He governs and directs all. The soul burns with anguish as it rolls and rolls in the great thought, "As for God, His ways are perfect. 1599-1645. 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. 33 It is God who arms me with strength[ a] and keeps my way secure. The way he pursues is “perfect.” God has a method of action. How to Contemplate Calamity. ; "God so loved the world," etc. Yes; the Master has the key. What is the way? If it he spurious, time, sooner or later, will show it. They have proved the truth of the Divine Master's statement: "If any man willeth to do His will, he shall know of the teaching, whether it be of God." I. The experience of every believer testifies to its perfect truth; and the experience of the Church, and of the world in its connection with the Church, throughout all ages, gives the same assurance. Then: 1. II. Questions and answers with John Piper. e “We have no portion in David,. Now, when we test the teachings of the Bible by these, and ask, “What is the result?” the answer is ready and complete. "All them that trust in him" - all, as the word is, who flee to him for refuge. I. "As for God, His way is blameless; The word of the LORD is tested; He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him. or hath He spoken, and shall He not make it good?" BibliographyWhedon, Daniel. 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. It is “a tried Word.” Into all the manifold forms in which that trial has been successfully borne, we cannot now enter. (1) The way of passion; (2) the way of pride; (3) the way of the world. 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. Such men do not trust God--men whose religion is but a Sabbath parade. The proof of it lies in action. Not only is the Bible proved to be Divine in view of our best judgment, but also according to the evidence of the greatest among sceptical writers. Faith in Christ is the prescribed way. We do not understand how it is that from the very beginning, from the very earliest years down to the days in which we live, whenever there has been the slightest activity or energy put forth on the part of God's people, when the Church has not been fast asleep, there have arisen grave and deadly heresies, and the Church of Christ is constantly witnessing it. Not in purpose; not in power. 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. THE PURITY OF GOD'S WORD. 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. In reference to His providential dealings, most unquestionably David's testimony was that God's way is perfect; and indeed this is the point in the psalm. 2 Samuel 22:31 French: Martin (1744) La voie du [Dieu] Fort est parfaite, la parole de l'Eternel [est] affinée; c'est un bouclier à tous ceux qui se retirent vers lui. A.). In ordinary life and with some of the most material things it is of highest value. 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. The meaning of the assertion. As a hen protects her chickens under her own wings (Psalm 91:4), so the Lord covers and defends his people with his own Being and perfections. As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the LORD is tried: he is a buckler to all them that trust in him. Jehovah is the God ( האל ), whose way is perfect, without blemish; and His word is refined brass, pure silver (cf. He acts not by caprice or impulse, but by a settled eternal plan. Copyright StatementThe New John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible Modernised and adapted for the computer by Larry Pierce of Online Bible. III. The thought of the last clause is still further explained in 2 Samuel 22:32. If it be genuine, time will only make its true character the more manifest. God's Word contains not a promise to the ungodly and unholy, however troubled they may be, unless the trouble subdue their hearts to a true repentance. THE ESSENTIAL PERFECTION OF A "WAY" IS THE ACCOMPLISHMENT OF ITS END; the contingent or relative perfection is the accomplishment of the end, with the utmost attainable extent of benefit, and with the least practicable amount of difficulty. These are all thoroughly true and reliable, free from error, free from deceit. Then is the time to profit by what we have already learnt — not to enter upon that lesson for the acquirement of which a whole life might be far too brief. (3) Their safety is according to their faith. That we have in these records the genuine Word of God is seen when we subject their main teachings to the test of the highest standards of truth and duty among men. But let faith lay hold of this; nothing but faith can lay hold of it; reason cannot defend it, reason can only put her hand upon her mouth. 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. Their enemies have to conquer him before they can injure them. Trust is active. 2 Samuel 22:31 “As for God, his way is perfect: The LORD’s word is flawless; he shields all who take refuge in him. ), The mind of a pious workman, named Thierney, was much occupied with the ways of God, which appeared to him full of inscrutable mysteries. 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. As for God, His way is perfect; the Word of the Lord is tried; He is a Buckler to all them that trust in Him. Hebrew. ; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. We do not, for instance, understand how it is that the tares and the wheat are permitted to grow together. Whatever portion may be allotted to those who serve God, of that chastening, which "for the present seemeth not to be joyous, but grievous," they possess, if not a clue to all God's dealings, that which will be at least a balm, and a solace, and a support, under all trials, in the single emphatic assurance — "As for God, His way is perfect." In the order and progress which, as Lord of men, He secures in the human world; in the discipline and education of individual souls. 2 Samuel 22:31 (WYC) God, his way is without wem; the speech of the Lord is examined with fire, that is, is (as) pure and clean as metal proved in the furnace; he is a shield of all men hoping in him. 1. Tested by our own modern conceptions and ideas of what is truly noble and Divine, what is the result? 