With a blameless man You will show Yourself blameless With the pure You will show Yourself pure; . with the devious You will show Yourself shrewd. 2 Samuel 22:26b,27
We get so identified with an idea that it is literally a “pet” notion and we rise to its defense and stop our eyes and ears to anything different . John Dewey, 1859-1952, US philosopher, educator
You save the humble, but your eyes are on the haughty to bring them low. 2 Samuel 22:28
Pride (conceit of one's own superiority) is a tricky thing. It creeps in, unexpected, seeking to take us hostage. Its goal is to keep us from the blessing of God and to put God in a position where he must resist us when He longs to embrace us. “The Voice of the Lord” Lewis and Harriet Lederer Foundation, Inc. Messianic Jewish Publishers
Pride: loftiness, arrogance, assumption of superiority, bighead, boastfulness, brag, certitude, cockiness, cocksureness, conceit, condescendence, condescension, contempt of others, egoism, egotism, envy, haughtiness, haughty airs, high horse, hoity-toitiness, hoity-toity, lofty airs, overbearingness, overconfidence, patronizing attitude, pomposity, preen, self-admiration, self-assurance, self-confidence, self-consequence, self-esteem, self-importance, self-reliance, sloth, smugness, snobbery, snobbishness, stiff-necked, subjective certainty, superbia, uppishness, uppityness, vainglory, vanity
(David sings in gratitude) For You are my lamp, O Lord; And the Lord illumines my darkness. 2 Samuel 22:29
For light I go directly to the Source of light, not to any of the reflections. Peace Pilgrim, 1908-81, US religious leader
With Orientals the "lamp" is used for comfort as much as for illumination (understanding and insight).
For by You I can run against a troop; By my God I can leap over a wall. 2 Samuel 22:30a
.faith rides forth on the black horse, conquering and to conquer, trampling down carnal reason and fleshly sense, and chanting notes of victory amid the thickest of the fray. Charles Haddon Spurgeon, 1834-92, British Reformed Baptist, highly influential amongst Christians of different denominations
(Even after all David had been through, he praises God and says) His way is perfect. 2 Samuel 22:31a
What a resting-place it is for the heart to be assured that all the divine actions are regulated by unerring wisdom and righteousness, infinite goodness and patience, inflexible justice and tender mercy. A. W. Pink
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