December 9, 2018


“a” Church

Evanston, Wyoming

“A Christmas Prophecy”

Isaiah 9:6 (RSV)
6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government will be upon his shoulder, and his name will be called "Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace."

Lord, as we celebrate this most magnificent season, the season that commemorates the greatest gift EVER GIVEN TO MANKIND, the birth of Your One and only begotten Son Jesus the Christ, may we come with most humble and grateful hearts to your throne of grace. May we honestly and wholly bring every fragment of our mind, body, soul and spirit to Thee, confessing our weaknesses, our sins, our disappointments, and our joys; we ask You to forgive us, and assist us in living a more holy life for Thee, not because we must, not because of some demandment, but because we LOVE You so very much!!!

Lord God YHWH, we beseech Thee to cleanse us from ALL unrighteousness, and help us to celebrate this season as YOU WOULD HAVE US TO, showing this world who your Son really is, in such a way that many who are Lost would come unto You with saving faith! Oh God, help us so comprehend your Words today and every day, that we grow in grace, wisdom and true LOVE for You, each other, and ALL those You came to save, In your most stunning and exquisite name Jesus Christ we pay, Amen and Eternally Amen……………………………..


As we continue to celebrate this Christmas season, we turn to one of the most beautiful passages of prophecy on the Coming of God’s Messiah, the Anointed One, the world’s Savior, Jesus the Christ!!!

First let us look at the background and context of this verse…

Isaiah 9:1-5 (RSV)
1 But there will be no gloom for her that was in anguish. In the former time he brought into contempt the land of Zeb'ulun and the land of Naph'tali, but in the latter time he will make glorious the way of the sea, the land beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the nations. 2 The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shined. 3 Thou hast multiplied the nation, thou hast increased its joy; they rejoice before thee as with joy at the harvest, as men rejoice when they divide the spoil. 4 For the yoke of his burden, and the staff for his shoulder, the rod of his oppressor, thou hast broken as on the day of Mid'ian. 5 For every boot of the tramping warrior in battle tumult and every garment rolled in blood will be burned as fuel for the fire.

The nation of Israel was in great despair. “The land of Zeb’ulun”, Zebulun, Naphtali, Manasseh, that is, the country of Galilee all-round the sea of Gennesareth, were the parts that principally suffered in the first Assyrian invasion under Tiglath-pileser.

 2 Kings 15:29 (RSV)
29 In the days of Pekah king of Israel Tig'lath-pile'ser king of Assyria came and captured I'jon, A'bel-beth-ma'acah, Jan-o'ah, Kedesh, Hazor, Gilead, and Galilee, all the land of Naph'tali; and he carried the people captive to Assyria.

1 Chronicles 5:26 (RSV)
26 So the God of Israel stirred up the spirit of Pul king of Assyria, the spirit of Til'gath-pilne'ser king of Assyria, and he carried them away, namely, the Reubenites, the Gadites, and the half-tribe of Manas'seh, and brought them to Halah, Habor, Hara, and the river Gozan, to this day.

Israel had sinned, turned their back on the living God. As a natural result of their sins and lack of faith, they were invaded and many were uprooted and taken from the only land and the only people they had ever known. Israel was in great darkness and gloom. As we are, when we are lost in sin, or are saved, but are living outside of God’s will for our lives. They were dazed, frightened, floundering like a person drowning in the sea, with the inability to save themselves, and unable to reach-out for help on their own.

God heard their prayers, He saw their anguish, and the One True God reached-out to Israel………………He sent His prophets proclaiming a gospel of good news and redemption. That a Messiah would come, an “Anointed One”, a king out of the line of David…………….Who would deliver them from all their enemies!

1 Samuel 2:10 (RSV)
10 The adversaries of the LORD shall be broken to pieces; against them he will thunder in heaven. The LORD will judge the ends of the earth; he will give strength to his king, and exalt the power of his anointed."

2 Samuel 7:8-14a (RSV)
8 Now therefore thus you shall say to my servant David, `Thus says the LORD of hosts, I took you from the pasture, from following the sheep, that you should be prince over my people Israel; 9 and I have been with you wherever you went, and have cut off all your enemies from before you; and I will make for you a great name, like the name of the great ones of the earth. 10 And I will appoint a place for my people Israel, and will plant them, that they may dwell in their own place, and be disturbed no more; and violent men shall afflict them no more, as formerly, 11 from the time that I appointed judges over my people Israel; and I will give you rest from all your enemies. Moreover the LORD declares to you that the LORD will make you a house. 12 When your days are fulfilled and you lie down with your fathers, I will raise up your offspring after you, who shall come forth from your body, and I will establish his kingdom. 13 He shall build a house for my name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. 14a I will be his father, and he shall be my son…

God sent His prophets to encourage His people that one day His Son would come, and because of His coming the people of God WOULD BE SAVED………..

Isaiah 2:2-4 (RSV)
2 It shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the house of the LORD shall be established as the highest of the mountains, and shall be raised above the hills; and all the nations shall flow to it,
3 and many peoples shall come, and say: "Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; that he may teach us his ways and that we may walk in his paths." For out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
4 He shall judge between the nations, and shall decide for many peoples; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.

There would be peace on earth forever and the people of God would live for EVER and EVER in the presence of the ever eternal living God!!!

 Isaiah 7:14 (RSV)
14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, a young woman shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Imman'u-el.

This Messiah, this Christ, would be “Immanuel”, Emmanuel, GOD WITH US!!!

There are over 365 prophecies of the Coming Messiah, each and every one Jesus Christ fulfilled or will when the proper time comes…….

This is the background and context that our main text is found, now let us examine what God tells us.

Isaiah 9:6 (RSV)
6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government will be upon his shoulder, and his name will be called "Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace."

 How would the Messiah first come? He would come as a baby, a baby boy, a Son.

John 3:16-17 (KJV)
16 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;

THE SECOND PERSON OF THE HOLY TRINITY!!! THE ONLY BEGOTTEN SON OF GOD!!!

Luke 2:12 (RSV)
12 And this will be a sign for you: you will find a babe wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger."

This Messiah would come in all humility as a baby needing his Mother.

One day the government OF ALL MANKIND WILL BE HIS!!! Will be upon His powerful shoulders…

Isaiah 22:22 (RSV)
22 And I will place on his shoulder the key of the house of David; he shall open, and none shall shut; and he shall shut, and none shall open.

Here the government on Messiah's shoulder is in marked contrast to the "yoke and staff" of the oppressor on Israel's "shoulder".  The Messiah shall receive the kingdom of the earth from His Father, to vindicate it from the misrule of those to whom it was entrusted to hold it for and under the Most High, but who sought to hold it in defiance of His right; the Father asserts His right by the Son, the "Heir of all things," who will hold it for Him…

Daniel 7:13-14 (RSV)
13 I saw in the night visions, and behold, with the clouds of heaven there came one like a son of man, and he came to the Ancient of Days and was presented before him. 14 And to him was given dominion and glory and kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve him; his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom one that shall not be destroyed.

The Messiah would be King of Kings and Lord of Lords for EVER and EVER, LIFE and KINGDOM WITHOUT END!!!

The Messiah’s name will be:

*WONDERFUL……..The word wonderful in this passage literally means “incomprehensible.” The Messiah will cause us to be “full of wonder.” The word is much weightier than the way it’s used in normal conversation today—we say things are “wonderful” if they are pleasant, LOVELY, or the least bit likable. The Messiah is wonderful in a way that is boggling to the mind.

The same word for “wonderful” is used in:

Judges 13:18 (RSV)
18 And the angel of the LORD said to him, "Why do you ask my name, seeing it is wonderful?"

When Manoah, Samson’s father, asked the LORD in a theophany

( a manifestation or appearance of God ), what His name was. The angel of the LORD responded, “Why do you ask my name, seeing it is wonderful?” In other words, “Why do you ask my name, since it is beyond your understanding?”
The person, the character, the beauty of the Messiah is too glorious for us, humanity, to understand with mere logic or reason, it takes spiritual and faithful eyes, and still, throughout ALL ETERNITY we will be searching out and learning more about our beLOVED Savior Jesus!!!

*Counselor……. In ancient Israel, a counselor was portrayed as a wise king, such as Solomon, giving guidance to his people.

1 Kings 4:34 (RSV)
34 And men came from all peoples to hear the wisdom of Solomon, and from all the kings of the earth, who had heard of his wisdom.

Isaiah uses this word again to describe the LORD: “This also comes from the LORD of hosts; he is wonderful in counsel and excellent in wisdom.” *The Messiah, Jesus is a wise counselor.


Isaiah 28:29 (RSV)
29 This also comes from the LORD of hosts; he is wonderful in counsel, and excellent in wisdom.

The Messiah, Christ’s position as our Wonderful Counselor means we can trust Him to listen to our problems and guide us in the right direction NO MATTER WHAT…………………….


A very important point, this Messiah, this Anointed One, is the Counselor!!!

John 14:26 (RSV)
26 But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.

The Messiah, He is the Counselor, He is the Holy Spirit, THE THIRD PERSON OF THE HOLY TRINITY!!!

Romans 11:33-34 (RSV)
33 O the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!
34 "For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor?"

The Holy Spirit the counselor……………………..

The next two names for the Messiah are forever united!!!

*Mighty God // *Every Lasting Father………………….

There is ONLY ONE GOD!!!!!!!

Deuteronomy 4:35 (RSV)
35 To you it was shown, that you might know that the LORD is God; there is no other besides him.

2 Samuel 7:22 (RSV)
22 Therefore thou art great, O LORD God; for there is none like thee, and there is no God besides thee, according to all that we have heard with our ears.

1 Kings 8:60 (RSV)
60 that all the peoples of the earth may know that the LORD is God; there is no other.

Isaiah 43:10-11 (RSV)
10 "You are my witnesses," says the LORD, "and my servant whom I have chosen, that you may know and believe me and understand that I am He. Before me no god was formed, nor shall there be any after me.
11 I, I am the LORD, and besides me there is no savior.

I AM, literally: YHWH; YHWH IS THE ONLY SAVIOR, the ONLY GOD!!!!!!! There is NO OTHER GOD…………………………….

*He is God Almighty!!!!!!! ALL POWERFUL, ALL KNOWING, EVER PRESENT, everywhere!!! HE IS GOD, HE IS “THE” GOD, THE ABSOLUTELY ONLY GOD!!!!!!!

He is the Mighty God!!!

HE IS THE EVERLASTING FATHER!!!!!!!

He is the Creator God, He is the Father of ALL LIVING THINGS!!!!!!! For everything, that means EVERYTHING THAT WAS CREATED WAS CREATED BY HIM ALONE!!!!!!!

John 1:1-3 (RSV)
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God; 3 all things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made.

God the Father, THE FIRST PERSON OF THE HOLY TRINITY!!!

This Messiah is God, He is GOD THE FATHER, GOD THE SON, and GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT!!!!!!!

THE TRINITY

Jesus declared:

John 10:30 (RSV)
30 I and the Father are one."

The Trinity……………………………..

*Prince of Peace………………….. The Hebrew word for peace, “shalom,” is often used in reference to an appearance of calm and tranquility of individuals, groups, and nations. The Greek word eirene means unity and accord; Paul uses eirene to describe the objective of the New Testament church. But the deeper, more foundational meaning of peace is the spiritual harmony brought about by an individual’s restoration with God.

The Prince of Peace has COME TO SAVE A LOST WORLD OF SINNERS!!!!!!!

John 3:17 (RSV)
17 For God sent the Son into the world, not to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him.

The Messiah, God the Son came into this world humbling Himself, allowing death to take Him, that we who were lost might be saved by accepting Jesus’ BLOOD SACRIFICE UPON THE CROSS ALL OUR SINS PLACED ON HIM!!!

Romans 5:8 (RSV)
8 But God shows his love for us in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us.

Because of Christ’s sacrifice, we are restored to a relationship of peace with God.

Romans 5:1-2 (RSV)
1 Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Through him we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in our hope of sharing the glory of God.

This is the deep, abiding peace between our hearts and our Creator that cannot be taken away and the ultimate fulfillment of Christ’s work as “Prince of Peace.”

John 10:27-29 (RSV)
27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me;
28 and I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish, and no one shall snatch them out of my hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father's hand.

But the Messiah’s, the Christ’s sacrifice provides more for us than eternal peace; it also allows us to have a relationship with the Holy Spirit, the Helper who promises to guide us.

John 16:7 (RSV)
7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Counselor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you.

John 16:13 (RSV)
13 When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth; for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.

 Further, the Holy Spirit will manifest Himself in us by having us live in ways we couldn’t possibly live on our own, including LOVE, joy, and peace.

Galatians 5:22-23 (RSV)
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such there is no law.

This LOVE, joy, and peace are all results of the Holy Spirit working in the life of a believer. They are reflections of His presence in us. And, although their deepest, most vital result is to have us live in LOVE, joy, and peace with God, they can’t help but to spill over into our relationships with people. ((( If we do not hinder the Holy Spirit )))

This peace DOES NOT mean everything will be easy, that we will have nothing but a life of happiness, IT MEANS IN SPITE OF OUR CIRCUMSTANCES, GOOD OR TERRIBLY BAD, OR ANYTHING IN BETWEEN, GOD IS FOR US, SO WHO CAN BE AGAINST US!!!

