January 13, 2019
***Welcome to This Week's Sermon:
“Thy Word Is Truth: Part 19”
Psalms 119 v 145-152
“I cried with my whole heart; hear me, O LORD: I will keep thy statutes. 146 I cried unto thee; save me, and I shall keep thy testimonies. 147 I prevented the dawning of the morning, and cried: I hoped in thy word. 148 Mine eyes prevent the night watches, that I might meditate in thy word. 149 Hear my voice according unto thy lovingkindness: O LORD, quicken me according to thy judgment.150 They draw nigh that follow after mischief: they are far from thy law.151 Thou art near, O LORD; and all thy commandments are truth.152 Concerning thy testimonies, I have known of old that thou hast founded them for ever.”
Dear, Dear Father, We pray that You will visit us, and make Your presence known in our lives and in our cities and towns. Give us faith to believe that You can change our communities through prayer and through acts of LOVE and compassion. Let Your Kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven. Help us to cultivate Your presence in our lives. We choose to partner with You for transformation in our Churches and communities. Help us to contend for our Churches and towns in prayer with others. Remove the distractions in our lives that keep us from Your presence We repent of any pride or personal idols that have taken us away from having You in first place and being completely Yours. Take away any luke-warmness in our hearts and set us on fire for You.
We thank You for the new spiritual identity and authority You will bring into our lives as We pray and as we reach out to others. Remove the compromise and complacency in our lives. We want to be clean vessels, bringing light into the darkness and carrying Your presence wherever we go. We want to come up higher around Your throne. We want to sit with You in heavenly places. We ask that Your authority would impact our various Churches, towns and communities. You say in Jeremiah 33:9: “Then this city will bring me renown, joy, praise and honor before all nations on earth that hear of all the good things I do for it; and they will be in awe and will tremble at the abundant prosperity and peace I provide for it.”
We especially pray this for the members of all the Churches that find themselves in great need, Bless them in a mighty way.
We want to worship only You. Take us deeper in our prayer lives and in intimacy with You. Help us to walk in Your light and holiness. We want to know You more. “Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you, who walk in the light of your presence, O Lord” (Psalm 89:15). Give us joy in Your presence and help us to bring joy into the lives of others. “You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand” (Psalm 16:11). We want to dwell in Your house and gaze on Your beauty. We want to seek Your face. “One thing I ask of the LORD, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple… Hear my voice when I call, O LORD" (Psalm 27:4, 7). Lord in all things, thy will be done. In Jesus’ name we pray all these things, Amen and eternally Amen…….
If all goes as planned we should finish up with Psalms 119 by February 3rd. But hopefully the eternal character and qualities the Holy Spirit has taught us about God’s Holy Writ and how essential the sober, sincere, and enthusiastic continual study of the Bible is for the genuine Christian ALWAYS PERMANENTLY ITCHED IN OUR HEARTS…….
This week we study the 19th division of this psalm, it is entitled:
The Psalmist in this section:
*Is earnest in his prayers for deliverance.
*He shows the end for which he desires it.
*The necessity of its being speedy, as his enemies were at hand.
The Hebrew letter: Koph:
V 145…I cried with my whole heart; hear me, O LORD: I will keep thy statutes.
The intimate plea from the very bowels of a crying man, the whole being quivering, begging, to be heard by his BELOVED God and eternal Savior. Pride gone, the naked and completely unmasked call TO THE ONE TRUE GOD. “Hear me”……..
Oh God I am in such shear terror, I can do nothing, my circumstances overwhelm me; I see nothing but a wall of failure before me. Yet I do LOVE thee and I WILL KEEP YOUR WORD…
The Psalmist describes the time and the manner of his devotions, and pleads with God for deliverance from his troubles. He who has been with God in the closet will find God with him in the furnace. If we have cried we shall be answered. Delayed answers may drive us to importunity; but we need not fear the ultimate result, since God's promises are not uncertain, but are founded for ever.
David’s prayer was a sincere, mournful, painful, natural utterance, as of a creature in pain. We cannot tell whether at all times he used his voice when he thus cried; but we are informed of something which is of much greater consequence, he cried with his heart. Heart cries are the essence of prayer. He mentions the unity of his heart in this holy engagement. His whole soul pleaded with God, his entire affections, his united desires all went out towards the living God. It is well when a man can say as much as this of his prayers: it is to be feared that many never cried to God with their whole heart in all their lives. There may be no beauty of elocution about such prayers, no length of expression, no depth of doctrine, nor accuracy of diction; but if the whole heart be in them they will find their way to the heart of God.
