September 16, 2018


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"Thy Word Is Truth: Part Seven"

Psalms 119 v 49-56

“Remember the word unto thy servant, upon which thou hast caused me to hope. 50 This is my comfort in my affliction: for thy word hath quickened me. 51 The proud have had me greatly in derision: yet have I not declined from thy law. 52 I remembered thy judgments of old, O LORD; and have comforted myself. 53 Horror hath taken hold upon me because of the wicked that forsake thy law. 54 Thy statutes have been my songs in the house of my pilgrimage. 55 I have remembered thy name, O LORD, in the night, and have kept thy law. 56 This I had, because I kept thy precepts.”

Father, today, we reverence and honor You.  You are our God and we submit our loyalty and adoration to You. You are the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end.  You existed before time and created everything that exists.  We acknowledge that You are the only living God.  There are no other gods. Father, You are compassionate and merciful, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing LOVE.  You are good to everyone and You shower compassion on all of Your creation.  All of Your works will thank You, Lord and we, Your followers, praise You.  You are so awesome!  We confess that we will keep Your commandments, walk in Your ways, and revere You.  Father, we confess that Your Holy Writ is perfect, reviving our souls.  Your decrees are trustworthy, making wise the simple. Your commandments are right, bringing joy to our hearts.  Your commands are clear, giving insight for living.  Revering You is pure, lasting forever.  Your laws are true and each one is fair.  Father, Your Word is more desirable than gold, yes, even the finest gold.  Your Word is sweeter than honey dripping from the honeycomb. Your Word warns us and we expect great reward as we adhere to it.  Father, You are great and greatly to be praised.  We will bless You at all times and constantly speak of Your praises.

Help us this day and every day to reach out to the Lost and each other, with LOVE, grace, mercy, and Your great compassion, seeking the salvation of those needing salvation, blessing, healing, and encouraging those who need them. Sharing You precious, powerful Word to others, and we praise You, glorify You, and pray all these things in Jesus awesome name, Amen and eternally Amen………………………

“How can we know the God of the Bible if we don’t know the Bible of God???”   Adrian Rogers

So many people only hear or read the Word of God at Church, and because of that THEY KNOW VERY LITTLE ABOUT GOD’S BIBLE AND EVEN LESS ABOUT THE ONE TRUE GOD!!! We must embrace with our whole heart and begin the sober, diligent daily study of the Bible if we really want to know and LOVE God…

Today we study the seventh division in Psalms 119 entitled: Zain.

In this section the Psalmist continues in prayer, declares his trust for God even through his discouragements, and praises the glorious Word of God for the blessed changes it has produced in him…

V 49…Remember the word unto thy servant, upon which thou hast caused me to hope.

He prays for no new promise, but to have the old Word fulfilled. He is grateful that he has received so good a Word, he embraces it with all his heart, and now pleads that his Lord deals with him according to it.

You oh Lord have promised to redeem us from our captivity to sin and worldliness and we have our HOPE ONLY IN YOU…

For there is absolutely nothing we can do to save ourselves, salvation is in you and you alone!!! ***So Lord remember, FOR YOU ALWAYS KEEP YOUR WORD…….

Neither the Psalmist nor do we need to fear in the Lord's loss of memory, but the Psalmist makes use of the promises as a prayer, and this is the form in which he pleads, after the manner of men when they plead with one another. When the Lord remembers the sins of His servant, and brings them before his conscience, the penitent cries, Lord, remember thy Word of forgiveness and pardon through the SHED BLOOD OF YOU ONLY BEGOTTEN SON JESUS CHRIST and therefore remember my sins and iniquities no more.

There is a world of meaning in that word "remember, "as it is addressed to God; it is used in Scripture in the most tender sense, and suits the sorrowing and the depressed. The Psalmist cried, "Lord, remember David, and all his afflictions":

Psalms 132 v 1B

“…LORD, remember David, and all his afflictions:”

Job also prayed that the Lord would appoint him a set time, and remember him.

Job 14 v 13

“Oh, that You would hide me in the grave, That You would conceal me until Your wrath is past, That You would appoint me a set time, and remember me!”

In the present instance the prayer is as personal as the "Remember me" of the thief on the cross, for its essence lies in the words—"unto thy servant."

Luke 23 v 41-42

“And we indeed are suffering justly, for we are receiving what we deserve for our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong." 42 And he was saying, "Jesus, remember me when You come in Your kingdom!"

It would be all in vain for us if the promise were remembered to all others if it did not come true to ourselves; but there is no fear, for the Lord has never forgotten a single promise to a single genuine believer.

Consider this there are over seven thousand promises of God to us recorded in the Bible, and HE KEEPS EVERY ONE!!!

Those who are not His children because they are not “BORN AGAIN” have only two major promises in the Word of God, the two edged sword of the Word of God the Bible, One, that God offers them forgiveness and salvation, Two, that rejection of Jesus’ blood sacrifice for their sins means ETERNAL DAMNATION and SUFFERING……

Our response to the Gospel of Jesus Christ is a very personal and intimate choice and the Psalmist of our text has a very personal and intimate prayer to God…

V50…This is my comfort in my affliction: for thy word hath quickened me.

My comfort. "Thy Word." God has given us His Scriptures, His Word; and the comforts that are obtained from it are strong ones, because they are God’s comforts, since they come from His Word. The Word of a prince comforts, though he be not there to speak it. Though it be by a letter, or by a messenger, yet he whose word it is, is one that is able to make his word good. God is Lord and Master of His Word!!!

Those comforts in God's Word are wonderful in variety. There is comfort from the liberty of a Christian, that we have free access to the throne of grace; comfort from the privileges of a Christian, that we are the child of God, that we are justified, that we are the heirs of heaven, and such like; comforts from the promises of grace, of the presence of God, of assistance by His presence.

Amen and Amen

*******Absolutely NO GENUINE CHRISTIAN IS EVER ALONE, EVEN IN OUR DEEPEST DESPAIR…

Matthew 28 v 20B

“…and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age."

WE ARE NEVER ALONE, IF WE ARE HIS…….

V 51…The proud have had me greatly in derision: yet have I not declined from thy law.

The proud in heart that claim they need no God, or that even in their blaspheme declare there is no God have a natural hatred for those who LOVE God and wish to keep His Word. They actually fear our faith and show it by their unwarranted contempt for believers.

In this case their hatred revealed itself in ridicule, and that ridicule was loud and long. When they wanted fun they scoffed at David because he was God's servant. Fallen mankind must have strange eyes to be able to see a farce in faith, and a comedy in holiness; yet it is sadly the case that fallen humanity are short of humor and  generally provoke a broad grin by mocking a saint. And the fallen world laughs with them…

We must always stand firm in our faith, for we have no hope without faith in God and His blessed Word…

Isaiah 7 v 9B

“…if you do not stand firm in your faith, you will not stand at all."

Let us stand firm!!!!!!!

V 52…I remembered thy judgments of old, O LORD; and have comforted myself.

The Psalmist had asked the Lord to remember, and here he remembers God and His judgments. When we see no present display of the divine power in our current sorrows it is wise to fall back upon the records of former ages, since they are just as available as if the dealings were of yesterday, seeing the Lord is always the same.

Hebrews 13 v 8

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.”

