February 17, 2019
"Faith Through Trials"
1 Peter 1 v 6-7
"Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: 7. That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:"
Father, You grow and stretch our maturity through circumstances that don’t always reflect our choosing. It helps us to gain needed perspective and experience in situations not of our own choosing, but to our overall benefit. Help us to be patient as we search Your Scripture and seek to understand Your plan as it unfolds in our lives. Align our desires with Your own as we submit our will to Yours. May we not be overcome by adversity but ask You, Father, to use adversity as a tool by which You carve Your image and character deep into our hearts. We may make our plans but we realize that, as Your children, You will have the final say.
Help us reach out to others in their time of need, guide us into the proper words, prayers, and actions we must take to assist them in whatever adversity or need they have. Help us be kind and gentle hearted as we reach out to the Lost and all those You put in our paths. Help us to be the men, women, and children of God You want us to be in all circumstances. May we always glorify You and magnify Your Holy name in thought, word, and deed every moment of our lives, for You and all Your creation.
We pray all these things in Jesus’ precious name Amen and eternally Amen…….
All it takes is a devastating event in our lives and our LIVES ARE CHANGED FOREVER…
The doctor’s report is bleak. It is cancer! Your IRA, your investment port folio was ruined by the stock market crash. You are now living pay check to pay check. Your LOVED ones have been taken from you in and auto accident, or by a drive-by shooting, or from some other completely unexpected incident. Your child, your baby has been taken, and you never see them again. You’ve been betrayed by someone you trusted. Your spouse has cheated on you, your best friend has turned out not to be a friend at all.
Your numb, confused, your whole body is shaking; you imagine you are in some kind of living nightmare! The next thing you know, your trying to make sense of this terrible situation and wondering if YOU’LL SURVIVE IT, or even IF YOU WANT TO SURVIVE IT!!!
Has this happened to you? Have you been in an emotional daze while staggering down the path of adversity by unwelcomed news or overwhelming disappointment? Are you wondering why God would allow this agonizing pain and excruciating suffering in your life?
I have experienced such in my life many times…
When we do, we have a critical decision to make. We can either choose to blame God or we can choose to TRUST HIM ABSOLUTELY!!!
You can either allow this trial upon your faith to defeat you or allow your faith in God to grow and let God help you triumph over your horrendous circumstances.
All of us one time or another must deal with seasons of hardships and sorrow. Those times will come and go as long as we live in this fallen world.
Peter in our text today comes to an actual situation in life in which his readers found themselves. Their Christianity had always made them unpopular, but now they were facing almost certain persecution. Soon the storm was going to break and life was going to be a distressing thing.
Personally, I believe, if we can genuinely understand why God the Father allows these trials in our lives, we will be able to face the most difficult of circumstances without being completely and irreversibly devastated.
Our troubles may discourage us at the moment they occur, but when we respond to them in the right way realizing that the Lord God IS IN COMPLETE CONTROL OF OUR LIVES, we will be able to move forward with the faith and courage to endure.
In face of very real persecution and the potential of losing their very lives for being Christians Peter in effect reminds his readers of three reasons why they can stand anything that may come upon them.
First, they can stand anything because of what they are able to look forward to. At the end there is for them the magnificent inheritance of eternal life with God. The Greek can mean when the worst comes to the worst. It is then, says Westcott, when things have reached their limit, that the saving power of Jesus Christ will be displayed.
In any event, the ultimate meaning is the same. For the Christian persecution and trouble are not the end; beyond lies the glory; and in the hope of that glory we as His Children can endure anything that life brings to us.
It sometimes happens that a person has to undergo a painful operation or harsh process of treatment; but gladly accepts the pain and the discomfort because of the renewed health and strength which lie beyond. It is one of the basic facts of life that a person can endure anything so long as they have something to look forward to.
***As Christians we can look forward to the ultimate joy.
Secondly, they, we, can stand anything that comes if we remember that every trial is, in fact, a test. Before gold is pure it has to be tested in the fire. The trials which come to us as Christians test our faith and out of them that faith can emerge stronger than ever it was before.
In other words, when God allows troubles to enter our lives it is because HE IS WORKONG ON OUR FAITH.
The rigors which the athlete has to undergo are not meant to make them collapse but to make them able to develop more strength and staying-power. In this world trials are not meant to take the strength out of us, but to put the strength into us.
In this connection there is something most suggestive in the language Peter uses. He says that the Christian for the moment may well have to undergo various trials. The Greek is poikilos, which literally means many-colored. Peter uses that word only one other time and it is to describe the grace of God.
1 Peter 4 v 10
“As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.”
Our troubles may be many-colored, but so is the grace of God; there is no color in the human situation which that grace cannot match. ***There is a grace to match every trial and there is no trial without its grace.
Third they, we can stand anything, because at the end of it, when Jesus Christ appears, they, we will receive from Him praise and glory and honor. Again and again in this life we make our biggest efforts and do our best work, not for pay or profit, but in order to see the light in someone's eyes and to hear his word of praise. These things mean more than anything else in the world. The Christian knows that, if we endure, we will in the end hear the Master's "Well done!"
Matthew 25 v 23
“His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.”
Here is the recipe for endurance when life is hard and faith is difficult. We can stand up to things because of the greatness to which we can look forward, because every trial is another test to strengthen and to purify our faith, and because at the end of it Jesus Christ is waiting to say, "Well done!" to all his faithful servants.
God builds our faith through trials to transform you and me into the likeness of His only begotten Son Jesus Christ…
1 Peter 1 v 14-15
“As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: 15. But as he which hath called you is
holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;”
This of course does not mean we physically resemble Jesus Christ; rather, it means that OUR personality, OUR character, OUR conduct, and OUR conversation are like His!!!
It requires faith to truly be holy. It takes immense trust in Jesus Christ to make a godly decision especially when the right choice is difficult and even unpopular by most of those around us. ***But that is what God will do for YOU, for ME, through trouble times in our lives.
God builds the likeness of Jesus Christ in us, including the courage that sustained Him as He faced the terror and agony of His cross and the unwavering assurance in His resurrection power.
Ephesians 1 v 18-21
“The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, 19. And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, 20. Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, 21. Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:”
God builds our faith through trials so we will be equipped to FULFILL HIS PUPOSE FOR OUR LIVES…
We must never forget our intimate LOVE relationship with Jesus Christ IS HIS HIGHEST PRIORITY FOR YOU and ME…
Our LOVE relationship with Him DETERMINES THE IMPACT YOU and I WILL HAVE FOR HIS KINGDOM!!!
***The hardships and trials you and I face can deepen our LOVE relationship with Jesus Christ…
If you or I, if the Christian will allow God, our heavenly Father can teach us to LISTEN TO, WALK WITH, and OBEY Him WITH FULL CONFIDENCE THROUGH ANY SITUATION or CIRCUMSTANCE…
No matter how terrible or unpleasant circumstances may be, our faith can grow and mature through them…
Isaiah 30 v 20-21
“And though the Lord give you the bread of adversity, and the water of affliction, yet shall not thy teachers be removed into a corner any more, but thine eyes shall see thy teachers: 21. And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.”
Isaiah explained that it is through trails of adversities that the Father reveals Himself and His plans to us…
In the end untried faith is unreliable faith. No one can know how devoted they are to God UNTIL THEIR FAITH IS TRULY TESTED!!!
God knew Abraham’s LOVE for Him, but Abraham COULD NOT POSSIBLY UNDERSTAND THE DEPTH OF HIS LOVE and DEVOTION FOR GOD UNTIL GOD ALLOWED HIM TO RAISE HIS KNIFE TO SACRIFICE HIS SIN ISAAC.
Genesis 22 v 2-3
“And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of. 3. And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and saddled his ass, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son, and clave the wood for the burnt offering, and rose up, and went unto the place of which God had told him.”
Then as Abraham responded to the test,
Genesis 22 v 10-14
“And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son. 11. And the angel of the Lord called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham: and he said, Here am I. 12. And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou anything unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me. 13. And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns: and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son. 14. And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovahjireh: as it is said to this day, In the mount of the Lord it shall be seen.”
Through this test Abraham knew within himself that God was first and foremost the LOVE of His heart. Through our trials and adversities, as our faith is tested as by fire, WE CAN COMPREHEND OUR TRUE LOVE and DEVOTION TO GOD!!! ***And others can see it as well…
Do YOU trust God to supply your needs? Do YOU believe that God will empower YOU to fulfill what He has called YOU to do? Do YOU know how to rely upon God Almighty for every necessity?
