22 Blessed is Hashem, for He has been wondrously faithful to me, a veritable bastion.
ba-RUKH a-do-NAI KEE hif-LEE khas-DO LEE b’-EER ma-TZOR
כב בָּרוּךְ יְהֹוָה כִּי הִפְלִיא חַסְדּוֹ לִי בְּעִיר מָצוֹר׃
31:22 For He has been wondrously faithful to me, a veritable bastion
King David sings Hashem’s praise for being by his side during the most trying times, especially when King Shaul seeks to destroy him. David teaches us the recipe for protecting against enemies even from within: Keep God close by, and heed His words. In this verse, he praises the Lord for being faithful to him b’eer matzor (בעיר מצור). Though translated here a ‘a veritable bastion,’ these words can also mean ‘a besieged city.’ According to Rashi, this is a reference to the city of Keilah, described in Shmuel I (chapter 23). After saving that city from the Philistines, David learns that Shaul is on the chase. He wonders if the people of Keilah will turn him over to Shaul, and asks Hashem for guidance because Keilah is “a town with gates and bars” (I Samuel 23:7) and once Shaul arrives he will be trapped inside. God tells David that Shaul is indeed on the way, and that the people of Keilah will turn on him if he remains in the ‘besieged city.’ David gathers his men and leaves the city at once, causing Shaul to give up the chase. Once again, David, saved by Hashem’s counsel, sings a song of praise to his redeemer.