In 2 Samuel 22, David exalts the Lord and recounts the ways He has blessed him. In verse 21, David states a major theme, namely that the Lord rewards those that have received his gift of righteousness. This gift is not based on anything we do, but it is based on our faith in what God has done for us. Jesus is our righteousness. Galatians 3:6 reminds us that “Abraham believed God and it was counted to him as righteousness.” The rewards that the Lord gives us are not the same as salvation. Salvation is the starting point, the entrance into the Kingdom. From that point on, our whole life’s journey presents one opportunity after another to “believe God.” We believe Him for greater revelation. We believe Him to reveal Himself to us in all the various aspects of His character as our life presents new challenges to us. When we are sick, we believe Him as Healer. When we need provision, we believe Him as provider. When we are stuck in sin or bondage, we believe Him as Deliverer. When we are hurt and grieving, we believe Him as Comforter. This is how we grow in our knowledge of God. At each point, the revelation of His character and the benefits He releases to us are our rewards.
Secondly, David says, “According to the cleanness of my hands He has recompensed me.” As we know, David was not sinless, yet he trusted God to restore him on every level. This is another gift the Father gives to His children because we seek to know and obey Him, not because we are perfect in our actions. Hebrews 11:6 says “Without faith it is impossible to please God, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.” When we seek to please God, He rewards us and considers us blameless because the Blood of Jesus was spilled on our behalf. It is not enough just to believe that God is. Many people believe that God exists, but He is not real and personal to them. There cannot be relationship without knowing the nature and character of God. When we move past just knowing that He’s out there somewhere, and we seek to know what pleases Him and cause our thoughts and actions to line up with His, then you can depend on His reward. David knew that he sinned, but he also knew the heart of God, and God certainly rewarded him for his pursuit.
It is amazing to realize that David had revelation of this before Jesus was born! Because David diligently sought the Lord, God rewarded him with revelation that was “before his time.” This is available to each of us. We can pull down revelation that is stored up for future generations. Because of our hunger for more of Him, He will respond by releasing revelation it to us in our day. Don’t you want to be like David?