ahead one needs to pay attention to, but also to the road behind! When it came to my driving test, I was advised to make exaggerated motions looking into the rear mirrors so the examiner will be satisfied with my driving. What’s behind us is just as much important as the road ahead!
In 2 Samuel 22 we find a prayer of the aging King David, nearing his death (in chapter 23 we find his last words recorded). David looked into the back view mirror of his life, to the whole journey, and his heart was filled with thanksgiving:
“Therefore I will praise you, Lord, among the nations;
I will sing the praises of your name.” (2 Samuel 22:50)
As we arrive to the end of 2021, we should also look into the back view mirror of our personal lives and remember the journey we made in the last 12 months.
David remembered his life, recalling his running from Saul, his endless battles with the Philistines, his victories and his defeats, his son’s rebellion against him, his enemies, both without and within, his own sins. What is interesting about this prayer in 2 Samuel 22 is that David is not listing his sorrows, bitterness, or his successes, and achievements, as much as listing God’s gracious acts in his life. Looking in the mirror he saw God being there every step of the journey by his side and being active! It was God who protected David against the enemy, God gave him ideas, God gave him strength, God forgave David his sins. It is God, again, and again in the centre of his prayer (You, You, You, You …).
How are you remembering the events of this past year? Looking into your personal back view mirror are you noticing your almighty and gracious God being there with you? Do you see the Lord in every event of the past year? Are you able to take from the hand of the Lord the blessings and the losses? Do you believe that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him? (Romans 8:28)
As the fireworks are about to pop and the fingers of the clock meet at midnight on 31 December, please read this prayer of David in 2 Samuel 22 and add your own to it! And allow your gracious God who gave His one and only Son for you to fill your heart with gratitude and peace. May those be the seals over the year that we leave behind.
[from GV; after Kálmán Cseri]