The Psalmist could not expect the Lord to hear him (nor should we) if he did not hear the Lord, neither would it be true that he prayed with his whole heart unless it was clear that he labored with all his might to be obedient to the divine will. His object in seeking deliverance was that he might be free to fulfill his faith and carry out every ordinance of the Lord. He would be a free man that he might be at liberty to serve the Lord. *Note well that a holy resolution goes well with a persistent supplication: David is determined to be holy, his whole heart goes with that resolve as well as with his prayers. He will keep God's statutes in his memory, in his affections, and in his actions AS SHOULD WE. He will not willfully neglect or violate any one of the divine laws, not because he feels obliged to obedience, but because he LOVES God so very much.
V 146…I cried unto thee; save me, and I shall keep thy testimonies.
Again David intimately pleas with his God, with his whole being trembling because of his passion, save me Oh Jehovah, FOR MY DESIRE IS TO OBEY ALL YOUR WORDS…………………….
This verse vividly describes how vehemently David prayed, and how very often he prayed; and that it had become one of the greatest facts of his life that he cried unto God. "Save me." This was his prayer; very short, but very full. He needed saving, none but the Lord could save him, to him he cried, "Save me" from the dangers which surround him, from the enemies that pursued him, from the temptations which beset him (as well as us all), from the sins which accused him. He did not multiply words, and we never do so when we are in downright passionate. David did not multiply objects, and we seldom do so when we are intent upon the one thing needful: "save me" was his one and only prayer.
This was David’s great aim in desiring salvation, that he might be able to continue in a blameless life of obedience to God, that he might be able to believe the witness of God, and also to become himself a witness for God.
It is a great thing when people seek salvation for so high an end. David did not ask to be delivered that he might sin with impunity; his cry was to be delivered from sin itself.
He had vowed to keep the statutes or laws, here he resolves to keep the testimonies or doctrines, and so to be sound of head as well as clean of hand. Salvation brings all these good things in its train. ***David had no idea of a salvation which would allow him to live in sin, or abide in error: he knew right well that there is no saving a man while he abides in disobedience and ignorance.
Yet how many of us as Christians today seem to stress “we will be weak”, we will “sin in thought, word and deed everyday”? ***But David, the Psalmist, saw, LOVING obedience, holiness TO BE THE GENUINE CHRISTIAN’S NORM…
***Do we underestimate the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit to keep us from sinning?
***Do we just choose to give in to temptation?
***Do we overestimate the reality of our salvation???????
1 John 3 v 18-19
“Dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions. 19 Our actions will show that we belong to the truth, so we will be confident when we stand before God.”
Scary stuff if we are not absolute certain of our salvation!!!
Lets be clear, even David struggled with temptation and sin throughout his entire earthly life, SO WILL WE, but once saved by God, David or the true Christian NEVER STRUGGLES WITH THEIR DESIRE TO LOVE OR TO BE OBEDIENT TO JEHOVAH GOD…………………………………..
WE ARE HIS FOREVER, AND WE WANT IT THAT WAY………..
V 147…I prevented the dawning of the morning, and cried: I hoped in thy word.
Before even the dawn of the new day, while still dark, I wept to you my BELOVED God and my hope IS ETERNALLY IN THE PROMISES OF YOUR WORD…….
David was up before the sun, and began his pleadings before the dew began to leave the grass. Whatever is worth doing is worth doing swiftly. This is the third time that David mentions that he cried. He cried, and cried, and cried again. His supplications had become so frequent, fervent, and intense, that he might hardly be said to be doing anything else from morning to night but crying unto his God. ***So strong was his desire after salvation that he could not rest in his bed; so eagerly did he seek it that at the first possible moment he was on his knees.
Matthew 5 v 6
“Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.”
Matthew 6 v 33
“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”
As the genuine Christian does, as David did, if we are truly “born again”, WE LOVE GOD AND HIS WORD WITH OUR WHOLE HEART, AND WITH OUR WHOLE BEING WE JOYFULLY AND WILLINGLY SEEK GOD AND HIS RIGHTEOUSESSNESS AND HUNGER AND THIRST FOR HIS WORD THAT WE MIGHT OBEY HIM CONTINUALLY…………………………………….