Romans 8:31-39 (RSV)
31 What then shall we say to this? If God is for us, who is against us?
32 He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, will he not also give us all things with him? 33 Who shall bring any charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies; 34 who is to condemn? Is it Christ Jesus, who died, yes, who was raised from the dead, who is at the right hand of God, who indeed intercedes for us? 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written, "For thy sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered." 37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am sure that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Jesus is:

*The Son of God

*Wonderful

*Counselor

*Mighty God

*Everlasting Father

*Prince of Peace

Earthly kings, earthly great men and women will one day be gone, but Jesus Christ, that little babe, WILL NEVER LEAVE US OR FORSAKE US, BECAUSE HE IS GOD!!!!!!!

As we celebrate this season let us not forget, JESUS IS THE ONLY REASON FOR THE SEASON!!!!!!!

Submitted by: Dr. Harold Chris Smith, sbc



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December 2, 2018


“a” Church

Evanston, Wyoming

“Yes Virginia, There is a God!!!”

Lord as we begin this season of remembering Your most precious gift to us, the birth of Your only begotten Son Jesus Christ, May we look deep into our own hearts and minds and see if there is anything that You would not want to be a part of our lives, then grant us the strength, the wisdom, and the resolve to genuinely repent and turn our backs on those sins and weaknesses that cause harm in our lives and harm in the lives of those around us!!! Help us to truly live to LOVE, to serve, and to share Your LOVING kindnesses with those You put in our path. Let us this year and every year after SO LIVE OUR LIVES that Your LOVE is seen in us EVERY MOMENT OF OUR LIVES. Be most gracious to us today as we ponder Your word, and FOREVER assist us in growing in your LOVE, grace, mercy, and eternal wisdom, in Jesus name, Amen and Eternally Amen…….

Before we begin this morning’s sermon, I’d like to read Ben Stein’s response to those who wish to eliminate Jesus Christ from the joyous celebration of “Christmas”:

Remarks from CBS Sunday Morning several years ago - Ben Stein 

The following was written by Ben Stein and recited by him on CBS Sunday several years ago 
Morning  Commentary.

My confession: 

I am a Jew, and every single one of my ancestors was Jewish.  And it does not bother me even a little bit when people call those beautiful lit up, bejeweled trees, Christmas trees.  I don't feel threatened.  I don't feel discriminated against. That's what they are, Christmas trees. 

It doesn't bother me a bit when people say, 'Merry Christmas' to me.  I don't think they are slighting me or getting ready to put me in a ghetto.  In fact, I kind of like it.  It shows that we are all brothers and sisters celebrating this happy time of year. It doesn't bother me at all that there is a manger scene on display at a key intersection near my beach house in Malibu . If people want a creche, it's just as fine with me as is the Menorah a few hundred yards away. 

I don't like getting pushed around for being a Jew, and I don't think Christians like getting pushed around for being Christians.  I think people who believe in God are sick and tired of getting pushed around, period. I have no idea where the concept came from, that America is an explicitly atheist country.  I can't find it in the Constitution and I don't like it being shoved down my throat. Or maybe I can put it another way: where did the idea come from that we should worship celebrities and we aren't allowed to worship God as we understand Him?  I guess that's a sign that I'm getting old, too.  But there are a lot of us who are wondering where these celebrities came from and where the America we knew went to. 

In light of the many jokes we send to one another for a laugh, this is a little different:  This is not intended to be a joke; it's not funny, it's intended to get you thinking. 

Billy Graham's daughter was interviewed on the Early Show and Jane Clayson asked her 'How could God let something like this happen?' (regarding Hurricane Katrina).  Anne Graham gave an extremely profound and insightful response.  She said, 'I believe God is deeply saddened by this, just as we are, but for years we've been telling God to get out of our schools, to get out of our government and to get out of our lives.  And being the gentleman He is, I believe He has calmly backed out  How can we expect God to give us His blessing and His protection if we demand He leave us alone?' 

In light of recent events... terrorists attack, school shootings, etc. I think it started when Madeleine Murray O'Hare (she was murdered, her body found a few years ago) complained she didn't want prayer in our schools, and we said OK.  Then someone said you better not read the Bible in school. The Bible says thou shalt not kill; thou shalt not steal, and love your neighbor as yourself.  And we said OK.

Then Dr. Benjamin Spock said we shouldn't spank our children when they misbehave, because their little personalities would be warped and we might damage their self-esteem (Dr. Spock's son committed suicide).  We said an expert should know what he's talking about.  And we said okay.

Now we're asking ourselves why our children have no conscience, why they don't know right from wrong, and why it doesn't bother them to kill strangers, their classmates, and themselves. Probably, if we think about it long and hard enough, we can figure it out.  I think it has a great deal to do with 'WE REAP WHAT WE SOW.' 

Funny how simple it is for people to trash God and then wonder why the world's going to hell.  Funny how we believe what the newspapers say, but question what the Bible says.  Funny how you can send 'jokes' through e-mail and they spread like wildfire, but when you start sending messages regarding the Lord, people think twice about sharing.  Funny how lewd, crude, vulgar and obscene articles pass freely through cyberspace, but public discussion of God is suppressed in the school and workplace. 

Are you laughing yet? 

Funny how we can be more worried about what other people think of us than what God thinks of us. 

My Best Regards, Honestly and respectfully, 

Ben Stein

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As we prepare our hearts and minds for this Christmas season I am reminded of Christmases past. Though I was not yet born, and probably most of us were not. I remember the world famous letter to the editor of the New York Sun Newspaper back in 1897; the headline read: 'Yes Virginia, There is a Santa Claus!'.

I wonder what would have been said, if the headline had read:

"Yes Virginia, There is a God!!!"

Dear Editor—
I am 8 years old. So many of the little friends I know and most of their parents too say there is no real God. That people only made him up because of their fears of death and the over powering dread of life alone. Papa says, “If you see it in The Sun, it’s so.” Please tell me the truth, is there a real God?

Virginia…

Virginia, your little friends are wrong and most certainly their doubting parents are as well. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. They do not believe except they see. They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their little minds. All minds, Virginia, whether they be men’s or children’s, are little. In this great universe of ours, man is a mere insect, an ant, in his intellect as compared with the boundless world about him, as measured by the intelligence capable of grasping the whole of truth and knowledge.

Yes, Virginia, there is a God. And He can most certainly be seen in His one and only begotten Son, Jesus Christ. He exists as certainly as LOVE and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy.
 
Alas! How dreary would be the world if there were no God! It would be as dreary as if there were no Virginias. There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry,  no romance to make tolerable this existence. We should have no enjoyment, except in sense and sight. The external light with which childhood fills the world would be extinguished.

Not believe in God Almighty! You might as well not believe in Truth, Honesty, Justice, Purity, Loveliness, Grace, Mercy or Peace.

You might get your Papa to start reading the Holy Bible and taking you not only to Church, but Sunday School as well. Seek God out while He may be found, be watchful for Him in the daily experiences and tasks of life. See Him in the eyes of your friends and the people around you, not because they believe, but rather because God believes in them, He believes in you. Because He is the creator of all that we see and all that we cannot see and so often we take HIM for granted.

Know that this is why there is a Christmas Eve to celebrate, with songs of joy, presents of anticipation, and wonderful times with family and friends; the night of our dear, dear Savior’s birth.

But even if we cannot enjoy as so many do, because of our own loneliness or loss, or perhaps we do not seem to see God because of the evil of our age, our enemies and the sorrows that surround us…

What does that mean?

What if nobody believed in God, would that, could that change the truth of His existence?

The most real things in the world and the universe around us are those things which neither children nor men can see. Did you ever see the wind dancing on the lawn? Of course not, but would that prove once and for all that there is no wind?

Nobody can conceive or imagine all the wonders there are unseen and unseeable in this world or in the one to come.

You tear apart the baby’s rattle and see what makes the noise inside, but there is a veil covering the unseen world which not the strongest man, nor even the united strength of all the strongest men that ever lived could tear apart.

Only faith, poetry, LOVE, romance, can push aside that curtain and view and picture the supernatural beauty and glory beyond. Is it all real? Ah, Virginia, in all this world there is nothing else real and abiding.

No God! Ridiculous!!! Of course there is a God!!! Thank God for His existence! He lives as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. He lives, and LOVES us just as the Holy Bible says He does.

He lives and lives forever. A thousand years from now, Virginia, nay 10 times 10,000 years and eternally beyond,

He will continue to reach out to you and me and all who are truly willing to accept His Son Jesus Christ in faith that believe with hearts of LOVE for Him.

Yes Virginia, most certainly as I speak, that you or I exist, that the beauties of His majestic creation surrounds us, THERE IS A GOD, and He most indisputably: LOVES us ALL!!!

Virginia, I leave you with this final thought; Today, this very moment of your and my life, of everyone’s life, is a great and awesome gift from God and never forget that is why we call now, this exact moment the PRESENT!!!!!!!

Merry Christmas to all and to all a most blessed life…….

Lord comfort President Bush’s family in his death on Saturday, and comfort all those who have lost LOVED ones. Be with Thomas Anderson as he moves to California, be with his family friends, and LOVED ones, keep safe his doggy Dogi and bring them back to each other as soon as possible. Bless his new adventure, be with him always, and keep him safe, in Jesus’ name Amen and eternally Amen and Amen…….

Romans 5 v 8

“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”

Submitted by: Dr. Harold Chris Smith, sbc


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November 25, 2018


***Welcome to This Week's Sermon:

“a” Church

Evanston, Wyoming


“Thy Word Is Truth: Part 17”


Psalms 119 v 129-136

“Thy testimonies are wonderful: therefore doth my soul keep them.
130 The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple. 131 I opened my mouth, and panted: for I longed for thy commandments. 132 Look thou upon me, and be merciful unto me, as thou usest to do unto those that love thy name. 133 Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me. 134 Deliver me from the oppression of man: so will I keep thy precepts. 135 Make thy face to shine upon thy servant; and teach me thy statutes. 136 Rivers of waters run down mine eyes, because they keep not thy law.”

Oh Lord, our God, Our hearts are filled with adoration. When we lift our eyes to You.For You are Lord of all creation,You make all things new.

Our souls are filled with lasting peace, When we close our eyes to sleep.For You are Lord, You're right beside us, We are safe within Your keep.

Our minds are filled with inspiration, When we open our eyes anew. For You are hope and LOVE outspoken, Your words are full of truth.

Our lives are full of aspiration, When we see through eyes that weep.For You are Lord of the grand and broken,

May we be Your hands and feet.

Almighty God, We are in awe of your creation.The vast oceans reflect your majesty. The ever changing skies renew our lands.

The deep valleys carry Your peace and shelter.  You are saviour of the world. We are amazed at Your grace. The nations find peace in Your forgiveness. The sufferer hope in Your healing hands. The burdened rest in Your promise of heaven.

You are unconditional LOVE. We are privileged to be filled by Your presence. The youth are filled with Your vision. The old are filled with Your wisdom. The oppressed are unchained by Your freedom. Almighty God, Father, Son and Spirit We worship You! 

We give You all praise and honor, in Jesus name Amen and eternally Amen…………………………..

Praise the Lord Jesus Christ for the very air we have had the opportunity and privilege to breathe today…

Its not that if we don’t praise Him, He will punish us in some way, THAT IS A PERVERTED CONCEPT OF WHO AND WHAT GOD REALLY IS!!! We praise Him because WE LOVE HIM SO MUCH. Like how I constantly tell my wife how beautiful she is, I often say it so much she gets tired of it; but I can’t help myself, I LOVE HER SO MUCH, AND MY JOY OF BEING IN HER PRESENCE IS SO TINGLELY THRILLING TO ME…

I feel that way and much more with my Lord, Savior, and eternal friend Jesus Christ!

I just can’t help myself in talking about Him, especially since I realize EVERYONE ELSE NEEDS HIM FOR THEIR SAVIOR, LORD, AND GOD AS WELL…….

Jesus, if you want eternal life, joy, and blessedness IS NOT AN OPTION, BUT THE ONLY MANDATORY REQUIREMENT FOR ALL OF CREATION.

Acts 4 v 12

“Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”

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.”

This of course is why the Holy Bible is so exceedingly essential for the genuine believer to know and understand the LOVE of our lives, and how imperative the reading of the Holy Bible is for the non-believer, that they may accept that eternal LOVE from God as well………………………………………………..

This week we are in the 17th division of Psalms 119, entitled: Pe.

In this section of Psalms 119, the Psalmist:

*Praises God’s word.

*Shows his affection for it.

*Prays for grace to keep it.

*Mourns for those who do not.

Let us begin: Pe

V 129… Thy testimonies are wonderful: therefore doth my soul keep them.

By the wisdom of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit I understand your Words are beautifully wonderful, and therefore my inner being desires with my whole heart to obey such righteous and just Words…

There is a height, length, depth, and breadth in thy Word and testimonies that are truly astonishing; and on this account my soul LOVES them, and I deeply study them. The more I study, the more light and salvation I obtain.

Full of wonderful revelations, commands and promises. Wonderful in their nature, as being free from all error, and bearing within themselves overwhelming self evidence of their truth; wonderful in their effects as instructing, elevating, strengthening, and comforting the soul. Jesus the eternal Word is called Wonderful, and all the uttered Words of God are wonderful in their degree. Those who know them best wonder at them most. It is astonishing that God should have sent His testimony at all to sinful men, and more wonderful still that His testimony should be of such a character, so clear, so full, so gracious, so mighty.

Their wonderful character so impressed itself upon David’s mind that he kept them in his memory: their wonderful excellence so charmed his heart that he kept them in his life. Some people wonder at the Words of God, and use them for their speculation; but David was always practical, and the more he wondered the more he obeyed.

Realize David’s religion was soul work; not with head and hand alone did he keep the testimonies; but his soul, his truest and most real self, held fast to them.

