Loyal to the Core

January 1, 1970

Loyal to the Core   "And Ittai answered the king, and said, As the Lord liveth, and as my lord the king liveth, surely in what place my lord the king shall be, whether in death or life, even there also will thy servant be."—2 Samuel 15:21.   Although the courage of David appears to have failed him when …

2 Samuel:15:21

The Use of the Bow

January 1, 1970

The Use of the Bow    “And David lamented with this lamentation over Saul and over Jonathan his son: (Also he bade them teach the children of Judah the use of the bow: behold, it is written in the book of Jasher.)”— 2 Samuel i. 17, 18.   THE translators have acted very properly in inserting the words, “the …

2 Samuel:1:17-18

The Empty Place: A Christmas Day Sermon


The Empty Place: A Christmas Day Sermon   “And David’s place was empty.” — 1 Samuel xx. 25.   THERE may be much to learn from an empty place. The world thinks much of the places which have been emptied through the home-going of its celebrated men. Those who have served the world are remembered by it; those who …

1 Samuel:20:25

God’s Pupil, God’s Preacher: An Autobiography

July 28, 1889

God’s Pupil, God’s Preacher: An Autobiography   “O God, thou hast taught me from my youth: and hitherto have I declared thy wondrous works.” — Psalm lxxi. 17.   You notice how much David is at home with God. He talks about him; he does better, he talks to him. He hears God speaking to him, and he keeps …


David’s Spoil

April 12, 1888

David’s Spoil   “This is David’s spoil.”— 1 Samuel xxx. 20.   WE have aforetime gathered spoil for ourselves out of David’s behaviour in the hour of his sorrow at Ziklag, and we will now turn to the other side of this leaf in his history, and receive instruction from the time of his victory. But we must not …

1 Samuel:30:20

The Threshing-Floor of Ornan

November 9, 1884

The Threshing-Floor of Ornan   “At that time when David saw that the Lord had answered him in the threshing-floor of Oman the Jebusite, then he sacrificed there.”— 1 Chronicles xxi. 28. “Then David said, This is the house of the Lord God, and this is the altar of the burnt offering for Israel.”— 1 Chronicles xxii. 1. DAVID …

1 Chronicles:21:28

The Lion and the Bear; Trophies Hung Up

September 25, 1884

The Lion and the Bear; Trophies Hung Up   “Thy servant slew both the lion and the bear: and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be as one of them, seeing he hath defied the armies of the living God. David said moreover, The Lord that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the …

1 Samuel:17:36-37

Recruits for King Jesus

February 17, 1884

Recruits for King Jesus    “And there came of the children of Benjamin and Judah to the hold unto David. And David went out to meet them, and answered and said unto them, If ye he come peaceably unto me to help me, mine heart shall be knit unto you: but if ye be come to betray …

1 Chronicles:12:16-18

The Swiftly Running Word

July 3, 1881

The Swiftly Running Word    “His word runneth very swiftly.”— Psalm cxlvii. 15.   A WORD is the expression of the mind. What a man has thought may live and die within himself, but when he wishes his thought to live in the outer world he embodies it in a word, and thus his thought is made known. Thought …


Ziklag; or, David Encouraging Himself in God

June 26, 1881

Ziklag; or, David Encouraging Himself in God    “And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, everyman for his sons and for his daughters: hut David encouraged himself in the Lord his God.” “And David enquired at the Lord, saying, Shall I pursue after …

1 Samuel:30:6-8