Our true comfort must be found in what our God works on behalf of truth and right, and as the histories of the olden days are full of divine intercession it is well to be thoroughly acquainted with them. Moreover, if we are advanced in years we have the divine intervention of our early days to review, and these should by no means be forgotten or left out of our thoughts.

In times of present distress let us always focus on what God has done for us in the past and what He has amazingly done for other believers in times of their needs. ***God always come through, not always on our time schedule but on His omniscient, omnipotent perfect timing…

Hallelujah!!!!!!!

V 53…Horror hath taken hold upon me because of the wicked that forsake thy law.

The Psalmist was horrified at the sinners action, at the pride which led them to it, and at the punishment which would be sure to fall upon them for it. When he thought upon the ancient judgments of God he was filled with terror at the fate of the godless; as well he might be. Their laughter had not distressed him, but he was distressed by a foresight of their overthrow. Truths which were amusement to them caused amazement to him. He saw them utterly turning away from the law of God, and leaving it as a path forsaken and over grown with weeds and thorns from lack of traffic, and this forsaking of the law filled him with the most painful and intense emotions: he was astonished at their wickedness, stunned by their presumption, alarmed by the expectation of their sudden overthrow, amazed by the terror of their certain doom.

I have lived 62+ years and still I am often amazed at the sinners’ contempt for Almighty God, I find myself struggling with LOVING the sinner and hating just their sin. I wish the sinner to be damned right there and then for what they said or did to the ONE TRUE GOD, and then the Holy Spirit in me reminds me of my own polluted wickedness without God’s LOVING grace in my life!!!

Knowing full well the eternal damnation THAT DOES AWAIT THE UNREPENTANT SINNER, we as true genuine Christians that have accepted God’s free grace of salvation for our incredibly evil sins MUST FOR LOVES’ SAKE SEEK THE REDEMPTION OF THOSE WHO ARE LOST, YET BY GOD’S GRACE CAN BE FOUND AND SAVED!!!!!!!

The Lost now are as we once were, and only by God’s grace are we now eternally saved!!! ***So let us with all our hearts share the Word of God with those who are around us, sharing as the Holy Spirit leads…

Never in judgment or condemnation, but always sharing by the LOVE OF GOD…….

Luke 23 v 33-34

“And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they crucified him, and the malefactors, one on the right hand, and the other on the left. 34 Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.”

Sharing in LOVE while they hate you, and afterward when most still hate you for who’s and what you are and what you shared, STILL SHARE IN LOVE WITH THOSE AROUND YOU…….

V 54…Thy statutes have been my songs in the house of my pilgrimage.

"Songs."

"Such songs have power to quiet

The restless pulse of care,

And come like the benediction

That follows after prayer."

"And the night shall be filled with music,

And the cares that infest the day

Shall fold their tents like the Arabs,

And as silently steal away."

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882).

Often in the trials, temptations, and agonizing sorrows of this our worldly existence many of which are of our own doings, our only course of action IS TO SEEK GOD IN PRAYER and TO SING PRAISES TO HIS HOLY NAME. For whom He is and for all the many things He has done to restore hope and joy to our besieged souls…

Reading God’s Word and studying His many joyous promises to and for His children can uplift the most assaulted spirit if we are truly in tune with Him…

Our focus must be on God and His holy, inerrant, infallible Word. Yes we must deal with our problems, but only through the lenses of God and our faith, trust, hope in Him and His Word…

Like others of God's servants, David knew that he was not at home in this world, but a pilgrim through it, seeking a better country. He did not, however, sigh over this fact, but he sang about it. He tells us nothing about his pilgrim sighs, but speaks of his pilgrim songs. Even the palace in which he dwelt was but "the house of his pilgrimage, "the inn at which he rested, the station at which he halted for a little while. Men are wont to sing when they come to their inn, and so did this godly sojourner; he sang the songs of Zion, the statutes of the great King. The commands of God were as well known to him as the ballads of his country, and they were pleasant to his taste and musical to his ear. Happy is the heart which finds its joy in the commands of God, and makes obedience its recreation. When religion is set to music it goes well. When we sing in the ways of the Lord it shows that our hearts are in them. Ours are pilgrim psalms, songs of degrees; but they are such as we may sing throughout eternity; for the statutes of the Lord are the psalmody of heaven itself.

V 55…I have remembered thy name, O LORD, in the night, and have kept thy law.

You are YHWH, Jehovah God, King of kings and Lord of lords, the only Creator, the only Redeemer, the only Savior, you are one God, the one true God, the Triune God, you are God the Father, God the Son (Jesus Christ), and God the Holy Spirit, yet one God, one divine essence, the only divinity…….

YOU ARE “THE” GOD!!!!!!!

In the bleakest darkest night of my despair it is through remembering you that I have lived through the sorrows of this world and by faith in you and your Word I have had the strength and power to obey you…….

When others slept I woke to think of thee, thy person, thy actions, thy covenant, thy name. The Psalmist was so earnest after the living God that he woke up at dead of night to think upon Him. These were David's Night Thoughts. If they were not Sunny Memories they were memories of the Sun of Righteousness. It is well when our memory furnishes us with consolation, so that we can say with the Psalmist, Having early been taught to know thee, I had only to remember the lessons of thy grace, and my heart was comforted. This verse shows not only that the person of God had remembered, but that they still remembered the Lord their God. ***We are to hallow the name of God, and we cannot do so if it slips from our memory.

Let us always remember…….

Let us always obey…….

V 56…This I had, because I kept thy precepts.

The Psalmist had this comfort, this remembrance of God, this power to sing, this courage to face the enemy, this hope in the promise, because he had earnestly observed the commands of God, and striven to walk in them. We are not saved because of our good works, but there is a reward in them. Many a comfort is obtainable only by holy living: we can surely say of such consolations, "This I had because I kept thy precepts."

How can we defy ridicule if we are living inconsistently?

How can we comfortably remember the name of the Lord if we live half-heartedly for Him?

***It may be that David means that he had been enabled to keep the law because he had attended to the separate precepts: he had taken the commands in detail, and so had reached to holiness of life.***  

May we all strive moment by moment to live holy lives unto the Lord, that we might show we are worthy of our calling as CHILDREN OF THE “ONE” “TRUE” “GOD”!!!!!!!......................................................

Here we have an apt conclusion to this section of the psalm, for this verse is a strong argument for the prayer with which the section commenced. The sweet singer had evidence of having kept God's precepts, and therefore he could the more properly beg the Lord to keep his promises. All through the passage we may find pleas, especially in the two remembers. "I have remembered thy judgments, " and "I have remembered thy name"; "Remember thy word unto thy servant."

If we have lost our saltiness, if we have let our light flicker ever so darkly, if we have grown cold over the years, if time has faded our faith to just a grain of mustard seed, LET US REMEMBER, LET US REMEMBER…

Revelation 2 v 4-5

"Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. 5 Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.”

Remember your salvation, repent of your unfaithfulness, and turn back to the hearing and reading of God’s Word and obey it…….

James 1 v 22

“But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.”