May we so sincerely seek to obey God’s amazing Words…

V 130…The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.

The briefest of beginnings of studying your blessed Word gives light to the mind and gives understanding to the simple and to the truly honest seeker of profound truth…

The mere opening of it: when I open my Bible to read, light springs up in my mind. Every sermon, every prayer, every act of faith, is an opening by which light is let into the seeking soul.

No sooner do your Words gain admission into the soul than they enlighten it: what light may be expected from their prolonged indwelling! Their very entrance floods the mind with instruction for they are so full, so clear; but, on the other hand, there must be such an "entrance, "or there will be no illumination. The mere hearing of the Word with the external ear is of small value by itself, but when the Words of God enter into the chambers of the heart then light is scattered on all sides. The Word finds no entrance into some minds because they are blocked up with self conceit, or prejudice, or indifference; but where due attention is given, divine illumination must surely follow upon a knowledge of the mind of God.

***Oh that thy Words, like the beams of the sun, may enter through the window of my understanding, and drive out the darkness of my mind!***

The sincere and honest are the true disciples of the Word. To such it gives not only knowledge, but understanding. These simple hearted ones are frequently despised, and their simplicity has another meaning infused into it, so as to be made the theme of ridicule. Those whom the world dubs as fools are among the truly wise if they are taught of God. What a divine power rests in the Word of God, since it not only bestows light, but gives that very mental eye by which the light is received.

V 131…I opened my mouth, and panted: for I longed for thy commandments.

As a deer runs from its predator and becomes exhausted in the chase, open-mouthed, to take in the cooling air; the heart beating rapidly, and the muscular force of the deer nearly expended through fatigue. The Psalmist sought for salvation, as he would run from a ferocious beast for his life. Nothing can show his intensity or sincerity in seeking his Savior through the Word…

So animated was David’s desire that he looked into the animal world to find a picture of it. He was filled with an intense longing, and was not ashamed to describe it by a most expressive, natural, and yet singular symbol. Like a stag that has been hunted in the chase, and is hard pressed, and therefore pants for breath, so did the Psalmist pant for the entrance of God's Word into his soul. Nothing else could content him. All that the world could yield him left him still panting with open mouth.

Jesus said to the woman at the well:

John 4 v 14

“But those who drink the water that I will give them will never become thirsty again. In fact, the water I will give them will become in them a spring that gushes up to eternal life.”

David longed to know God’s statutes, longed to obey them, longed to be conformed to their spirit, longed to teach them to others. He was a servant of God, and his industrious mind longed to receive orders; he was a learner in the school of grace, and his eager spirit longed to be taught of the Lord.

V 132…Look thou upon me, and be merciful unto me, as thou usest to do unto those that love thy name.

Treat me I pray as you showed mercy and grace to those who have come before me, those who have LOVED your name…

Deal with me as you would deal with a friend…

John 15 v 14-15

“You are my friends if you obey my commandments. 15 I don't call you servants anymore, because a servant doesn't know what his master is doing. But I've called you friends because I've made known to you everything that I've heard from my Father.”

A godly person cannot long be without prayer. During the previous verses David had been expressing his LOVE for God's Word, but here he is upon his knees again. This prayer is especially short, but exceedingly concise, "Look thou upon me." While he stood with open mouth panting for the commandments, he besought the Lord to look upon him, and let his condition and his unexpressed longings plead for him. He desires to be known of God, and daily observed by him. He wishes also to be favored with the divine smile which is included in the word, “look." If a look from us to God has saving efficacy in it, what may we not expect from a look from God to us. Christ's look at Peter was a look of mercy, and all the looks of the heavenly Father are of the same kind. If he looked in stern justice his eyes would not endure us, but looking in mercy he spares and blesses us.

***If God looks and sees us panting, he will not fail to be merciful to us.***

David craved that he might experience God’s mercy and grace. He would not have the Lord deal either better or worse with him than He was accustomed to deal with His Saints, worse would not save him, better could not be. In effect he prays, "I am thy servant; treat me as you treat thy servants. I am thy child; deal with me as with a son."

Especially is it clear from the context that he desired such an entering in of the Word and such a clear understanding of it as God usually gives to his own, according to the promise,

Isaiah 54 v 13

“And all thy children shall be taught of the LORD; and great shall be the peace of thy children.”

Christian do you LOVE the name of the Lord? Is His character most honorable in your sight? Most dear to your heart? This is a sure mark of grace, for no soul ever LOVED the Lord except as the result of LOVE received from the Lord himself.

1 John 4 v 19

“We love, because he first loved us.”

V 133…Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me.

May your Word only guide and govern me, let not my fallen, stupid, sinful nature have control over me!

This is one of the Lord's customary mercies to His chosen, "He keepeth the feet of His Saints." By His grace He enables us to put our feet step by step in the very place which His Word ordains. This prayer seeks a very choice favor, namely, that every distinct act, every step, might be arranged and governed by the will of God. This does not stop short of perfect holiness, neither will the believer's desires be satisfied with anything beneath that blessed consummation.

 The genuine Christian is never satisfied with anything less than perfect holiness, and our lives throughout eternity will be seeking His perfection…….

V 134…Deliver me from the oppression of man: so will I keep thy precepts.

David had tasted all the bitterness of great evil. It had made him an exile from his country, and banished him from the sanctuary of the Lord: therefore he pleads to be saved from it. It is said that oppression makes a wise man mad, and no doubt it has made many a righteous man sinful. Oppression is in itself wicked, and it drives men to wickedness. We little know how much of our virtue is due to our liberty; if we had been in bonds under haughty tyrants we might have yielded to them, and instead of being confessors we might now have been apostates. He who taught us to pray, "Lead us not into temptation, "will sanction this prayer, which is of much the same tenor, since to be oppressed is to be tempted.

When the stress of oppression was taken off David would go his own way, and that way would be the way of the Lord. Although we ought not to yield to the threatenings of men, yet many do so; the wife is sometimes compelled by the oppression of her husband to act against her conscience: children and servants, and even whole nations have been brought into the same difficulty.

Their sins will be largely laid at the oppressor's door, and it usually pleases God ere long to overthrow these powers and dominions which compel men to do evil. The worst of it is that some persons, when the pressure is taken off from them, follow after unrighteousness of their own accord. As for the righteous, it happens to them as it did to the apostles of old, "Being let go, they went to their own company. "When Saints are freed from the tyrant they joyfully pay homage to their king.

V 135…Make thy face to shine upon thy servant; and teach me thy statutes.

Give me a sense of thy approval. Let me know, by the testimony of thy Spirit in my conscience, that thou art reconciled to me. The godly in all ages derived their joy from a consciousness of the Divine favor. The witness of God’s spirit in the souls of believers was an essential principle in religion from the foundation of the world.

The Psalmist again declares that he is God's servant, and he seeks for no favor from others, but only from his own Lord and Master.

This is the favor which David considers to be the shining of the face of God upon him. If the Lord will be exceeding gracious, and make him his favorite, he will ask no higher blessing than still to be taught the royal statutes. See how he craves after holiness; this is the choicest of all gems in his esteem. As we say among men that a good education is a great fortune, so to be taught of the Lord is a gift of special grace. The most favored believer needs teaching; even when he walks in the light of God's countenance he has still to be taught the divine statutes or he will transgress.

1 Corinthians 10 v 12

“Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.”

Any of us can fall into temptation and sin, it is up to us to stay focused on God and His law; LET US LISTEN AND OBEY…….

V 136…Rivers of waters run down mine eyes, because they keep not thy law.

I see those who were created by God, so LOVED by God, so sinfully far from God and my eyes swell and flood for sorrow. God cries out for them, but THEY NEITHER HEAR OR SEE…

How much had this blessed man the honor of God and the salvation of souls at heart! Oh for more of that spirit which mourns for the transgressions of the land!

The Psalmist wept in sympathy with God to see the holy law despised and broken. He wept in pity for the unrepentant who were thus drawing down upon themselves the fiery wrath of God. His grief was such that David could scarcely give it vent; his tears were not mere drops of sorrow, but torrents of woe. In this he became like the Lord Jesus, who beheld the city, and wept over it; and like unto Jehovah himself, who hath no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, but that be turn unto him and live. The experience of this verse indicates a great advance upon anything we have had before: the psalm and the Psalmist are both growing. A Christian is a mature believer who sorrows because of the sins of others.

Exodus 32 v 31-32

“And Moses returned unto the LORD, and said, Oh, this people have sinned a great sin, and have made them gods of gold. 32 Yet now, if thou wilt forgive their sin--; and if not, blot me, I pray thee, out of thy book which thou hast written.”

Romans 9 v 2-3

“That I have great heaviness and continual sorrow in my heart.
3 For I could wish that myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh:”

And Jesus our greatest example”

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.”

If we are truly born of the sacrificial blood of the Lord Jesus Christ SHOULD WE LOVE THE LOST ANY LESS THAN HE, SHOULD WE PLEAD THE BLOOD OF OUR RIGHTEOUS REDEEMER FOR THOSE WHO ARE SPIRITUALLY DYING ANY LESS THAN HE???

With Moses, Paul, Jesus and the countless witnesses before the thrown of God may we so LOVE the Lost THAT WITH EVERY BREATH, WITH EVERY TEAR OF OUR EYES MAY WE SEEK THE SALVATION OF ALL THOSE WHO ARE AROUND US!!!!!!!

Let us reach out in LOVE with the handshake of salvation………….

Amen and Amen!!!

Luke 2 v 49

“And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father's business?”

Are you His child???

Starting next week, we will take a break from the study of Psalm 119, and for the next 5 weeks consider the ChrisTmas season…

Submitted by: Dr. Harold Chris Smith, sbc


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November 18, 2018


***Welcome to This Week's Sermon:


“a” Church

Evanston, Wyoming

“Thy Word Is Truth: Part 16”

Psalms 119 v 121-128

“I have done judgment and justice: leave me not to mine oppressors.
122 Be surety for thy servant for good: let not the proud oppress me.
123 Mine eyes fail for thy salvation, and for the word of thy righteousness. 124 Deal with thy servant according unto thy mercy, and teach me thy statutes. 125 I am thy servant; give me understanding, that I may know thy testimonies. 126 It is time for thee, LORD, to work: for they have made void thy law. 127 Therefore I love thy commandments above gold; yea, above fine gold. 128 Therefore I esteem all thy precepts concerning all things to be right; and I hate every false way.”

LORD, I FEAR IT IS TIME, JUDGE ME, JUDGE YOUR PEOPLE, JUDGE THOSE WHO PROFESS TO BE YOUR CHILDREN, BUT ARE NOT. JUDGE THIS COUNTRY, THIS WORLD, FOR WE HAVE TURNED OUR BACKS ON MUCH OF YOUR BEAUTIFUL AND RIGHTEOUS TESTOMONIES, YOUR HOLY WRIT, YOUR LAWS OF LOVE FOR YOUR CREATION.

JUDGE WITH TENDERNESS AND KINDNESS, BUT MAKE ABSOLUTELY CLEAR OUR SINS, OUR ERRORS, OUR LAZINESS OF PURPOSE AND SPIRIT.

FIRST TO YOUR PEOPLE. WE HAVE FALLEN SHORT, OF YOUR WILL FOR OUR LIVES. WE OFTEN IGNORE THOSE YOU DESIRES US TO SHARE YOUR GOSPEL WITH. WE LET OUR DESIRES, OUR NEEDS, OUR FEARS TO BE VASTLY MORE IMPORTANT THAN OTHERS AROUND US. WE REGULARLY PICK AND CHOOSE WHICH OF YOUR PRECEPTS TO OBEY, WHICH TO BELIEVE TO BE TRUE. HELP US, TO BE THE MEN, WOMEN, AND CHILDREN YOU WANT US TO BE. HELP US LOVE AS YOU LOVE. HELP US SHOW COMPASSION, GENTLENESS, KINDNESS TO OTHERS AS YOU HAVE DONE AND CONTINUE TO DO. HELP US TO BE LIKE YOUR SON JESUS CHRIST, MAKING OUR LIVES A SACRIFICE FOR YOU, FOR ALL THOSE YOU DIED FOR…LET US TRULY BE YOUR PEOPLE.

SECOND TO THOSE WHO PROFESS THEY ARE SAVED BUT DENY YOUR ULTIMATE SURPREMECY IN THEIR LIVES. WE LIFT THEM UP, THAT THEY MIGHT TRULY BECOME YOUR CHILDREN. OPEN THEIR HEARTS AND MINDS TO THE UNCONDITIONAL REALITY OF YOUR EXISTENCE. DO NOT ALLOW THEIR FALSE PROFESSION TO HINDER OTHERS IN FINDING THE ABSOLUTE TRUTH OF YOUR SON. SAVE, SAVE, SAVE THEM…

THIRD TO THE LOST OF THIS COUNTRY AND THE WORLD. BIND THE POWERS OF SATAN, RIP FROM THE LOST THEIR FALSE SENCE OF KNOWLEDGE, HUMBLE THEM WITH TENDERNESS, HINDER THEIR HATE FOR OTHERS, DESTROY THEIR SELF RIGHTEOUSNESS, AND DELIVER THEM FROM THEIR DECEPTION, OPEN THEIR EYES, SO THEY MUST SEE AND ACKNOWLEDGE THE TRUTH OF YOUR BEING THE TRUE AND ONE AND ONLY GOD. HELP US TO SHARE YOU LOVE AND YOUR PLAN OF SALVATION WITH THEM, AND MAY BILLIONS UPON BILLIONS OF PEOPLE BE SAVED BY THE MINISTRY OF THE HOLY SPIRIT THROUGH YOUR CHURCH, YOUR PEOPLE.

