Although my house be not so with God; yet he hath made with me an everlasting covenant, ordered in all things, and sure: for this is all my salvation, and all my desire, although he make it not to grow. 2 Samuel 23:5
“…thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God:”
King David expressed his confident interest in the everlasting covenant of grace for he had experienced the fruit and effect of that which his promised Messiah would in time purchase for Him on Calvary’s cross. We know that the Lord Jesus Christ was all David’s salvation and all his desire as he elsewhere expressed the blessedness of those to whom the Lord did not impute (or charge) with iniquity, but rather had imputed the very merit of the finished work that Christ would establish at Calvary’s cross, His righteousness (Rom. 4:6-8). This desire of David’s heart is a manifestation of the blood-bought gift of faith and repentance granted all who are blessed with David in that everlasting covenant.
As such, just as Ruth cast aside the false gods of Moab in steadfastly resolving to her mother-in-law, Naomi, that her (Naomi’s) people would be her people and Naomi’s God, her God, it is likewise true that all who are blessed with eternal salvation ultimately cast away their idols and identify with like-minded brethren – those who see Christ as all their salvation and all their desire.
If King David were alive today, could you with the sincere conviction of your own heart truthfully say those same words to King David, just as Ruth said them to Naomi, “Your people shall be mine, your God mine.”? Could you sincerely say to David, “Why, David I’ve got the same covenant you have, ordered in all things and sure and I too know it is so because now Christ is also all my salvation and all my desire, Nothing else will do for me either.”?
--- Randy Wages
The rule of the day among false religionists is demand and supply. Whatever the congregation demands, that’s what lying prophets are ready to supply. The average preacher is like a shrewd businessman, consumer-oriented and motivated by personal success. His job is to find out what religious consumers want and then provide it. That is the key to success in the business world, and that is the secret to making it big in the religious world. There are multitudes of preachers saying whatever it is people want to hear. The demand creates the supply. The hearers determine what their preachers will say and do. If the people want a golden calf to worship, you may be certain that a calf-maker can be found and will fashion it just as the people desire. Though most preachers are ready to supply the demands of the multitudes, the Lord still has His servants who are faithful to their commission. God’s men proclaim the truth as it is in Christ Jesus. They seek the approval of God, not the applause of men. They have no selfish ambitions; they set no lofty, personal goals. They seek the glory of God in all things and are determined to preach the gospel of Christ. They faithfully set forth God as being absolutely sovereign in creation, providence and salvation. They proclaim that “salvation is of the LORD” (Jonah 2:9). They declare man’s total depravity and his inability to save himself or make himself righteous before a holy God. They preach the successful, redemptive work of the Lord Jesus Christ. They insist upon the necessity of the regenerating grace of the Holy Spirit. Boldly and unashamedly they declare that “Christ is all.” He is all to be known, all to be seen in the Bible and all to be preached from the pulpit. They faithfully declare how God can be just and justify the ungodly through the blood and righteousness of Christ. The world’s rule of demand and supply means nothing to them. The message God has supplied and demands them to preach, that is what they proclaim.