Submitted by: Dr. Harold Chris Smith, sbc


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September 9, 2018


***Welcome to This Week's Sermon:

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Roy, Utah

"Thy Word Is Truth: Part Six"

Psalms 119 v 41-48

"Let thy mercies come also unto me, O LORD, even thy salvation, according to thy word. 42 So shall I have wherewith to answer him that reproacheth me: for I trust in thy word. 43 And take not the word of truth utterly out of my mouth; for I have hoped in thy judgments. 44 So shall I keep thy law continually for ever and ever. 45 And I will walk at liberty: for I seek thy precepts. 46 I will speak of thy testimonies also before kings, and will not be ashamed. 47 And I will delight myself in thy commandments, which I have loved. 48 My hands also will I lift up unto thy commandments, which I have loved; and I will meditate in thy statutes."

Lord, God, Jehovah, I praise You for Your Holy Word the Bible, Your Holy Writ, because of Your Holy Spirit working on me through Your written Word I was saved…Born Again !!! I can never, never, never LOVE You enough for that !!!

I LOVE Your Word, with all my heart, body, and soul, with every fiber of my being. Let me, let all who call You Lord, God, and friend meditate earnestly and soberly on Your precious and profound Scriptures as often as possible.

But let me, us, not merely read Your Word, hear Your Word, but act upon it, obey it, share it, enjoy it, glorify Your name because of it, seek the salvation of Your creation, Your created humanity with all LOVE, mercy, and compassion because of it.

Let us worship You, praise You, thank You for all You have given us, and all You desire to give to us, through the knowledge and wisdom of Your Holy Word. Give us the power to live as Your Children, to seek moment by moment to be like Your only begotten son, our Savior, JESUS CHRIST.

So many more needs and prayers, so many worries and concerns, but for now, we ask all these things in our beLOVED JESUS’ name Amen and eternally Amen……………..


Today as we continue God’s study of His Word in Psalms 119, we move to the sixth division: Vau.

V 41…Let thy mercies come also unto me, O LORD, even thy salvation, according to thy word.

By faith I truly believe in your LOVING mercies, now I pray thee save me according to thy precious Word. The writer acknowledges that it takes faith in God’s LOVE and in His mercy and grace which are the direct results of His LOVE. Further He pleads in prayer for God to eternally save Him as this, God’s Holy Word declares!!! Salvation comes through the Word of God, those that reject the inerrancy and infallible character of God’s Word the Bible, literally deny the possibility of salvation itself.

1 Peter 1 v 23

“Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.”

We are literally “born again”, recreated, TO BE THE CHILDREN OF GOD, by THE “WORD” of God; which the infallible text declares LIVES and EXISTS FOREVER!!!!!!!

2 Timothy 3 v 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.”

***The wisdom to be saved comes from the Word of God, if it were not so, WE WOULD HAVE NO SALVATION…….***

We are saved through Jesus Christ’s shed blood sacrifice, but the knowledge of that, the true source of that wisdom and eternal truth COMES FROM HIS WORD THE BIBLE. ***It is the only source we can absolutely trust, and it is THE SOURCE that all other resources must submit to!!! The Bible is the anvil that ALL other professing truth must be judged by!!!!!!!

V 42… So shall I have wherewith to answer him that reproacheth me: for I trust in thy word.

Knowing God’s Word, continually studying it soberly and diligently, having submitted to it daily in LOVING obedience, and having received a plethora  of blessings of it’s promises; I can proclaim from the housetops to all those who ridicule and blaspheme God and His Word, THAT THE BIBLE IS ABSOLUTELY “TRUE” AND I PRAISE GOD’S HOLY, HOLY, HOLY NAME!!!!!!!

Our faith, our hope, our unwavering trust in God grows and expands each and every time we read, hear, or speak His LOVELY Word…….

Romans 10 v 17

“So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”

Amen…….

V 43… And take not the word of truth utterly out of my mouth; for I have hoped in thy judgments.

God I have hoped in your judgments, I have trusted in thy Word wholly; please now, fulfill your Word in my daily circumstances. Yes, I am not perfect, yes, I do many dumb things in my life, but I HAVE NEVER DENIED THY WORD, NOR THY BLESSED SON JESUS CHRIST, allow me by what I see, hear, and know in my own life, TO JOYFULLY SHOUT FROM THE MOUNTAINTOPS THE GRACIOUS AND GLORIOUS BLESSINGS FROM YOUR WORD…….

The Word of truth cannot be a joy to our mouths unless we have an experience of it in our own lives, and it may be wise for us to be silent if we cannot support our testimonies by the conclusion of our consciousness.

V 44… So shall I keep thy law continually for ever and ever.

I adore your Word, and I will joyfully desire to keep it FOR EVER!!!!!!!

Nothing more effectually binds a person to the way of the Lord than an experience of the truth of His Word moment by moment in our daily lives, embodied in the form of mercies and deliverances. Not only does the Lord's faithfulness open our mouths against His adversaries, but it also knits our hearts to His fear, and makes our union with Him more and more intense and intimate. Great mercies lead us to feel an inexpressible gratitude which, falling to utter itself in time, promises to involve eternity with praises.

V 45… And I will walk at liberty: for I seek thy precepts.

The world claims liberty and freedom in doing whatever we like, whatever feels good to us, in whatever seems good to us. But this sadly leads only to slavery to sin and our own carnal desires. True freedom and liberty can only come from a clear conscious and by seeing and understanding the wonderful blessings found only in the willing obedience to God’s breathtaking Precepts…

When we are truly saved even with our scared fallen imperfections, WE ARE FREE IN DEED!!!!!!!

John 8 v 31-32

“Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; 32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

If we continue in God’s Word; hear that, Jesus Himself says, continue in my Word and YOU WILL BE MY DISCIPLES, and THE TRUTH OF MY WORD WILL MAKE YOU FREE!!!

Jesus says clearly that WE ARE HIS DISCIPLES IF WE ARE DISCIPLES OF GOD’S WORD!!!

Psalms 119 v 160

“The sum of thy word is truth; And every one of thy righteous ordinances endureth for ever.”

All of God’s Word the Bible is TRUTH, not some, not just the one’s we want to believe in, not just ones we think we understand and agree with, but ALL!!! ***ALL “66” BOOKS OF THE OLD AND NEW TESTAMENTS ARE HIS “RIGHTEOUS” ORDAINANCES, AND EVEN WITH EVIL MAN, EVEN WITH CORRUPT RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATIONS, ***GOD’S WORD ENDURETH FOR EVER!!!***   

John 17 v 17

“Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.”

THY “WORD” IS TRUTH!!!!!!!

1 Corinthians 1 v 5

“That in every thing ye are enriched by him, in all utterance, and in all knowledge;”

All the wisdom and knowledge we need to live saved and sanctified lives ARE FOUND IN THE BIBLE…….

V 46… I will speak of thy testimonies also before kings, and will not be ashamed.

This is part of David’s liberty; he is free from fear of the greatest, proudest, and most tyrannical of men. David was called to stand before kings when he was an exile; and afterwards, when he was himself a monarch, he knew the tendency of men to sacrifice their religion to ceremony and ritual; but it was his resolve to do nothing of the kind. He would sanctify politics, and make cabinets know that the Lord alone is governor among the nations.

When God gives grace, cowardice soon vanishes. He who speaks for God in God's power, will not be ashamed when beginning to speak, nor while speaking, nor after speaking; for his theme is one which is fit for kings, needful to kings, and beneficial to kings. If kings object, we may well be ashamed of them, but never of our Master who sent us, or of His message, or of His design in sending it.

