Overwhelmed
2 Samuel 22:1-7


Net Questions

1. Has there ever been a time in your life where you felt overwhelmed by your circumstances? How did you handle things?

2. David was so overwhelmed with fear as he was on the run from King Saul and Saul’s three thousand soldiers, that he felt entangled in the cords of death. It seemed nothing would satisfy Saul but David’s death. However, he acknowledged who God was and he was delivered. Read this part of the song and discuss how acknowledging who God is can help you.
2 Samuel 22:1 David sang to the LORD the words of this song when the LORD delivered him from the hand of all his enemies and from the hand of Saul.
2 Samuel 22:2 He said: “The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer;
2 Samuel 22:3 my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation. He is my stronghold, my refuge and my savior—from violent men you save me.

3. Sometimes it’s hard to admit that you need help, however we must humble ourselves and cry out to the Lord!! The Lord will not force His love or His help on anyone so He waits for us to call on Him. Can you describe a time in your life when you called upon the Lord for help and what led you to do so?
2 Samuel 22:4 I call to the LORD, who is worthy of praise, and I am saved from my enemies.

Psa 91:14  "Because he loves me," says the LORD, "I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
Psa 91:15  He will call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him.
Psa 91:16  With long life will I satisfy him and show him my salvation."

4. How can we be sure God hears us when we cry out to Him?
2 Samuel 22:7 In my distress I called to the LORD; I called out to my God. From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came to his ears.

Psa 40:1  For the director of music. Of David. A psalm. I waited patiently for the LORD; he turned to me and heard my cry.
Psa 40:2  He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.
Psa 40:3  He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear and put their trust in the LORD.


Sermon Notes

Overwhelmed!!
2 Samuel 22:1-7

Introduction:

I really missed you all and I'm so excited to be back in the saddle. However, I'm so grateful for our staff and the depth at the plate we have when it comes to preaching. I was blessed and challenged by all four messages and I'm sure you were as well.

I have a lot to tell you about my time preparing and praying about the direction of our church and the direction of the preaching plan for the coming months.
However, not today!
God has placed a message on my heart for today entitled…
Overwhelmed!

Have you ever felt overwhelmed? Have some of you felt overwhelmed with this storm? The storm that wouldn't go away and in it's after affects is still lingering and lurking in the rivers. I thing especially about those of you whose homes flooded in Katrina and now all over again.

overwhelm |ˌōvərˈ(h)welm| verb
bury or drown beneath a huge mass:

 Here are some of the synonyms for overwhelmed...

1 swamped, submerged, engulfed, buried, deluged, flooded, inundated.
2 defeated (utterly/heavily), trounced, routed, beat, conquered, overcome, overthrown, crushed; thrashed, steamrolled, licked, massacred, clobbered, wiped the floor with.
3 overcome, affected, stricken, dumbfounded, shaken, devastated, floored, left speechless; bowled over, snowed under.

Boy, just that list is almost enough to overwhelm a person. Some of you may not have been affected in a major way by the storm, but you have other circumstances in your life that are overwhelming.

This morning I want you to know how to break free from the feeling of being overwhelmed by your circumstances and to discover how to let the presence and the Spirit of almighty God overwhelm you in a positive and uplifting kind of way!!!  

We're going to learn from a man in the Old Testament who knew what it was like to be overwhelmed by circumstances.
Circumstances brought on him by the actions of others. None the less, he learned to let God overwhelm the overwhelming things in his life.
 
Today we'll look at a song and two stories.
I pray we'll learn from them how to let God overwhelm the overwhelming in our lives….

Let's Pray

 The Song

The Background

Let's turn to 2 Samuel 22 and read the lyrics to a song King David wrote about the circumstances of his life.