WE HUMBLY PRAY FOR ALL THESE THINGS IN JESUS’ THE GOOD SHEPHERDS NAME, AMEN AND ETERNALLY AMEN…….

This week we turn to the sixteenth division of Psalms 119, entitled: Ain.

In this section the Psalmist,

*Makes a profession of his integrity.

*Prays for protection against his enemies.

*Resolves to walk in the right way.

“The Word of God”

I lie here broken and hurting,
Crying out and wanting to scream,
Battered and bruised, guilty and frightened,
Hoping its all been a dream.

I cry out to God in frustration,
I lay it all, open and bare.
The fear and the pain, feelings and failings,
Sent up to God in a prayer.

Then drawn to the word of the Lord,
I find it in black and white.
The words of the psalms expressing my heart,
Filling my darkness with light.

I still feel the pain and the sorrow,
I still find it hard to cope,
But God is good, faithful and true.
His word gives me comfort and hope.

(unknown author)

God’s beLOVED Word certainly brings comfort and hope to those who sincerely seek Him and choose by “faith” to believe in God and His splendid Word…

Ain:

V 121… I have done judgment and justice: leave me not to mine oppressors.

With your Spirit’s help I have sought to make the best decisions for my life and to give fair judgment and true justice to those you have given me to serve. My goal was always to obey your Word…

This was a great thing for an Eastern ruler to say at any time, for these tyrannical rulers mostly cared more for gain than justice. Some of them altogether neglected their duty, and would not even do judgment at all, preferring their pleasures to their duties; and many more of them sold their judgments to the highest bidders by taking bribes, or regarding the persons of men. Some rulers gave neither judgment nor justice, others gave judgment without justice, but David gave judgment and justice, and saw that his sentences were carried out. He could claim before the Lord that he had dealt out even handed justice, and was doing so still. On this fact he founded a plea with which he backed the prayer.

David who, as far as his power goes, had been doing right, and may hope to be delivered from his superiors when attempts are made by them to do him wrong. If I will not oppress others, I may hopefully pray that others may not oppress me. A course of upright conduct is one which gives us boldness in appealing to the Great Judge for deliverance from the injustice of others. Nor is this kind of pleading to be censured as self righteous: when we are dealing with God as to our shortcomings, we use a very different tone from that with which we face the censures of our fellow men; when they are in the question, and we are guiltless towards them, we are justified in pleading our innocence.

V 122…Be surety for thy servant for good: let not the proud oppress me.

We often have people who deliberately hope to hurt us, denigrate us, to make us feel bad about ourselves and our position in life. David for a moment loses sight of God’s Word and in this verse never mentions God’s Word at all. He asks God to pledge Himself to be his guarantee of David’s life to come and to protect him here and now from all his enemies…

As we often cry out to God to save us, especially when we feel overpowered by the world’s fiery darts flung upon us. We to can lose sight of God and His promises that are found in His Word. ***In those moments we can feel emotionally numb and quite alone…

It is then we must cry out to God for redemption and deliverance from sin, whether our own or sins of others thrust upon us…

We cry out to God, do not leave thy poor servant to die by the hand of our enemy and thine. Take up my interests and weave them with thine own, and stand for me. As my Master, undertake thy servants' cause, and represent me before the faces of haughty men till they see what an imposing ally I have in the Lord my God.

We would have been crushed beneath our proud adversary the devil if our Lord Jesus had not stood between us and the accuser, and become a surety for us. It is by his suretyship that we escape like a bird from the snare of the fowler. What a blessing to be able to leave our matters in our Surety's hands, knowing that all will be well, since he has an answer for every accuser, a rebuke for every reviler.

Good people dread oppression, for it makes even a wise person angry and they send up their cries to heaven for deliverance; nor shall they cry in vain, for the Lord will undertake the cause of His servants, and fight their battles against the proud. The word "servant" is wisely used, as a plea for favor for himself, and the word "proud" as an argument against his enemies.

Psalms 10 v 12

“Arise, O LORD; O God, lift up thine hand: forget not the humble.”

***As for the proud it seems to be inevitable that they will become oppressors, and that they will take most delight in oppressing really gentle and gracious people.

Psalms 86 v 14

“O God, the proud are risen against me, and the assemblies of violent men have sought after my soul; and have not set thee before them.”

May we truly be God’s servants that He most certainly will be our surety of ultimate victory and of eternal salvation…….

Ephesians 1 v 13-14

“In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, 14 who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.”

V 123…Mine eyes fail for thy salvation, and for the word of thy righteousness.

In the depths of my despair my eyes have begun to fail me. My eyes overflow with anguish, and the promise of your salvation and deliverance seems so far off; almost to the point of non-existence…

David looked to God alone, he looked eagerly, he looked long, he looked till his eyes began to ache with doubt. The mercy is, that if our eyes fail, God does not fail, nor do his eyes fail. Eyes are tender things, and so is our faith, our hope and our expectations: the Lord will not try them above what they are able to bear.

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.”

His eyes as well as his ears waited for the Lord's Word: he looked to see the divine Word come forth as a fiat for his deliverance. He was "waiting for the verdict", the verdict of righteousness itself. How happy are we if we have righteousness on our side; for then that which is the sinners' terror is our hope, that which the proud dread is our expectation and desire.

David left his reputation entirely in the Lord's hand, and was eager to be cleared by the Word of the Judge rather than by any defense of his own. He knew that he had done right, and, therefore, instead of avoiding the supreme court, he begged for the sentence which he knew would work out his deliverance. He even watched with eager eyes for the judgment and the deliverance, the Word of righteousness from God which meant salvation to himself.

As water rises on our Titanic, as our faith gives way to fear, LET US STAND UP, STAND STRONG IN THE LORD, HIS WORD PROMISES DELIVERENCE AND WE SHALL BE DELIVERED!!!!!!! For we believe in “The” God, the True God, the only God and He will deliver us!!!!!!!

Psalms 6 v 10

“Let all mine enemies be ashamed and sore vexed: let them return and be ashamed suddenly.”

The wicked the eternally unrepentant SHALL BE ASHAMED…….

As for the genuine believer, the truly “born again”:

Romans 10 v 8-11

“But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; 9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.”

That is you and me, if you are saved today…

Our hope, our faith, our absolute trust in Jesus Christ CAN NEVER EVER BE PUT TO SHAME!!!!!!!

Amen and Amen…

V 124…Deal with thy servant according unto thy mercy, and teach me thy statutes.

Again the Psalmist pleads his cause to the One True God, only you oh God can extend mercy unto your servant; please he begs only you can give me the ability to learn and understand your statutes, only you can teach me your ways of holy righteousness…

Here David recollects himself: although before men he seemed perfect and upright, yet before the Lord, as his servant, he felt that he must appeal to mercy. We feel safest here. Our heart has more rest in the cry, "God be merciful to me, "than in appealing to justice. It is well to be able to say, "I have done judgment and justice, "and then to add in all lowliness, yet "deal with thy servant according unto thy mercy."

The title of servant covers a plea; a master should clear the character of his servant if he be falsely accused, and rescue him from those who would oppress him; and, moreover, the master should show mercy to a servant? Even if he deals severely with a stranger. The Lord has communications with His servants, not spurning them, but communing with them; and this He does in a tender and merciful way, for in any other form of dealing we should be crushed into the dust.

We may expect a master to teach his own servant the meaning of his own orders. Yet since our ignorance arises from our own sinful stupidity, it is great mercy on God's part that He condescends to instruct us in his commands. For our ruler to become our teacher is an act of great grace, for which we cannot be too grateful. Among our mercies this is one of the choicest.

V 125…I am thy servant; give me understanding, that I may know thy testimonies.

I am your eternal bond servant, please give me understanding of your ways that I may know and daily, moment by moment walk in your Word in obedience…Only you God can do this for me, only you!!!

This is the third time David the Psalmist has repeated this title in this one section: he evidently deeply believes in his servant hood, and conceives it to be very effective plea. We who rejoice that we are sons of God are by no the less delighted to be His servants. ***Did not the firstborn Son assume the servant's form and fulfill the servant's labor to the full? What high, honor can the younger brethren desire than to be made like the Heir of all good things.

Philippians 4 v 8

“And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.”

Jesus Christ humbled Himself, became a man; a servant of us all, that He died on the cross for all of our sins…

In verse 124, David seeks to be taught; but here he goes much further, and craves understanding. Usually, if the instructor supplies the teaching, the pupil finds the understanding; but in our case we are far more dependent, we must beg for understanding as well as teaching: this the human teacher cannot give on their own, and we are thrice happy that our Divine Tutor can furnish us with it.

We are to confess ourselves fools, and then our Lord will make us wise, as well as give us knowledge. The best understanding is that which enables us to render perfect obedience and to exhibit intelligent faith, and it is this which David desires.

Some would rather not know these things; they prefer to be at ease in the dark rather than possess the light which leads to repentance and diligence. The servant of God longs to know in an understanding manner all that the Lord reveals of mankind and to mankind; he wishes to be so instructed that he may apprehend and comprehend that which is taught him.

A servant should not be ignorant concerning his master, or His master's business; we should study the mind, will, purpose, and aim of Him whom we serve, for so only can we complete God’s service; and as no person knows these things so well as our master Himself, we should often go to Him for instructions, lest our very zeal should only serve to make us the greater blunderer.

2 Timothy 2 v 15

“Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”

It is remarkable that the Psalmist does not pray for understanding through acquiring knowledge, but begs of the Lord first that he may have the gracious gift of understanding, and then may obtain the desired instruction. All that we know before we have understanding is apt to spoil us and breed vanity in us; but if there be first an understanding heart, then the stores of knowledge enrich the soul, and bring neither sin nor sorrow therewith. Moreover, this gift of understanding acts also in the form of discernment and thus the child of God knows what are and what are not the testimonies of the Lord.

Acts 17 v 11

“These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.”

If we LOVE the Lord and His inerrant Word how much time should we dedicate to reading and serving Him???

V 126… It is time for thee, LORD, to work: for they have made void thy law.

David was a servant, and therefore it was always his time to work: but being oppressed by a sight of man's ungodly behavior, he feels that his Master's hand is wanted, and therefore he appeals to Him to work against the working of evil. Mankind makes void the law of God by denying it to be His law, by creating commands and doctrines in opposition to it, by setting up tradition in its place, or by utterly disregarding and scorning the authority of the lawgiver.

Then sin becomes fashionable, and a holy walk is regarded as a contemptible Puritanism; vice is styled pleasure, and vanity bears the bell. Then the Saints sigh for the presence and power of their God: Oh for an hour of the King upon the throne and the rod of iron! Oh for another Pentecost with all its wonders, to reveal the energy of God to gain sayers, and make them see that there is a God in Israel!

Man's extremity, whether of need or sin, is God's opportunity. When the earth was without form and void, the Spirit came and moved upon the face of the waters; should He not come when society is returning to a like chaos?

When Israel in Egypt were reduced to the lowest point, and it seemed that the covenant would be void, then Moses appeared and wrought mighty miracles; so, too, when the church of God is trampled down, and her message is derided, we may expect to see the hand of the Lord stretched out for the revival of religion, the defense of the truth, and the glorifying of the divine name.

The Lord can work either by judgments which hurl down the ramparts of the foe; or by revivals which build up the walls of His own Jerusalem. How heartily may we pray the Lord to raise up new evangelists, to quicken those we all early have, to set His whole church on fire, and to bring the world to His feet. God's work is ever honorable and glorious; as for our work, it is as nothing apart from Him.

V 127…Therefore I love thy commandments above gold; yea, above fine gold.

I see, you oh God do all things well, every act and judgment of yours is righteous and just. Your Word is living perfection, you are life, and life more abundantly! All genuine LOVE is from you…The finest of treasures are as dross in comparison to you…….

As it was God's time to work so it was David's time to LOVE. So far from being swayed by the example of evil men, so as to join them in rejection of the holy Writ, the Scriptures, David was led by the Holy Spirit into a more passionate LOVE of them.

As David saw the commandments insulted by the ungodly, his heart was in sympathy with God, and he felt a burning affection for his holy precepts.

***It is the mark of a true believer that we do not depend upon others for our faith, but drink water out of our own well, which springs up even when the cisterns of earth are all dried.***

Our holy poet amid a general depreciation of the law felt his own esteem of it rising so high that gold and silver sank in comparison. Wealth brings with it so many conveniences that men naturally esteem it, and gold as the symbol of it is much set by; and yet, in the judgment of the wise, God's laws are more enriching, and bring with them more comfort than all the choicest treasures. The Psalmist could not boast that he always kept the commands; but he could declare that he LOVED them; he was perfect in heart, and would fain have been perfect in life.

He judged God's holy commands to be better than the best earthly thing, yea, better than the best sort of the best earthly thing; and this esteem was confirmed and forced into expression by those very oppositions of the world which drive hypocrites to forsake the Lord and His ways.

"The dearer, for their rage, Thy words I LOVE and own, a wealthier heritage than gold and precious stone."

Its true the more people insist on demeaning God and the holy Writ the Bible, THE MORE I LOVE GOD AND HIS ETERNAL WORD!!!!!!!

V 128…Therefore I esteem all thy precepts concerning all things to be right; and I hate every false way.

Therefore I am dedicated to all your precepts, I will not pick and choose what I believe or obey, I WILL SIMPLY BELIEVE ALL YOUR BIBLE AND SEEK TO OBEY EVER WORD IN PERFECT CONTEXT!!!

