the First Week of Lent
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Charles Spurgeon's "Morning & Evening"
“God dwelleth not in temples made with hands.”
2 Samuel 7:1-17
2 Samuel 7:1 , 2 Samuel 7:2
It was a very gracious thought, and such an one as ought to be upon our own minds, if we know that the worship of God is in need of suitable accommodation. If God gives us a house, let us not be slow to find room for his service.
2 Samuel 7:3
Good men naturally like to encourage good designs, and therefore the seer spake out of the fulness of his heart. Yet he was mistaken. It was the prerogative of the Lord Jesus always to speak the mind of God, which he alone perfectly knew; other prophets only spake it when the spirit of prophecy rested upon them; yet, if in anything they were mistaken, the Lord soon rectified their error. Nathan did not refuse to unsay his own words when he was better instructed, neither should any of us be slow to retract if we have unknowingly taught any error.
2 Samuel 7:4-11
The Lord accepts the will for the deed, and pays back his saints in their own coin. Because David willed to build God a house, God built David’s house. Truly we serve a good master.
2 Samuel 7:16
This was a glorious covenant even as to its surface meaning, but there was a deeper sense underlying it all, and a special reference to that greater Son of David who shall for ever build up the church. The words, “If he commit iniquity,” are by some rendered ”if I make him sin,” thus referring the whole passage to him who was made sin for us.
2 Samuel 7:17
In 1 Chronicles 22:7, 1 Chronicles 22:8, David mentions one of the reasons why he was not allowed to build the temple ”As for me, it was in my mind to build an house unto the name of the Lord my God: but the word of the Lord came to me, saying, Thou shalt not build an house unto my name, because thou hast shed much blood upon the earth in my sight.” It was not appropriate that he who had been the Lord’s executioner on so large a scale should build the temple. God is very jealous of his own honour; and even where there may be no positive sin, yet the blunted feeling incident to some modes of life may disqualify a man for the higher forms of the Lord’s service.
“Bless the house of thy servant.”
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 , 2 Samuel 7:24
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 , 2 Samuel 7:27
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 , 2 Samuel 7:29
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.