1David sang to the LORD the words of this song when the LORD delivered him from the hand of all his enemies and from the hand of Saul.
2 Samuel 22:1 (NIV)

2He said: “The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer;
2 Samuel 22:2 (NIV)

3my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation. He is my stronghold, my refuge and my savior—from violent men you save me.
2 Samuel 22:3 (NIV)

4I call to the LORD, who is worthy of praise, and I am saved from my enemies.
2 Samuel 22:4 (NIV)

5“The waves of death swirled about me; the torrents of destruction overwhelmed me.
2 Samuel 22:5 (NIV)

6The cords of the grave coiled around me; the snares of death confronted me.
2 Samuel 22:6 (NIV)

7In my distress I called to the LORD; I called out to my God. From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came to his ears.
2 Samuel 22:7 (NIV)

You might remember that David, as a young man, had helped King Saul defeat Goliath and then later, many other enemies Israel. David loved Saul and played his harp for him at times. David had become best friends of Jonathan, Saul's son.

But Saul was Jealous of David and began to hate him. Later on he took three thousand men with him and pursued David with the sword to kill him.

Maybe some of you in this room feel like there's three thousand men with swords chasing after you to destroy you. It seems like the circumstances of life are just too much. The odds are just too overwhelming.

Well, let me tell you, God has a way of working miracles and delivering the enemy into your hand, not matter the odds. God is bigger, greater, and smarter than all your circumstances and your enemies!!

Let's just look at how God worked a miracle to allow David to overcome Saul.
It's an interesting story found in 1 Samuel 24. Let's read it...

 The First Story!

1After Saul returned from pursuing the Philistines, he was told, “David is in the Desert of En Gedi. ”
1 Samuel 24:1 (NIV)

2So Saul took three thousand chosen men from all Israel and set out to look for David and his men near the Crags of the Wild Goats.
1 Samuel 24:2 (NIV)

3He came to the sheep pens along the way; a cave was there, and Saul went in to relieve himself. David and his men were far back in the cave.
1 Samuel 24:3 (NIV)

4The men said, “This is the day the LORD spoke of when he said to you, ‘I will give your enemy into your hands for you to deal with as you wish.’ ” Then David crept up unnoticed and cut off a corner of Saul’s robe.
1 Samuel 24:4 (NIV)

5Afterward, David was conscience-stricken for having cut off a corner of his robe.
1 Samuel 24:5 (NIV)

6He said to his men, “The LORD forbid that I should do such a thing to my master, the LORD’S anointed, or lift my hand against him; for he is the anointed of the LORD.”
1 Samuel 24:6 (NIV)

7With these words David rebuked his men and did not allow them to attack Saul. And Saul left the cave and went his way.
1 Samuel 24:7 (NIV)

8Then David went out of the cave and called out to Saul, “My lord the king!” When Saul looked behind him, David bowed down and prostrated himself with his face to the ground.
1 Samuel 24:8 (NIV)

9He said to Saul, “Why do you listen when men say, ‘David is bent on harming you’?
1 Samuel 24:9 (NIV)

10This day you have seen with your own eyes how the LORD delivered you into my hands in the cave. Some urged me to kill you, but I spared you; I said, ‘I will not lift my hand against my master, because he is the LORD’S anointed.’
1 Samuel 24:10 (NIV)

11See, my father, look at this piece of your robe in my hand! I cut off the corner of your robe but did not kill you. Now understand and recognize that I am not guilty of wrongdoing or rebellion. I have not wronged you, but you are hunting me down to take my life.
1 Samuel 24:11 (NIV)

12May the LORD judge between you and me. And may the LORD avenge the wrongs you have done to me, but my hand will not touch you.
1 Samuel 24:12 (NIV)

13As the old saying goes, ‘From evildoers come evil deeds, ’ so my hand will not touch you.
1 Samuel 24:13 (NIV)

14“Against whom has the king of Israel come out? Whom are you pursuing? A dead dog? A flea?
1 Samuel 24:14 (NIV)

15May the LORD be our judge and decide between us. May he consider my cause and uphold it; may he vindicate me by delivering me from your hand.”
1 Samuel 24:15 (NIV)

16When David finished saying this, Saul asked, “Is that your voice, David my son?” And he wept aloud.
1 Samuel 24:16 (NIV)

