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The Empty Seat

I preached this message recently and have edited and changed a few things for this article. In 1 Samuel 20:1-18 there was conflict between David and Saul. Saul was jealous of David and sought to kill him three times. Jonathan, Saul’s son and David have become close friends and they are having a conversation about the situation. David is fearful to sit in his appointed place at the table, v6 and 18. Notice v18 “and thou shalt be missed, because thy seat will be empty.” David had a legitimate reason for not wanting to sit in his seat. I have been pastor here at Faith for 23 years and have seen the many seats that have been empty without good cause. I have watched helplessly as fathers and mothers left their seat empty and missed the greatest moments of their lives and their children’s lives. In 2 Tim. 4:10, Demas left his seat empty, “Having loved this present world.” Demas had a close relationship with the Apostle Paul…ate with him, prayed with him, fellowshipped with him, won souls with him traveled with him and now, his seat is empty. We are left to wonder what happened to Demas and his family and what effect it had on others. My Christian friend, if you were faithful at one time in you life but have left your seat empty, consider the effect that is having on others. Many parents are living with the sad result of children who have not come to Christ and children who are away from the Lord because of the empty seat. Let me give you some thoughts on “The Empty Seat”:

  1. When your seat is empty, Satan has won a victory, no doubt, no excuse. By the way, the empty seat could be in the home where dad or mom is not in his or her seat.
  2. When your seat is empty, the King knows it and it grieves Him. In this context, I am speaking of Christ. Dear Christian church member, King Jesus knows when your seat is empty and it grieves Him. Heb. 10:25
  3. When your seat is empty, someone else will have to fill it and show God’s love, and give a clear testimony for others to follow. Others notice when we are not in our place, even children know when parents are not in their place in Church. Someone else will have to set the example before them.
  4. When your seat is empty, someone else will have to serve God in your place. God will get the work done through someone else who is in their rightful place, but the empty seat means someone is out of the will of God.
  5. When your seat is empty, Someone else will have to speak for God in your place. A faithful Christian’s life is a testimony of the Grace and Goodness of God. 2 Cor. 3:2-3 tells us that our life becomes an epistle “known and read of all men.” If you are not in your seat, they do not hear your life speak about the God you claim to love and serve.

If your seat is empty, may I urge you to get back in and “Serve the Lord with Gladness: come before His presence with singing.” You will never regret being in your seat.
God bless you is my prayer.

Pastor Lev L. Humphries,
Psalm 27

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