ALL FOR THE SAKE OF LOVE…….
Hope is a very powerful means of strengthening us in prayer. Who would pray if he had no hope that God would hear him? Who would not pray when he has a good hope of a blessed issue to his request?
David’s hope was fixed upon God's Word, and this is a sure foundation, because God is true, and in no case has He ever run back from His promise, or altered the thing that has gone forth from His mouth.
Numbers 23 v 19
“God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?”
He who is diligent in prayer will never be destitute of hope. ***Observe that as the early bird gets the worm, so the early prayer is soon refreshed with hope.***
V 148…Mine eyes prevent the night watches, that I might meditate in thy word.
Throughout the night my eyes are focused on you, I diligently search your Scriptures and thoroughly meditate on them to understand and LOVE you more…………………………..
Not just once, or twice, or a thousand times, but ten thousand times ten thousand times………………………………….
The Jews divided the night into three watches, which began at what we call six o’clock in the evening, and consisted each of four hours. The Romans taught them afterwards to divide it into four watches of three hours each; and to divide the day and night into twelve hours each; wherein different guards of soldiers were appointed to watch. At the proclaiming of each watch the Psalmist appears to have risen and performed some act of devotion.
Before the watchman cried the hour, David was crying to God. He did not need to be informed as to how the hours were flying, for every hour his heart was flying towards heaven. He began the day with prayer, and he continued in prayer through the watches of the day, and the watches of the night. The soldiers changed guard, but David did not change his holy occupation. Especially, however, at night did he keep his eyes open, and drive away sleep, that he might maintain communion with his God. He worshipped God throughout the day and night…Ever focused on God and His precious Word………….
V 149…Hear my voice according unto thy lovingkindness: O LORD, quicken me according to thy judgment.
In the turbulence of the noisy day to the silence of the deep dark night, hear me my God as your LOVE has eternally promised you would; give me life and hope through the plethora of promises in you perfect Word…
We find it very helpful to use our voices in prayer; it is often very hard to maintain the intensity of our devotion unless we hear ourselves speak; thus David at length broke through his silence, arose from his quiet meditations, and began crying with voice as well as heart unto the Lord his God.
*David calls on God to hear him not because of who David is but calls on God for who God is; he pleads the blood, the grace of God, he calls upon God’s LOVE, and puts it, "according unto thy LOVING-kindness." When God hears prayer according to His LOVING-kindness God overlooks all the imperfections of the prayer, God forgets the sinfulness of the pleader, and in purity of LOVE, YHWH grants the desire though the petitioner is unworthy.
It is according to God's LOVING-kindness to answer speedily, to answer frequently, to answer abundantly, yes, exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or even think. ***Loving-kindness is one of the sweetest words in our language. Kindness has much in it that is most precious, but LOVING kindness is doubly dear; it is the cream of kindness.
This is another of David's wise and ardent prayers. He first cried, "Save me; "then, "Hear me; "and now, "Quicken me." This is often the very best way of delivering us from trouble, to give us more life that we may escape from death; and to add more strength to that life that we may not be overloaded with its burdens. Observe, that David asks to receive quickening (life) according to God's judgment, that is, in such a way as should be consistent with infinite wisdom and forethought.
God's methods of communicating greater vigor to our spiritual life are exceedingly wise; it would probably be in vain for us to attempt to understand them; and it will be our wisdom to wish to receive grace, not according to our notion of how it should come to us, but according to God's heavenly method of bestowing it. It is God’s prerogative to make alive as well as to kill, and that sovereign act is best left to His infallible judgment.
Thus the perfect timing and content of answered prayer SHOULD ALWAYS BE TRUSTED TO THE LOVING, ALL KNOWING, FOR EVER LIVING, ALL POWERFUL HAND OF OUR ETERNAL GOD!!!!!!!
V 150…They draw nigh that follow after mischief: they are far from thy law.
Those who seek my hurt are full of evil intent; they despise your Word and are far from understanding or accepting it…
David could hear the footsteps fall of those who hated him close behind him. They are not following him to help him, but to hurt him, and therefore the sound of their approach is to be dreaded. They are not prosecuting a good purpose, but persecuting a good man. As if they had not enough mischief in their own hearts, they are hunting after more.