These are questions that must be answered if YOU wish to have a growing, intimate LOVE relationship with the Lord and serve Him faithfully…….
Do YOU genuinely believe?
Romans 8 v 28
“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”
Job was a devout and righteous man in his generation, but he never truly understood the depth and LOVE of God until his faith was so strenuously tested!!!
Job 42 v 5-6
“I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee. 6. Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.”
God allows the tests and trails in OUR lives so that we can grow and fully mature in the LOVE of OUR Lord, God, and Savior: Jesus Christ!!!!!!!
Does He enjoy our pain and suffering, ABSOLUTELY NOT, but He understands us fully, and realizes often we must put our hands in the fire; for us to understand, “the fire is hot”…
God IS IN CONTROL, and He WILL USE ALL THAT OCCURS TO DRAW ALL PEOPLE UNTO HIMSELF, “if”, only WE ARE WILLING!!!!!!!
God will not allow His Children to be tested or tempted beyond our ability to endure…
Satan tempts us to destroy us, God tests us, to LET US KNOW, WE CAN ENDURE, WE CAN PERSERVERE, WE CAN BELIEVE, WE CAN HAVE ETERNAL LIFE!!!
May our heavenly Father bless, comfort, and encourage each of us as we walk through difficult times and serve Him in LOVE and obedience to His holy, inerrant, infallible word the Bible…….
No adversity is pleasurable, in fact it is usually painful; but with ABSOLUTE TRUST IN GOD, all things can workout for our eternal wellbeing…….
Do you believe this???
Submitted by: Dr. Harold Chris Smith, sbc
February 10, 2019
Our Prayer Has The Power to Save!!!
***It is when you pray that the power of God will cut off every limiting fetter to your or others breakthroughs, successes, family life, marriages, prosperity, healing and deliverance.
Lord, we give You thanks for Your constant presence. Through seasons of constancy and even change, You are with us, calling us into deeper waters, calling us together in Your spirit of unity, calling us out of ourselves into the world to serve others. May any church experiencing loss and change hold fast to the promise that Your mission is bigger than any single leader, local church, or annual conference. Strengthen us to be Your church in all times and seasons of life, a place where all are truly welcomed and embraced in Your LOVE, a place where we find ways You are active among us and calling us to join in Your saving work, a place where the story of Your LOVE and grace and mercy are embodied.
Give Your stillness, God of calm, to all who are facing illness, surgery, or an uncertainty of health, especially our precious little children. May they know that their times are in Your ever-healing hands. Listen to us when we call upon You, most merciful God, and grant us grace to entrust our lives and our world to Your unfailing LOVE, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
We ask all this, and all that You know that we need, through the mercy of Your son, Jesus Christ, and in His name Jesus, we pray. Amen and eternally Amen…….
There are many ways to LOVE one’s neighbor, but intercessory prayer—praying on behalf of other people—has got to be one of the most powerful.
Prayer is the most potent force known to humanity. Because we have been made partakers in Jesus’ victory over sin and death:
1 John 4 V 4
"Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world."
We have the authority as sons and daughters of God to pray for others, pushing back the darkness of sin and oppression. In prayer, we have a weapon that has “divine power to destroy strongholds”
2 Corinthians 10 v 4
"(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;"
That kind of weaponry—the power of prayer— is something God invites us to use as we seek not only personal transformation but the transformation of the world as well. An intercessor is one who takes up a “burden” that goes far beyond his or her own needs and intentions.
And those who take up the call to intercession come to learn in a deeper way that the sufferings of the present time cannot compare to the joy that will come as God’s purposes unfold. They learn to trust in the Lord, because they have experienced in prayer how infinitely compassionate God is. Intercessors participate in God’s magnificent plan to raise humanity to share in divine life. This insight moves them to engage in a spiritual battle against the forces that seek to destroy God’s plans.
James 5 v 16
"Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much."
That is so profound, that it NEEDS TO BE REPEATED:
[[[ The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much ]]]
THERE IS GODLY SUPERNATURAL POWER IN THE PRAYER OF A SINCERE CHRISTIAN HEART!!!!!!!
Jesus promised: “If two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven”,
Matthew 18 v 19-20
"Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. 20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them."
***One of the most powerful ways we can pray as intercessors is together with others.
Luke 22 v 31-32
"And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: 32 But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren."
When you look at that scripture and you kind of hit the pause button for a moment, you recognize that here is an individual's name, a person, a man's name (it could be a woman's name) that Jesus Christ literally petitioned our Father to give Peter what he needed. ***I read that and I look at that and I marvel to think that that is what Jesus Christ did, setting us an example at times to go before our Father and to pray for individuals, maybe, when they can no longer pray on their own. Here is Peter, certainly at a very trying time in his life, maybe a weak time in his life. Jesus Christ even knew that maybe in the very near future he was going to stumble, he was going to turn away from Him; but He said, "Peter, when you return..." He knew the future and brought the future to Peter--not only the future but the reality of His LOVE and a concern that He brought before God in prayer, a need.
Isaiah 55 v 11
"So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it."
2 Peter 3 v 9
"The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance."
It being God's desire that ALL SHOULD BE SAVED, by the power of intercessory prayer we unleash all the powers of God to aide and seek the salvation of the lost person we are praying for!!!
***For God stops and listens very, very carefully to the prayers of the genuinely saved!!!
Revelation 8 v 1-4
"And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour. 2 And I saw the seven angels which stood before God; and to them were given seven trumpets. 3 And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given unto him much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne. 4 And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel's hand."
God stopped, stood still, heaven was silent, for God was listening to the prayers of His chosen people!!! What is so amazing about this text, God was about to bring to and end all evil, by JESUS CHRIST’S RETURN, but, GOD STOPPED EVERYTHING TO LISTEN TO THE GENUINE AND SINCERE PRAYERS OF HIS CHILDREN, HIS PEOPLE, HIS SAINTS, HIS HOLY CHURCH…………………………………………………
Psalms 17 v 1
"Hear the right, O LORD, attend unto my cry, give ear unto my prayer, that goeth not out of feigned lips."
Psalms 17 v 6-7
"I have called upon thee, for thou wilt hear me, O God: incline thine ear unto me, and hear my speech. 7 Shew thy marvellous lovingkindness, O thou that savest by thy right hand them which put their trust in thee from those that rise up against them."
Luke 18 v 1
"And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;"
Jesus tells us a parable, but first He gives us two principles; one, ALWAYS PRAY, two, DO NOT GET discouraged. Jesus knows we expect the turn-a-round time to be immediate, faster if possible, BUT GOD'S TIMING IS USUALLY NOT ACCORDING TO OUR TIME TABLES!!!
GOD’S TIMING IS ALWAYS PERFECT, I REPEAT: ALWAYS PERFECT!!!!!!!
Luke 18 v 2-8
"Saying, There was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither regarded man: 3 And there was a widow in that city; and she came unto him, saying, Avenge me of mine adversary. 4 And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man; 5 Yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me. 6 And the Lord said, Hear what the unjust judge saith. 7 And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them? 8 I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth? "
If we are genuinely "born again" believers, TRUE LOVERS OF JESUS CHRIST, then we will LOVE who He LOVES and SEEK THE SALVATION OF THOSE HE WANTS TO SET FREE FROM ETERNAL DAMNATION. ***Jesus is indeed our example of intercessory prayer, as He was dying upon the cross, HE PLEAD FOR THE FORGIVENESS OF THE LOST:
Luke 23 v 34
"Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots."
God has certainly given humanity a "free will", to say "yes" or "no" to the calling of the Holy Spirit, but that does not stop the Power of intercessory prayer upon their life. For God will hound those who are prayed for until the very end, for our sakes and for His LOVE of the lost.
Satan and all his supernatural seductions and deceptions CANNOT STAND UP TO THE POWER OF THE EVER ETERNAL YHWH.......
1 John 4 v 4
"Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world."
You've been instructed by God. You've had a name and a life placed upon your heart to pray for their salvation...
