2 Samuel 23* David's last words. (1-7) David's mighty men. (8-39)1-7 These words of David are very worthy of regard. Let thosewho have had long experience of God's goodness, and thepleasantness of heavenly wisdom, when they come to finish theircourse, bear their testimony to the truth of the promise. Davidavows his Divine inspiration, that the Spirit of God spake byhim. He, and other holy men, spake and wrote as they were movedby the Holy Ghost. In many things he had his own neglect andwrong conduct to blame. But David comforted himself that theLord had made with him an everlasting covenant. By this heprincipally intended the covenant of mercy and peace, which theLord made with him as a sinner, who believed in the promisedSaviour, who embraced the promised blessing, who yielded uphimself to the Lord, to be his redeemed servant. Believers shallfor ever enjoy covenant blessings; and God the Father, Son, andHoly Ghost, shall be for ever glorified in their salvation. Thuspardon, righteousness, grace, and eternal life, are secured asthe gift of God through Jesus Christ. There is an infinitefulness of grace and all blessings treasured up in Christ, forthose who seek his salvation. This covenant was all David'ssalvation, he so well knew the holy law of God and the extent ofhis own sinfulness, that he perceived what was needful for hisown case in this salvation. It was therefore all his desire. Incomparison, all earthly objects lost their attractions; he waswilling to give them up, or to die and leave them, that he mightenjoy full happiness, #Ps 73:24-28|. Still the power of evil,and the weakness of his faith, hope, and love, were his griefand burden. Doubtless he would have allowed that his ownslackness and want of care were the cause; but the hope that heshould soon be made perfect in glory, encouraged him in hisdying moments. 8-39 David once earnestly longed for the water at the well ofBethlehem. It seems to be an instance of weakness. He wasthirsty; with the water of that well he had often refreshedhimself when a youth, and it was without due thought that hedesired it. Were his valiant men so forward to exposethemselves, upon the least hint of their prince's mind, and soeager to please him, and shall not we long to approve ourselvesto our Lord Jesus, by ready compliance with his will, as shownus by his word, Spirit, and providence? But David poured out thewater as a drink-offering to the Lord. Thus he would cross hisown foolish fancy, and punish himself for indulging it, and showthat he had sober thoughts to correct his rash ones, and knewhow to deny himself. Did David look upon that water as veryprecious which was got at the hazard of these men's blood, andshall not we much more value those benefits for purchasing whichour blessed Saviour shed his blood? Let all beware of neglectingso great salvation.
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