Luke 12 v 11-12

“And when they bring you unto the synagogues, and unto magistrates, and powers, take ye no thought how or what thing ye shall answer, or what ye shall say: 12 For the Holy Ghost shall teach you in the same hour what ye ought to say.”

The Holy Spirit will give us the strength and the very words to say to those God wishes us to speak to…

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.”

God’s Word, even through our mouths CANNOT RETURN VOID, BUT WILL ACCOMPLISH THAT WHICH GOD HIMSELF HAS PURPOSED IN HIS HEART…….

V 47… And I will delight myself in thy commandments, which I have loved.

How truly shameful it is for those who profess to be Christians yet devote so little time and effort for the reading, hearing, and doing of God’s Word!!! How disgraceful it is to worry about how long the preacher will go on, how long will the service be, how many services “I must attend”; WHEN WE SHOULD BE DELIGHTING IN THE SAYING, READING, and DOING OF GOD’S WORD.

Do we truly glory in God’s Word? Do we truly LOVE God’s Word? Do we truly LOVE God? Is God and His Word truly the “apple of our eye”???

Do we willingly rejoice in God’s Word? Do we willing, and I meaning willingly by joyous choice LOVE God and His Word???

When a man and woman fall in LOVE with each other, they are not forced to be with each other; they are forced to be apart because the needs of daily life. Their LOVE desire is to become one flesh, to be continually with one another, to destroy any impediment that would force them being apart from one another. Not because they are required to be together by some person or rule, but their absolute LOVE blissfully compels them to want to be together.

Yet how much time and effort do we give to God, who is are great and first LOVE???

 David, the psalmist says, “I delight in your breathtaking Word, I LOVE them so passionately…….

Do we, do you???????

V 48… My hands also will I lift up unto thy commandments, which I have loved; and I will meditate in thy statutes.

I will lift my hands to thee Oh Lord, praising you for all your commandments that I so intimately and fervently LOVE and adore…

I will think upon your Word with every breath of my life, for I LOVE you and your Word FOR EVER!!!!!!!

Not because I must, but because I LOVE YOU SO VERY MUCH…….

God’s Word the Bible is God’s Love book to us; Let our LOVE for Him SHOW IN OUR LOVING OBEDIENCE and REVERENCE FOR THE BIBLE.......

Praise His Holy name…………………………………………………

Submitted by: Dr. Harold Chris Smith, sbc


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September 2, 2018


"a" Church

Roy, Utah

***Welcome to This Week's Sermon:

"Thy Word Is Truth: Part Five"

Psalms 119 v 33-40

"Teach me, O LORD, the way of thy statutes; and I shall keep it unto the end. 34 Give me understanding, and I shall keep thy law; yea, I shall observe it with my whole heart. 35 Make me to go in the path of thy commandments; for therein do I delight. 36 Incline my heart unto thy testimonies, and not to covetousness. 37 Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity; and quicken thou me in thy way. 38 Stablish thy word unto thy servant, who is devoted to thy fear. 39 Turn away my reproach which I fear: for thy judgments are good. 40 Behold, I have longed after thy precepts: quicken me in thy righteousness."

Father, teach us that Your law is perfect, converting the soul; Your testimony is sure, making wise the simple; Your statutes are right, rejoicing the heart; Your commandment is pure, enlightening the eyes. The fear of You is clean, enduring forever; Your judgments are true and righteous altogether. Cause us to desire Your Word more than gold, much more than fine gold; for Your Word is sweeter than honey and the honeycomb. Moreover, by Your Word, we are warned about evil. In obeying Your Word there is great reward, but we must know it to obey it.

Lord we pray that we will desire the pure milk of Your Word, just like a newborn baby craves milk. Then we will grow up into a full experience of Your salvation, since we have had a taste of Your kindness.

Finally Lord YHWH we pray that we will come to LOVE Your Holy Scriptures. You inspired men to write Your Word, and that Word is able to make us wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. Your Word is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, and for instruction in righteousness, so that we may be Your men, woman, and children, complete in You and thoroughly equipped for every good work.

Lord let us bring Your word to the Lost, in LOVE, compassion, and tenderness, doing all we can to have them see Your astounding LOVE and gracious BLOOD sacrifice for them, for us. Remember our, my unspoken requests as well. Lord we humbly pray all these things in Your beLOVED son’s name Jesus Christ, Amen and eternally Amen…….

As we continue our study of God’s holy Word the Bible let us not grow weary, for as the eyes are the keys to the soul in man, God’s Word is the passion of Almighty God!!!

John Calvin wrote of the Word of God, “there is a bit of divinity in it”. Not that the Bible is divine nor should it be worshipped, but that its purpose and its very existence IS MEANT TO DRAW PEOPLE TO THE ONE TRUE GOD AND TO HELP ASSIST IN DEVELOPING AN INTENSE INTIMATE LOVE RELATIONSHIP WITH THE CREATOR OF ALL THINGS…….

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Jesus Christ*******

I don’t want to coerce anyone to be excited about LOVING the Word of God, nor do I want anyone to fake being amazed and astounded by it; I pray YOU CAN LOVE IT FOR YOURSELVES. As I most certainly do. Besides God, my wife Maureen, my wonderful sons Adam and Aaron; THE WORD OF GOD IS THE GREATEST TREASURE OF MY LIFE!!!!!!!

Thank you God for your Bible, because of it, I LOVE YOU, I KNOW I NEED YOU, I KNOW I AM SAVED ETERNALLY BY YOUR ONLY BEGOTTEN SON’S SHED BLOOD…….

May the universe SEE THE TRUTH OF THY WORD, “THY WORD IS TRUTH”!!!!!!!

This Fifth section of Psalms 119 is entitled: the letter “h” HE.

V 33…Teach me, O LORD, the way of thy statutes; and I shall keep it unto the end.

Only God’s Holy Spirit can teach us the truth and understanding of His Word. We cannot read on our own, we cannot understand the Bible UNLESS THE HOLY SPIRIT IS TEACHING US.

John 14 v 26

“But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.”

The desire to read and the ability to understand what we read IS THE GIFT OF GOD…….

That desire to read and understand God’s holy Word enables the genuine believer TO KEEP ALL THE HOLY STATUTES TO THE VERY END, OBEYING IS A CHOICE NOT SIMPLY AN UNOBTAINABLE DESIRE…

The indwelling of the Holy Spirit gives us the grace, mercy, and power to live righteous lives, even, moment by moment…

1 Thessalonians 4 v 7-8

“God didn't call us to be sexually immoral but to be holy. 8 Therefore, whoever rejects this {order} is not rejecting human authority but God, who gives you his Holy Spirit.”

The person who seeks God through His Word SEEKS A GLORIOUS THING, AND THE FINAL RESULT WILL BE ETERNAL LIFE!!!!!!!!

V 34…Give me understanding, and I shall keep thy law; yea, I shall observe it with my whole heart.

Only God can give you spiritual understanding through His Words in the inerrant infallible Bible, through God sent Pastors, Preachers, Evangelists, Teachers, Witnesses, through genuine “born again” believers!

Again cry out to God for guidance and supernatural spiritual understanding, and THEN YOU SHALL BE ABLE TO KEEP THE LAW, WITH YOUR WHOLE HEART…….