17“You are more righteous than I,” he said. “You have treated me well, but I have treated you badly.
1 Samuel 24:17 (NIV)

18You have just now told me of the good you did to me; the LORD delivered me into your hands, but you did not kill me.
1 Samuel 24:18 (NIV)

19When a man finds his enemy, does he let him get away unharmed? May the LORD reward you well for the way you treated me today.
1 Samuel 24:19 (NIV)

20I know that you will surely be king and that the kingdom of Israel will be established in your hands.
1 Samuel 24:20 (NIV)

21Now swear to me by the LORD that you will not cut off my descendants or wipe out my name from my father’s family. ”
1 Samuel 24:21 (NIV)

22So David gave his oath to Saul. Then Saul returned home, but David and his men went up to the stronghold.
1 Samuel 24:22 (NIV)

 Now back to the song….

2He said: “The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer;
2 Samuel 22:2 (NIV)

3my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation. He is my stronghold, my refuge and my savior—from violent men you save me.
2 Samuel 22:3 (NIV)

David knew who had provided that cave and at just the right time. He knew God had honored his loyalty to the King and his desire to respect the office of the king even though the king was not what he should be. David knew the real rock was God. The real fortress was God. The real deliver was God. The real refuge was God!

David would later write another song that put it this way in the Psalms...

2From the ends of the earth I call to you, I call as my heart grows faint; lead me to the rock that is higher than I.
Psalm 61:2 (NIV)

3For you have been my refuge, a strong tower against the foe.
Psalm 61:3 (NIV)

4I long to dwell in your tent forever and take refuge in the shelter of your wings. Selah
Psalm 61:4 (NIV)

 Now here is a major lesson for us to learn today. When God helps us defeat our enemy and the enemy goes home, does that mean the fight is over?

Absolutely not.

The enemy will regroup and come against us again.

The battle will not end until we are called home to be with the Lord, but God's protection and strength will not end either. If we trust Him, He will continue to give us the strength we will need to be victorious!!

Second Story

1The Ziphites went to Saul at Gibeah and said, “Is not David hiding on the hill of Hakilah, which faces Jeshimon? ”
1 Samuel 26:1 (NIV)

2So Saul went down to the Desert of Ziph, with his three thousand chosen men of Israel, to search there for David.
1 Samuel 26:2 (NIV)

3Saul made his camp beside the road on the hill of Hakilah facing Jeshimon, but David stayed in the desert. When he saw that Saul had followed him there,
1 Samuel 26:3 (NIV)

4he sent out scouts and learned that Saul had definitely arrived.
1 Samuel 26:4 (NIV)

5Then David set out and went to the place where Saul had camped. He saw where Saul and Abner son of Ner, the commander of the army, had lain down. Saul was lying inside the camp, with the army encamped around him.
1 Samuel 26:5 (NIV)

6David then asked Ahimelech the Hittite and Abishai son of Zeruiah, Joab’s brother, “Who will go down into the camp with me to Saul?” “I’ll go with you,” said Abishai.
1 Samuel 26:6 (NIV)

7So David and Abishai went to the army by night, and there was Saul, lying asleep inside the camp with his spear stuck in the ground near his head. Abner and the soldiers were lying around him.
1 Samuel 26:7 (NIV)

8Abishai said to David, “Today God has delivered your enemy into your hands. Now let me pin him to the ground with one thrust of my spear; I won’t strike him twice.”
1 Samuel 26:8 (NIV)

9But David said to Abishai, “Don’t destroy him! Who can lay a hand on the LORD’S anointed and be guiltless?
1 Samuel 26:9 (NIV)

10As surely as the LORD lives,” he said, “the LORD himself will strike him; either his time will come and he will die, or he will go into battle and perish.
1 Samuel 26:10 (NIV)

11But the LORD forbid that I should lay a hand on the LORD’S anointed. Now get the spear and water jug that are near his head, and let’s go.”
1 Samuel 26:11 (NIV)