He sees them gathering speed and energy in order to bring sorrow and problems upon him, and he points them out to God, and prays to the Lord to fix His eyes upon them, and deal with them to their confusion. They were already upon him, and he was almost in their grip, and therefore he cries the more earnestly.
A godless life cannot be an obedient one. Before these men could become persecutors of David they were obliged to get away from the restraints of God's law. They could not hate a Saint and yet LOVE the law. Those who keep God's law neither do harm to themselves nor to others. Sin is the greatest mischief in the world. David mentions this to the Lord in prayer, feeling some kind of comfort in the fact that those who hated him hated God also, and found it needful to get away from God before they could be free to act their cruel part towards himself. When we know that our enemies are God's enemies, and ours because they are His enemies, we may well take comfort to ourselves.
John 15 v 18-20A
“If the world hates you, remember that it hated me first. 19 The world would love you as one of its own if you belonged to it, but you are no longer part of the world. I chose you to come out of the world, so it hates you. 20 Do you remember what I told you? ‘A slave is not greater than the master.’ Since they persecuted me, naturally they will persecute you…”
V 151…Thou art near, O LORD; and all thy commandments are truth.
As the evil one and his children are near to destroy me, you oh God are still even closer, TO SAVE ME!!! ABSOLUTELY ALL YOUR WORDS ARE TRUE, your Bible is true according to your will!!!!!!!
God was nearer: this is one of the choicest comforts of the persecuted child of God. The Lord is near to hear our cries, and to speedily afford us comfort. He is near to chase away our enemies, and to give us rest and peace.
Virtue is truth in action, and that is what God is. Sin is falsehood in action, and this is what God forbids.
***If all God's commands are truth, then the true man will be glad to keep near to them, and therein he will find the true God near him.***
This sentence will be the persecuted man's protection from tile false hearts that seek to do him mischief: God is near and God is true, therefore his people are safe. If at any time we fall into danger through keeping the commands of God we need not suppose that we have acted unwisely: we may, on the contrary, be quite sure that we are in the right way; for God's precepts are right and true.
It is for this very reason that wicked men assail us: they hate the truth, and therefore hate those who do the truth. Their opposition may be our consolation; while God's presence upon our side is our glory and delight.
V 152…Concerning thy testimonies, I have known of old that thou hast founded them for ever.
From eternity to eternity you oh Lord have protected your Word, that it should EVER BE TRUE AND DRAW PEOPLE UNTO A SAVING KNOWLEDGE OF YOUR SON JESUS CHRIST!!!
THE BIBLE HAS BEEN FOR EVER FOUNDED, FOR EVER ESTABLISHED AS THE ETERNALLY INNERRANT, INFALLIBLE WORD OF GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Even unto the return of Jesus Christ and unto eternity…….
David found of old that God had founded the Scriptures of old, and that they would stand firm throughout all ages. It is a very blessed thing to be so early taught of God that we know substantial doctrines even from our youth. Those who think that David was a young man when he wrote this psalm will find it rather difficult to reconcile this verse with the theory; it is much more probable that he was now grown grey, and was looking back upon what he had known long before. He knew at the very first that the doctrines of God's Word were settled before the world began, that they had never altered, and never could by any possibility be altered. He had begun by building on a rock, by seeing that God's testimonies were "founded", that is, grounded, laid as foundations, settled and established; and that with a view to all the ages that should come, during all the changes that should intervene. It was because David knew this that he had such confidence in prayer, and was so persistent in it. It is sweet to plead immutable promises with an immutable God.
It was because of this that David learned to hope: a man cannot have much expectation from a changing friend, but he may well have confidence in a God who cannot change.
Hebrews 13 v 8
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.”
Jesus our God and Savior declares about His Word the Bible:
Matthew 5 v 17-18
“Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill. 18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.”
It was because of this that David delighted in being near the Lord, for it is a most blessed thing to keep up close intercourse with a Friend who never varies. Let those who choose follow at the heels of the modern school and look for fresh light to break forth which will put the old light out of countenance; we are satisfied with the truth which is old as the hills and as fixed as the great mountains.
Let "cultured intellects" invent another god, another gospel, more gentle and effeminate than the God of Abraham; we are well content to worship Jehovah, who is eternally the same.
Things everlastingly established are the joy of established Saints. Bubbles and new fangled toys please boys, but men prize those things which are solid and substantial, with a foundation and a bottom to them which will bear the test of the ages.