The power of CHOICE!!!

With salvation comes freedom of choice, with sin comes slavery…

V 35…Make me to go in the path of thy commandments; for therein do I delight.

Only you Lord can keep me in the path of your commandments, and because of your LOVE for me, I delight in YOUR BIBLE!

V 36…Incline my heart unto thy testimonies, and not to covetousness.

Help me not have LOVE for greed or material things, INSTEAD HAVE MY HEART THOROUGHLY LOVE AND PRACTICE YOUR TESTIMONIES…

V 37…Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity; and quicken thou me in thy way.

Once again it is obvious only in God’s grace and strength can our sins be controlled, Lord, you turn my eyes away from vanity and sin. Only in your WAY DO I HAVE LIFE.

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.”

V 38…Stablish thy word unto thy servant, who is devoted to thy fear.

Stablish, Lord MAINTAIN YOU WORDS TO ME. Keep your promises. I am totally devoted TO WORSHIPPING YOU…….

Not because I must, but because of my great LOVE for you…….

V 39…Turn away my reproach which I fear: for thy judgments are good.

Turn the reproach of the world away from me, for the world hates me because I LOVE you and want to ever obey your holy precepts…

They seek to find my hidden sins THAT THEY MIGHT RIDICULE ME.

V 40…Behold, I have longed after thy precepts: quicken me in thy righteousness.

You have searched my heart oh Lord, and you know I LOVE you and your Words, give me life through YOUR RIGHTEOUSNESS…….

God and God alone can teach us His precepts through His glorious Words. Only He can give us true wisdom. ***Only Jesus Christ and He alone can give us salvation. Only by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit can true Christians live holy lives. To deny we can live Holy lives IS A LIE FROM SATAN!!!

LOVE God and His Words for this is the only way we can be truly blessed…….

 Submitted by: Dr. Harold Chris Smith, sbc


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August 26, 2018


***Welcome to This Week's Sermon:

“a” Church

Roy, Utah

"Thy Word Is Truth: Part Four"

Psalms 119 v 25-32

“My soul cleaveth unto the dust: quicken thou me according to thy word. 26 I have declared my ways, and thou heardest me: teach me thy statutes. 27 Make me to understand the way of thy precepts: so shall I talk of thy wondrous works. 28 My soul melteth for heaviness: strengthen thou me according unto thy word. 29 Remove from me the way of lying: and grant me thy law graciously. 30 I have chosen the way of truth: thy judgments have I laid before me. 31 I have stuck unto thy testimonies: O LORD, put me not to shame. 32 I will run the way of thy commandments, when thou shalt enlarge my heart.”

Lord, God, Jehovah, God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, our God, my God, we humbly come to You this day in prayer.

You know our hearts our very beings, You know, our hopes, our dreams, our limitations and our strengths, You know our inner fears, and joys.

Come to us this day, fill us with the renewing by Your Holy Spirit, cleanse us, heal us, and make us whole again. Though we will never earn or deserve it, give us mercy, grace and Your abundant LOVE.

Wipe away our tears of loss, loss of LOVED ones to death, loss of friendships and other relationships, loss of goals, hopes, and dreams for our lives. Give us we pray, the wisdom to know Your will for our lives, the fortitude to stand-up and live according to Your Word.

Give us the desire and will to reach out to the lost, the hurting, and those in true need of any kind. Give us compassion and LOVE for all Your creation, especially our fellow man. Let us do all we can to make this a better world, with all our hearts, our minds, our bodies, and souls.

Let us truly be Your Children and live, serve, and LOVE, as You would have us,

In Jesus most beautiful name we pray Amen and eternally Amen……………………….



Daleth is the fourth letter of the Hebrew alphabet and it is the title of the fourth section of Psalms 119…

Thus far we have learned in section one “Alepth”, that the Bible IS GOD’S WORD, AND GOD’S WORD ALONE!!!

In “Beth” section two we learn THERE IS NO REAL HAPPINESS OR JOY WITHOUT A PERSON NATURALLY WANTING TO OBEY GOD’S WORD, AND THAT IS ONLY POSSIBLE THROUGH A GENUINE LOVE RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS CHRIST!!!

In the third section “Gimel” we discussed the various problems associated with humanity that hinder our willing and joyous obedience to God’s awesome and holy perfect Word. We realized only by COMLETELY FOCUSING ON JESUS CHRIST AND HIS HOLY BIBLE IT WOULD BE IMPOSSIBLE…

Pray, study, KNOW JESUS CHRIST, SERIOUSLY SINCERELY READ AND STUDY GOD’S WORD THE BIBLE, THE SIXTY-SIX BOOKS OF THE OLD AND NEW TESTAMENTS; AND THOSE BOOKS ALONE…….

Certainly good Christian devotional books are great faith helps but only as they DO NOT CONTRADICT ANY REAL TEACHING FROM THE BIBLE!!!!!!! *******GOD WILL NEVER CONTRADICT HIS LIVING WORD THE BIBLE!!!

NEVER, NEVER, NEVER……………………………………

Now let us turn to “Daleth”:

V 25…“My soul cleaveth unto the dust: quicken thou me according to thy word.”

In the natural man, in our fallen natures, our souls seek dust, we seek death. But through the LOVE and diligent study of God’s Word WE SEEK LIFE AND LIFE EVERLASTING…

God give me life THROUGH YOUR WORD, THROUGH YOUR GRACE AND MERCY GIVE ME LIFE ETERNAL…….

V 26 “I have declared my ways, and thou heardest me: teach me thy statutes.”

I have conscientiously searched my ways and have recognized my sinfulness. You oh Lord have heard my prayers of repentance. Please, now teach me your holiness, teach me your holy perfect word…….

That I might LIVE IN THEM…….

V 27…”Make me to understand the way of thy precepts: so shall I talk of thy wondrous works.”

Lord God, I willingly ask you to do WHATEVER IT TAKES FOR ME TO UNDERSTAND YOUR WAY AND GLORIOUS SUBMISSION TO YOUR PRECEPTS…

Then will I be able to share YOUR BREATHTAKING GOSPEL WITH THE WORLD OF SINNERS…….

V 28…”My soul melteth for heaviness: strengthen thou me according unto thy word.”

My tears overflow from the sorrows of my heart, God have mercy on me, strengthen me ACCORDING TO YOUR MAGNIFICIENT WORD!!!!!!!

Philippians 4 v 13

“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”

V 29…”Remove from me the way of lying: and grant me thy law graciously.”

Lord God, there is so much that wishes to deceive me, so much which desires to hide the reality of your truth from me. Lies, lies, lies, are all I hear from secular society, from false prophets and false teachers, from even perhaps my inner demons. All wanting me to denounce you and your holy words the Bible! Constantly taking every effort to de-value your Word or make it irrelevant, impractical, or worthless……

Oh God, grant me thy law graciously, give it to me a as a perfect moral code, have me see it and understand it through the Gospel of Jesus Christ not by the letter of the law that damns, but by the grace of your LOVING mercy that I may be forgiven…….

V 30…I have chosen the way of truth: thy judgments have I laid before me.”

