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!!