There are many who seek to destroy the truth of the everlasting one’s true gospel, Do you choose to believe in, to LOVE, and seek to obey the “FOREVER ESTABLISHED” BOOK; or do you like the pagans choose to pick and choose what you believe based on changing fallen human values??????????????????????????
Thy Word is Truth, Jesus the Christ said.
Submitted by: Dr. Harold Chris Smith, sbc
January 6, 2019
***Welcome to This Week's Sermon:
“Thy Word Is Truth: Part 18”
Psalms 119 v 137-144
“Righteous art thou, O LORD, and upright are thy judgments. 138 Thy testimonies that thou hast commanded are righteous and very faithful. 139 My zeal hath consumed me, because mine enemies have forgotten thy words. 140 Thy word is very pure: therefore thy servant loveth it. 141 I am small and despised: yet do not I forget thy precepts. 142 Thy righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and thy law is the truth. 143 Trouble and anguish have taken hold on me: yet thy commandments are my delights. 144 The righteousness of thy testimonies is everlasting: give me understanding, and I shall live.”
Thank you that You make all things new. Thank You for all that You've allowed into our lives this past year, the good along with the hard things, which have reminded us how much we need You and rely on your presence filling us every single day.
We pray for Your Spirit to lead us each step of this New Year. We ask that You will guide our decisions and turn our hearts to deeply desire You above all else. We ask that You will open doors needing to be opened and close the ones needing to be shut tight. We ask that You would help us release our grip on the things to which You’ve said “no,” “not yet,” or “wait.” We ask for help to pursue You first, above every dream and desire You’ve put within our hearts.
We ask for Your wisdom, for Your strength and power to be constantly present within us. We pray You would make us strong and courageous for the road ahead. Give us ability beyond what we feel able, let Your gifts flow freely through us, so that You would be honored by our lives, and others would be drawn to You.
We pray that You’d keep us far from the snares and traps of temptations. That You would whisper in our ear when we need to run, and whisper in our heart when we need to stand our ground.
We pray for Your protection over our families and friends. We ask for Your hand to cover us and keep us distanced from the evil intent of the enemy; that You would be a barrier to surround us, that we’d be safe in Your hands. We pray that You would give us discernment and insight beyond our years, to understand Your will, hear Your voice, and know Your ways.
We ask that You would keep our footsteps firm, on solid ground, helping us to be consistent and faithful. Give us supernatural endurance to stay the course, not swerving to the right or to the left, or being too easily distracted by other things that would seek to call us away from a close walk with You.
Forgive us for the times we have worked so hard to be self-sufficient, forgetting our need for You, living independent of Your spirit. Forgive us for letting fear and worry control our minds, and for allowing pride and selfishness wreak havoc over our lives. Forgive us for not following Your ways and for living distant from Your presence.
We confess our need for You…fresh…new…again. We ask that You make all things new, in our hearts, in our minds, in our lives, for this coming year. We pray for Your refreshing over us.
Keep Your words of truth planted firm within us, help us to keep focused on what is pure and right, give us the power to be obedient to Your word. And when the enemy reminds us where we have been, hissing his lies and attacks our way, we trust that Your voice speaks louder and stronger, as You remind us we are safe with You and Your purposes and plans will not fail. We ask that You will be our defense and rear guard, keeping our way clear, removing the obstacles, and covering the pitfalls. Lord, lead us on Your level ground.
We ask that You would provide for our needs, we ask for Your grace and favor. We pray for Your blessings to cover us, we pray that You would help us to prosper and make every plan that You have birthed in our heart to succeed. We pray that others would take notice of Your goodness and could not help but to say, “These are the ones that the Lord has blessed.”
Help us to be known as great givers, help us to be generous and kind, help us to look to the needs of others and not be consumed by only our own.
May we be LOVERS of truth, may the fruits of Your spirit be evident in our lives - Your LOVE, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
Shine Your light in us, through us, over us. May we make a difference in this world, for Your glory and purposes. Set You way before us. May all Your plans succeed. We may reflect Your peace and hope to a world that so desperately needs Your presence and healing.
Help us reach out to the Lost with great LOVE, compassion, and boldness; may billions upon billions of people be saved by Your shed blood, through the ministry of the Holy Spirit through all Your people and all things You and only You have created.
To You be glory, praise and honor, in this New Year, and forever. In Jesus sweet precious name we pray all these things, Amen and eternally Amen………………………………….