Because the ungodly found fault with the precepts of God, therefore David was all the more sure of their being right. The censure of the wicked is a certificate of merit; that which they sanction we may justly suspect, but that which they abominate we may ardently, admire. The good person’s delight in God's law is unreserved, we believe in all of God's precepts, concerning all things.

LOVE for truth leads to hatred of falsehood. This godly man was not indifferent to anything, but that which he did not LOVE he hated. He knew what he felt, and expressed it. He was no Gallio, caring for none of the things. His hatred was as unreserved as his affection; he had not a good word for any practice which would not bear the light of truth. The fact that such large multitudes follow the broad road had no influence upon this holy male, except to make him more determined to avoid every form of error and sin.

May the Holy Spirit so rule in our hearts that our affections may be in the same decided condition towards the precepts of the Word.

May we live to LOVE God and serve Him by obedience to the Bible………………………………………………………….

Submitted by: Dr. Harold Chris Smith, sbc


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November 11, 2018


***Welcome to This Week's Sermon:

“a” Church

Evanston, Wyoming


“Thy Word Is Truth: Part 15”

Psalms 119 v 113-120

“I hate vain thoughts: but thy law do I love. 114 Thou art my hiding place and my shield: I hope in thy word. 115 Depart from me, ye evildoers: for I will keep the commandments of my God. 116 Uphold me according unto thy word, that I may live: and let me not be ashamed of my hope. 117 Hold thou me up, and I shall be safe: and I will have respect unto thy statutes continually. 118 Thou hast trodden down all them that err from thy statutes: for their deceit is falsehood.119 Thou puttest away all the wicked of the earth like dross: therefore I love thy testimonies. 120 My flesh trembleth for fear of thee; and I am afraid of thy judgments.”

 
Lord, God, Jehovah, thank You for the time You’ve given us to open Your Word and discover who You are. Thank You that You don’t leave us in the dark about who You are and what You are doing in the world, but that You have revealed Yourself and Your will through the Bible, Your sacred Holy Writ to us. Lord, we need wisdom as we read Your Word. You promise us in James 1:5 that we only have to ask for wisdom to receive it. Lord, please give us Your wisdom now as we approach Your word. Help us discern the truth of this message about You holy precepts. Help us not rely on our own understanding, but by the Holy Spirits revealing it to us. Thank You God for the clarity, encouragement and hope Your Word brings.

Guide us as we share what we learn to other Believers, and especially to the beLOVED Lost around us. Help us to share Your word, Your Truth with LOVE, compassion, wisdom, and exceeding tenderness. Help us serve You and Your creation, In Jesus glorious name Amen and eternally Amen……………………..


Samech: The Fifteenth Division of Psalms 119


In this section the Psalmist:

*Declares his hatred for wickedness, and his abhorrence of wickedmen.

*Expresses his LOVE for God’s law.

*Prays for grace to sustain him in the observance of the Word of God.

*Foretells the destruction of the wicked.

Let us cozy up to the fire and by the glow of the golden ambers let us study this beautiful section of Psalms 119…

V 113…I hate vain thoughts: but thy law do I love.

In this verse the Psalmist, David, deals with thoughts and persons which are the opposite of God's holy thoughts and ways. David is evidently in great fear of the powers of darkness (the seduction of sin and the depth of mankinds’ evil), and of their allies, and his whole soul is stirred up to stand against them with a resolute opposition. How can we not stand up for God’s holiness when humanities’ sins destroy souls??? When naive people are taken hostage and turned into vicious torturers and murderers of their own kind??? When unborn babes are slaughtered by the millions in unnecessary abortions and teens see no hope and find suicide as their only solution???

When our focus is on God’s LOVE and His sustaining Word WE CAN STAND FIRMLY IN HIS GRACE!!! As Christians the war is not for our souls but for the souls of those who are still lost in sin!!!!!!!

***We must for Christ’s sake, for LOVE’S sake, for every sinners’ sake, seek to serve God and His holy, inerrant, infallible Word that others might be drawn to the one and only true Savior: Jesus Christ…

The opposite of the fixed and infallible law of God is the wavering, changing opinion of humanity: David had an utter contempt and abhorrence for this; all his reverence and regard went to the sure Word of testimony. In proportion to his LOVE to the law was his hate of man's inventions. The thoughts of humanity are vanity; but the thoughts of God are truth. We hear much in these days of "men of thought," "thoughtful preachers, "and "modern thought": what is this but the old pride of the human heart? Vain man would be wise. The Psalmist did not glory in his thoughts; and that which was called "thought" in his day was a thing which he detested. When man thinks his best his highest thoughts are as far below those of divine revelation as the earth is beneath the heavens.

Some of our thoughts are especially vain in the sense of vain glory, pride, conceit, and self trust; others in the sense of bringing disappointment, such as fond ambition, sinful dreaming, and confidence in mankind; others in the sense of emptiness and frivolity, such as the idle thoughts and vacant romancing in which so many indulge; and, yet once more, too many of our thoughts are vain in the sense of being sinful, evil, and foolish. The Psalmist is not indifferent to evil thoughts as the careless are; but upon them he looks with a hate as true as was the LOVE with which David clung to the pure thoughts of God.

May we as genuine Christians so cling to God’s holy Word the Bible.

V 114…Thou art my hiding place and my shield: I hope in thy word.

In you oh God, and in you alone, I have peace, I have safety, I have sanctuary from the evil one and his exceedingly seductive ways. Thy Word gives me strength, mercy, and grace, hope for today, hope for tomorrow, and hope for eternity…………………………………..

There may be a time in which I may be called to suffer in secret for you and your Word; then thou hides me. There may be a time in which thou calls me to fight; then thou art my Shield and Protector.

To his God, David the Psalmist ran for shelter from vain thoughts; there he hid himself away from their tormenting intrusions, and in solemn silence of the soul he found God to be his hiding place. When called into the world, if he could not be alone with God as his hiding place, he could have the Lord with him as his shield, and by this means he could ward off the attacks of wicked suggestions. This is an experiential verse, and it testifies to that which the writer knew of his own personal knowledge: he could not fight with his own thoughts, or escape from them, till he flew to his God, and then he found deliverance. ***Observe that David does not speak of God's Word as being his double defense, but he ascribes that to God himself.***

When we are beset by very spiritual assaults, such as those which arise out of vain thoughts, we shall do well to fly distinctly to the person of our Lord, and to cast ourselves upon His real presence.

Happy is he who can truly say to the triune God, "Thou art my hiding place." He has beheld God under that glorious covenant aspect which ensures to the beholder the surest comfort.

It is easy to exercise hope where we have experienced help before. Sometimes when gloomy thoughts trouble us, the only thing we can do is to hope, and, happily, the Word of God always sets before us objects of hope and reasons for hope, so that it becomes the very sphere and support of hope, and thus wearisome thoughts can be overcome.

V 115…Depart from me, ye evildoers: for I will keep the commandments of my God.

David stands up to those who would deny God and with God’s strength tells them to leave. For his power comes from the indwelling of the Holy Spirit and by the guidance and wisdom from God’s Word…

David wishes communion with God and those who genuinely seek after the Almighty.

Those who truly seek God are not likely to bear evil company. If we fly to God from vain thoughts, much more shall we avoid vain people. Kings are all too apt to be surrounded by a class of men who flatter them, and at the same time take liberty to break the laws of God: David purged his palace of such parasites; he would not harbor them beneath his roof. No doubt they would have brought upon him an ill name, for their doings would have been imputed to him, since the acts of courtiers are generally set down as acts of the court itself; therefore the king sent them packing bag and baggage, saying, "Depart from me."

Herein he anticipated the sentence of the last great day, when the Son of David shall say,

Matthew 7 v 23

“And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”

We cannot thus send all sinners out of our houses, but it will often become a duty to do so where there is right and reason for it.

We cannot have intimate fellowship with sinners, but we can show them LOVE, and that we do care about them. They should never be our counselors, but we certainly must take time to share with them God’s Word and plan for their lives. Counseling the best we can with God’s grace………………………………..

Remember what Paul warned:

1 Corinthians 9 v 27

“But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.”

Not that we can lose our own salvation, FOR WE CANNOT LOSE OUR SALVATION, but if we have unnecessary fellowship with sinners our personal walk and witness in this life maybe hindered or lost.

V 116…Uphold me according unto thy word, that I may live: and let me not be ashamed of my hope.

Protect me, secure me according to the promises of your Word, give me life eternal that I may not be ashamed by my faith and hope in your Word. Allow me to lean on you and your Word when this life and it’s temptations seem to be overwhelming to me.

It is so necessary that the Lord should hold up his servant, for we could not even live without it. Our soul would die if the Lord did not continually sustain it, and every grace which makes spiritual life to be truly life would decay if God withdrew His upholding hand.

It is a sweet comfort that this great necessity of upholding is provided for in the Word, and we have not to ask for it as for an uncovenanted mercy, but simply to plead for the fulfillment of a promise, saying, "Uphold me according to thy word."

He who has given us eternal life hath in that gift secured to us all that is essential thereto, and as gracious upholding is one of the necessary things we may be sure that we shall have it.

A person would be ashamed of their hope if it turned out that it was not based upon a sure foundation; but this will never happen in our case. We may be ashamed of our thoughts, and our words, and our deeds for they spring from ourselves; but we never shall be ashamed of our hope, for that springs from the Lord our God.

Such is the frailty of our nature that unless we are continually upheld by grace, we shall all so foully as to be ashamed of ourselves, and ashamed of all those glorious hopes which are now the crown and glory of our life.

The man of God had uttered the most positive resolves, but he felt that he could not trust in his own solemn determination: hence these players. ***It is not wrong to make resolutions, but it will be useless to do so unless we salt them well with believing cries to God.*** David meant to keep the law of the Lord, but he first needed the Lord of the law to keep him.***

God must always be first in our life, and ONLY GOD CAN ASSURE THAT FOR US. *******ONLY GOD CAN ASSURE OUR ETERNAL SALVATION AS WELL!!!!!!!*******

V 117…Hold thou me up, and I shall be safe: and I will have respect unto thy statutes continually.

God only you can guarantee my eternal estate, hold me up and I WILL BE SAFE, save me and I WILL CONTINUALLY REVERE YOUR WORD……………………………………………..

Only you oh Lord can lift me up, set me free from sin, and keep me secure in your LOVING arms for all eternity. Your eternal Word so graciously declares your promises……………………………….

I shall grow weary and faint in the way, if not strengthened and supported by thee. ***No soul can be safe, unless upheld by thee.***

We are saved by past grace, but we are not safe unless we receive present grace. The Psalmist had vowed to keep the Lord's commands, but here he pleads with the Lord to keep him: a very sensible course of procedure.

To be safe is a happy condition; there is only one door to it, and that is to be held up by God himself; thank God, that door is open to the least among us.

In obedience is safety; in being held up is obedience. No person will outwardly keep the Lord's statutes for long together unless they, we, have an inward respect for the Bible, and this will never be unless the hand of the Lord perpetually upholds our heart in holy LOVE.

Perseverance to the end, obedience continually, comes only through the divine power; we start aside as a deceitful bend unless we are kept right by Him that first gave us grace.

Blessed is the person who realizes this verse in their life: upheld through their whole life in a course of unswerving integrity, they become a safe and trusted person, and maintain a sacred delicacy of conscience which is unknown to others.

They feel a tender respect for the statutes of the Lord, which keeps them clear of inconsistencies and conformities to the world that are so common among others, and hence they are a pillar in the house of the Lord.

Alas, we know some professors and pastors who are not upright, and therefore they lean to sin till they fall over, and though they are restored they are never safe or reliable, neither have they that sweet purity of soul which is the charm of the more sanctified who have been kept from falling into the mire.

May we so always be sensitive to the Spirit that our lives may not be clouded by evil distractions and that our daily private and public walk might be seen as genuine Christians by God and others……

V 118…Thou hast trodden down all them that err from thy statutes: for their deceit is falsehood.

All God’s enemies will be finally trodden down under His feet. Those who reject God’s Word will finally be seen for the foolish people they are. The sinners’ appearance of joy and happiness will be seen for what it actually is a lie! For the wicked WILL NOT BE BLESSED IN THE LEAST…

There is no holding up for them; they are thrown down and then trodden down, for they choose to go down into the wandering ways of sin. Sooner or later God will set His foot on those who turn their foot from His commands: it has always been so, and it always will be so to the end. If the salt has lost its savor, what is it fit for but to be trodden under foot? God puts away the eternally unrepentant like dross, which is only fit to be cast out as road metal to be trodden down.

They call worldly wisdom as far seeing policy, but it is absolute falsehood, and it shall be treated as such. Ordinary people call this world’s truth clever diplomacy, but the people of God call a spade a spade, and declares it to be falsehood, and nothing less, for we know that it is so in the sight of God. People who err from the right road invent pretty excuses with which to deceive themselves and others, and so quiet their consciences and maintain their credits; but their mask of falsehood is too transparent. God treads down falsehoods; they are only fit to be spurned by His feet, and crushed into the dust.

How horrified must those be who have spent all their lives in contriving a confectionery religion, and then see it all trodden upon by God as a sham which He cannot endure!

V 119…Thou puttest away all the wicked of the earth like dross: therefore I love thy testimonies.

There is no true metal in the sinner: when they are tried by the refining fire (Holy Spirit), they are burnt up; they fly off in fumes, and come to no amount.

Psalms 1 v 4

“The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.”

