"And David spoke the words of this song to the LORD in the day that the LORD delivered him from the hand of all his enemies and from the hand of Saul. He said, 'The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; My God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold and my refuge; My savior, You save me from violence. I call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised, And I am saved from my enemies.'" 2 Samuel 22:1-4
When my son was young, he was concerned that the Bible has so much violence, why? My answer was that we live in a violent world. But, why does it have so much violence? Could it be that God's Word is filled with so much violence to show us that there is nothing "new under the sun" (Eccl 1:9)? Throughout the Bible, God tells us to impress on our hearts the commandments of God (Deut. 6:7). Is God telling us not to forget our history, as it is the story of our future if we keep doing what we have done in the past?
God shows us that no matter how far our ancestors have fallen, He was there to lift them back up and set their feet on solid ground (Ps 40:2). God has been faithful even when weren't.
We wear crosses to honor the price that Christ paid for our redemption. Why the cross? It is a reminder of an ugly, sadistic way to execute an individual. And yet we look to it with joy and love. It is a reminder that the price God paid for us was ugly and sadistic. It was not just a loan paid in installments but a PAID IN FULL account.
If we ignore the ugliness in the Bible we forget how faithful God has been. He redeemed a King David who slept with another man's wife and when she became pregnant had the husband killed so no one would know how far he had fallen. Does that speak to the fact that no one can fall too far from His love and redemption? The Bible is our guide to show us what we need to impress on our hearts; to show what happens when we fall and then turn to Him.
Our history is a guide to what we have done wrong in the past and see what we should do in the future. George Santayana wrote, "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it".
Remember the fall, remember the cross, remember the redemption. David's song in 2 Samuel 22:1-4 reminds us that "God is my rock". Read his history to verify that for yourself.