***Now it is really up to you and God's Holy Spirit prompting and working with you, what will you do???
Prayer is the greatest power God has given His Saints, PRAYER IS COMMUNION WITH THE ALMIGHTY, ALL POWERFUL GOD; dead, malignant, totally corrupted bodies can be transformed into holy, incorruptible seed by the grace, mercy, and power of God!!!
Matthew 16 v 18
"And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it."
Yes a person can still say "no", BUT WHAT A BATTLE IT WILL BE, IF TRUE CHRISTIANS ARE PRAYING FOR THEIR ETERNAL SOULS.......
So, let us pray!!!
Jude 1:22-23 (NIV)
22 Be merciful to those who doubt; 23 snatch others from the fire and save them; to others show mercy, mixed with fear--hating even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh.
GOD BE WITH EACH OF YOU, IN JESUS NAME AMEN AND ETERNALLY AMEN…………………………………………………………………………….
Submitted by: Dr. Harold Chris Smith, sbc
February 3, 2019
***Welcome to This Week's Sermon:
“Thy Word Is Truth: Part 22”
Psalms 119 v 169-176
“Let my cry come near before thee, O LORD: give me understanding according to thy word. 170 Let my supplication come before thee: deliver me according to thy word. 171 My lips shall utter praise, when thou hast taught me thy statutes. 172 My tongue shall speak of thy word: for all thy commandments are righteousness. 173 Let thine hand help me; for I have chosen thy precepts. 174 I have longed for thy salvation, O LORD; and thy law is my delight. 175 Let my soul live, and it shall praise thee; and let thy judgments help me. 176 I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek thy servant; for I do not forget thy commandments.
Amen, and let it be so, it is almost finished. By far this has been the longest series of sermons I have ever preached! Over the course of the last 22 plus weeks we have spent many hours in the study of Psalms 119. With a small review, Psalms 119 is an acrostic psalm broken up into 22 divisions each named after the Hebrew alphabet in order with “8” verses each.
In English the 22 Hebrew letters are:
*Aleph *Zain *Mem *Koph
*Beth *Cheth *Nun *Resh
*Gimel *Teth *Samech *Schin
*Daleth *Yod *Ain *Tau
*He *Caph *Pe
*Vau *Lamed *Tsaddl
This psalm discusses in general the privileges and happiness of those who observe the law of the Lord. That law is exhibited by various names and epithets tending to show its various excellences. Earnest prayers are offered to God for wisdom to understand it, and for grace to observe it faithfully. These particulars may be collected from the whole composition, and appear less or more in every part. The words which express that revelation which God had then given to men, or some particular characteristic of it, are generally considered to be the ten following: 1. Testimonies; 2. Commandments; 3. Precepts; 4. Word; 5. Law; s; 7. Truth; 8. Judgments; 9. Righteousness;
The theme throughout this psalm is that God’s Words the Bible are perfect, complete, forever protected by the power of God’s all knowing all seeing mighty hand!!!
“THE WORD OF GOD is more sure than anything we see, hear, feel, or think.” Adrian Rogers
“Study the Bible to know about God, Obey the Bible TO REALLY KNOW GOD.” Adrian Rogers
“Cut the Bible anywhere, and it will bleed. The blood of Jesus stains every page.” Adrian Rogers
Let us pray:
Heavenly Father, Your LOVE flows like a stream into the ocean of Your Grace.
Your LOVE encircles this world, displays Your faithfulness.
Your LOVE is patient and kind, brings wholeness and true peace.
Your LOVE is all we desire to heal our brokenness.
As all things pass and fade away Your LOVE remains eternally.
God Your LOVE reaches to the highest heavens, how can we keep silent?
God Your righteousness stands like the tallest mountain, how can we keep silent?
God Your justice is deeper than any ocean, how can we keep silent?
God Your grace flows like a never-ending river, how can we keep silent?
How can we not proclaim Your majesty, from generation to generation?
How can we not raise the lamp of Your Salvation, for all the world to see?
Heavenly Father, Your LOVE reaches to the highest heavens, we praise Your mighty name!
We pray all these things in Jesus name Amen and eternally Amen and Amen…….
So, now let us conclude this sermon with: Tau, the 22nd and final division of Psalms 119…….
In this last section the Psalmist seems to sum up all his preceding exercises:
*Confesses his errors.
V 169…Let my cry come near before thee, O LORD: give me understanding according to thy word.
Lord I come before you with prayer in my heart, only you can give me understanding according to your Word.
David is tremblingly afraid lest he should not be heard. He is conscious that his prayer is nothing better than the cry of a poor child, or the groan of a wounded beast. He dreads lest it should be shut out from the ear of the Most High, but he very boldly prays that it may come before God, that it may be in his sight, under his notice, and looked upon with His acceptance; yea, he goes further, and entreats, "Let my cry come near before thee, O Lord." He wants the Lord's attention to his prayer to be very close and considerate. He uses a figure of speech and personifies his prayer. We may picture his prayer as Esther, venturing into the royal presence, petitioning an audience, and begging to find favor in the sight of the blessed and only Potentate. It is a very sweet thing to a suppliant when he knows of a surety that his prayer has obtained audience, when it has trodden the sea of glass before the throne, and has come even to the footstool of the glorious seat around which heaven and earth adore. It is to Jehovah that this prayer is expressed with trembling earnestness, our translators, filled with holy reverence, translate the word, "O Lord." We crave audience of none else, for we have confidence in none beside.
This is the prayer about which the Psalmist is so exceedingly anxious. With all his desires he would desire understanding most of all, and whatever he misses he is resolved not to miss this priceless godsend. He desires spiritual light and understanding as it is promised in God's Word,
*as it proceeds from God's Word, and
*as it produces obedience to God's Word.
He pleads as though he had no understanding whatever of his own, and asks to have one given to him. "Give me understanding." In truth, he had an understanding according to the judgment of men, but what he sought was an understanding according to God's Word, which is quite another thing.
***To understand spiritual things is the gift of God. To have a judgment enlightened by heavenly light and conformed to divine truth is a privilege which only grace can give. Many a man or woman who is accounted wise after the manner of this world is a fool according to the Word of the Lord. *******May we be among those happy children who shall all be taught of the Lord.*******
V 170…Let my supplication come before thee: deliver me according to thy word.
Let my prayer of deliverance come speedily before you and may I be delivered by your promises in your Word from human enemies, tempters and temptations alike.
1 Corinthians 10 v 13
“There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.”
It is the same appeal with a slight change of words. David humbly calls his cry a supplication, a sort of beggar's petition; and again he asks for audience and for answer. There might be hindrances in the way to an audience, and he begs for their removal, let it come. Other believers are heard, let my prayer come before thee.
The Psalmist David cries “rid me of mine adversaries, clear me of my slanderers, preserve me from my tempters, and bring me up out of all my afflictions, even as thy Word has led me to expect thou wilt do.” It is for this that he seeks understanding. His enemies would succeed through his folly, if they succeeded at all; but if he exercised a sound discretion they would be baffled, and he would escape from them. The Lord in answer to prayer frequently delivers his children by making them wise as serpents as well as harmless as lambs.
Let us all pray for such spiritual wisdom, and the mercy and grace to follow it…….
V 171…My lips shall utter praise, when thou hast taught me thy statutes.
As you teach me spiritual truth I will shout praises to your holy name!!!!!!! For I will know that you are THE GOD and there is NO OTHER!!!!!!! I will sing praises to you, not because I must but because I ABSOLUTELY LOVE and ADORE YOU.......
“O make me, Lord, thy statutes learn!
Keep in thy ways my feet,
Then shall my lips divinely burn;
Then shall my songs be sweet.
Each sin I cast away shall make
My soul more strong to soar;
Each deed of holiness shall wake
A strain divine the more.
My voice shall more delight thine ear
The more I wait on time;
The service bring my song more near
The angelic harmony.”
T. H. Gill, in "Breathings of the Better Life" 1881.
The Psalmist will not always be pleading for himself, he will rise above all selfishness, and render thanks for the benefit received. He promises to praise God when he has obtained practical instruction in the life of godliness: this is something to praise for, no blessing is more precious. The best possible praise is that which proceeds from people who honor God, not only with their lips, but in their lives. We learn the music of heaven in the school of holy living. He whose life honors the Lord is sure to be a person of praise. David would not only be grateful in silence, but he would express that gratitude in appropriate terms: his lips would utter what his life had practiced daily. Genuine disciples are known to speak well of the master who instructed them, and this holy man, when taught the statutes of the Lord, promises to give all the glory to Him to whom it is due.
