Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Matthew Henry on David

       Here are a few quotes from my Matthew Henry reading today in 1 Samuel 23 ~
"Those are unlike to David who sullenly decline to do good because they have not been so well considered as they deserved for the services they have done."
"It is our duty, and will be our case and comfort, whatever happens, to acknowledge God in all our ways and to seek direction from him."
 "Here is, David absconding. He abode in a wilderness, in a mountain, in a wood. We must here, Commend his eminent virtues, his humility, modesty, fidelity to his prince, and patient attendance on the providence of his God, that he did not draw up his forces against Saul, fight him in the field, or surprise him by some stratagem or other, and so avenge his own quarrel and that of the Lord's priests upon him, and put an end to his own troubles.... No, he makes no such attempt; he keeps God's way, waits God's time, and is content to secure himself in woods and wildernesses, though with some it might seem a reproach to that courage for which he had been famous....What shall we say to this? Let it make us think the worse of this world, which often gives such bad treatment to its best men; let it reconcile even great and active men to privacy and restraint, if Providence make these their lot, for they were David's; and let it make us long for that kingdom where goodness shall for ever be in glory and holiness in honor, and the righteous shall shine as the sun, which cannot be put under a bushel."
" 'And Jonathan Saul's son arose, and went to David into the wood, and strengthened his hand in God.'  The very sight of Jonathan was reviving to David; but, besides this, he said that to him which was very encouraging. As a pious friend, he directed him to God, the foundation of his confidence and the fountain of his comfort: He strengthened his hand in God. David, though a strong believer, needed the help of his friends for the perfecting of what was lacking in his faith; and herein Jonathan was helpful to him, by reminding him of the promise of God, the holy oil wherewith he was anointed, the presence of God with him hitherto, and the many experiences he had had of God's goodness to him. Thus he strengthened his hands for action, by encouraging his heart, not in the creature, but in God."
 "The wisdom of God is never at a loss for ways and means to preserve his people... David, having thus escaped, took shelter in some natural fortresses, which he found in the wilderness of En-gedi. And this was the wilderness of Judah, in which David was when he penned Psalm 63, which breathes as much pious and devout affection as almost any of his psalms; for in all places and in all conditions he still kept up his communion with God."


                                                          

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"Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it."
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