How very sad to think of any life so ending in no value at all. Created for life eternal, yet by foul foolish choice damned for all eternity. No life should end such, and that is why Jesus Christ died for all, and why we should do what we can to bring the Lost to a saving knowledge of Jesus…

Every life is precious to God!!!

And should be to the true Christian………………….

Hebrews 2 v 9

“But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.”

Ezekiel 18 v 23

“Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? saith the Lord GOD: and not that he should return from his ways, and live?”

Ezekiel 18 v 32

“For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord GOD: wherefore turn yourselves, and live ye.”

1 Timothy 2 v 3-4

“For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; 4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.”

1 Timothy 2 v 6

“Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.”

2 Peter 3 v 9B

“…not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”

God hates the sin because it damns the sinner, but God wants all sinners to be saved; BUT THEY MUST MAKE THE ULTIMATE CHOICE………………………………………..

How do we not LOVE all the Words of God for they truly are filled with His LOVE for us and plead with every jot and tittle with us for our redemption???

God will ultimately not trifle with the eternally unrepentant sinner, or handle them with kid gloves. No, He judges them to be damned by their choice, and God treats them accordingly by putting them away. God puts them away from His church, away from their honors, away from the earth, and at last away from Himself.

"Depart, "saith he, "ye cursed." If even a good man feels forced to put away the evil doers from him, much more must the thrice holy God put away the wicked. They looked like precious metal, they were intimately mixed up with it, they were laid up in the same heap; but the Lord is a refiner, and every day He removes some of the wicked from among His people, either by making a shameful discovery of their hypocrisy or by consuming them from off the earth.

They unfortunately must be put away as dross, never to be recalled. As the metal is the better for losing its alloy, so is the church the better for having the wicked removed. These wicked ones are of the earth by their choice,  and they have no right to be with those who are not of the world; the Lord perceives them to be out of place and injurious, and therefore He puts them away, all of them, leaving none of them to deteriorate His church, His bride.

One day the final judgment will come and no dross will be spared, no gold will be left impure.

Where shall we be when that great work is finished???

Even though judgment is severe by our holy Lord, it is also an expression of His perfect LOVE for the Lost and the saved. If He allowed people to sin with impunity, God would not be holy or righteous nor then should He be the object of our LOVING admiration and worship; YHWH is glorious in holiness because He thus rids His kingdom of rebels, and His temple of them that defile it.

In these evil days, when God's punishment of sinners has become the butt of proud skeptical contentions, we may regard as a mark of the true man of God that he LOVES the Lord none the less, but a great deal the more because of His righteous and just judgment of the ungodly.

Amen

V 120…My flesh trembleth for fear of thee; and I am afraid of thy judgments.

I know thou art a just and holy God: I know thou requires truth in the inner parts. I know that thou art a Spirit and that they who worship thee must worship thee in spirit and in truth; and I am often alarmed lest I fall short. It is only an assurance of my interest in thy mercy that can save me from distressing fears and harassing doubts.

It is our privilege to know we are in God’s favor; and it is not less so to maintain a continual filial fear of offending Him. ***A true conception of God’s justice and mercy begets reverence.***

Such was David’s awe in the presence of the Judge of all the earth, whose judgment he had just now been considering, that he did exceedingly fear and quake. Even the grosser part of his being, his flesh, felt a solemn dread at the thought of offending one so good and great, who would so effectually sever the wicked from among the just.

Alas, poor flesh, this is the highest thing to which thou canst attain to reverential fear of our magnificent God and Savior.

God's Words of judgment are solemn, and His deeds of judgment are terrible; they may well make us afraid. At the thought of the Judge of all, His piercing eyes, His books of record, His day of verdict on humanity, and the operations of His justice, we may well cry for cleansed thoughts, and hearts, and ways, lest His judgments should light on us. When we see the great Refiner separating the precious from the vile, we may well feel a godly fear, lest we should be put away by Him, and left to be trodden under His feet.

LOVE in the previous verse is quite consistent with fear in this verse: the fear which hath torment is cast out, but not the filial fear which leads to reverence and obedience.

May we always so reverence our God and our King………………….

 Submitted by: Dr. Harold Chris Smith, sbc


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November 4, 2018


***Welcome to This Week's Sermon:

“Evanston, Wyoming

  

“Thy Word Is Truth: Part 14”

Psalms 119 v 105- 112

“Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. 106 I have sworn, and I will perform it, that I will keep thy righteous judgments.
107 I am afflicted very much: quicken me, O LORD, according unto thy word. 108 Accept, I beseech thee, the freewill offerings of my mouth, O LORD, and teach me thy judgments. 109 My soul is continually in my hand: yet do I not forget thy law. 110 The wicked have laid a snare for me: yet I erred not from thy precepts. 111 Thy testimonies have I taken as an heritage for ever: for they are the rejoicing of my heart. 112 I have inclined mine heart to perform thy statutes alway, even unto the end.”

Gracious Heavenly Father, hallowed be Thy name, Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done. We praise You and glorify You for all Your wonderful precepts, and promises that You bestow on us, in spite of our often foolish and sinful behavior. Your LOVE has no bounds, no ends, and You always keep Your word.

Help us, guide us, protect us from the Evil One, and from the evil within us. Make Thy testimonies our heritage, our hope, our dreams, our way of life. Help us to stay strong and follow the path You have for us, and, have set before us. Help us keep Your word, live Your word, and most importantly LOVE YOUR WORD !!!

Help us reach out to the Lost in the same LOVE and tenderness You reached out to us. Let us speak out Your truth, Your precepts, Your Holy Writ with great boldness, LOVE, and compassion, and may we humbly follow all that You teach us. Help us to LOVE You, each other, and all that You have created and blessed us with.

May we truly be Your children, in Jesus’ perfect name, Amen and eternally Amen…….


Its hard to believe that we are already in the 14th division of Psalms 119. Even more amazing to me is how the weeks have flown by. I hope and pray you have enjoyed this fantastic psalm about the Word of God as much as I have. Consider what the author of the book of Hebrews said about the Word of God:

Hebrews 4 v 12

“For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged 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.”

For the Word of God is quick, quick means “ALIVE”; it breathes, it is active, is animated, IT LIVES! It gives life!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The Word of God IS FULL OF POWER, WITH THE WORD OF HIS MOUTH GOD CREATED LIFE OUT OF NOTHING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Creation was spoken by God’s Word into existence……………….

And God said AND IT WAS SO !!!

God’s Word is sharper than a two edged sword, an edge that brings Salvation, and an edge that brings Judgment…

The Word, the Gospel that leads to eternal life or the rejection of brings eternal damnation.

God’s Word can indeed discern the heart of humanity!!!

That is the legacy of God’s Holy Word the Bible.

This week we are in the division entitled: Nun.

In this division the Psalmist points out further excellencies of God’s Word, in the use of it.

*God’s Word was a lamp to his feet to guide him through every dark place.

*It was a light to his path, ever showing him generally the way in which he should walk.

V 105…Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.

We are pedestrians through the city sidewalks and streets of this world, and we are often called to go out into its darkness; let us never venture there without the light giving Word, lest we slip with our feet. Each person should use the Word of God personally, practically, and habitually, that we may see the way and see what lies in it.

When darkness settles down upon me, the Word of the Lord, like a flaming torch, reveals my way. Having no fixed lamps in eastern towns, in old time each passenger carried a lantern with him that he might not fall into the open sewer, or stumble over the heaps of ordure which defiled the road.

***This is a true picture of our path through this dark world: we should not know the way, or how to walk in it, if Scripture, like a blazing flambeau, did not reveal it.***

One of the most practical benefits of the Holy Writ is guidance in the acts of daily, moment by moment life: it is not sent to astound us with its brilliance, but to guide us by its instruction.

It is true the head needs illumination, but even more the feet need direction, else head and feet may both fall into a ditch. Blessed is the person who personally uses God's Word in daily practice…

Solomon said,

Proverbs 6 v 23

“For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life:”

God’s Word is a candle which may be held in the hand to give us light in every dark place and chamber; and it is a universal light shining upon all His works, and upon all our ways.

It is a lamp by night, a light by day, and a delight at all times. David guided his own steps by it, and also saw the difficulties of his road by its beams. He who walks in darkness is sure, sooner or later, to stumble; while he who walks by the light of day, or by the lamp of night, stumbles not, but keeps his uprightness. Ignorance is painful upon practical subjects; it breeds indecision and suspense, and these are uncomfortable: the Word of God, by imparting heavenly knowledge, leads to decision, and when that is followed by determined resolution, as in this case, it brings with it great restfulness of heart.

V 106…I have sworn, and I will perform it, that I will keep thy righteous judgments.

Perhaps this means no more than that David had renewed his covenant with God; he had bound himself to LOVE and serve God only.

Under the influence of the clear light of knowledge David had firmly made up his mind, and solemnly declared his resolve in the sight of God. Perhaps mistrusting his own fickle mind, he had pledged himself in sacred form to abide faithful to the determinations and decisions of his God. Whatever path might open before him, he was sworn to follow that only upon which the lamp of the Word was shining.

***The Scriptures are God's judgments, or verdicts, upon great moral questions; these are all righteous, and hence righteous people should be resolved to keep them at all hazards, since it must always be right to do right.***

This also is Holiness of heart, mind, and spirit……………….

Let us be holy as God is holy!!! So says the LIVING WORD OF GOD THE BIBLE………………………………………………

Matthew 5 v 48

“Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.”

1 Thessalonians 4 v 7-8

“For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness.
8 He therefore that despiseth, despiseth not man, but God, who hath also given unto us his holy Spirit.”

Holy, perfect, through LOVE……………………………………

Experience shows that the less of covenanting and swearing people formally enter upon the better, and the genius of our Savior’s teaching is against all supererogatory pledging and swearing; and yet under the gospel we ought to feel ourselves as much bound to obey the Word of the Lord as if we had taken an oath so to do.

True LOVE is a very binding supernatural force that creates unbelievable power and desire. In the case of LOVING God the power to serve, to obey, to purify oneself, to give oneself completely and totally to God, to desire with your whole being to be just like Him without any fear or anxiety THAT IT MUST BE SO, BUT RATHER, “I WANT IT TO BE SO”………………………………………

Thus having taken the Word into our hearts by a firm resolve to obey it, we have a lamp within our souls as well as in the Book, and our course will be light unto the end.

Amen……………………

V 107…I am afflicted very much: quicken me, O LORD, according unto thy word.

According to the last verse David the Psalmist had been sworn in as a soldier of the Lord, and in this next verse he is called to suffer hardness in that capacity. Our service of the Lord does not screen us from trial, but rather secures it for us. The Psalmist was a consecrated man, and yet a chastened man; nor were his chastisements light; for it seemed as if the more he was obedient the more he was afflicted. He evidently felt the rod to be cutting deep, and this he pleads before the Lord. He speaks not by way of murmuring, but by way of pleading; from the very much affliction he argues for very much quickening.

We often feel overpowered by our trials and temptations. We often feel we can bear no more like David, but in his ponderous afflictions he cries out to the Almighty for relief, rescue, and final victory…

Give me life (quickening) from all my sorrows.

This is the best remedy for tribulation; the soul is raised above the thought of present distress, and is filled with that holy joy which attends all vigorous spiritual life, and so the affliction grows light. Jehovah alone can quicken, give life: Jehovah has life in Himself, and therefore can communicate it readily; He can give us life at any moment, yea, at this present instant; for it is of the nature of quickening (life) to be quick (speedy) in its operation.

The Lord has promised, prepared, and provided this blessing of renewed life for all His waiting servants: it is a covenant blessing, and it is as obtainable as it is needful.

Frequently the affliction is made the means of the receiving life, even as the stirring of a fire promotes the heat of the flame. In their affliction some desire death, let us pray for life.

Our trepidation under trial is often very gloomy, let us entreat the Lord to deal with us, not according to our fears, but according to his own Word.

David had but few promises to quote, and probably these were in his own psalms, yet he pleads the Word of the Lord; how much more should we do so, since to us so many holy men and women have spoken by the Spirit of the Lord in that wonderful library which is now our Bible.

***Seeing we have more promises, let us offer more prayers.***

Prayers that we WILL BE DELVERED FROM OUR AFFLICTIONS……………………….

V 108…Accept, I beseech thee, the freewill offerings of my mouth, O LORD, and teach me thy judgments.

The living praise the living God, and therefore the quickened (living) one presents his sacrifice. David offers prayer, praise, confession, and testimony, these, presented with his voice in the presence of an audience, were the tribute of his mouth unto Jehovah.

He trembles lest these should be so ill uttered as to displease the Lord, and therefore he implores acceptance. He pleads that the homage of his mouth was cheerfully and spontaneously rendered; all his utterances were freewill offerings.

***There can be no value in extorted confessions: God's revenues are not derived from forced taxation, but from freewill donation.***

CHOICE is God’s gift to humanity, and with CHOICE is the potential of man’s most glorious good, CHOOSING GOD BY THE POWER AND GRACE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT…………………………

There can be no acceptance where there is no willingness; there is no work of free grace where there is no fruit of free will. Acceptance is a favor to be sought from the Lord with all earnestness, for without it our offerings are worse than useless.

***What a wonder of grace that the Lord will accept anything of such unworthy ones as we are!***

When we render unto the Lord our best, we become all the more concerned to do better. If, indeed, the Lord shall accept us, we then desire to be further instructed, that we may be still more acceptable, After quickening we need teaching: life without light, or zeal without knowledge, would be but half a blessing. These repeated cries for teaching show the humility of the man of God, and also discover to us our own need of similar instruction.

Our judgment needs educating till it knows, agrees with, and acts upon, the judgments of the Lord.