Now that the holiday season is over, we turn back to Psalms 119…
Let us turn our attention to: Tzaddi (Tsaddi) the 18th section of Psalms 119………………………………..
In this division the Psalmist:
*Commends the law of God, from its Author, its equity, its purity, and its perpetuity, it’s eternal character.
*A consideration of which led him to LOVE and delight in it, though opposed by many enemies.
V 137…Righteous art thou, O LORD, and upright are thy judgments.
God, oh eternal Father you are the righteous one, you are my Lord and eternal King!!! All your Words have your character and nature, you are righteous, noble, pure, and true and so is your Word eternally true and virtuous…
God declares the eternal value of His Word through the profound utterances of David.
God is infinitely holy in His nature; and therefore ARE GOD’S JUDGMENTS, WORDS, HIS BIBLE IS ALSO UPRIGHT AND HOLY…….
This passage deals with the perfect righteousness of Jehovah and His Word, and expresses the struggles of a holy soul in reference to that righteousness. The initial letter with which every verse commences in the Hebrew is "P", and the keyword to us is Purity.
The Psalmist has not often used the name of Jehovah in this vast composition. The whole psalm shows him to have been a deeply religious man, thoroughly familiar with the things of God; and such persons never use the holy name of God carelessly, nor do they even use it at all frequently in comparison with the thoughtless and the ungodly. Familiarity begets reverence in this case. Here he uses the sacred name in worship. He praises God by ascribing to him perfect righteousness. God is always right, and He is always actively light, that is, righteous. This quality is bound up in our very idea of God. We cannot imagine an unrighteous God.
This is a great stay to the soul in time of trouble. When we are most sorely afflicted, and cannot see the reason for the circumstances, we may fall back upon this most sure and certain fact, that God is righteous, and His dealings with us are righteous too. It should be our glory to sing this brave confession when all things around us appear to suggest the contrary.
V 138…Thy testimonies that thou hast commanded are righteous and very faithful.
The laws that you have decreed are true and virtuous and very faithful to your character and everlasting nature……………..
Your rules are perfect and their source is your purity…
All that which God has testified to in His Word is right and truthful. It is righteous, and may be relied upon for the present; it is faithful, and may be trusted in for the future. Every portion of the inspired testimonies has divine authority, they are issued and published by God's command, and they bear the finger print of God’s omnipotence nature…
2 Timothy 3 v 16
“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:”
Not only the precepts but the promises also are commanded of the Lord, and so are all the teachings of Scripture. It is not left to our choice whether we will accept them or no; they are issued by royal command, and are not to be questioned. Their characteristic is that they are like the Lord who has proclaimed them, they are the essence of justice and the soul of truth.
***God's Word is righteous and cannot be impeached; it is faithful and cannot be questioned it is true from the beginning and it will be true unto the end.***
Jesus Christ’s verdict on the Word of God is:
Matthew 5 v 18
“For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.”
What a merciful and gracious kindness that we have a God to deal with who is scrupulously faithful, true to all the items and details of His promises, punctual to time, steadfast during all time.
***Well may we risk all without fear upon a Word which is" ever faithful, ever sure."***
That is what we profess when we call the Bible the inerrant and infallible Word of God…….
V 139…My zeal hath consumed me, because mine enemies have forgotten thy words.
My passion for your Word consumes me and I have tremendous sorrow because of those who foolishly reject and deny your blessed, blessed, blessed Word……………………………………….
How could they, your Word is so clearly true to me!!!!!!! But I must remember I also denied your Word before you saved me…….
My earnest desire to promote your glory, and the pain I feel at seeing transgressions multiplied, have worn down both my flesh and spirits.
In the last two verses David spoke concerning His God and his law; here he speaks of himself. This was no doubt occasioned by his having so clear a sense of the admirable character of God's Word. His zeal was like a fire burning within his soul. The sight of mankind's forgetfulness of God acted as a fierce blast to excite the fire to a more vehement flame, and it blazed until it was ready to consume him.
David could not bear people forgetting God's Words. He was ready to forget himself, to, consume himself, because these people forgot God. The ungodly were David s enemies: his enemies, because they hated him for his godliness; his enemies, because he abhorred them for their ungodliness. These men had gone so far in iniquity that they not only violated and neglected the commands of God, but they appeared actually to have forgotten them. This put David into a great heat; he burned with indignation. How dare they trample on sacred things! How could they utterly ignore the commands of God himself! He was astonished, and filled with holy anger.