Praise the only God, THE GOD………………………………………
V 172…My tongue shall speak of thy word: for all thy commandments are righteousness.
There is a curious distinction here. In the preceding verse he says, “My lips shall utter;” here no reference is made to articulate sounds, except as affixed to musical notes. In this verse he says, “My tongue shall speak; “here articulate and intelligible words are intended. He first utters sounds connected with words expressive of his grateful feelings; in the second he speaks words, principally those which God himself had spoken, containing promises of support, purposes relative to the redemption of his people, and condemnation against their enemies.
When David had done singing he began preaching. God's tender mercies are such that they may be either said or sung. When the tongue speaks of God's Word it has a most fruitful subject; such speaking will be as a tree of life, whose leaves shall be for the healing of the people. People will gather together to listen to such talk, and they will treasure it up in their hearts. The worst of us is that for the most part we are full of our own words, and speak but little of God's Word. Oh, that we could come to the same resolve as this godly man, and say henceforth, "My tongue shall speak of thy word." Then should we break through our sinful silence; we should no more be cowardly and half hearted, but should be true witnesses for Jesus Christ. It is not only of God's works that we are to speak, but of His Word. We may praise its truth, its wisdom, its preciousness, its grace, its power; and then we may tell of all it has revealed, all it has promised, all it has commanded, all it has effected.
*******The subject gives us plenty of sea room ((oceans of glorious material)); we may speak on for ever: the tale is for ever telling, yet untold.*******
V 173…Let thine hand help me; for I have chosen thy precepts.
Only you God can truly help me, us, only God can teach us His Scriptures, only His chosen vessels can teach us with the aid of the Holy Spirit…….
Do not entrust me to my friends or thy friends, but put thine own hand to the work. Thy hand has both skill and power, readiness and force: display all these qualities on my behalf. I am willing to do the utmost that I am able to do; but what I need is thine help, and this is so urgently required that if I have it not I shall sink. Do not refuse thy assistance. Great as thy hand is, let it light on me, even me. The prayer reminds me of Peter walking on the sea and beginning to sink; he, too, cried, "Lord, help me, "and the hand of his Master was stretched out for his rescue.
A person may fitly ask help from God's hand when they have dedicated their own hand entirely to the obedience of the faith. "I have chosen thy precepts." His election was made, his mind was made up. In preference to all earthly rules and ways, in preference even to his own will, he had chosen to be obedient to the divine commands. Will not God help such a person in holy work and sacred service? Assuredly God will. If grace has given us the heart with which to will, it will also give us the hand with which to perform. Wherever, under the constraints of a divine call, we are engaged in any high and lofty enterprise, and feel it to be too much for our strength, we may always invoke the right hand of God in words like these.
David having before made promises of thankfulness, seeks now help from God, that he may perform them. Our sufficiency is not of ourselves, but of God; to will and to do are both from Him. In temporal things people ofttimes take great pains with small profit; first, because they seek not to make their conscience good; next, because they seek not help front God: therefore they speed no better than Peter, who fished all night and got nothing till he cast his net in the name of the Lord. But in spiritual things we may far less look to prosper, if we call not for God's assistance: the means will not profit us unless God's blessing accompany them.
“There is preaching, but for the most part without profit; there is prayer, but it prevails not; there is hearing of the word, but without edifying; and all because in spiritual exercises instant prayer is not made unto God, that His hand may be with us to help us.”
Has God given you a heart to make choice of His ways? O bless God! There was a time when we went on in giving pleasure to the flesh, and you saw then no better thing than such a kind of life, and the Lord has been pleased to discover better things to you, so as to make you renounce your former ways, and to make choice of another way, in which your souls have found other manner of comforts, and satisfactions, and contentments than ever you did before. Bless God as David did: "Blessed be the Lord who hath given me counsel"...Seeing God hath thus inclined your heart to Himself ((if you are born again)), be for ever established in your choice: seeing God hash shown to you His ways…….
V 174…I have longed for thy salvation, O LORD; and thy law is my delight.
I have for along time seen a need for change in my sinful, carnal life, I have hungered after my deliverance from sin, and only you can save me!!!
Isaiah 43 v 11
“I, yes I, am God. I'm the only Savior there is.”
Jude 1 v 25
“to our one God, our only Savior, through Jesus Christ, our Master, be glory, majesty, strength, and rule before all time, and now, and to the end of all time. Yes.”
David speaks like old Jacob on his deathbed; indeed, all Saints, both in prayer and in death, appear as one, in word, and deed, and mind. He knew God's salvation, and yet he longed for it; that is to say, he had experienced a share of it, and he was therefore led to expect something yet higher and more complete. There is a salvation yet to come, when we shall be clean delivered from the body of this death, set free from all the turmoil and trouble of this mortal life, raised above the temptations and assaults of Satan, and brought near unto our God, to be like him and with him for ever and ever.
Revelation 21 v 4
“And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.”
No more sin and NO MORE TEMPTATION, HALLELUJAH……………
No more sorrow, no more death, no more need to cry,
No pain; AMEN!!!!!!!
God's law, contained in the Ten Commandments, gives joy to the genuine believers. God's law, that is, the entire Bible, is a well spring of consolation and enjoyment to all who receive it. Though we have not yet reached the fullness of our sanctification, yet we find in God's Word so much concerning a present salvation and a ongoing process of sanctification that we are even now delighted.
Its not enough to say you want salvation, that you seek after God and His Word, You must make a choice, a decision, a resolve to actually say “yes” to Jesus and surrender your life to Him in LOVE!!!
V 175…Let my soul live, and it shall praise thee; and let thy judgments help me.
Preserve my life Oh Lord, let me live, save me, that I may eternally praise you…For you promise me eternal life in your blessed Word.
This verse contains three things, first, David's petition for life: "Let my soul live." "My soul; "that is, myself: the soul is put for the whole man. The contrary said Samson,
Judges 16 v 30A
“And Samson said, Let me die with the Philistines…”
Secondly, David’s argument from the aim of his life; "And it shall praise thee." The glorifying of God was his aim. The fruit of all God's benefits to profit us, and praise God. David professes that all the days of his life he would live in the sense and acknowledgment of such a benefit.
Thirdly, The ground of his hope and confidence in the last clause: "And let thy judgments help me." Our hopes of help are grounded on God's judgments, whereby is meant his Word the Bible. There are judgments decreed, judgments executed; doctrinal judgments, and providential judgments, that place intimates the distinction: "Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil:"
Now we turn to the final verse in this psalm:
V 176…….I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek thy servant; for I do not forget thy commandments.
A sheep, when it has once lost the flock, strays in such a manner as to render the prospect of its own return utterly hopeless. Shepherds have observed a lamb bleating when they have lost the flock, and when answered by the others, instead of turning to the sound, have gone on in the same direction in which they were straying, their bleating answered by the rest of the flock, till they were out of hearing!
David having gone astray like a lost sheep, often, willfully, wantonly, and even hopelessly, but for God’s interposing grace. In times gone by, before I was afflicted, and before thou hadst fully taught me thy statutes, I went astray. "I went astray" from the practical precepts, from the instructive doctrines, and from the heavenly experiences which thou has set before me. I lost my road, and I lost myself. Even now I am apt to wander, and, in fact, have roamed already; therefore, Lord, restore me.
David was not like a dog, that somehow or other can find its way back; but he was like a lost sheep, which goes further and further away from home; yet still he was a sheep, and the Lord's sheep, His property, and precious in His sight, and therefore he hoped to be sought in order to be restored. However far he might have wandered he was still not only a sheep, but God's "servant, "and therefore he desired to be in his Master's house again, and once more honored with commissions for his Lord. Had he been only a lost sheep he would not have prayed to be sought; but being also a "servant" he had the power to pray.
He cries, "See thy servant, "and he hopes to be not only sought, but forgiven, accepted, and taken into work again by his gracious Master.
Jeremiah 15 v 19
“Therefore thus saith the LORD, If thou return, then will I bring thee again, and thou shalt stand before me: and if thou take forth the precious from the vile, thou shalt be as my mouth: let them return unto thee; but return not thou unto them.”