2 Samuel 22:31. Notice the ways of man with which David had had opportunity to compare the perfect way of God. II. Men's experience of sin and its penalty is but a testimony to the reality and Divine character of that Book that declares: "The soul that sinneth, it shall die." With the destinies of David, we cannot doubt, were interwoven those of many others, with whose instruction, deliverance, or confirmation in the faith, his trials and persecutions might be intimately and indissolubly connected. WHAT IS THE NECESSARY CONCLUSION FROM SUCH PREMISES — the privilege of God's people. We do not here speak, however, of moral purity in its application to man's righteousness, but of the abiding excellence, the inviolable faithfulness of the Word, in reference to God Himself. All the Lord’s promises prove true. One day, in visiting a ribbon manufactory, his attention was attracted by an extraordinary piece of machinery. “Hath God said, and shall He not do it? The history of the Church and of individuals abounds in instances adapted to increase our confidence in the perfection of the Divine way, while leaving vast spaces of unsolved mystery. 2. Let me, then, exhort you to settle at once the unspeakably momentous point whether you trust God; and not only so, but whether you are warranted in trusting Him — whether it is your endeavour to walk in His "perfect way," and your desire to repose full confidence in His pure and inviolable Word. With the destinies of David, we cannot doubt, were interwoven those of many others, with whose instruction, deliverance, or confirmation in the faith, his trials and persecutions might be intimately and indissolubly connected. Interactive Bible study with John Piper. 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. BibliographyGill, John. 2 Samuel 22:31-33 New Living Translation (NLT) 31 “God’s way is perfect. 2 Samuel 22:31. Find Top Church Sermons, Illustrations, and Preaching Slides on 2 Samuel 22:31. The “way” he prescribes is “perfect.” He prescribes a way, a course of action, for all the creatures He has made, animate and inanimate, rational and irrational. (4) Observation. 34 He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he causes me to stand on the heights. II. This is true of all his proceedings, in every department of his operations. There is the fullest adaptation to the need of the sinner, and there is the most glorious illustration of the glory of God. Simply this-, men all admit that the precepts of Christ embodied in daily life would regenerate the world; the golden age would no longer be a dream, but a sober reality; and Jesus Christ enthroned as King would make a worm of purity, moral glory, and blessedness. 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. But this is a grateful commemoration, not an insinuated complaint. Let us trust the Word of God with a confidence suited to its entire trustworthiness. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/2-samuel-22.html. Ask Pastor John. Notice the reason of the perfectness of God's way as the way of a soul. It has brought peace, hope, comfort, strength, purity, and quickening of soul. We do not see the bearing of the means upon the end. A besieged garrison may have splendid military equipment, and yet in the process of a long siege they may be so impoverished in body as to be reduced to absolute impotence, And so I say a soldier needs the two-fold gift; he requires health and armour, the strength and the shield. 1874-1909. word = statements. Then is the time to profit by what we have already learnt--not to enter upon that lesson for the acquirement of which a whole life might be far too brief. One time each year, we take the time to also give thanks to our veterans... those that have served and those that still serve. It rests with every individual hearer to “examine himself whether he be in the faith,” to “prove his own self,” (T. Dale, M. 2. Faith in Christ is the prescribed way. We, living to-day, are the heirs of all the knowledge, civilisation, and religion of the past. We are called, however, on the present occasion to consider the gain, the incalculable gain of those who trust God. The dross and alloy have been destroyed; the precious gold of truth shines the more brightly. It is "tried;" literally, "smelted," and so purified and refined, as metals by fire (comp. We have not the full draft of this plan — an infinitesimal section only comes under our eye. 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. Unquestionably, before we can utter this sentiment with our hearts we must have learned the lesson of faith. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/2-samuel-22.html. And so the Psalmist magnifies his God, because He endows the soul with a full sufficiency both of strength and armour. 2 Samuel 22:3 "The God of my rock; in him will I trust: [he is] my shield, and the horn of my salvation, … And thus, whether we take the eye or whether we take the hand, we have the meat striking evidences of design and of adaptation--evidences enough to lead us, if we are modest and candid and reverent, to this conclusion--that if we knew more, and if other organs of the body and if other elements of man’s nature were as clearly opened up to us as have been the organ of the eye, and the member of the hand, we should be still more strikingly and irresistibly brought to the conclusion with regard even to the creation, “As for God, His way is perfect.”. 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. David: A Man After God’s Own Heart – Sermon #22 . In this we may include the recorded experience of others in biography and history, in the sacred or other books. 3. The article points back to בּאלהי . He who trusts God must try at least to serve Him; otherwise trust were nothing better than presumption. This way is "perfect" in its wisdom; it is in every way adapted . What is the testimony of many of these, men of sceptical, but deeply, reverent minds? God’s salvation is provided, on the one hand, fully for the vindication of His own glory, while on the other hand He has adapted His salvation fully to the need of men. "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". It is perfectly scientific. The "Gospel has" proved "the power of God unto salvation." (2) Is the most attainable of beliefs. And the principle on which I ground the assertion, is simply this — "The end of faith "is" "the salvation of the soul;" this is the one great object, which must be pursued through all difficulties and accomplished at all sacrifices; a true believer, therefore, can only then begin to doubt — on reflection, at least — when he is placed in circumstances, of which he can positively say, "These cannot minister either to my salvation, or to the salvation of any other living soul." But that which is the “truth and of the truth” becomes more and more clearly revealed as genuine and precious. BibliographyBeza, Theodore. Now, when we test the teachings of the Bible by these, and ask, "What is the result?" None of God’s people will, on reflection, ever find cause to question the purity of His Word, the integrity of His promise. (3) Experience. 2. 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