By the power of your saving grace I HAVE CHOSEN YOU AND THE ABSOLUTE TRUTH OF YOUR WORD, thy judgments do I study meticulously, protect me always from my spiritual weaknesses…

God gives each of us the choice to accept Him or reject Him, but God is the one that sustains us and keeps us in His eternal graces…….

V 31…”I have stuck unto thy testimonies: O LORD, put me not to shame.”

I have been eternally glued to the righteousness of thy testimonies, your Word is forever part of me; now Lord cover my sins. Blot out all of my past, present, and any future sins I may have, make me not ashamed in the hour of eternal judgment, FOR YOU HAVE ETERNALLY WIPED AWAY MY SINS FOREVERMORE!!!!!!!

Because I have accepted the saving grace of your Word and have humbly repented of all my sins, and tenderly receive Jesus Christ as my only Lord, my only God, and my only Savior. For only His shed blood can pay for my sins and the sins of the world!!!!!!!

Praise be His holy name!!!

V 32…”I will run the way of thy commandments, when thou shalt enlarge my heart.”

I will live moment by moment by the power of your grace to willingly and joyously obey your commandments, your wonderful words. My heart and soul shall ever grow towards your perfection, drawing closer and closer to your glorious righteousness. Why because I must, no, because I LOVE you so………………………………

Thy Word ever draweth me to you…….

This section of Psalms 119 makes clear without God and His Word we are imperfect. Therefore in light of His Word we must confess our sins. Pleading for His mercy and grace through His Word. Let us pray that God gives us the strength and power to trust and obey His Word, for: There is no other way…

Trust And Obey Hymn

When we walk with the Lord in the light of His Word,
What a glory He sheds on our way!
While we do His good will, He abides with us still,
And with all who will trust and obey.

Refrain

Trust and obey, for there’s no other way
To be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.

Not a shadow can rise, not a cloud in the skies,
But His smile quickly drives it away;
Not a doubt or a fear, not a sigh or a tear,
Can abide while we trust and obey.

Refrain

Not a burden we bear, not a sorrow we share,
But our toil He doth richly repay;
Not a grief or a loss, not a frown or a cross,
But is blessed if we trust and obey.

Refrain

But we never can prove the delights of His love
Until all on the altar we lay;
For the favor He shows, for the joy He bestows,
Are for them who will trust and obey.

Refrain

Then in fellowship sweet we will sit at His feet.
Or we’ll walk by His side in the way.
What He says we will do, where He sends we will go;
Never fear, only trust and obey.

 Submitted by: Dr. Harold Chris Smith, sbc


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August 19, 2018


“a” Church

Roy, Utah

***Welcome to This Week's Sermon:

"Thy Word Is Truth: Part Three"

Psalms 119 v 17-24

"Deal bountifully with thy servant, that I may live, and keep thy word. 18 Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law. 19 I am a stranger in the earth: hide not thy commandments from me. 20 My soul breaketh for the longing that it hath unto thy judgments at all times. 21 Thou hast rebuked the proud that are cursed, which do err from thy commandments. 22 Remove from me reproach and contempt; for I have kept thy testimonies. 23 Princes also did sit and speak against me: but thy servant did meditate in thy statutes. 24 Thy testimonies also are my delight and my counsellors."

Lord of heaven and earth praise your holy name, for being the rock of our salvation. Many things change throughout this earthly life, only one thing stays eternally the same, Jesus Christ the same, yesterday, today, and forever. As life throughs a plethora of ever shifting events that keep our frail human natures in unrest, we can turn to you for unity, consistency and eternal hope. Guide us this day and every day in Jesus blessed name. Amen…

Father God, we thank You that Your amazing unfathomable LOVE has been poured out for us at the cross and poured into us by the Holy Spirit. We want to taste and experience more of the depth and breadth and length and height of Your amazing LOVE. Help us to walk by faith. Help us to endure in suffering. Help us to own our need of You. Help us to fully embrace Your Son, Jesus Christ, our Redeemer. So, pour out Your LOVE into our hearts, in increasing measure by the power of Your Holy Spirit, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Father, we praise You for the wonderful future that You have prepared for us through the death and resurrection of You Son, Jesus Christ. We eagerly await the day when we will enter into Your presence for all eternity with holy bodies untainted by sin. Please help us to not lose heart when we face the many pressures, anxieties, and troubles of life in this fallen world. Let us take great courage in the knowledge that you’ve given us the Holy Spirit to prepare our souls for our kingdom dwelling with You. Thank You for letting Jesus live in us through the indwelling Holy Spirit.

We praise You God for Your infinite wisdom. We know so little, and yet we are so grateful to serve the one who knows all things. We confess that our hearts have been shattered by our own sinful desires, and that we have tried to hide our shame from You. Please forgive us for the ways we’ve slandered other people in our lives. Our hearts are broken and we cannot save ourselves. We thank You for knowing our own hearts better than we do. We thank you for bringing our dead hearts to life through the power of the Holy Spirit. Please guard our hearts from a critical spirit, and help us to not lose heart when we feel pressures leading us into doubt. Renew our minds and give us confidence with the truth found in the words of Your Holy Bible.

In Jesus most precious name we pray, Amen and eternally Amen…….


Today we continue the study of Psalms 119…….

“The Word of God is to your spirit what your blood is to your body.”

Adrian Rogers

“Want more faith? Get into God’s Word.”

Adrian Rogers

The Third Division of this Psalm is Gimel.

David realizes Satan and the evils of this world will do anything to hinder a person’s sincere desire to obey and keep God’s Word. So he prays that God would remove all hindrances to LOVING obedience of the Word.

V 17... Deal bountifully with thy servant, that I may live, and keep thy word.

With your grace and mercy Lord save me and give me the strength and power to obey your Word. Without the indwelling of the Holy Spirit living within the “born again” believer IT IS ABSOLUTELY IMPOSSIBLE TO KEEP GOD’S WORD!!!

***Only in salvation through the shed blood of Jesus Christ can anyone have eternal life!!!

Life comes through Jesus Christ and Him alone…

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.

V 18… Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law.

Lord God open my eyes THAT I MAY SEE AND UNDERSTAND YOUR HOLY WORD. Help me to see how glorious and awesome YOUR WORD IS. Put that sparkle in my eyes that DECLARES THE JOY OF KNOWING, UNDERSTANDING, and the PLEASURE OF LOVING YOUR SACRED WRIT!!!

Let me see thy perfect wisdom and equity of your inerrant, infallible Word the Bible…….

V 19… I am a stranger in the earth: hide not thy commandments from me.

Far from perfect am I, are we, of man’s fallen nature; we are born strangers to your will and Word, SHOW ME I PRAY THY COMMANDMENTS OF PERFECT RIGHTEOUSNESS…

Keep me strong and full of your grace and mercy through your Words of salvation…….

Should I frequently be destitute of your ordinances, LEAVE ME NOT WITHOUT YOUR HOLY SPIRIT’S TEACHING…….

V 20… My soul breaketh for the longing that it hath unto thy judgments at all times.

My soul is so imperfect and full of infirmities, I rigorously desire to focus on your judgments and to possess them as reality in my life at all times…

Oh dear Lord help me to live each moment of my life for you and in sincere and joyous LOVE for your holy Bible…

Make me thine Oh Lord…

Make me thine…….