David knew the right, He approved and admired the right, what is more, He LOVED the light, and longed for it. I cannot be satisfied to continue in sin, I must be restored to the ways of righteousness. I have a home sickness after my God, I pine after the ways of peace; I do not and I cannot forget thy commandments, nor cease to know that I am always happiest and safest when I scrupulously obey them, and find all my joy in doing so. Now, if the grace of God enables us to maintain in our hearts the LOVING memory of God's commandments it will surely yet restore us to practical holiness. That person cannot be utterly lost whose heart is still with God. If he be gone astray in many respects, yet still, if he be true in his soul's inmost desires, he will be found again, and fully restored. Yet let the reader remember the first verse of the psalm while he reads the last: the major blessedness lies not in being restored from wandering, but in being upheld in a blameless way even to the end.
Be it ours to keep the crown of the causeway, never leaving the King's highway for by path meadow, or any other flowery path of sin.
May the Lord uphold us even to the end. Yet even then we shall not be able to boast with the Pharisee, but shall still pray with the publican, "God be merciful to me a sinner; "and with the Psalmist, "Seek thy servant."
May we LOVE God and assuredly LOVE and completely TRUST and OBEY His dynamic and precious Word the Bible, for THERE TRULY IS, NO OTHER WAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I Harold Chris Smith just a Christian, testify TO THE AUTHORITY OF THE “66” BOOKS OF THE OLD AND NEW TESTAMENT AS FOUND IN THEBIBLE.
I Thank YHWH for His inerrant, infallible Word the Bible…
Submitted by: Harold Chris Smith
January 27, 2019
***Welcome to This Week's Sermon:
“Thy Word Is Truth: Part 21”
Psalms 119 v 161-168
“Princes have persecuted me without a cause: but my heart standeth in awe of thy word. 162 I rejoice at thy word, as one that findeth great spoil. 163 I hate and abhor lying: but thy law do I love. 164 Seven times a day do I praise thee because of thy righteous judgments. 165 Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them. 166 LORD, I have hoped for thy salvation, and done thy commandments. 167 My soul hath kept thy testimonies; and I love them exceedingly. 168 I have kept thy precepts and thy testimonies: for all my ways are before thee.”
Lord, God, Jehovah, our heavenly Father, our tender and blessed Savior, Comforter, and Friend. Oh Lord how we thank You and magnify Your glorious name, hollowed be Thy name, Thy kingdom come, Thy WILL BE DONE. Oh how we praise You for all Your creation, for us, for all humanity, from the smallest particle created to the most complex of all Your creations.
Oh Lord, Your precious word the Bible, oh how we LOVE it so very much. We thank Thee that it leads us to a saving knowledge of Your wonderful son Jesus the Messiah, the Christ. How it teaches us more and more about who You are, and what we are to You, how it leads us to faith, truth and wisdom, and maturity in You. How Your word comforts us in times of need, ye of “great” need. How Your holy word makes us whole.
Help us by the strength and power of Your Holy Spirit to reach out to our fellow man with great LOVE, compassion, grace, and mercy, sharing the opportunity of salvation, and eternal life and joy that Your Holy Writ declares in the Old and New Testaments, in Your Gospels of “good news” for all mankind.
Let us daily celebrate and thank Thee for all that we experience. Bless the reading, study, and understanding of Your word. Help us live it in our moment by moment lives. Help us to LOVE and live for You, in Father, Son Jesus, and Holy Spirit; and living to serve the needs of others. In Jesus the LOVING’S name, Amen and eternally Amen……………………………..
Let us begun our study of the 21st division of Psalms 119.
This the 21st and next to last division in this beautiful psalm is entitled:
In this section the Psalmist shows:
*His LOVE to God;
And secondly, the Psalmists shows:
*The zeal and perfection of that LOVE
V 161…Princes have persecuted me without a cause: but my heart standeth in awe of thy word.
In spite of all those who persecute or attack me I STANDETH firm, my faith stands in your Word!!! Often times, our faith can grow weak or weary when we are continuously bombarded by the problems and trials of this world. We’re not sure we can go on and David felt the same. Yet by the power of God’s grace and mercy, he, we can stand firm in our faith by studying and pondering God’s Word the Bible. (With the express purpose of believing and living what we read)
This verse may specifically refer to what was done by the rulers of provinces to sour the king against the unfortunate Jews, in order to still detain them in bondage. In reference to David, the plotting against him in Saul’s court, and the dangers he ran in consequence of the jealousies of the Philistine lords while he sojourned among them, are well known.
V 162...I rejoice at thy word, as one that findeth great spoil.
David rejoices in God’s Word as others rejoice in material treasures like silver or gold or money, etc…To truly be so in LOVE with God and His Word that the great material wealth of the world is seen for what it is ONLY TEMPORARY…
As Christians that is what God wants to see from us, LOVING and living to serve Him and His creation as the Bible declares. With proper stewardship of yes, the other beautiful things He made in creation.
This text appears to refer to such spoil or treasure as is acquired by stripping the dead in a field of battle, taking the rich garments of the slain chiefs; or it may refer to plunder in general. As God opened his eyes he beheld wonders in His law; and each discovery of this kind was like finding a prize or treasure. The world ultimately takes its treasures from others, but the treasures we obtain from God by living in harmony with His Word are meant for us and yet meant never to harm others in any way…….
David’s awe did not prevent his joy; his fear of God was not of the kind which perfect LOVE casts out,
1 John 4 v 18
“There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.”
But of the sort which LOVE nourishes. He trembled at the Word of the Lord, and yet rejoiced at it. He compares his joy to that of one who has been long in battle, and has at last won the victory and is dividing the spoil. This usually falls to the lot of princes, and though David was not one with them in their persecutions, yet he had his victories, and his spoil was equal to their greatest gains. ***The profits made in searching the Scriptures were greater than the trophies of war. We too have to fight for divine truth; every doctrine costs us a battle, but when we gain a full understanding of it by personal struggles it becomes doubly precious to us. In these days godly men and women have a full share of battling for the Word of God; may we have for our spoil a firmer hold upon the priceless Word. Perhaps, however, the Psalmist may have rejoiced as one who comes upon hidden treasure for which lie had not fought, in which case we find the analogy in the man of God who, while reading the Bible, makes grand and blessed discoveries of the grace of God laid up for him, discoveries which surprise him, for he looked not to find such a prize. Whether we come by the truth as finders or as warriors fighting for it, the heavenly treasure should be equally dear to us. With what quiet joy does the ploughman steal home with his golden find! How victors shout as they share the plunder! How glad should that person be who has discovered their portion in the promises of holy writ, and is able to enjoy it for themselves, knowing by the witness of the Holy Spirit that it is all their own.
V 163…I hate and abhor lying: but thy law do I love.
I truly hate everything that is evil, thus I absolutely LOVE the purity and righteousness of your Word. I especially hate anything within me that contradicts or diverts my JOYFUL OBEDIENCE FROM YOUR WORD…
Perhaps the Jews might have made the confessions which the Chaldeans required, and by mental reservation have kept an inward firm adherence to their creed; but this, in the sight of the God of truth, must have been lying; and at such a sacrifice they would not purchase their enlargement, even from their captivity. As Christians WE MUST NEVER OUTWARDLY DENY OUR FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST, NOT FOR ANY REASON!!!
In the early days of the Christian faith the Roman Emperor decreed “Emperor” worship. Once a year every person in the control of the empire must go before a magistrate and sign a statement that they worshipped the Emperor and pay the smallest fee. Though this was mandatory no one ever checked to see if the people actually worshipped the Emperor. So you could simply sign the paper pay the fee and live the rest of your life as you choose, including being a Christian. However thousands of Christians refused to sign these papers as blaspheme against God, and watched as their children were ripped to shreds by wild dogs and eaten and then they were killed also by their Roman captors. ***All because they would not deny Jesus Christ for any reason…….
David gives a double expression for an inexpressible loathing. ***Falsehood in doctrine, in life, or in speech, falsehood in any form or shape, had become utterly detestable to the Psalmist. David himself had made much progress when he had come to this. He does not, however, alone refer to falsehood in conversation; he evidently also intends perversity in faith and teaching. David set down all opposition to the God of truth as lying, and then he turned his whole soul against it in the most intense form of indignation. ***Godly people should detest false doctrine even as they abhor a lie. Clearly we must at all times hate sin of any kind JUST AS GOD DOES!!! Why does God hate sin??? Does sin affect Him in anyway, unless He chooses to allow it to affect Him??? God hates sin, utterly abhors it because it in a most despicable way destroys the person who sins. ***Unrepentant sin damns the sinner TO HELL ETERNAL; that is why God hates sin!!!