Those judgments are not always so clear as to be seen at once; we need to be taught in them till we admire their wisdom and adore their goodness as soon as we perceive them.

V 109…My soul is continually in my hand: yet do I not forget thy law.

My life is continually in danger of loss yet with all the fiery darts that Satan throws my way I WILL NOT FORGET THY LAW!

David lived in the midst of danger. He had to be always fighting for existence, hiding in caves, or contending in battles. This is a very uncomfortable and precarious state of affairs, and most people are willing to compromise their faith and to consider it very expedient and justifiable by which they can end such a condition: but David did not turn aside to find safety, for he says, Yet do I not forget thy law.

They say that all things are fair in LOVE and war; but the holy man thought not so: while he carried his life in his hand, he also carried the law in his heart.

No danger of body should make us endanger our souls by forgetting that which is right. Trouble makes many a man forget his duty, and it would have had the same effect upon the Psalmist if he had not obtained quickening (Life), and teaching. In his memory of the Lord's law lay his safety; he was certain not to be forgotten of God, for God was not forgotten of him. It is a special proof of grace when nothing can drive truth out of our thoughts, or holiness out of our lives. If we remember the law even when death stares us in the face, we may be well assured that the Lord is remembering us.

V 110…The wicked have laid a snare for me: yet I erred not from thy precepts.

The wicked, the world seeks to destroy me at every point, temptations abound all around me, yet by your grace I have not sinned.

Spiritual life is the scene of constant danger: the believer lives with his life in his hand, and meanwhile all seem plotting to take it from him, by cunning if they cannot by violence. We shall not find it an easy thing to live the life of the faithful. Wicked spirits and wicked men will leave no stone unturned for our destruction. If all other devices fail, and even hidden pits do not succeed, the wicked still persevere in their treacherous endeavors, and, becoming craftier still, they set snares for the victim of their hate.

The smaller species of game are usually taken by this method, by gin, or trap, or net, or noose. Wicked men are quite indifferent as to the manner in which they can destroy the good man, they think no more of him than if he were a rabbit or a rat: cunning and treachery are always the allies of malice, and everything like a generous or chivalrous feeling is unknown among the graceless, who treat the godly as if they were vermin to be exterminated.

David calmly kept his way, and was able to write, Yet I erred not from thy precepts. He was not snared, for he kept his eyes open, and kept near his God. He was not entrapped and robbed, for he followed the King's highway of holiness, where God secures safety to every traveler.

David did not err from the right, and he was not deterred from following it, because he referred to the Lord for guidance, and obtained it. If we lose sight of the precepts, we part with the promises; if we get away from God's presence, we wander into the wilds where the fowlers freely spread their nets.

From this verse let us learn to be on our guard, for we, too, have enemies both crafty and wicked. Hunters set their traps in the animals’ usual runs, and our worst snares are laid in our own ways. By keeping to the ways of the Lord we shall escape the snares of our adversaries, for his ways are safe and free from treachery.

Let us keep our focus on God and His holy Word…………………..

V 111…Thy testimonies have I taken as a heritage for ever: for they are the rejoicing of my heart.

As we have received God’s Word from those who have come before us, may we leave to our children the saving blessed Word of God the Bible!!!!!!!

If a man can leave nothing to his child but a Bible, in that he bequeaths him the greatest treasure in the universe.

David chose them as his lot, his portion, his estate; and what is more, he laid hold upon them and made them so, taking them into possession and enjoyment. David's choice is our choice. If we might have our desire, we would desire to keep the commands of God perfectly.

To know the doctrine, to enjoy the promise, to practice the command, be this a kingdom large enough for me. Here we have an inheritance which cannot fade and cannot be alienated; it is for ever, and ours for ever, if we have so taken it.

Sometimes, like Israel at the first coming into Canaan, we have to take our heritage by hard fighting, and, if so, it is worthy of all our labor and suffering; but always it has to be taken by a decided choice of the heart and grip of the will. What God gives we must take.

The gladness which had come to David through the Word of the Lord had caused him to make an unalterable choice of it. All the parts of Scripture had been pleasing to David, and were so still and therefore he stuck to them, and meant to stick to them for ever.

That which rejoices the heart is sure to be chosen and treasured. It is not the head knowledge but the heart experience which brings the joy.

How good a thing it is when experience ripens into joy, passing up through sorrow, prayer, conflict, hope, decision, and holy content into rejoicing! Joy fixes the spirit: when once a person’s heart rejoices in the divine Word, they greatly value it, and are for ever united to it.

V 112…I have inclined mine heart to perform thy statutes alway, even unto the end.

By the grace and mercy that God has bestowed upon me I have given my heart wholly and for ever to God’s statutes.

The Psalmist David was not half inclined to purity, but heartily inclined to it. His whole heart was bent on practical, persevering godliness. David was resolved to keep the statutes of the Lord with all his heart, throughout all his time, without erring or ending. He made it his end to keep the law unto the end, and that without end.

He had by prayer, and meditation, and resolution made his whole being lean towards God's commands; or as we should say in other words, the grace of God had inclined him to incline his heart in a sanctified direction.

Many are inclined to preach, but the Psalmist was inclined to practice; many are inclined to perform ceremonies, but he was inclined to perform statutes; many are inclined to obey occasionally, but David would obey always; and, alas, many are inclined for temporary religion, but this godly man was bound for eternity, he would perform the statutes of his Lord and King even unto the end.

Lord, send us such a heavenly inclination of heart as this: then shall we so speak of our renewed life and the eternal greatness of your Word. To this end create in us a clean heart, and daily renew a right spirit within us, for only so shall we incline in the right direction.

God be praised!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Submitted by: Dr. Harold Chris Smith, sbc


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October 28, 2018


***Welcome to This Week's Sermon:

“a” Church

Evanston, Wyoming

“Thy Word Is Truth: Part 13”

Psalms 119 v 97-104

O how love I thy law! it is my meditation all the day. 98 Thou through thy commandments hast made me wiser than mine enemies: for they are ever with me. 99 I have more understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies are my meditation. 100 I understand more than the ancients, because I keep thy precepts. 101 I have refrained my feet from every evil way, that I might keep thy word. 102 I have not departed from thy judgments: for thou hast taught me. 103 How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth!
104 Through thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way.”

Oh gracious and LOVING Father, thank You for giving us Your Word as a guide, as a light, as a revealer of truth about Yourself and about this relationship that You’ve invited all of us into. By giving us Your Spirit and Your Word—even when it seems hard to do—You’ve actually made it simple for us to keep. Not easy, but simple. We repent today of those times when we still find Your Word undesirable, untrustworthy, or too much trouble to follow. We want to be people who keep Your Word, whatever the cost, whatever the circumstance. Thank You for bringing it down to earth where we can see it, learn it, know it, and do it.

Oh blessed Lord, help us always not merely to read, or hear thy Word and so deceive ourselves, but to actually live Your Word, LOVE Your Word, and obey Your Word in our moment by moment walks with You and all those You put in our paths. Help us and bless our efforts to understand Your Word, Your revelation, and to go forth in boldness, LOVE, and  compassion, reaching out to the Lost and the needy with Your glorious Word, Your redeeming Word, Your Saving Word, and Your Word to call us out to action in serving You and all those You died for. Lord save many, bless  many, heal many,

In Jesus’ caring name we pray all these things, Amen and eternally Amen…………………………….

Today we study the 13th division in Psalms 119 entitled: Mem:

Let us remember “Thy Word Is Truth” Jesus said of the Bible, Jesus further said in:

John 16 v 13

“Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will show you things to come.”

God the Holy Spirit IS THE ‘SPIRIT OF TRUTH’, and through Him David was divinely inspired to say in an earlier psalm:

Psalms 100 v 5

“For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.”

God’s “TRUTH”, God’s Bible ENDURETH TO ALL GENERATIONS!!!

*******God promises no matter how much the world or false religious leaders, or false denominations, or false religions may attempt to corrupt the Word of God the Bible ultimately THEY CANNOT SUCCEED, THEY WILL FAIL!!!*******

Yes indeed many attempts have been made to miss-translate, add to, take away from, and even creating additional books that claim equal or even greater inspiration than the Bible, but all these ARE PROVED FALSE BY THE PLETHORA OF QUALITY TRANSLATED AND QUALITY COPIED VERSIONS OF THE BIBLE THAT HOLY SPIRIT, GOD CENTERED MEN AND WOMEN OF GOD HAVE GIVEN TO SOCIETY BY GOD!!!

 Amen and Amen……………………………………………..

 Even these words I speak are here testified to in Psalms 119 of the incorruptibility of God’s Word and the inerrancy and infallibility of the Bible’s disposition…

Mem:

In this division we see, the affection of the Palmist for the law of God and the great benefits he received as a direct consequence of his LOVING devotion and willing obedience to it’s precepts.

V 97…O how love I thy law! it is my meditation all the day.

As a volcano erupts from the depths of the earth, so the Psalmist’s LOVE for the Word of God comes from the intensity of his entire being. He is so very much in LOVE with God and His Word that every part of his spiritual and material being is energized and blessed by the LOVE of his heart and soul…

This beautiful LOVE that is manifested in David’s moment by moment desire to obey God and His awesome Word…

LOVE and Obedience go hand in hand, locked in a perfect, harmonious axis created by God’s grace and LOVE…….

The Psalmist LOVES so much that he must express his LOVE, and in making the attempt he perceives that it is inexpressible and therefore cries, "O how I love!" We not only reverence but LOVE the law, we obey it out of LOVE, and even when it chides us for disobedience we LOVE it none the less. The law is God's law, and therefore it is our LOVE.

***We LOVE it for its holiness, and pine to be holy.***

***We LOVE it for its wisdom, and study to be wise.***

***We LOVE it for its perfection, and long to be perfect.***

Those who know the power of the gospel perceive an infinite LOVELINESS in the law as they see it fulfilled and embodied in Jesus Christ…

How is this possible by daily meditating upon God’s Holy Writ.

We are not to envision that the prophet did nothing else but meditate on the Word; but this, first of all; that no day passed over his head wherein he did not meditate on the Word; yes, that he took every occasion of meditating on the Word.

Acts 17 v 11

“These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.”

True worship of God, true LOVE for God includes a willingly joyous desire to study God’s Word as often as possible.

Its not a matter of finding the time for study of God’s Word, but rather making the time for other things as well…

God, God’s Word first!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

David was never weary of meditating. Though he had many other things wherein to occupy himself, yet he forgot not the meditation of the Word. His mind was not by any other employment alienated from the meditation of the Word, but the more thereby provoked thereunto. As a man that hath labored never so much one day in his calling, is not to be wearied thereby, but that he labored afresh the next day, and so day after day: so was it with the prophet touching this act of meditation.

“Holy Scripture is not a book for the lazy: it is not a book which can be interpreted without, and apart from, and by the deniers of, that Holy Spirit by whom it came. Rather it is a field, upon the surface of which, if sometimes we gather manna easily and without labor, and given, as it were, freely to our hands, yet of which also, many portions are to be cultivated with pains and toil ere they will yield food for the use of man. This bread of life also is to be eaten in the wholesome sweat of our brow.”       Richard Chenevix Trench, 1807

Let us LOVE TO MEDITATE UPON GOD’S WORD…

V 98…Thou through thy commandments hast made me wiser than mine enemies: for they are ever with me.

True wisdom and the only wisdom comes from the Logos of God, Jesus Christ and Him alone…

Once again the Psalmist, David, acknowledges that God through His Holy Word gives wisdom to those who seek Him. We may read, and read we must for LOVE sake, but it is God that opens our eyes and makes us able to receive the truth of God that is found in the Holy Scriptures…….

Some have thought that this Psalm was composed by Daniel, and that he speaks of himself in these verses. Being instructed by God, he was found to have more knowledge than any of the Chaldeans, magicians, soothsayers, and his wisdom soon appeared to the whole nation vastly superior to theirs.

But the point is clear the true Christian who LOVES the Lord and His Holy Writ, and seeks to obey it with his whole heart IS WISER THAN THE WISIEST INTELLECT THIS WORLD HAS TO OFFER.

For they are ever with me.  The Psalmist is referring to God’s Word, he was always studying or obeying the commandments; they were his choice and constant companions.

If we wish to become adept we must be unfaltering. If we keep the wise law ever near us we shall become wise, and when our adversaries assail us we shall be prepared for them with that ready wit which lies in having the Word of God at our fingers' tips. As a soldier in battle must never lay aside his shield, so must we never have the Word of God out of our minds; it must be ever with us.

V 99…I have more understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies are my meditation.

If we truly seek the Lord our God first and foremost with every fiber of our being we WILL BECOME WISER THAN THOSE WHO SEEK HIM NOT, OR SEEK HIM ONLY ON SUNDAY. Our wisdom of God’s truth will grow and those who simply profess to LOVE Him will grow stagnant if they do not genuinely LOVE Him and seek to know Him by His Holy Scriptures…

That which the Lord had taught the Psalmist had been useful in the camp, and now he finds it equally valuable in the schools. Our teachers are not always to be trusted; in fact, we may not follow any of them implicitly, for God holds us to account for our personal judgments. It behooves us then to follow closely the chart of the Word of God, that we may be able to save the vessel when even the pilot errs. If our teachers should be in all things sound and safe, they will be right glad for us to excel them, and they will ever be ready to own that the teaching of the Lord is better than any teaching which they can give us.