V 140…Thy word is very pure: therefore thy servant loveth it.
God through David by God’s omnipotence, omniscience, character; knowing all things and with all power to utterly guarantee, God declares: My Word is very “pure” (free from all outside influences)………………………..
God’s Bible in it’s original manuscripts is WITHOUT ERROR IN ALL THAT IT SAYS!!!!!!!
The Bible is not a purified thing, but a thing that purifies:
John 15 v 3
“Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.”
God’s Word is a fire to purify as well as a hammer to break.
Hebrews 4 v 12
“For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”
The Word can save and the Word can convict and/or condemn!!!
Thy Word is very pure. It is truth distilled, holiness in its essence. In the Word of God there is no admixture of error or sin. It is pure in its sense, pure in its language, pure in its spirit, pure in its influence, and all this to the very highest degree, "very pure."
"Therefore thy servant LOVES it, "which is proof that he himself was pure in heart, for only those who are pure LOVE God's Word because of its purity.
His heart was knit to the Word because of its glorious holiness and truth. He admired it, delighted in it, sought to practice it, and longed to come under its purifying power.
V 141…I am small and despised: yet do not I forget thy precepts.
I am nothing and I am less than nothing to those who loathe you and your Word, yet I will never forget your righteous and pure Word.
Being small, I cannot resist; being despised, I am in danger; but even all this does not tempt me to start aside, or through the fear of man to be unfaithful to you!!!!!!!
David’s enemies made no account of him, regarded him as a man without power or ability, and therefore looked down upon him. He appears to accept the situation and humbly take the lowest room, but he carries God's Word with him (within his heart). How many a person has been driven to do some ill action in order to reply to the contempt of his enemies: to make himself conspicuous he has either spoken or acted in a manner which he could not justify. The beauty of the Psalmist's piety was that it was calm and well balanced, and as he was not carried away by flattery, so was he not overcome by shame.
If small, David the more jealously attended to the smaller duties; and if despised, he was the more in earnest to keep the despised commandments of God.
Godly humility leads us to greater dependence on Him and His Word. It produces in the Christian a greater desire to study God’s Word and to live by it no matter what…
V 142…Thy righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and thy law is the truth.
God’s morality, virtue, justice, honesty, uprightness, and decency IS EVERLASTING, ETERNITY TO ETERNITY, IN THE PAST, PRESENT, AND THE FUTURE, FOREVER THE SAME!!!
Hebrews 13 v 8
“Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.”
So is God’s Word, ETERNALLY TRUE!!!!!!!
There are many who deny the inerrant, infallible nature and character of God’s Holy Scriptures; some in Christendom will pick and choose what they believe out of the Bible, perhaps some within this Church, and perhaps many who hear or read this message. Others will so deny the inerrancy and infallibility of the Bible that they write their own books and declare them to be divinely inspired by God even more so than the Bible itself!!!
***But God the Father by His divine eternal powers, God the Son Jesus Christ through His teachings in God’s Word, and God the Holy Spirit through His teaching of the Word of God ALL DECLARE THE ETERNAL PERFECTION AND COMPLETENESS OF THE MIGHTY WORD OF GOD THE BIBLE!!!!!!!
Having in a previous verse ascribed righteousness to God, David now goes on to declare that that righteousness is unchanging and endures from age to age. This is the joy and glory of the Saints, that what God is He always will be, and His mode of procedure towards the sons of men is immutable (indisputable): having kept His promise, and dealt out justice among His people, He will do so world without end. Both the righteousnesses and the unrighteousnesses of mankind will come to an end, but the righteousness of God is without end.
As God is LOVE, so His law is the truth, the very essence of truth, truth applied to ethics, truth in action, truth upon the judgment seat. We hear great disputes about, "What is truth?" The Holy Scriptures are the only answer to that question. Note, that they are not only true, but the truth itself. We may not say of them that they contain the truth, but that they are the truth: "thy law is the truth." There is nothing false about the law or the
Holy Scriptures. Those who are obedient to the Bible shall find that they are walking in a way consistent with fact, while those who act contrary to the Bible are walking in a vain show.
That is worth repeating: the Bible does not simply contain the truth, but it IS THE TRUTH!!!!!!!
“…thy word is truth."
