Monday, April 25, 2016

Do You Need a Guarantee?

O. T. #742 "Do You Need a Guarantee?"
April 25, 2016
2 Samuel 23
His agreement is arranged and guaranteed in every detail. 2 Samuel 23:5


What would your last words be if you knew this was your last week in this life? Do you have some words of life to share with us? What life lessons have you learned? Do you have some light, hope, and security to share? Is your life a mess and  you need a guarantee that it will all turn out okay? David found it all. Shall we find out how and where?

IV. David's Last Words or The Second of David's Songs

Here is David's final literary legacy to Israel, but not his final speech. In verse 1, David acknowledges that the psalms he wrote were directed by the Holy Spirit and were the very Word of God. I wonder if he was amazed that God collected them and placed them in the Bible.  He praised his God from the heart.

Peter tells us in 2 Peter 1:20-21, that no prophecy of scripture is of any private interpretation. the prophecy was not by the will of man, but by holy men of God who spoke as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.

David had a sense of wonder that God would use him to convey His Words. What does he say?
  • David starts out describing himself as in a humble manner, the son of a farmer, sheep herder, son of Jesse. (verse 1)
  • He knew that he was the man appointed by the God of Jacob, as king of Israel. (verse 1)
  • David wanted to be remembered as a sweet psalmist of Israel. He was a musician, a writer of music, a player of music, and probably a singer of music. (verse 1)
  • The Spirit of the Lord spoke through David and David spoke for the Lord. God's divine instrument of revelation and inspiration is the Holy Spirit. (verse 2)
  • The Rock of Israel told David that the one who rules righteously and in the fear of God is like the light of the morning at sunrise, like a morning without clouds, like the gleaming of the sun on new grass after rain.
The fear of God denotes a healthy reverence for His power and majesty. (Holman Illustrated Bible Commentary)

Are we living in the fear of God, respecting His power and majesty, as the One who is sitting upon the throne of the universe? Not only is God hope, security, light, and strength to David, but He wants to be ours also.

Psalm 27:1 says, The LORD is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear? The LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

Psalm 27:14 encourages us to Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and He shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.

Psalm 29:11 assures us The LORD will give strength unto His people; the LORD will bless His people with peace.


David asks, in verse 5, Is it not my family God has chosen?
Then he answers his own question, Yes, He has made an everlasting covenant with me.
How does David describe this covenant with God?
  • God's agreement is arranged and guaranteed in every detail. (verse 5b)
  • He will ensure David's safety and success. (verse 5c)
David confessed that his house had not always ruled over God's people in righteousness and in the fear of God, thus not the fulfillment of 7:12-16. God had set up the Davidic dynasty, established the Davidic kingdom, and ensured certainty of the Davidic throne. However, the coming Messiah would establish David's kingdom forever. (MacArthur)

Are you a part of God's family, His child? Jesus Christ has made the arrangements for us by providing Himself as the sacrifice required in order to enter heaven-perfection and a blood sacrifice. He has guaranteed in every detail, given us His promises. He will bring us through this life safely and we will succeed. Maybe our success is not according to worldly standards, but if our life is lived by God's standards and in His will, then we are successful!

All I can do is take His hand and walk on this country road of faith, following in His footprints, one more day, a step at a time.


Stop focusing on the world's standards for my life, judging my success by them.

Focus on Jesus' life and God's standards.

Hold onto His guarantees-light, strength, courage, hope, salvation, heaven.

Sing praises to my wonderful Savior!

Follow Jesus, one step at a time by faith.

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