Let my fervor and zeal be for YOU and YOUR MAGNIFICENT WORD…

V 21… Thou hast rebuked the proud that are cursed, which do err from thy commandments.

Let not the pride of my heart curse me, let not my worldly understanding deceive me; humble me that I may know to seek and obey your Word continuously. Let not this world’s wisdom lie to me, LET ME SEE and KNOW YOUR WORDS OF WISDOM ALWAYS!!

V 22… Remove from me reproach and contempt; for I have kept thy testimonies.

This world laughs at me and has utter contempt for my person because I LOVE you and keep you and your Word first in my life. I know I do right in LOVING you and obeying your supreme Word, stop the enemy from attempting to destroy me…

I LOVE ALL YOUR TESTAMONIES!!!!!!!

V 23… Princes also did sit and speak against me: but thy servant did meditate in thy statutes.

Even the Princes and powers that be of this world seek to destroy me and wish to completely obliterate my witness in your Word. The trials and problems of this world seek to extinguish my faith and genuine trust in your holy, holy, holy Word. Finances, problems with my spouse, kids, family, friends and co-workers, neighbors, and even Church members desire to unravel my complete confidence in you and your holy Bible; YET I WILL CONTIOUSLY MEDITATE ON YOUR WORD, WITH YOUR OMNIPOTENTANT HELP I WILL NEVER DENY YOUR WORD…….

Thy Word IS TRUTH!!!!!!!

V 24… Thy testimonies also are my delight and my counsellors.

I will always delight in your Word, my true pleasure is in reading and obeying your Word, my only righteous and perfect and complete counsel COMES FROM YOUR WORD, THE BIBLE!!!!!!!

Thy Word is TRUTH, THE ONLY REAL TRUTH…………………..

For those who believe otherwise are greatly deceived…

*******Every one of us will be known for something when we are gone from this earthly life. Do you know what I pray my family, friends, and acquaintances’ will say about me? THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST. I want those who knew me best to honestly be able to say: “That man’s life was centered in the only message that really matters, that of what the Bible says”…….

May the grace and Word of God be with us always……………….

Submitted by: Dr. Harold Chris Smith, sbc


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August 12, 2018


“a” Church

Roy, Utah

***Welcome to This Week's Sermon:

"Thy Word Is Truth: Part Two"

Psalms 119 v 9-16

"Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word. 10 With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments. 11 Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. 12 Blessed art thou, O LORD: teach me thy statutes. 13 With my lips have I declared all the judgments of thy mouth. 14 I have rejoiced in the way of thy testimonies, as much as in all riches. 15 I will meditate in thy precepts, and have respect unto thy ways. 16 I will delight myself in thy statutes: I will not forget thy word."

Lord, God, Jehovah, Father, we are praying on behalf of ourselves and all those who are truly Your children, and for the Lost of Your creation:

You are the God who gives life to the spiritually dead.

We thank You that everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. But Scripture asks, How can these we are praying for call on You if they have not believed in You? And how can they believe in You if they've not heard about You? And how can they hear without someone bringing the truth to them? And how can they hear unless that person is sent by You?

We ask Oh Lord, to send us, or someone into each of their lives, someone with the message of life, the Words of Your Holy Writ—for Your Words do not return empty; they accomplish what You desire and achieve the purposes for which YOU SENT THEM.

May they hear Your words the Bible, for Your words are SPIRIT and they are LIFE. May the words that they hear TRULY BE Your’s and may they not be stolen from their hearts.

Send us to them, or someone else they can trust and respect to bring them the truth, THY WORD IS TRUTH, Lord we pray all these things In Jesus' glorious name, Amen and eternally Amen.


As we continue our study of Psalms 119 and its absolute devotion TO GOD’S HOLY WORD THE BIBLE ,we want to first remember from the first set of “8” verses THAT THE HOLY SPIRIT MAKES PERFECTLY CLEAR, THE BIBLE IS ENTIRELY THE WORD OF GOD!!!

V1: The Law of God, V2: His testimonies, V3: His ways, V 4: Thy precepts, V5: Thy statutes, V6: Thy commandments, V7: Thy righteous judgments,  again in V8: Thy statutes…And the end of willingly obeying them is Happiness or more precisely Blessedness.

As we begin the discussion of the section Beth, we see living God’s word in our moment by moment actions in life is HOLINESS OF HEART. And again it brings BLESSEDNESS, and  ETERNAL JOY!!!

In-other-words WE WERE CREATED TO LIVE HOLY, HOLY, HOLY LIVES, and FAILURE TO DO SO NATURALLY BRINGS SORROW and UNHAPPINESS!!!***Without Holiness of heart there can be no eternal joy, or real happiness in this life…

NO REAL HAPPINESS…….

Only through the diligent study of the Bible and with the assistance of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit living in the heart of the “born again” believer can we even attempt to be holy. ***Only in Christ CAN WE BE HOLY…….

ONLY IN CHRIST!!!!!!!

As we see the worth of living a holy life and the function in the life of a genuine believer, God chooses an interesting person. A young man, young men are usually strong, seeking any experience they can get, living more by their hormones and sexual passions than anything else, tending to be stubborn and headstrong. God illustrates that even with this type of and individual, truly listening to God through His word the Bible, and putting it into daily action and keeping their, our, focus on God, WE TRULY CAN LIVE A HOLY LIFE FOR GOD…….   

So turn in your Bibles to Psalms 119 v 9-16

“9 Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.”

How can young people control their desires, their passions, their exploding hormones? How can a young person get away from their sinful thoughts and ways? ***By seriously considering WHAT THE WORD OF GOD SAYS, and by submitting to the Holy Spirit and with all their heart seeking to obey God’s word…

Matthew 6 v 33

“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”

How can the very young, how can adults, how can seniors, live holy lives, the same way the strong young men and women do, BY KEEPING THEIR FOCUS ON JESUS CHRIST and GENUINELY LOVING JESUS CHRIST WITH THEIR, OUR, WHOLE HEART and BEING…

We must examine ourselves and confess our sins and weaknesses to our Lord, God, and Savior: Jesus Christ!!!

“10 With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments.”

We must continually seek after God with all our mind, our whole body, and our whole spirit, and with all our strength. We must make sincere, earnest prayers to our Father who is eternally in heaven for guidance, strength, and understanding of Him and His Holy Scriptures. We must CHOOSE TO BE OBEDIENT!!!!!!!

“11 Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.”

We must truly and tenderly treasure God’s word the Bible in our heart, mind, and soul.  Indisputably holding the Bible to be the authentic and perfect source for our faith and LOVE for Jesus Christ…

The understanding and obedience to the Bible to be the measure of our spiritual and eternal wealth…….

And the reason for this great devotion and faith and trust in God’s word. IS SO WE DO NOT SIN AGAINST OUR GREAT LOVE, JESUS CHRIST…

Why, because we our commanded so? NO, because WE LOVE HIM SO…….

“12 Blessed art thou, O LORD: teach me thy statutes.”

Praise God, for only He can truly teach us His way, His statutes, His word, His truths, His desires for our lives, his Bible; by His awesome grace and undeserved mercy in our lives…….

“13 With my lips have I declared all the judgments of thy mouth.”

We must for LOVE sake declare with our lives, and our words, how much God has forgiven us and that He put our sins upon Himself THAT WE MIGHT BELIEVE and BE SAVED BY THE GLORIOUS SHED BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST!!!