God had meant eternity for all mankind, but God also created man with a limited free will. We can say “yes” or “no” to the saving call of the Holy Spirit, because the good is to say “yes”, and God will not destroy the opportunity for a good choice. Limited free will in that though we can make a choice, we can not do whatever we choose.
My point, we MUST HATE THE SIN FOR THE SAME REASON, and LOVE THE SINNER FOR:
John 3 v 16-17
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.”
God LOVES US ALL, and though He must ultimately judge the unrepentant sinner, He does not want any to be damned; HE LOVES US ALL!!!
2 Peter 3 v 9-10
“The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. 10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.”
JUDGMENT DAY WILL COME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
So let us LOVE each other and LOVE and seek in every way the saving of ALL WHO ARE LOST. ***Genuinely LOVING them as Christ does, even though they in human terms seem unforgivable…
V 164…Seven times a day do I praise thee because of thy righteous judgments.
Seven is the Bible’s number for wholeness or completeness. So seven times a day means to praise God and His Word EVERY OPPORTUNITY WE HAVE…
Rabbi Solomon says this is to be understood literally, for they praised God twice in the morning before reading the Decalogue, and once after; twice in the evening before the same reading, and twice after; making in the whole seven times.
In any event David labored perfectly to praise his perfect God, and therefore fulfilled the perfect number of songs. Seven may also intend frequency. Frequently he lifted up his heart in thanksgiving to God for His divine teachings in the Word, and for His divine actions in providence. With his voice he extolled the righteousness of the Judge of all the earth. As often as ever he thought of God's ways a song leaped to his lips. At the sight of the oppressive princes, and at the hearing of the abounding falsehood around him, he felt all the more bound to adore and magnify God, who in all things is truth and righteousness. When others rob us of our praise it should be a caution to us not to fall into the same conduct towards our God, who is so much more worthy of honor.
*If we praise God when we are persecuted our music will be all the sweeter to Him because of our constancy in suffering.
*If we keep clear of all lying, our song will be the more acceptable because it comes out of pure lips.
*If we never flatter men we shall be the better condition for honoring the Lord.
Do we praise God seven times a day? Do we praise him once in seven days?
V 165…Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.
A genuine and sincere LOVE for God and His Word brings supernatural peace to those who truly LOVE Him. Nothing shall ever be able to take them from the way. WE WILL NOT STUMBLE!!!
John 14 v 6
“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”
We are saved and saved eternally!!! If saved at all…
John 6 v 37-40
“All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out. 38 For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me. 39 This is the will of the Father who sent Me, that of all He has given Me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up at the last day. 40 And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day."
Everlasting MEANS EVERLASTING, FOR EVER, ETERNAL!!!!!!!
What a charming verse this is! It dwells not with those who perfectly keep the law, for where should such people be found? But with those who LOVE it, whose hearts and hands are made to square with its precepts and demands. These men and women are ever striving, with all their hearts, to walk in obedience to the law, and though they are often persecuted they have peace, yea, great peace; for they have learned the secret of the reconciling blood, they have felt the power of the comforting Spirit, and they stand before the Father as people accepted. The Lord has given us the grace to feel His peace, which passed all understanding.
Romans 8 v 28
“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”
It must needs be that offences come, but these LOVERS of the law are peacemakers, and so they neither give nor take offence. That peace which is founded upon conformity to God's will is a living and lasting one, worth writing of with enthusiasm, as the Psalmist here does. Stumbling, imperfections do come, the best of the Saints sin occasionally. But God WILL HOLD ON TO US ALWAYS!!!
Philippians 1 v 6
“Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:”
God begins the good work of salvation in us, thus once we say “yes” to Him, HE IS RESPONSIBLE FOR OUR SALVATION!! ***HE MUST FINISH THE WORK!!!***
Ephesians 1 v 13-14
“In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, 14. Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.
God the Holy Spirit permanently seals us; He is the guarantee of our salvation!!!!!!!
*******If we can lose our salvation then God does not keep His promises, and His sovereignty is limited…*******
Hebrews 10 v 14
“For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.”
The saved are sanctified, PERFECTED FOR EVER!!!
Ephesians 2 v 8-10
"For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9. Not of works, lest any man should boast. 10. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them."
Titus 3 v 5
“Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;”
Romans 11 v 29
“For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.”
Salvation is a gift from God, if genuinely accepted by God, GOD CANNOT CHANGE HIS MIND: YOU ARE SAVED!!!
V 166…LORD, I have hoped for thy salvation, and done thy commandments.
Here the previous verse’s theme continues. David believes in salvation by God because God has promised so in His Word. David makes clear he’s not simply playing like he is saved but is living like the Word shows him to…
Colossians 1 v 10
“That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;”
1 Thessalonians 2 v 12
“That ye would walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto his kingdom and glory.”
2 Thessalonians 1 v 11
“Wherefore also we pray always for you, that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfil all the good pleasure of his goodness, and the work of faith with power:”
We are saved to LOVE and serve, in so doing, WE WALK THE WALK, people can see we are what we say we are!!!
Our works can never save us, but if our works are dead, we MUST ASK OURSELVES SOME SERIOUS QUESTIONS!!!!!!!
Here we have salvation by grace, and the fruits thereof. All David's hope was fixed upon God, he looked to him alone for salvation; and then he endeavored most earnestly to fulfill the commands of His law. Those who place least reliance upon good works are very frequently those who have cover most of them; that same divine teaching which delivers us from confidence in our own doings leads us to abound in every good work to the glory of God.
In times of trouble there are two things to be done, the first is to hope in God, and the second is to do that which is right.
The first without the second would be mere presumption: the second without the first mere formalism.
It is well if in looking back we can claim to have acted in the way which is commanded of the Lord.
V 167…My soul hath kept thy testimonies; and I love them exceedingly.
Even if my hand has not kept all your Word most certainly I have kept and LOVED all of your Word in my heart.
The gracious person stores up the truth of God within their heart as a treasure exceedingly dear and precious, they keep it. Their secret soul, their inmost self, becomes the guardian of these divine teachings which are our sole authority in soul matters.
This was why David kept them, and having kept them this was the result of the keeping. He did not merely store up revealed truth by way of duty, but because of a deep, unutterable affection for it.
David felt that he could sooner die than give up any part of the revelation of God. The more we store our minds with heavenly truth, the more deeply shall we be in LOVE with them: the more we see the exceeding riches of the Bible the more will our LOVE exceed measure, and exceed expression.
V 168…I have kept thy precepts and thy testimonies: for all my ways are before thee.
God you know me, you know my heart, you know I have kept your precious Word…The Word I LOVE so………………………..
Both the practical and the doctrinal parts of God's Word David had stored up, and preserved, and followed. It is a blessed thing to see the two forms of the divine Word, equally known, equally valued, equally confessed: there should be no picking and choosing as to the mind of God. We know those who endeavor to be careful as to the precepts, but who seem to think that the doctrines of the gospel are mere matters of opinion, which they may shape for themselves. This is not a perfect condition of things. We have known others again who are very rigid as to the doctrines, and painfully lax with reference to the precepts. This also is far from right. When the two are "kept" with equal earnestness then have we the perfect person.
Probably David means to say that this was the motive of his endeavoring to be right both in head and heart, because he knew that God saw him, and under the sense of the divine presence he was afraid to go astray. Or else he is thus appealing to God to bear witness to the truth of what he has said. In either case it is no small consolation to feel that our heavenly Father knows all about us, and that if princes speak against us, and world-lings fill their mouths with cruel lies, yet God can vindicate us, for there is nothing secret or hidden from Him.
This world has lots of suggested ways to live out our lives ALL LEAD TO DAMNATION!!!
Matthew 7 v 12-14
“Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets. 13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.”
Only a sincere and genuine LOVE for God and His only inerrant, infallible Word the Bible can save us from being deceived by the world’s plethora of deceptions…….
