Summary: IT IS A fact THAT You have been SET UP for FAILURE, FRUSTRATION and the FORFEITURE of all that which you have FORCLOSED! In practice, your FAITH has FAILED to FUNCTION in the FACE of SET UPS. YOU JUST DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO WHEN SEATS BECOME SET UPS.
Perhaps you are wondering, ’Why it is that your Service always seems to SET YOU UP?’ I don’t know, but I’m Speculating. I’m not sure, but its possible that you might be puzzled as to Why your SERVICE ultimately SET YOU UP for FAILURE?
I can’t be absolutely certain, I have a sneaking suspicion that you might not understand Why your SERVICE eventually SETS YOU UP for FRUSTRATION? It might be just conjecture on my part, but I feel that you might not be able to fathom Why your SERVICE seems, in the final analysis, to SET YOU UP for FORFEITURE? I don’t know for sure, I’m just Speculating!!
But if my CONJECTURE is CONSISTENT with your CONVICTION, then perhaps you’ll CONCUR with my CONCLUSION. You can’t explain it, but to you MY CONJECTURE IS YOUR REALITY. Your SERVICE does in fact SET YOU UP! And up till now, you haven’t been able to perceive clearly WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT! IT IS A fact THAT You have been SET UP for FAILURE, FRUSTRATION and the FORFEITURE of all that which you have FORCLOSED! In practice, your FAITH has FAILED to FUNCTION in the FACE of SET UPS. YOU JUST DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO WHEN SEATS BECOME SET UPS.
Thus, our Text becomes a Light in Darkness to you; a Hand to grasp while groping: for it FURNISHES YOUR FAITH FEASIBILITY. It demonstrates WHAT TO DO WHEN SEATS BECOME SET UPS.
Our Text also serves a High Purpose. It Fingers a Fact that transcends our noblest fancy. It raises our Hope to comprehend the truth that WHEN PEOPLE SET US UP, THERE IS A HIGHER SETUP: GOD HAS A SET UP FOR SERVANT SERVICE.
It is not my intention to be overly simplistic with complex truths; but just allow me to simply state a well-known Biblical Proposition. ALL SAINTS WHO SERVE THE SOVEREIGN HAVE A SEAT!!!
There is no need, then, for us to continue the futility of singing "Save a Seat for Me." That is doctrinally wrong, theologically perverse and ethically foolish. Nor do we need to concern ourselves with the foreign notion of A SEATING SHORTAGE in the coming Kingdom; for the truth of the matter is: ALL SAINTS WHO SERVE THE SOVEREIGN HAVE A SEAT!!!
Take comfort, then from our Text. The 25th Verse of our Text states very plainly that "DAVID’S PLACE WAS EMPTY"; which implies that DAIVID HAD A PLACE; HE HAD A SEAT!
Our Text also implies that EACH SEAT AT THE KING’S TABLE WAS ASSIGNED. It states that the King had a particular Seat which was By the Wall; that Jonathan the Prince, the king’s son, Had An Assigned Seat next to his father; that Abner, the captain of the king’s army, Had An Assigned Seat at the King’s Table; and that, David, the second in command of the army, Had An Assigned Seat, a Particular Place At the King’s Table. EACH HAD AN ASSIGNED SEAT, A PARTICULAR PLACE!!!
So it is in the Kingdom of God. Despite the density and immensity of the soon gathered number of whom John saw, EVERY SAINT WHO SERVES THE SOVEREIGN HAS A SEAT! None shall need to Stand in the coming Kingdom; FOR THERE IS YET ROOM!!
You need to understand that Salvation by God’s Electing Grace HAS SECURED EACH SAINT A SEAT; and yet, OUR FAITHFUL SERVICE as a result of that grace, SECURES OUR STATIONARY PLACEMENT ON OUR SEAT. Which is another way of saying that, OUR SERVICE DETERMINES HOW CLOSE WE SIT TO THE LORD!!
For it goes without saying that its an Honor to Sit at the King’s Table. On this side of Heaven, that honor is accorded to people of Might, Money and Mind. Several years ago at a Republican Fund Raiser, the Wealthy-Wretched paid over a Hundred Thousand Dollars Each for the privilege to Sit at the President’s Table. You see, the Amount they Contributed Determined How Close They Got to the President! They Sought the Honor of Seats. They Paid for the privilege to Sit With the President!
But in juxtaposed to that, THE PRIVILEGE TOPOSE WITH THE KING OF KINGS IS FAR GREATER: TO SIT AT THE KING’S TABLE IS THE HONOR OF HONORS!! However, it cannot be purchased with Money, nor obtained by Influence. The Good News is, it is the GIFT OF GOD’S GRACIOUS ELECTION. He Foreknows everyone He Calls.
Some Unknown, Unrecognized, Meek and Lowly Saints Have Been Chosen before God founded this world TO SIT AT THE KING’S TABLE. Perhaps, they have had barely enough to eat, scarcely enough to wear and hardly a place in which to live on this side; but in the coming Kingdom, THEY SHALL SIT AT THE KING’S TABLE!
GOD HAS PRE-CHOSEN THE SEATS AND THE SITTERS. For Jesus said to a couple of Seat-Seekers that to sit on His right or left hand was not His to give, but is for those for whom it is Prepared By His Father. None but those who shall be arrayed in Angel’s Garb and Godly Character Shall Sit At The King’s Table. Only Those who are the Called According To God’s Electing Purpose!