Hallelujah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Praise His name…….

“14 I have rejoiced in the way of thy testimonies, as much as in all riches.”

Again, we must genuinely see God’s Bible and absolute submission to it as the greatest joy of our lives. Why because we must???

No. no, no, because WE LOVE GOD SO VERY, VERY, VERY MUCH…….

And simply obey what we think the Bible says, NO, or what others say the Bible says, NO, but, WE OBEY WHAT THE BIBLE ACTUALLY SAYS!!!!!!!

That takes soberness of mind, and much study of the Bible and a great deal of prayer!!!!!!!

“15 I will meditate in thy precepts, and have respect unto thy ways.”

Self examination in light of what the word of God says and to obey that light is absolutely essential in our lives. We must not just read, just hear, but, DO WHAT GOD WANTS US TO THROUGH HIS HOLY WRIT!!!!!!!

“16 I will delight myself in thy statutes: I will not forget thy word.”

We must vigorously LOVE and find joy and happiness in God’s holy Bible. Why, because it is there FOR ALL TO SEE and POSSESS…

In our moment by moment lives, in private or public, in thought, word, and deed, WE MUST NEVER FORGET GOD’S HOLY WORD…

We must know it, believe it, and obey it; why, because OF HIS GREAT LOVE…………………………………………………

Our LOVE for Him………………………………………….

Let us pray.

See you next week.

Submitted by: Dr. Harold Chris Smith, sbc


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August 5, 2018


"a" Church


ROY, UTAH

"Thy Word Is Truth"

John 17 v 17

"Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth."

Gracious Lord, YOU have caused all holy scriptures to be written for our learning: help us so to hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that, encouraged and supported by YOUR holy Word, we may embrace and always hold fast the joyful hope of everlasting life, which YOU have given us in our Saviour Jesus Christ.

Almighty God, we thank you for the gift of YOUR holy word. May it be a lantern to our feet, a light to our paths, and strength to our lives. Take us and use us to LOVE and serve all people in the power of the Holy Spirit, in Jesus precious name, Amen and eternally Amen…….


“I have read other books. The Bible reads me.”

Adrian Rogers

“This book will keep you from sin, or SIN WILL KEEP YOU FROM THIS BOOK.”

Dwight Moody

“The Scriptures are shallow enough for a babe to come and drink without fear of drowning and deep enough for Theologians to swim in without ever reaching the bottom”

St. Jerome

Today and conceivably for the next several weeks we will be discussing the only inerrant, infallible words of God, the Bible.

There are a plethora of secular people who denounce the Bible as an archaic book of myths THAT HAS NO EARTHLY OR HEAVENLY GOOD FOR THE HUMAN RACE. There are still others that have a aura of religious conviction about them that denounce the Bible as a book once full of God’s truth but has been long since corrupted by time and human deception.

There are still others who claim a relationship with Jesus Christ but criticize the Bible as a book of some truths and some myths that are not to be taken literally…

There are still others and by far the fewer in number that hold the Bible to be the written words of God and they live and die by it’s precepts…….***By all of it’s precepts.

As we discuss God’s word the Bible we will do so through Psalms 119 the book of the Bible, in it’s 176 verses most dedicated to God’s living word.

But first what does our main text say today…

This is an extremely important Scripture in that Jesus Christ is speaking. Praying to God the Father, Jesus say’s, “sanctify them”.

The word “sanctify” means to: to make holy; to set apart as sacred; to consecrate; to purify free from sin. In-other-words to separate for God’s service and glory, to make one a Child of God; to have one become a genuine “born again” believer…

Then Jesus Christ asserts the only way a person can become a Child of God is through the truth! What is the truth, Jesus proclaims for all to hear, “Thy word is truth”…

Jesus is declaring with the authority of His Messiahship, as the only begotten Son of God, as God incarnet, in the flesh, THAT THE ONLY WAY TO ETERNAL SALVATION IS THROUGH A LOVE RELATIONSHIP WITH HIM AS FOUND AND FOUND ONLY THROUGH THE ETERNAL TRUTH, THE WORD OF GOD, THE BIBLE!!!

“The Bible is not the book of the week; it is not the book of the month; nor is it the book of the year. It is the book of the ages!”

Adrian Rogers

Psalms 119 does not give itself to an easy analysis in general terms; it is enough to say that it treats in general on the privileges and blessedness of those who observe the LAW of the Lord. That LAW or WORD is exhibited by various names and words tending to show its various excellences. The words that are used to express God’s revelation of His word the Bible are: Testimonies; Commandments; Precepts; Word; Law; Ways; Truth; Judgments; Righteousness; Statutes.

This is one of several alphabetical or acrostic Psalms. It is divided into twenty-two parts, corresponding to the number of letters in the

Hebrew Alphabet. Every part is divided into eight verses; and each verse begins with the letter of the alphabet which forms the title of

each part. For example the first eight verses begin with “a” aleph, the second eight “b” beth, etc…….



Thus we will discuss eight verses at a time, today we will look at the first eight verses in this Psalm.

Psalms 119 v 1-8

“Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the LORD. 2 Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart. 3 They also do no iniquity: they walk in his ways. 4 Thou hast commanded us to keep thy precepts diligently.
5 O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes! 6 Then shall I not be ashamed, when I have respect unto all thy commandments. 7 I will praise thee with uprightness of heart, when I shall have learned thy righteous judgments. 8 I will keep thy statutes: O forsake me not utterly.`”

Blessed eternally are the “perfect ones” who walk moment by moment in obedience to God’s LAW, the holy writ, the Bible…

A person who not only hears or reads the word of God but actually puts God’s Bible into moment by moment action or practice WILL BE BLESSED FOREVER…

The person who seeks God through His testimonies WITH HIS WHOLE HEART WILL AGAIN BE BLESSED…

As verse “3” clarifies, this person who obeys God’s word WILL DO NO INIQUITY. By the power of God’s word in their life will stay away from idolatry, injustice, and wrong doing…

God has commanded that we diligently, soberly, conscientiously read and study God’s precepts so that we can put them into action…

Simply knowing God’s word IS NOT ENOUGH, KNOWING GOD IS NOT ENOUGH, OBEYING God’s word because you LOVE Jesus Christ, THAT’S ENOUGH…….

Only by God’s grace and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit will we be able to understand and obey God’s holy word…

***Only God can direct our paths to keep His statutes.

***We are totally lost without Him!!!

A sinner’s heart will grow cold and callous and not be ashamed in his own heart, but the person who genuinely seeks after God and His word, his conscience will declare his need for repentance. All of God’s commands need to be LOVED and obey; ***partial obedience IS STILL DISOBEDIENCE!!!***

God’s Commands are universal to all of creation…….

When we have sincerely and genuinely studied God’s words with the goal to joyously obey them, WE WILL FOR LOVE SAKE OBEY THEM FOR GOD’S GLORY…

Remember:

Isaiah 55 v 10-11

“For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:
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.”

God’s “word” the Bible is true and refreshing, and by God’s power and will, IT WILL ALWAYS BE VICTORIOUS and ACCOMPLISH GOD’S PURPOSE…….

Amen and Amen

Submitted by: Dr. Harold Chris Smith, sbc












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