“Faster than a speeding bullet!
More powerful than a locomotive!
Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound!
Look, up in the sky!
It’s a bird!
It’s a plane!
Is that what God’s Word is promising in this song of David recorded in 2 Samuel 22:30? Is the Lord promising Superman power to His followers? Yes and no. I’m not sure that the Lord will make us faster than a bullet or improve our high jump, but His supernatural power can and will be at work in us. If that was true for David in his time on that side of Calvary, how much more true is it for us on this side of the Cross and this side of the coming of the Holy Spirit? Remember Jesus words:
“I assure you: The one who believes in Me will also do the works that I do. And he will do even greater works than these, because I am going to the Father. Whatever you ask in My name, I will do it so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it. “If you love Me, you will keep My commands. And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Counselor to be with you forever. He is the Spirit of truth. The world is unable to receive Him because it doesn’t see Him or know Him. But you do know Him, because He remains with you and will be in you. I will not leave you as orphans; I am coming to you.” (John 14:12–18, HCSB)
That certainly sounds like supernatural power. How does the Lord work supernaturally in our lives? First and foremost, the Lord rescues us from walking in our own way in the darkness. He illuminates our path. He is our lamp. We can see where we are going and see the obstacles before us. Just one verse before, David wrote: “Lord, You are my lamp; the Lord illuminates my darkness.” (2 Samuel 22:29, HCSB). He saves us from walking in darkness.
Second, He will work in us to give us victory over the barriers and walls in our lives that prevent us from accomplishing His will. Every one of us has growth barriers. Growth barriers may be attitudes, actions, addictions, thoughts, limitations, or challenges that stunt our growth as disciples of Jesus. Our growth barriers are really sins. As we mature, we learn to overcome those sins in the power and strength of God and the Holy Spirit. We learn to walk increasingly in His way and not our own. Again, David: “God—His way is perfect; the word of the Lord is pure. He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him.” (2 Samuel 22:31, HCSB)
Finally, there are absolutely times when God gives us strength and wisdom beyond our human capabilities. Scripture is full of miraculous moments when God acted through His people to accomplish His purposes. David wrote in these verses that with “my God I can leap over a wall.” Not only is that poetic and beautiful language, but David knew it to be true! In the Lord’s strength, David, in effect, jumped over the walls of Jerusalem to capture that city. Detractors and doubters said to David and his men, “You will never get into Jerusalem.” So, David just took the tunnel through the wall:
“The king and his men marched to Jerusalem against the Jebusites who inhabited the land. The Jebusites had said to David: “You will never get in here. Even the blind and lame can repel you”; thinking, “David can’t get in here.” Yet David did capture the stronghold of Zion, that is, the city of David. He said that day, “Whoever attacks the Jebusites must go through the water shaft to reach the lame and the blind who are despised by David.” For this reason it is said, “The blind and the lame will never enter the house.” David took up residence in the stronghold, which he named the city of David. He built it up all the way around from the supporting terraces inward.” (2 Samuel 5:6–9, HCSB)
In the Lord’s strength and in the power of His Holy Spirit, our Counselor and Helper, we can overcome the barriers and walls that prevent us from thriving in the faith.