12So David took the spear and water jug near Saul’s head, and they left. No one saw or knew about it, nor did anyone wake up. They were all sleeping, because the LORD had put them into a deep sleep.
1 Samuel 26:12 (NIV)

13Then David crossed over to the other side and stood on top of the hill some distance away; there was a wide space between them.
1 Samuel 26:13 (NIV)

14He called out to the army and to Abner son of Ner, “Aren’t you going to answer me, Abner?” Abner replied, “Who are you who calls to the king?”
1 Samuel 26:14 (NIV)

15David said, “You’re a man, aren’t you? And who is like you in Israel? Why didn’t you guard your lord the king? Someone came to destroy your lord the king.
1 Samuel 26:15 (NIV)

16What you have done is not good. As surely as the LORD lives, you and your men deserve to die, because you did not guard your master, the LORD’S anointed. Look around you. Where are the king’s spear and water jug that were near his head?”
1 Samuel 26:16 (NIV)

17Saul recognized David’s voice and said, “Is that your voice, David my son?” David replied, “Yes it is, my lord the king.”
1 Samuel 26:17 (NIV)

18And he added, “Why is my lord pursuing his servant? What have I done, and what wrong am I guilty of?
1 Samuel 26:18 (NIV)

19Now let my lord the king listen to his servant’s words. If the LORD has incited you against me, then may he accept an offering. If, however, men have done it, may they be cursed before the LORD! They have now driven me from my share in the LORD’S inheritance and have said, ‘Go, serve other gods.’
1 Samuel 26:19 (NIV)

20Now do not let my blood fall to the ground far from the presence of the LORD. The king of Israel has come out to look for a flea —as one hunts a partridge in the mountains. ”
1 Samuel 26:20 (NIV)

21Then Saul said, “I have sinned. Come back, David my son. Because you considered my life precious today, I will not try to harm you again. Surely I have acted like a fool and have erred greatly.”
1 Samuel 26:21 (NIV)

22“Here is the king’s spear,” David answered. “Let one of your young men come over and get it.
1 Samuel 26:22 (NIV)

23The LORD rewards every man for his righteousness and faithfulness. The LORD delivered you into my hands today, but I would not lay a hand on the LORD’S anointed.
1 Samuel 26:23 (NIV)

24As surely as I valued your life today, so may the LORD value my life and deliver me from all trouble.”
1 Samuel 26:24 (NIV)

25Then Saul said to David, “May you be blessed, my son David; you will do great things and surely triumph.” So David went on his way, and Saul returned home.
1 Samuel 26:25 (NIV)

 Even though God had protected David and delivered Saul into his hands twice, he was so overwhelmed with the fear of being killed by Saul that he fled and lived for a time amongst the Philistines so Saul would stop pursuing him.

Have you ever been there? God has never let you down or forsaken you, yet you still worry and fret and make many of your decisions based on your fear.
God does not want us to do that!!

We've got to learn to trust His will and plan for our lives!!

 Eventually Saul's army was defeated by the Philistines and rather than be captured by them, Saul took his own life. Later David became the new king. God had helped David overcome the overwhelming odds against him.
So David wrote the song about his experience.

Back to the Song

The verses of this song outline what you and I need to do when we are overwhelmed...

Acknowledge who God is!

2He said: “The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer;
2 Samuel 22:2 (NIV)

3my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation. He is my stronghold, my refuge and my savior—from violent men you save me.
2 Samuel 22:3 (NIV)

Call on the Lord!!

4I call to the LORD, who is worthy of praise, and I am saved from my enemies.
2 Samuel 22:4 (NIV)

5“The waves of death swirled about me; the torrents of destruction overwhelmed me.
2 Samuel 22:5 (NIV)

6The cords of the grave coiled around me; the snares of death confronted me.
2 Samuel 22:6 (NIV)

7In my distress I called to the LORD; I called out to my God. From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came to his ears.
2 Samuel 22:7 (NIV)

Trust and know that He has heard your cries!!

Don't wonder if He has heard your cries, know that He has heard your cries!!!