“He Who Rules...”
We begin to look at the last words of David…
2 Sa 23:2-4
“The Spirit of the LORD spoke by me,
And His word was on my tongue.
“The God of Israel said,
The Rock of Israel spoke to me,
‘He who rules over men righteously,
Who rules in the fear of God,
Is as the light of the morning when the sun rises,
A morning without clouds,
When the tender grass springs out of the earth,
Through sunshine after rain.’
David declares that the Spirit of the Lord had spoke by him…through him.
The Lord’s Word was upon David’s tongue.
The God of Israel…
The Rock of Israel spoke to David.
The Lord spoke of ruling righteously over men and ruling in the fear of God.
Such a ruler is…
- as the light of the morning when the sun rises
- as a morning without clouds
- as when the tender grass springs out of the earth
- as sunshine after the rain
The Spirit of the Lord revealed to David how he was to reign.
The Spirit of the Lord reveals to us how we are to live.
Are we doing so?
Are we shining as light in the darkness?
Are we the salt of the earth?
Begin with yourself.
Rule yourself righteously.
Rule yourself in the fear of God.
“Last Words of David”
The next verse in the account of David’s life in 2 Samuel is interesting.
It describes David.
It also has a timing element.
2 Sa 23:1
Now these are the last words of David.
David the son of Jesse declares,
The man who was raised on high declares,
The anointed of the God of Jacob,
And the sweet psalmist of Israel,
What we will be reading are the last words of David.
David, the son of Jesse.
David was the man who was raised on high.
David was anointed of God.
David, the sweet psalmist of Israel.
How would you be described when your last days arrive?
“Tower of Deliverance”
David continues his song of praise to the Lord and closes with these thoughts…
2 Sa 22:50-51
“Therefore I will give thanks to You, O LORD, among the nations,
And I will sing praises to Your name.
“He is a tower of deliverance to His king,
And shows lovingkindness to His anointed,
To David and his descendants forever.”
In light of all that David had recounted and declared..
Therefore, he gave thanks to the Lord.
He did so among the nations.
He sang praises to His name.
Do you believe the truths that David declared of the Lord?
The Lord is a Tower of Deliverance.
The Lord shows lovingkindness to His anointed.
The Lord did so to David and his descendants forever.
The Lord does so for those who believe today…Jew/Gentile, free/slave, male/female, etc.
“God of the Rock”
David continues to praise the Lord in song.
Note carefully all that is revealed in the verses that the Lord did for David.
2 Sa 22:47-49
“The LORD lives, and blessed be my rock;
And exalted be God, the rock of my salvation,
The God who executes vengeance for me,
And brings down peoples under me,
Who also brings me out from my enemies;
You even lift me above those who rise up against me;
You rescue me from the violent man.
David declares that the Lord lives.
He is not just “some fantasy god”.
He is real.
He is alive.
David blesses the Lord.
He declares that the Lord is his Rock, the Rock of his salvation.
David exalts the Lord.
- the God who executes vengeance for David…and us
- the God who brings down people under David
- the God who delivers from enemies
- the God who lifts us up above those who rise against us
- the God who rescue from the violent
The Lord did all this for David.
The Lord was his Rock.
He will do the same for those who believe, who call upon Him, who are truly saved.
Have you believed…truly?
If so, rejoice, He will do battle for you.
He is our Rock.