1 Samuel 12:22
For the LORD will not forsake his people for his great name's sake: because it has pleased the LORD to make you his people.
I. LET US CONSIDER HOW GOD HAS MADE OUR NATION HIS PECULIAR PEOPLE.
1. It hath pleased the Lord to separate us in a peculiar manner from other nations.
2. It hath pleased the Lord to make us the objects of His peculiar care and protection. Thus He distinguished His ancient chosen people.
3. The Lord has been pleased to form us for His peculiar service, by making us, from the beginning, a religious people.
II. TO SHOW WHAT GROUND WE HAVE TO HOPE THAT GOD WILL NOT FORSAKE US. It appears from the preceding observations, that He has done a good deal to form us for Himself. Can we suppose that He would spend so much time and employ so many means to make us His peculiar people, without some wise and weighty reasons.
1. God will not forsake us because He loved and respected our fathers. As the effectual, fervent prayers of such righteous men must have been pleasing to God, so they give us ground to hope that He will long remember our land, and not forsake the children of those whom He delighted to love.
2. We are encouraged to hope that God will not forsake us, because He loves the pious posterity of our pious ancestors. God often spared the whole Jewish nation for the sake of those pious individuals who remained heartily attached to His cause and His interest. And as long as a succession of these godly men shall remain, we have reason to hope that the Lord will spare us from national ruin.
3. We may confidently hope not to be forsaken by God, because He may still answer very important purposes, by preserving and treating us as His peculiar people. One end may be, to make it appear to the world that He is able to protect a nation whom He has set apart for Himself, against their most, powerful and subtile enemies.
III. LET ME NOW APPLY THIS LEADING SENTIMENT AGREEABLY TO THE DESIGN OF THE DAY, AND THE PRESENT STATE OF OUR RELIGION AND GOVERNMENT.
1. If God will continue to own us as His peculiar people, then we may confide in His wisdom and goodness, to defeat the designs of those, who attempt to destroy our national peace and prosperity.
2. If God will not forsake us, then He will enlarge us, and make us an exceedingly great and flourishing nation.
3. If God will not forsake us, but own us as His peculiar people, then it is to be expected that He will take effectual care to maintain the cause of religion among us. This will be necessary to promote our prosperity, and to prepare us to answer His chief design in making us His peculiar people. The cause of religion is now in a languishing state. Notwithstanding, therefore, the present triumph of vice and infidelity, we may confidently hope that our churches will live, increase, and flourish, till the end of time. This God will do for us, for His great name's sake.
4. If God intends to own and build us up as His favourite people, then He has much for us to do, in carrying into execution His gracious designs. This is probably the last peculiar people which He means to form, and the last great empire which He means to erect, before the kingdoms of this world are absorbed in the kingdom of Christ. God is now loudly proclaiming that we have much to do to maintain His cause, and promote His designs, in opposition to His and our enemies.
5. This subject teaches us how we ought to feel and to act in our present situation. Our feelings and conduct ought to be in conformity with the past and present dispensations of Divine providence towards us.
(N. Emmons, D. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: For the LORD will not forsake his people for his great name's sake: because it hath pleased the LORD to make you his people.