Fourth Day.

Decision for the King.

“Ye sought for David in times past to be king over you.  Now,
then, do it.”—II Chronicles 2:11; 9:8.

II Samuel 5: 2     “In past, when Saul was king over us, thou wast he that
Psalm 89:19,20   leddest out and broughtest in Israel.” Chosen, anointed,
Isaiah 55:4          given by God, continually leading and caring for us, yet
not accepted, not crowned, not enthroned by us; our real
Romans 6:16      allegiance, our actual service, given to another! Self
Romans 7:23      has been our Saul, our central tyranny; and many have
been its officers domineering in every department.
II Samuel 3:17        “Ye sought for David in times past to be king over you.”
Isaiah 14:13        Well we might, for the bondage of any other lord was dai-
ly harder. Well we might, with even a dim glimpse of the
grace and glory of the King who waited for our homage.
We sought, first, only for something—we hardly knew
what—restlessly and vaguely; then, for some One, who
Haggai 2:7          was not merely “the Desire of all nations,” but our own
desire. And yet we did not come to the point: we were
I Kings 18:21       not ready for His absolute monarchy, for we were loving
and doing the will of our old tyrant.
I Peter 4:3                But “the time past of our life may suffice us to have
wrought the will ” of self—Satan—the world. We do not
I Peter 4:2           want “ to live the rest of our time ” to any but One Will.
We come face to face with a great NOW ! “Now, then,
II Samuel 3:18     do it!”  “Now, then,” let us, with full purpose of heart,
Ezekiel 21:26,27 dethrone the usurper and give the diadem to Him “whose
right it is,” a blood-bought and death-sealed right.
He does not force allegiance,—He waits for it. The
crown of our own individual love and loyalty must be
II Samuel 5:2      offered by our own hands. We must “do it.” When? Oh,
now ! Now let us come to Jesus as our King. Now let us,
first in solemn, heart-surrender, and then in open and
unmistakeable life-confession, yield ourselves to Him as
our Sovereign, our Ruler.
What a glorious life of victory and peace opens before
us when this is done! What a silencing of our fears lest
the time to come should nevertheless be as the time past!
II Samuel 3:18    “Now, then, do it: for the Lord hath spoken of David,
saying, By the hand of my servant David I will save my
people Israel out of the hand of the Philistines, and out of
the hand of all their enemies.”
Revelation 22:19      Now, do not let us “take away from the words” of this
promise, and merely hope that our King may save us from
some of our enemies. The Lord hath said, “will save from
all.” Let us trust our true David this day to fulfil the word
Matthew 9:29     of the Lord, and verily we shall not fail to find that accor-
ding to our faith it shall be unto us.

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