Bible > 2 Samuel > Chapter 22 > Verse 31 Library • Free Downloads • eBibles Judging, then, of the character of Biblical teaching as a whole, what is the verdict? "Commentary on 2 Samuel 22:31". Intro: David has done it all! 34 He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he causes me to stand on the heights. BibliographyScofield, C. I. Of the first, so far as both God and man are concerned, we are competent to judge; on the second, we can only form a judgment of beings endued and encumbered with like passions as ourselves. We are surrounded by depths on every side. Religion is with them no effort, no struggle, no conflict, no sacrifice. And the principle on which I ground the assertion, is simply this--“The end of faith “is” “the salvation of the soul;” this is the one great object, which must be pursued through all difficulties and accomplished at all sacrifices; a true believer, therefore, can only then begin to doubt--on reflection, at least--when he is placed in circumstances, of which he can positively say, “These cannot minister either to my salvation, or to the salvation of any other living soul.” Now, this cannot be affirmed even of entanglement in sin; for, “Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another,” exhorted the apostle James, “that ye may be healed”--the inference from which is that the acknowledgment of a fault may instrumentally confer a great benefit upon another than the commission of it has inflicted injury upon the believer himself. In still more modern days its teachings and records have been assailed by the fierce fire of criticism, hostile and mighty. Here it is: “What the law could not do,” etc. God's salvation is provided, on the one hand, fully for the vindication of His own glory, while on the other hand He has adapted His salvation fully to the need of men. New; Topics; Prayer . Among the conclusions to which David had been drawn, is that which is presented to us in the simple but pregnant words of the text. 35 He trains my hands for battle; my arms can bend a … That, in comparison with the way we might have preferred, it is infinitely superior. He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him. Now, the Scriptures have been subject, during thousands of years, to this conclusive test. It is perfectly scientific. Copyright StatementThe New John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible Modernised and adapted for the computer by Larry Pierce of Online Bible. 33 It is God who arms me with strength[ a] and keeps my way secure. and we have no inheritance in the son of Jesse;. See how long and severe the trial to which they have been subjected! Let us trust the Word of God with a confidence suited to its entire trustworthiness. What we see, however, we feel to be “perfect.”, 2. The influence which this truth should have upon us. Trust is active. But here the reference is rather to the course of his providence - the way in which he leads, governs, protects, and delivers his servants. But “as for God, His way is perfect” in the Church. I. Now, when we test the teachings of the Bible by these, and ask, "What is the result?" 2. (3) God is a Person; and in Christ, the express image of His person, we may talk to Him as a friend to a friend. The dross and alloy have been destroyed; the precious gold of truth shines the more brightly. III. (2) To them he is a Shield. III. "As for God, His way is blameless; The word of the LORD is tested; He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him. https: In reference to His providential dealings, most unquestionably David's testimony was that God's way is perfect; and indeed this is the point in the psalm. 2 SAMUEL 22:31. "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". "Commentary on 2 Samuel 22:31". 2. Sermons by Book; Sermons by Topic; Sermons by Authors; Sermons by Series; Images . Notice the reason of the perfectness of God's way as the way of a soul. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 22:31". DAVID’S SONG OF SONGS. I. In nothing has this been more fully shown than in the history of the sacred Scriptures. As for God, His way is perfect; the word of the LORD is flawless. What we see, however, we feel to be "perfect. “Hath God said, and shall He not do it? II. Let us trust the Word of God with a confidence suited to its entire trustworthiness. But those who live by faith in God naturally turn to him in danger and distress. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 22:31". The two questions, “How?” and “Why?” were constantly in his thoughts--whether he considered his own life, or the dispensations of Providence in the government of the world. It is of the first that David speaks. What is the use of a strong arm with a flimsy sword? Here again faith must come in. Not in purpose; not in power. Then is the time to profit by what we have already learnt — not to enter upon that lesson for the acquirement of which a whole life might be far too brief. Countless wheels and thousands of threads were twirling in all directions; he could understand nothing of its movements. We are called, however, on the present occasion to consider the gain, the incalculable gain of those who trust God. The aspect in which a man of faith and a man of this world regard all that is passing around them is as different as light can be from darkness. What is the testimony of many of these, men of sceptical, but deeply, reverent minds? We have, in the words of our text--first, the perfection of God’s way--next, the purity of God’s Word--and, lastly, the privilege of God’s people. 1874-1909. word = statements. I drink therein rest, self-knowledge, hope, faith, love, carefulness (circumspection), and the fear of God, so that I look at life and the world in quite another fashion than what I did before. "E.W. THE METHOD BY WHICH ALMOST EVERYTHING MAY BE SURELY TESTED IS THAT OF EXPERIENCE. This fact makes necessary tile application of some reliable test to those things, whether material, intellectual, or moral, that come to us with high claims of value, The gold or silver that has been tried and stamped as genuine is that which the jeweller alone accepts as genuine. The aspect in which a man of faith and a man of this world regard all that is passing around them is as different as light can be from darkness. Our knowledge of creation is very limited. He is a shield for all who look to him for protection. In our own land, even in the lifetime of most of the persons to whom I am preaching, at the very time when everything seemed ready for the Church to advance on her great aggressive work against the heathenism that was around her, to rise to her position as the evangelist of distant nations, and to delve into the courts and alleys, and to go down into the cellars and to climb the garrets in our own heathen England; when the Church seemed ready to gird herself to this work, and faithful ministers were raised up, there has come some blight, of deadly heresy upon us, and we have been constrained to enter into controversy even with our own brethren, with men bearing the ministry of our own Church. I. Now, this cannot be affirmed even of entanglement in sin; for, "Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another," exhorted the apostle James, "that ye may be healed" — the inference from which is that the acknowledgment of a fault may instrumentally confer a great benefit upon another than the commission of it has inflicted injury upon the believer himself. God's Word contains not a promise to the ungodly and unholy, however troubled they may be, unless the trouble subdue their hearts to a true repentance. ; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. than the essential condition, imposed on all such as would be saved, of an entire and implicit trust in God; nothing more simple, from the very nature of the case — nothing more reasonable, from the impossibility of the opposite. I. 1909-1922. This morning we gather, once again, to give thanks for all that God … "His way is perfect." They are under the guardianship of his knowledge, power, goodness, faithfulness; and these must fail before they can perish. Voltaire declared that ten years after his attack on the Christian system it would cease to be. 2. 29 “For You are my lamp, O Lord; The Lord shall enlighten my darkness. The way which is prescribed for our moral conduct is "perfect.". Looking back on his own life, with its many difficulties, struggles, and perils, David could see enough of the way of God in it all to awaken in him a profound conviction that it was a perfect way. None of God’s people will, on reflection, ever find cause to question the purity of His Word, the integrity of His promise. Such confidence is vain. II. Battery after battery of the most powerful and perfected artillery has been placed in position, and threatened by its presence and force to destroy the fortress of truth. BibliographyJamieson, Robert, D.D. https: THE WORKS OF GOD REGARDED AS THE CREATOR. It is of the first that David speaks. 3. But this is a grateful commemoration, not an insinuated complaint. II. 2 Samuel 22:31. Tested by our own modern conceptions and ideas of what is truly noble and Divine, what is the result? It seldom fails. Knows perfectly all the future, all possible hindrances to the accomplishment of his purposes, and his own power to conquer them. III. (2) Unwavering confidence, however dark some of the Divine proceedings may be, whether towards ourselves or others. Outside the Scriptures themselves these are found in the human conscience, judgment, and reason. Their teachings are proved to be genuine and Divine because they bear infallibly the critical force of experience. But that which is the "truth and of the truth" becomes more and more clearly revealed as genuine and precious. 