THY WORD IS TRUTH……………………………………………….
V 143…Trouble and anguish have taken hold on me: yet thy commandments are my delights.
Many trials and tribulations have come upon me some from evil people and demons, some from my own weaknesses and stupidities!!! Yet I jump in glorious delight of your Words and just commandments…
This affliction may have arisen from David’s circumstances, or from the cruelty of his enemies, or from his own internal conflicts, but certain it is that he was the subject of much distress, a distress which seized him, and carried him away a captive to its power. His griefs, like fierce dogs, had taken hold upon him; he felt their teeth. He had double trouble: trouble without and anguish within, as the apostle Paul put it,
2 Corinthians 7 v 5
“For, when we were come into Macedonia, our flesh had no rest, but we were troubled on every side; without were fightings, within were fears.”
Thus the Psalmist, David, became a riddle; troubled, and yet delighted; in anguish, and yet in pleasure. The child of God can understand this enigma, for well we know that while we are cast down on account of what we see within ourselves, we all the more we are lifted up by what we see in the Word.
David is delighted with the commandments, although he is troubled because he cannot perfectly obey them. He finds abundant light in the commandments, and by the influence of that light he discovers and mourns over his own darkness.
Only the person who is acquainted with the struggles of the spiritual life will understand the expression before us. Let us who hear this message or the reader herein find a balance in which to weigh ourselves.
Do we experience sorrow of occasional sin or weakness; do we experience the joy and delight of willful obedience to our Lord Jesus Christ? Do we find more joy in being sanctified than sorrow in being chastised?
*******Then the spot of God's children is upon us*******
THEN WE ARE HIS!!!!!!!
V 144…The righteousness of thy testimonies is everlasting: give me understanding, and I shall live.
God again through the Psalmist declares the ETERNAL, EVERLASTING CHARCTERISTICS AND PROPERTIES OF RIGHTEOUSNESS THAT HE HAS GIVEN TO HIS WORD!!!
David pleads for a more intimate understanding of God’s Word and acknowledges that LIFE IS FOUND IN UNDERSTANDING AND OBEYING GOD’S WORD…….
God’s moral law was not made for one people, or for one particular time; it is as imperishable as God’s nature, and IS AN ENDLESS OBLIGATION OF LOVE FOR GENUINE CHRISTIANS. It is that law by which all the children of Adam shall be judged.
We need not only to know and understand it, but we MUST OUT OF LOVE OBEY IT AS WELL, NOW AND FOR EVER!!!
James 1 v 22
“But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.”
1 John 3 v 18
“My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.”
Romans 2 v 13
“(For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.”
Luke 11 v 28
“But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.”
Hearing and understanding is worthless alone, WE MUST FOR LOVE SAKE OBEY EVERY WORD THAT PROCEEDS FROM THE MOUTH OF GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
First David had said that God's testimonies were righteous, then that they were everlasting, and now that their righteousness is everlasting. Thus he gives us a larger and more detailed account of the Word of God the longer he is engaged in writing upon it. The more we say in praise of holy writ, the more we may say and the more we can say.
God's testimonies to humanity cannot be assailed, they are righteous from beginning to end; and though ungodly men have opposed the divine justice, especially in the plan of salvation, they have always failed to establish any charge against the Most High.
Long as the earth shall stand, long as there shall be a single intelligent creature in the universe, it will be confessed that God's plans of mercy are in all respects marvelous proofs of His LOVE of justice: even that He may be gracious Jehovah will not be unjust.
This is a prayer which David is constantly praying, that God will give him understanding. Here he evidently considers that such a gift is essential to his lifting. To live without understanding is not to live the life of a man, but to be dead while we live. Only as we know and apprehend the things of God can we be said to enter into life.
The more the Lord teaches us to admire the eternal rightness of His Word, and the more He quickens us to the LOVE of such lightness, the happier and the better we shall be. As we LOVE life, and seek many days that we may see good, it behooves us to seek immortality in the everlasting Word which lives and abides for ever, and to seek good in that renewal of our entire nature which begins with the enlightenment of the understanding and passes on to the regeneration of the entire person.
Here is our need of the Holy Spirit, the Lord and giver of life, and the guide of all the quickened (Living) ones, who shall lead us into all truth.
Oh for the visitations of His grace at this good hour!
Submitted by: Dr. Harold Chris Smith, sbc