Submitted by: Dr. Harold Chris Smith, sbc
January 20, 2019
***Welcome to This Week's Sermon:
“Thy Word Is Truth: Part 20”
Psalms 119 v 153-160
“Consider mine affliction, and deliver me: for I do not forget thy law.154 Plead my cause, and deliver me: quicken me according to thy word. 155 Salvation is far from the wicked: for they seek not thy statutes. 156 Great are thy tender mercies, O LORD: quicken me according to thy judgments. 157 Many are my persecutors and mine enemies; yet do I not decline from thy testimonies. 158 I beheld the transgressors, and was grieved; because they kept not thy word. 159 Consider how I love thy precepts: quicken me, O LORD, according to thy loving-kindness. 160 Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever.”
Lord God Jehovah, following Your example and command, we pray for our enemies today. We ask first that You would saturate our lives with the Holy Spirit’s power and might. Send Your LOVE flowing through us, and forgive us for holding on to anything that could hinder our prayers. We release any unforgiveness, thoughts of revenge, or hateful emotions that can quench Your Spirit in our hearts. Then give us wisdom as we seek how to bless, to LOVE, and to pray for our enemies.
Protect us from those who would physically, emotionally, or spiritually attack and persecute us. Please Lord save them, and protect us in our hours of need. Bring to our remembrance Your Holy Word, of Your promises for protection, Your LOVE for even Your and our enemies. Help us to reach out to all those You put in our paths, guide us, direct us, deliver us, and help reach out to our enemies with LOVE, compassion, and great mercy, as You have done for us and others.
We praise Your holy name. we pray all these this in Jesus’ wonderfully sublime name, Amen and eternally Amen…….
From the very beginnings of Christianity there have been those among us trying to manipulate and corrupt what God’s gospel actually declares. Some sincere, but all full of self-pride suggesting only they can keep God’s Word protected from human or perhaps even demonic error…
They either falsify what the true gospel is actually teaching or they write their own holy book or “another gospel” and in so doing THEY deny the ability of the All-knowing, All-powerful, One True God and His eternal competence to FOR EVER KEEP HIS HOLY BOOK UNCORRUPTED BY OUTSIDE FORCES……………………
Galatians 1 v 6-8
“I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: 7 Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. 8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.”
This false gospel IS ANY WORD WITH ITS FOUNDATIONS ARE OUTSIDE WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS AND BY THEIR VERY NATURE ACTUALLY CONTRADICT WHAT THE BIBLE GENUINELY SAYS…
***The Bible is the foundation of all true Christians’ faith!!!
But as Psalms 119 describes over and over again God’s Word the Bible is FOR EVER TRUE AND IS PERFECT IN ALL IT’S DEALINGS WITH GOD’S CREATION………………………..
God’s holy book IS THE STANDARD BY WHICH ALL CHILDREN OF GOD MUST FOREVER LIVE!!!!!!!
That’s how David the author of Psalms 119 saw it:
Psalms 119 v 160
“Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever.”
Let us now turn to the 20th division of Psalms 119 entitled: Resh.
*begins with a petition: “Consider my affliction.”
*He begs that God would help him: “Deliver me.”
*The reason for both: “I do not forget thy law.”
*Finally the Psalmist begs God to be his Advocate.
V 153…Consider mine affliction, and deliver me: for I do not forget thy law.
Lord look at me with your eyes wide open, I need you to delivery me from all the afflictions this world throws at me. Even with all my weaknesses and trials I have never forgotten your Word……..
In this section the Psalmist seems to grow still nearer to God in prayer, and to state his case and to invoke the divine help with more of boldness and expectation. It is a pleading passage, and the key word of it is, "Consider." With much boldness he pleads his intimate union with the Lord's cause as a reason why he should be aided. The special aid that he seeks is personal growth in living, for which he cries to the Lord again and again.
David has a good case, though it be a grievous one, and he is ready, yea anxious, to submit it to the divine arbitration. His matters are right, and he is ready to lay them before the supreme court. His manner is that of one who feels safe at the throne. Yet there is no impatience: he does not ask for hasty action, but for consideration. In effect he cries, "Look into my grief, and see whether I do not need to be delivered. From my sorrowful condition judge as to the proper method and time for my rescue." The Psalmist desires two things, and these two things blended: first, a full consideration of his sorrow; secondly, deliverance; and, then, that this deliverance should come with a consideration of his affliction. It should be the desire of every gracious man who is in adversity that the Lord should look upon his need, and relieve it in such a way as shall be most for the divine glory, and for his own benefit.
The words, "mine affliction, "are picturesque; they seem to portion off a special spot of woe as the writer's own inheritance: he possesses it as no one else had ever done, and he begs the Lord to have that special spot under his eye: even as a husbandman looking over all his fields may yet take double care of a certain selected plot. ***His prayer is eminently practical, for he seeks to be delivered; that is, brought out of the trouble and preserved from sustaining any serious damage by it.*** For God to consider is to act in due season: men consider and do nothing; but such is never the case with our God.
These prayers of David are penned with such heavenly wisdom that they are suitable for the state of the whole church, and every member thereof. The church is the bush that burns with fire, but cannot be consumed; every member thereof bears a part of the cross of Christ; they are never without some affliction, for which they have need to pray with David, "Behold mine affliction.
Matthew 16 v 24
“Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.”
Each of us as Christians will HAVE OUR OWN PERSONAL CROSS TO BEAR, AND THE AFFLICTION THIS WORLD WILL PUT UPON US…
We know that in afflictions it is some comfort to us to have our crosses known to those of whom we are assured that they LOVE us. But the Christian hath a more solid comfort; to wit, that in all our troubles the Lord beholds us; like a king, rejoicing to see His own servant wrestle with the enemy. He looks on with a merciful eye, pitying the infirmity of His own, when God sees it; and with a powerful hand ready to help us.
But because many a time the clouds of a plethora of our past sins comes between the Lord and us, and lets us not see His helping hand, nor His LOVING face looking upon us, we have need to pray at such times with David, "Behold mine affliction”...
V 154…Plead my cause, and deliver me: quicken me according to thy word.
Advocate for me against mine enemies; give me life eternal and abundantly according to the promises in your Word!
In the last verse David the Psalmist had prayed, "Deliver me, "and here he specifies one method in which that deliverance might be bestowed, namely, by the advocacy of his cause. In providence the Lord has many ways of clearing the slandered of the accusations brought against them. He can make it manifest to all that they have been belied, and in this way He can practically plead their cause. He can, moreover, raise up friends for the godly who will leave no stone unturned till their characters are cleared; or he can smite their enemies with such fearfulness of heart that they will be forced to confess their falsehood, and thus the righteous will be delivered without tile striking of a blow.
Alexander reads it, "Strive my strife, and redeem me", that is, stand in my stead, bear my burden, fight my fight, pay my price, and bring me out to liberty. When we feel ourselves dumb before the foe, here is a prayer made to our hand. What a comfort that if we sin we have an advocate, and if we do not sin the same pleader is engaged on our side.
1 John 2 v 1
“My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:”
Job 16 v 19
“Even now, behold, my witness is in heaven, And my advocate is on high.”
Jesus Christ IS ALWAYS THE ADVOCATE, THE DEFENSE ATTORNEY FOR THE “BORN AGAIN” BELIEVER…….
A day is coming however, when Jesus will not be able to be a sinners’ advocate; because HE COMES AS PROSECUTING JUDGE!!!
Revelation 19 v 11-16
“And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. 12 His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. 13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. 14 And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. 15 And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. 16 And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.”
NOW HE CAN BE YOUR ADVOCATE, THEN HE WILL BE YOUR JUDGE!!!!!!!
We had this prayer in the last section, and we shall have it again and again in this. It is a desire which cannot be too often felt and expressed. As the soul is the center of everything, so to be quickened (given life) is the central blessing. It means more LOVE, more grace, more faith more courage, more strength, and if we get these we can hold up our heads before our adversaries. God alone can give this quickening, this new life, new birth; but to the Lord and giver of life the work is easy enough, and He delights to perform it.
David had found such a blessing among the promised things, or at least he perceived that it was according to the general tenor of God's Word that tried believers should be quickened, given renewed life and brought up again from the dust of the earth; therefore he pleads the Word, and desires the Lord to act to him according to the usual run of that Word. What a mighty plea is this, "according to thy word." No gun in all our arsenals can match it.
V 155…Salvation is far from the wicked: for they seek not thy statutes.
Eternal salvation is found in your Word, those who reject or deny you book the Bible, have no other resource to be saved!!!
