This week’s sermon is entitled “David’s Last Words,” and is from 2 Samuel 23:1-7. We have here David’s last proclamation, a royal pronouncement, and a prophecy from God’s own mouth. In it, we are reminded that there is a Covenant, a promise, that will come to pass regarding a son of David’s. This son will be the last King in the Davidic line, and his throne will endure forever. This is, of course, Jesus Christ, and with Him, we have hope for the future. The unbeliever has no such hope, he is excluded from the sure Kingdom. It will be a message of hope in our troubled times. We will have four divisions:
- The Kingdom of God is Sure
- The Kingdom of God Desirable
- The Kingdom of God is Exclusive
- The Kingdom of God is Our Hope
Public reading: Psalm 1; Benediction: Romans 15:13
2 Samuel 23:1-7
23:1 Now these are the last words of David:
The oracle of David, the son of Jesse,
the oracle of the man who was raised on high,
the anointed of the God of Jacob,
the sweet psalmist of Israel:
2 “The Spirit of the Lord speaks by me;
his word is on my tongue.
3 The God of Israel has spoken;
the Rock of Israel has said to me:
When one rules justly over men,
ruling in the fear of God,
4 he dawns on them like the morning light,
like the sun shining forth on a cloudless morning,
like rain that makes grass to sprout from the earth.
5 “For does not my house stand so with God?
For he has made with me an everlasting covenant,
ordered in all things and secure.
For will he not cause to prosper
all my help and my desire?
6 But worthless men are all like thorns that are thrown away,
for they cannot be taken with the hand;
7 but the man who touches them
arms himself with iron and the shaft of a spear,
and they are utterly consumed with fire.” (ESV)
1:1 Blessed is the man
who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,
nor stands in the way of sinners,
nor sits in the seat of scoffers;
2 but his delight is in the law of the Lord,
and on his law he meditates day and night.
3 He is like a tree
planted by streams of water
that yields its fruit in its season,
and its leaf does not wither.
In all that he does, he prospers.
4 The wicked are not so,
but are like chaff that the wind drives away.
5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous;
6 for the Lord knows the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked will perish. (ESV)