2. He was informed, however, that all this motion was connected with the centre, where there was a chest which was kept shut. (2Sa 22:31-46) David's deliverance comes from God. 3. Following the light within them, men like Socrates, Plato, Seneca, Marcus Aurelius, Buddha, arid Confucius have attained to marvellous views of truth, and have given utterance to teaching the moral beauty and Divine character of which we cannot deny. What is the way? The manner in which they stand the wear and tear of actual life is the infallible sign of their genuineness. (As for … The Apostle Paul declares that by the light within even the heathen are capable of seeing the grand distinction between right and wrong, and of feeling the charm of moral beauty and truth. Here again faith must come in. Look at the Book. Men’s experience of sin and its penalty is but a testimony to the reality and Divine character of that Book that declares: “The soul that sinneth, it shall die.” But equally true is the opposite experience: What is the testimony of those who have put its teachings to the test of practice--who have not merely tried them by reason and the moral judgment, but subjected them to the experiment of actual obedience? 3. (1) The way of passion; (2) the way of pride; (3) the way of the world. And yet the searches and the conclusions of modern science are only revealing, we hesitate not to affirm, greater wonders, and those wonders are increasingly exhibiting the perfection of God s laws. II. Pure — The Hebrew word is used of the smelting and refining of metals in the furnaces. 30 For by You I can run against a troop; By my God I can leap over a … There is the fullest adaptation to the need of the sinner, and there is the most glorious illustration of the glory of God. He who trusts in Him is safe from all foes. Whatever portion may be allotted to those who serve God, of that chastening, which “for the present seemeth not to be joyous, but grievous,” they possess, if not a clue to all God’s dealings, that which will be at least a balm, and a solace, and a support, under all trials, in the single emphatic assurance “As for God, His way is perfect.” He proportions the endurance to the issue, and adapts the way to the end--to many ends, for “we are members one of another.”. The meaning is that God's Word is thoroughly genuine, true, sincere, free from every particle of opposite qualities. or hath He spoken, and shall He not make it good?” Who can even conceive of a God all power, unable--or of a God all love, unwilling--to redeem His pledge, and to accomplish His purpose? But there are one or two lines of thought that will serve to show the Divine character of that revelation contained in the Holy Scriptures. Thus whatever tends to throw more or less of uncertainty upon human promises is absent from the Divine (see further on 2 Samuel 7:28). Notice the ways of man with which David had had opportunity to compare the perfect way of God. Our sermon ideas on 2 Samuel will help you preach a powerful message on God's unconditional promise to David. As for God, his way is perfect , [ taamiym (Hebrew #8549), complete, faultless; Septuagint, amoomos (Greek #299), blameless]. They recite articles of faith, they respond to the utterance of prayer, they listen to the preaching of the Gospel; and then they return into the world with undiminished relish of its vanities--not, as they ought, with a livelier perception of its emptiness, and an increased repugnance to its pollutions, and a more settled abhorrence of its sins. (Canon Miller, D.D. "Perfect" in its justice; it honours the righteousness of God. Thus the word of God is pure, having been tried by David and others in many a fiery ordeal. Trust is active. (3) Cheerful submission to the guidance and government of God. This conviction flashing on the corrupt soul in eternity, is the hell of the lost. It is the only safe method. It rests with every individual hearer to “examine himself whether he be in the faith,” to “prove his own self,” (T. Dale, M. It has been "tested," put to the proof, in ten thousands of instances, and has ever been found true. "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". A besieged garrison may have splendid military equipment, and yet in the process of a long siege they may be so impoverished in body as to be reduced to absolute impotence, And so I say a soldier needs the two-fold gift; he requires health and armour, the strength and the shield. e “We have no portion in David,. “He hath also established them for ever and ever; He hath made a decree which shall not pass.” (Psalms 118:6. THE PROTECTION WHICH GOD AFFORDS TO HIS PEOPLE. A. 2 Samuel 22:3 "The God of my rock; in him will I trust: [he is] my shield, and the horn of my salvation, … II. The eye of the child also turned in the same direction, and, without any request on my part, he read the text aloud: “The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul.” As I heard the words from my dear boy’s lips, they seemed to sink into my heart with a power they had never done before.