2 Samuel 7:18-29
2 Samuel 7:18
overwhelmed with gratitude he entered the Lord’s tabernacle and reverently sat down and worshipped
2 Samuel 7:18
This is the common feeling of all the Lord’s kings and priests. They wonder why they should be chosen, and they adore the sovereign grace which elected them.
2 Samuel 7:19
Do men act thus? No, for as far as the heavens are above the earth, so high are the Lords ways above man’s ways. He blesses divinely and not after the stinted measure of man’s charity.
2 Samuel 7:20
This is our comfort, that when our souls are too full for utterance the Lord reads our feelings. If words fail us, God hears the songs or the sighs of our hearts.
2 Samuel 7:21
He disclaims all merit, and ascribes all to the gratuitous bounty of God. He was a free-grace man. He placed the crown upon the right head, and gave glory to God alone.
2 Samuel 7:22
There is none like the Lord, and there are no people like his people. Faith deals with matters which are altogether unique, therefore our gratitude should prompt us to unusual deeds of service. If we receive more than others, we must do more than others.
2 Samuel 7:23, 24
This is a delightful reflection. God’s choice of his people is not temporary, but eternal. He never changes in his relation to his people.
2 Samuel 7:25
These last words contain the essence of prayer—”Do as thou hast said.” The only solid foothold for faith is God’s word. When a sinner comes before God, he must have nothing else to rely upon except this—”Do as thou hast said.” If we cannot plead a promise we cannot ask in confidence; but with God’s word before us, we know that his faithfulness will make it good, and therefore we are very bold.
2 Samuel 7:26, 27
What we find promised in God’s word we may most fitly find it in our hearts to pray for. Has the Lord said it? then let us seek it.
2 Samuel 7:28, 29
Pleading the promises is the sinew and muscle of prayer. As we bring promissory notes to those who have signed them, so should we bring the promises of Holy Scripture before the Lord, and entreat him to make good his word. Let us continually cry to him—”Do as thou hast said.”
Lord, for thy name’s sake! such the plea,
With force triumphant fraught,
By which thy saints prevail with thee,
By thine own Spirit taught.
Oh, for thy name’s sake, richly grant
The unction from above;
Fulfil thy holy covenant,
And glorify thy love.