Battery after battery of the most powerful and perfected artillery has been placed in position, and threatened by its presence and force to destroy the fortress of truth. One night I was seated, with my little boy on my knee, mourning over my loss, when my eye rested on a favourite text over the mantelpiece. But the declaration of our text is not less true in reference to God as the God of Providence. (2) To them he is a Shield. It is to God they flee; not to some merely imaginary being whom they call God - a God, for instance, who, however despised in the time of prosperity, is always at the call of men in trouble; too merciful to punish his foes severely; too tender hearted to disregard the cry of distress, although it come from impenitent hearts. It is of the first that David speaks. One day, in visiting a ribbon manufactory, his attention was attracted by an extraordinary piece of machinery. "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged". But we may look at it in another light. (1) It stands square with the possibilities, constitution, convictions, and needs of our being; (2) with the laws and orders of the great universe; (3) with the fact of eternity. By which the experience of others becomes available for ourselves. In this respect we hesitate not to affirm that the words of the Psalmist are fully applicable, and that “His way is perfect.” Now, of course, in affirming that God’s way as Creator is perfect, we must bear in mind that we are not in a position to see into the whole of this matter. Hence, then, we infer, that we are in danger of falling into error, when we look upon the dispensations of God as an insulated or individual case. All Rightes Reserved, Larry Pierce, Winterbourne, Ontario.A printed copy of this work can be ordered from: The Baptist Standard Bearer, 1 Iron Oaks Dr, Paris, AR, 72855. "Perfect" in its sufficiency; it is adequate to the needs of each man, and all. Following the light within them, men like Socrates, Plato, Seneca, Marcus Aurelius, Buddha, arid Confucius have attained to marvellous views of truth, and have given utterance to teaching the moral beauty and Divine character of which we cannot deny. (3) Their safety is according to their faith. What need I know more? Questions and answers with John Piper. Holy Writ is in most cases our first source of knowledge as to God and his ways; and it abounds in declarations adapted to assure us, in the midst of all our perplexities respecting the mysteries of Divine providence, that the ways of God are right and good, and will issue in good to those who love and obey him. His ways in nature are to a large extent inscrutable; but we are sure they are infinitely wise and good. The false jewel, the counterfeit coin, the imitation bric-a-brac, the insincere character, the false teaching or unsound reasoning, needs only time to discover the worthlessness that attaches to it. II. Articles Sermons Topics Books Podcasts Features About Donate. In this we may include the recorded experience of others in biography and history, in the sacred or other books. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/kdo/2-samuel-22.html. We do not understand the ruin; we do not understand the entrance of sin. Action is the element which is essential to its existence. One of the severest tests of the value of a thing is the way in which it withstands the effects of time and change. If you and I could understand how it is that there can be moral evil, and, as its result, physical evil, in the world of a perfect God, and an Almighty God, we should be able to cut pretty nearly every knot; but we cannot understand it. We know far more of the religious teaching and moral ideas of these great peoples than was possible before. Their teachings are proved to be genuine and Divine because they bear infallibly the critical force of experience. SERMONS ON 2 SAMUEL. Now consider this for a few moments in connection with the world. Hebrew. But that which is the “truth and of the truth” becomes more and more clearly revealed as genuine and precious. Even a race so utterly degraded as the Terra del Fuegians have proved to be not wholly devoid of moral instinct and power; while among heathen philosophers not a few have reached sublime moral conceptions and truths. - G.W. It is enough. III. But there are one or two lines of thought that will serve to show the Divine character of that revelation contained in the Holy Scriptures. 3. ; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. Let our Word correspond with that of God in its freedom from all insincerity and untruthfulness, The Word of God Tried in the Crucible of Personal Experience, The word of God tried in the crucible of personal experience. Let us trust the Word of God with a confidence suited to its entire trustworthiness. 35 He trains my hands for battle; my arms can bend a … DAVID’S SONG OF SONGS. 3. And there are some who do not trust because they do not try. And he blew the trumpet and said,. Moreover, we have come into possession of eighteen hundred years of Christian thought and influence, and all that means in raising the tone of moral feeling and judgment. This fact makes necessary tile application of some reliable test to those things, whether material, intellectual, or moral, that come to us with high claims of value, The gold or silver that has been tried and stamped as genuine is that which the jeweller alone accepts as genuine. Anxious to understand the principle of the machine, he asked permission to see the interior. They have no right to trust Him; there are no portions of His Word on which to ground their trust; for the tenour of the Scripture promises supposes consistency of life. What is the necessary conclusion from such premises--the privilege of God’s people. "His way is perfect." There is another point of view from which we may look at and test this subject in the present connection. These are all thoroughly true and reliable, free from error, free from deceit. "He is a Buckler [Shield] to all them that trust in him." Notice the reason of the perfectness of God's way as the way of a soul. “The master has the key,” was the reply. Of the first, so far as both God and man are concerned, we are competent to judge; on the second, we can only form a judgment of beings endued and encumbered with like passions as ourselves. Then: 1. Would that all men came to this knowledge, and that we all daily feasted on that Divine Book! 34 He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he causes me to stand on the heights. There is the fullest adaptation to the need of the sinner, and there is the most glorious illustration of the glory of God. ◄ 2 Samuel 22:31 ► As for God, His way is perfect; the word of the LORD is flawless. I. Age after age has rolled away, many things have passed out of mind and existence since many parts of the Bible were first spoken or written, but its records and teachings remain. (1) The way of passion; (2) the way of pride; (3) the way of the world. It is “a tried Word.” Into all the manifold forms in which that trial has been successfully borne, we cannot now enter. The Bible tells us, “The Word of the Lord is tried.” It declares that “God so loved the world, that He gave His only-begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.” It promises, “Him that cometh unto Me I will in no wise cast out.” John Bunyan, the wild, wicked tinker-boy, went and found it so. The article we purchase, the word era neighbour, the work of the artisan, the professed friendship of an acquaintance, the soundness of a theory, the wisdom or folly of any step taken in business — all are proved and their true worth discovered by experience. He is a shield for all who look to him for protection. 1917. "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". 2 Samuel 22:31 German: Modernized Gottes Wege sind ohne Wandel, des HERRN Reden sind durchläutert; er ist ein Schild allen, die ihm vertrauen. The words, or works, or systems of thought of men come to be generally accepted only when tested and proved to be worthy. "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". 1599-1645. What is the testimony of many of these, men of sceptical, but deeply, reverent minds? For God: (2) Cannot mistake. It seldom fails. While they reject the Bible as the supreme and all-commanding revelation of God and religious truth, they all agree that in the records of the life and character of Jesus Christ in the Gospels we have the grandest and most complete presentation of moral beauty the world has seen. Time and CHANGE • free Downloads • eBibles Articles Sermons Topics Books Podcasts About. 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