2 Timothy 3 v 14-15
“But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; 15 And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.”
V 156…Great are thy tender mercies, O LORD: quicken me according to thy judgments.
God LOVES all his creation, but He gives eternal life to those who seek His son Jesus Christ according to His Word….
This verse is exceedingly like verse one hundred and forty nine,
(Hear my voice according unto thy loving-kindness: O LORD, quicken me according to thy judgment.) and yet it is not a vain repetition. There is such a difference in the main idea that the one verse stands out distinct from the other. In the first case he mentions his prayer, but leaves the method of its accomplishment with the wisdom or judgment of God; while here he pleads no prayer of his own, but simply the mercies of the Lord, and begs to be quickened by judgments rather than to be left to spiritual lethargy. We may take it for granted that an inspired author is never so short of thought as to be obliged to repeat himself: where we think we have the same idea in this psalm we are misled by our neglect of careful study. Each verse is a distinct pearl. Each blade of grass in this field has its own drop of heavenly dew.
Here the Psalmist, David, pleads the extent of God's mercy, the immensity of His tender LOVE; yes, he speaks of mercies, mercies many, mercies tender, mercies great; and with the glorious Jehovah he makes this a plea for his one leading prayer, the prayer for quickening, for life. Quickening is a great and tender mercy; and it is many mercies in one. Shall one so really good permit his servant to die? Will not one so tender breathe new life into him? "Quicken me according to thy judgments." A measure of awakening comes with the judgments of God; they are startling and arousing; and hence the believer's quickening thereby.
David would have every severe stroke sanctified to his benefit, as well as every tender mercy. The first clause of this verse may run, "Many, "or, "manifold are thy compassions, O Jehovah." This he remembers in connection with the "many persecutors" of whom he will speak in the next verse. By all these many mercies he pleads for enlivening grace, and thus he has many strings to his bow. We shall never be short of arguments if We draw them from God himself, and urge both His mercies and His judgments as reasons for our quickening.
V 157…Many are my persecutors and mine enemies; yet do I not decline from thy testimonies.
The world is against us, they mock us, truly they hate and despise us.
Yet I WILL NOT GIVE UP MY FAITH IN YOU GOD OR YOUR HOLY WORD, NOR MUST ANY CHRISTIAN……………………………..
Those who actually assail David, or who secretly abhor David, are many. He sets this over against the many tender mercies of God. It seems a strange thing that a truly godly man, as David was, should have many enemies; but it is inevitable. The disciple cannot be LOVED where his Master is hated. The seed of the serpent must oppose the seed of the woman: it is their nature.
David did not deviate from the truth of God, but proceeded in the straight way, however many adversaries might endeavor to block up his path. Some men have been led astray by one enemy, but here is a saint who held on his way in the teeth of many persecutors. There is enough in the testimonies of God to recompense us for pushing forward against all the hosts that may combine against us. So long as they cannot drive or draw us into a spiritual decline our foes have done us no great harm, and they have accomplished nothing by their malice. If we do not decline they are defeated. If they cannot make us sin they have missed their mark. Faithfulness to the truth is victory over our enemies.
We must stand firm in our faith in Jesus Christ, THAT IS OUR VICTORY…………………………………………
V 158…I beheld the transgressors, and was grieved; because they kept not thy word.
I look throughout the world and I see all who are lost. Most are not evil only foolish and ignorant; but they are stubborn and laugh at your Word…
I was greatly saddened at their rejection of you, and sorrowed that they would be eternally damned if they do not genuinely repent…
Literally, I was affected with anguish with respect to their sins.
I saw the traitors; I understood their character, their object, their way, and their end. I could not help seeing them, for they pushed themselves into my way. As I was obliged to see them I fixed my eyes on them, to learn what I could from them. And was grieved. I was sorry to see such sinners. I was sick of them, disgusted with them, I could not endure them. I found no pleasure in them, they were a sad sight to me, however fine their clothing or witty their chattering. Even when they were most mirthful a sight of them made my heart heavy; I could not tolerate either them or their doings.
David’s grief was occasioned more by their sin against God than by their enmity against himself. David could bear their evil treatment of his words, but not their neglect of God’s Word. YHWH’s Words are so precious to David and should be for us, that those who will not keep it move him, us to indignation; David couldn’t keep the company of those who keep not God's Word. That they should have no LOVE for him was a trifle; but to despise the teaching of the Lord was and is abominable.
V 159…Consider how I love thy precepts: quicken me, O LORD, according to thy loving-kindness.
Consider how much I LOVE you and your blessed Word; give me life according to your LOVE…
A second time David asks for consideration. As he said before, "Consider mine affliction, "so now he says, "Consider mine affection." The Psalmist LOVED the precepts of God, LOVED them unspeakably, LOVED them so as to be grieved with those who did not LOVE them.
This is a sure test: many there are who have a warm side towards the promises, but as for the precepts, they cannot endure them.
The Psalmist so LOVED everything that was good and excellent that he LOVED all God had commanded.
The precepts are all of them wise and holy, therefore the man of God LOVED them extremely, LOVED to know them, to think of them, to reclaim them, and principally to practice them.
He asked the Lord to remember and consider this, not upon the ground of merit, but that it should serve as an answer to the slanderous accusations which at this lime were the great, sting of his sorrow.
David prays again the third time, using the same words. We may understand that David felt like one who was half stunned with the assaults of his foes, ready to faint under their incessant malice. What he wanted was revival, restoration, renewal; therefore he pleaded for more life. O thou who didst quicken me when I was dead, quicken me again that I may not return to the dead! Quicken me that I may outlive the blows of my enemies, the faintness of my faith, and the swooning of my sorrow. This time he does not say, "Quicken me according to thy judgments, "but, "Quicken me, O Lord, according to thy loving-kindness." This is the great gun which he brings up last to the conflict: it is his ultimate argument, if this succeed not he must fail. David has long been knocking at mercy's gate, and with this plea he strikes his heaviest blow. When he had fallen into great sin this was his plea, "Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy loving-kindness, "and now that he is in great trouble he flies to the same effectual reasoning. Because God is LOVE he will give us life; because he is kind he will again kindle the heavenly flame within us.
Our greatest plea to God is not justice, but His LOVE, Mercy, and Grace…………………………………………………….
V 160…Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever.
This is an extremely important verse!!!
Thy Word IS TRUTH from the beginning of eternity, and EVERYONE OF YOUR WORDS ENDURES FOR EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Endures for ever, STANDS FOREVER TRUE AND PERFECT!!!!!!!!!!
THAT IS GOD’S WORD, GOD’S BIBLE, GOD’S HOLY WRIT!!!!!!!!!!!
Every Word you have spoken from the first in Bereshith (Genesis) to the end of the law and prophets, and all thou wilt yet speak, as flowing from the fountain of truth, must be true; and all shall have in due time, their fulfillment. And all these, thy Words endure for ever. They are true, and ever will be true.
Whatever the transgressors may say, God is true, and His Word is true. The ungodly are false, but God's Word is true. They charge us with being false, but our solace is that God's true Word will clear us.
From the beginning. God's Word has been true from the first moment in which it was spoken, true throughout the whole of history, true to us from the instant in which we believed it, and true to us before we were true to it. Some read it, "Thy Word is true from the head; "true as a whole, true from top to bottom.
Experience had taught David this lesson, and experience is teaching us the same. The Scriptures are as true in Genesis as in Revelation, and the five books of: Moses are as inspired as the four Gospels.
And every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever. That which thou hast decided remains irreversible in every case. Against the decisions of the Lord no writ of error can be demanded, neither will there ever be a repealing of any of the acts of His sovereignty. There is not one single mistake either in the Word of God or in the providential dealings of God. Neither in the book of revelation nor of providence will there be any need to put a single note of errata. The Lord has nothing to regret or to retract, nothing to amend or to reverse. All God's judgments, decrees, commands, and purposes are righteous, and as righteous things are lasting things, every one of them will outlive the stars. "Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled."
Matthew 5 v 18-19
“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. 19 Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.”
God's justice endureth for ever. This is a cheering thought, but there is a much sweeter one, which of old was the song of the priests in the temple; let it be ours, "His mercy endureth for ever."
His mercy endures for ever!!!
Praise be to God and His eternal, inerrant, infallible Word the: Bible…
Submitted by: Dr. Harold Chris Smith, sbc
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