David’s Last Words: Remember the Promise
1. What God did for David
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 Samuel 23:1 (ESV)
These last words are probably a prepared public testimony for the entire nation.
2. What God said through David
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 . . .2 Samuel 23:2-3 (ESV)
David’s characteristic of God’s inspired word through him is reminiscent of Paul’s description of Scripture.
16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 2 Timothy 3:16 (ESV)
3. What God promised to David
3 . . . 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 . . . 2 Samuel 23:3-5 (ESV)
David pictures the duties, benefits, and promises for God’s king.
4. What God covenanted with David
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? 2 Samuel 23:5 (ESV)
David focuses specifically on the covenant that God has made with his house, as seen in the hope that David’s help (or salvation) and desire will prosper.
5. What God judges according to David
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.” 2 Samuel 23:6-7 (ESV)
Those who oppose God’s purpose are like thorns that a farmer clears for the good of the land.
38 But transgressors shall be altogether destroyed; the future of the wicked shall be cut off. Psalm 37:38 (ESV)
41 The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will gather out of his kingdom all causes of sin and all law-breakers, 42 and throw them into the fiery furnace. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Matthew 13:41-42 (ESV)
10 Now therefore, O kings, be wise; be warned, O rulers of the earth.
11 Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling.
12 Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and you perish in the way, for his wrath is quickly kindled. Blessed are all who take refuge in him. Psalm 2:10-12 (ESV)