***Followers of Christ who sit at His feet are often better skilled in divine things than doctors of divinity.***

For thy testimonies are my meditation. This is the best mode of acquiring understanding. We may hear the wisest teachers and remain fools, but if we meditate upon the sacred Word we must become wise. There is more wisdom in the testimonies of the Lord than in all the teachings of men if they were all gathered into one vast library. The one book outweighs all the rest. David does not hesitate to speak the truth in this place concerning himself, for he is quite innocent of self consciousness. In speaking of his understanding he means to praise the law and the Lord, and not himself. There is not a grain of boasting in these bold expressions, but only a sincere childlike desire to set forth the excellence of the Lord's Word. He who knows the truths taught in the Bible will be guilty of no egotism if he believes himself to be possessed of more important truth than all the agnostic professors buried and unburied.

V 100…I understand more than the ancients, because I keep thy precepts.

We are even more blessed than David for we have the complete Bible, all “66” books of the Old and New Testaments. We have been so honored to have the one and only Messiah revealed to us in God’s only begotten son Jesus Christ the only Savior of the world…

Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob knew in part, but God’s whole revelation to mankind has been opened to us in Jesus and His redemptive work upon the cross.

So for David he had been taught to observe in heart and life the precepts of the Lord, and this was more than the most venerable sinner had ever learned, more than the philosopher of antiquity had so much as aspired to know. He had the Word with him, and so outstripped his foes; lie meditated on it, and so outran his friends; he practiced it, and so outshone his elders. The instruction derived from Holy Scripture is useful in many directions, superior from many points of view, unrivalled everywhere and in every way. As our soul may make her boast in the Lord, so may we boast in his Word. "There is none like it: give it me, "said David as to Goliath's sword, and we may say the same as to the Word of the Lord. If men prize antiquity they have it here. The ancients are held in high repute, but what did they all know compared with that which we perceive in the divine precepts? "The old is better" says one: but the oldest of all is the best of all, and what is that but the Word of the Ancient of days.

V 101…I have refrained my feet from every evil way, that I might keep thy word.

With my whole heart and by the power of the Holy Spirit indwelling in me I have sincerely sought to obey every Word of your law, and attempted to avoid any temptation of sin.

There is no treasuring up the Holy Word unless there is a casting out of all ungodliness: if we keep the good Word we must let go of the evil. David had zealously watched his steps and put a check upon his conduct, he had refrained his feet. No one evil way could entice him, for he knew that if he went astray but in one road he had practically left the way of righteousness, therefore he avoided every false way.

The bypaths were smooth and flowery, but he knew right well that they were evil, and so he turned his feet away, and held on along the strait and thorny pathway which leads to God. It is a pleasure to look back upon self conquests, "I have refrained, " and a greater delight still to know that we did this out of no mere desire to stand well with our fellows, but with the one motive of keeping the law of the Lord.

Sin avoided that obedience may be perfected is the essence of this verse; or it may be that the Psalmist would teach us that there is no real reverence for the book where there is not carefulness to avoid every transgression of its precepts. How can we keep God's Word if we do not keep our own works from becoming vile?

Holiness of mind, body, and spirit is the pledge of the genuine Christian who LOVES God and LOVES God’s Word the Bible…

There is no other way.

V 102…I have not departed from thy judgments: for thou hast taught me.

Because I am dependant on you Oh God to teach me your laws and to sustain me in obeying them I have not departed from them. When we keep our focus on God and His Word we are capable of great and noble things, even holiness through LOVE!

What we learn from the Lord we never forget. God's instructions have practical effects, we follow His way when He teaches us; and it has an abiding effect, we do not depart from holiness. Read this verse in connection with the preceding and you get the believer's "I have, "and his "I have not": he is good both positively and negatively. What he did, namely, "refrained his feet, "preserved him from doing that which otherwise he might have done, namely, "departed from thy judgments."

*He who is careful not to go an inch aside will not leave the road.

*He who never touches the intoxicating cup will never be drunk.

*He who never utters an idle word will never be profane.

If we begin to depart a little we can never tell where we shall end. Just a thought can lead us into sin. The Lord brings us to persevere in holiness by abstinence from the beginning of sin; but whatever be the method He is the worker of our perseverance, and to God be all the glory.

V 103…How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth!

What deep communion must this man have had with his Maker! These expressions show a soul filled with God.

Oh Christians, how vastly superior are our privileges!

And alas! How vastly inferior in general, are our consolations, our communion with God, and our heavenly-mindedness! God offers His children so much and we live up to so little.

May each of us truly grow in grace, that we genuinely LOVE God and His Holy awesome Word as David did! May God and His precepts be the daily delight of our eyes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

As candy is to a child, may God’s Word be the rock candy of our souls……………………………………………………

V 104…Through thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way.

Spiritual knowledge increases while we tread in the path of obedience. Obedience is the magnificent means of growth and instruction. Obedience trades with the talent of grace, and thus grace becomes multiplied.

Oh that our faith would be magnified by our obedience to God and His Word.

Obedience to the divine will begets wisdom of mind and action. As God's way is always best, those who follow it are sure to be justified by the result.

If the Lawgiver were foolish his law would be the same, and obedience to such a law would involve us in a thousand mistakes; but as the reverse is the case, we may count ourselves happy to have such a wise, prudent, and beneficial law to be the rule of our lives.

We are wise if we obey and we grow wise by obeying! Therefore I hate every false way. Because he had understanding, and because of the divine precepts, he detested sin and falsehood. Every sin is a falsehood; we commit sin because we believe a lie, and in the end the flattering evil turns a liar to us and we find ourselves betrayed.

True hearts are not indifferent about falsehood, they grow warm in indignation: as they LOVE the truth, so they hate the lie.

***True Saints have a universal horror of all that is untrue, they tolerate no falsehood or folly, they set their faces against all error of doctrine or wickedness of life.***

He who is a LOVER of one sin is in league with the whole army of sins; we must have neither truce nor discussion with even one of these Amalekites, for the Lord hath war with them from generation to generation, and so must we.

James 2 v 10

“For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.”

It is well to be a good hater. And what is that? A hater of no living being, but a hater of "every false way."

The way of self will, of self righteousness, of worldliness, of pride, of unbelief, of hypocrisy, these are all false ways, and therefore not only to be shunned, but to be abhorred.

This final verse of this division marks a great advance in character, and shows that the man of God is growing stronger, bolder, and happier than aforetime. He has been taught of the Lord, so that he discerns between the precious and the vile, and while he LOVES the truth fervently he hates falsehood intensely.

May all of us reach this state of discrimination and determination, so that we may greatly glorify God.

Submitted by: Dr. Harold Chris Smith, sbc


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October 21, 2018


***Welcome to This Week's Sermon:

“a” Church

Evanston, Wyoming

“Thy Word Is Truth: Part 12”

Psalms 119 v 89-96

“For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven. 90 Thy faithfulness is unto all generations: thou hast established the earth, and it abideth.
91 They continue this day according to thine ordinances: for all are thy servants. 92 Unless thy law had been my delights, I should then have perished in mine affliction. 93 I will never forget thy precepts: for with them thou hast quickened me. 94 I am thine, save me; for I have sought thy precepts. 95 The wicked have waited for me to destroy me: but I will consider thy testimonies. 96 I have seen an end of all perfection: but thy commandment is exceeding broad.”

Lord, God, Jehovah, holy be thy name. We praise Thee for Your LOVE, Your tremendous grace, Your tender mercies. We praise You for the salvation of the Lost. For Your body and family of believers. We praise You for all Your creation, for Angels, for the Light that gives birth to life, for night that we might be able to sleep and be refreshed. We praise You for the heavens above, for and the heavens below, for the waters of life, and for the ground on which we stand, for the luminaries of the sky, the Sun, the Moon, and the stars, for the fish that flourish in the waters, for the birds that fly in the air, for the precious animals You have blessed us with, as food, for beauty, to help us in our labors, for companionship, and friendship. We praise You for ourselves and our fellow man, for plants and vegetables that give us for nourishment, for the herbs of all kind, that can heal our bodies. We praise You for the beauty and wonder and sensitivity of woman-kind. Oh, Lord we praise You for times of rest. We glorify and praise Your holy name for creating and holding all things together in Your powerful hands…

We praise You Lord, for Your eternal, magnificent and glorious Word, the only inerrant and infallible Holy Writ, the Bible. Our rock, our strength, our protection, and our guide. Our source for faith and knowledge of You. Praise You above all things.

Let us come confidently to the throne of grace, and kneel before You, in Father, Son Jesus, and Holy Spirit. Let us reach out to the Lost, boldly, with LOVE, compassion, tenderness, with the truth of Your Gospel, with the reality of Your Holiness, and Your kingdom. Save, save, save many. Use us for Your glory, for the advancement of Your kingdom, and to assist with the salvation of the Lost.

Praise You for LOVING us, in spite of us, praise You for dying for us, in spite of us, praise You for saving us, in spite of us, praise You for friending us, in spite of us, and praise You for using us, in spite of us. Thank You Lord, God, Jehovah !!!

We pray all these things in Jesus’, our Redeemer's name Amen and eternally Amen and Amen…….

“This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.”

Joshua 1 v 8

While studying Psalms 119 I have made an effort to begin with quotes from famous clergy and Theologians that I hope solidified the significance and substance that God’s Holy Scriptures the Bible means to the proper physical and spiritual life of the maturing believer.

Today I have chose to quote Joshua, King David, and Paul…

“But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.”

Psalms 1 v 2

“Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine…
15 Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all.”

1 Timothy 4 v 13, 15

Each quote brilliantly makes apparent the need for all Christians to meditate soberly and seriously on the Bible if one truly LOVES God and wants to grow in His grace, mercy, and holiness…….

The Hebrew word we translate “meditate” is hagah, it is actually a word of command. ***We are commanded for LOVE’S sake to diligently study God’s word with THE EXPRESS PURPOSE OF WHOLE HEARTEDLY OBEYING IT…

We study God’s Word not simply to learn facts, but to actually put into practice moment by moment the precepts we have been given by YHWH God…

James 1 v 22

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

Thoroughly studying God’s Holy Writ the Bible is the INDISPENSABLE and FUNDAMENTAL FOUNDATION IN ANY GENUINE “BORN AGAIN” BELIEVER’S GROWTH IN SANCTIFICATION…

Studying the Bible with the tools God has given you IS NOT AN OPTION FOR THE TRUE CHRISTIAN, ‘IT IS AN OBLIGATION OF LOVE!!!!!!!

If you deny the importance the Bible should have in your daily life as a God LOVING and God fearing individual; and I mean the Bible not a devotional book, not a magazine, not another testament, but the “66” books of the Old and New Testament, YOU REALLY NEED TO QUESTION YOUR FAITH!!! Soberly looking deep within yourself, to determine who’s you really are. Do you belong to no god, do you belong to a man-made god, do you belong to a devilish god, or DO YOU BELONG TO THE ONE TRUE GOD, THE GOD OF THE BIBLE???????

To the Lord Jesus Christ…………………………………………

Being His means a whole lot more than the name of your Church, the denomination you may belong to, or the local church you gather in.

It is a personal, intimate LOVE relationship with the Only begotten Son of God, the eternal and Only Savior, the second person in the Holy Trinity, the Only one who could and has paid the atoning payment for your, mine, all of our own plethora of personal sins; Jesus Christ the righteous one………………

As we now continue the study of Psalms 119, let us NEVER FORGET IT IS THROUGH THE READING, UNDERSTANDING and THE LOVING OF GOD’S WORD THAT WE CAN BE SET FREE FROM SIN and DAMNATION………..

This is division 12 of this magnificent Psalm, entitled: Lamed.

This section contains an encomium of the WORD of GOD; of its perfection and immutability; and of the comfort the psalmist received from it.

*In the three first verses the Psalmist shows that God’s Word is

immutable (unchallengeable, indisputable), by an instance in the creatures. 


*He shows the excellence of this Word by a rare effect it had on himself: “Unless thy law had been my delight, I should have perished.” No such comfort in trouble as God’s Word and promise. This he remembers with gratitude.

*He needed the help of God, because he had unremitting enemies.

*David proclaims the perfection of God’s Word.

V 89…For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven.

The promises and purposes you have ordained before time began have FOREVER BEEN SETTLED IN HEAVEN and THROUGH YOUR ONLY INERRANT, INFALLIBLE WORDS THE BIBLE, GOD HAS MADE KNOWN HIS GLORIOUS TRUTHS and DOCTRINES TO MAN-KIND FOREVER…….

God’s Word has been forever settled, THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO NEED FOR “ANOTHER TESTAMENT”, NOT NOW, NOT EVER!!!

Galatians 1 v 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.”

Neither angels, nor any professing prophet or apostle nor any other human being can correct What God Has Forever Settled in Heaven…

God’s Word IS INCORRUPTIBLE IN THE “66” ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPTS…….

1 Peter 1 v 3

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

Yes evil doers may attempt to change or corrupt the Bible, but the God of all creation has the power to FOREVER SETTLE THE BIBLE IN HEAVEN, and TO KEEP IT’S “66” BOOKS PURE FROM HUMANITY’S CORRUPTING INFLUENCE…….

V 90…Thy faithfulness is unto all generations: thou hast established the earth, and it abideth.

By your omnipotence, your eternal power to create and to establish the earth, YOU WILL BE FAITHFUL NOT ONLY TO THE FIRST ADAM BUT TO EVERY GENERATION THAT HAS COME and WILL COME IN THE FUTURE.

God is not affected by the lapse of ages; He is not only faithful to one man throughout His lifetime, but to His children's children after him, yea, and to all generations so long as they keep His covenant and remember His commandments to do them. The promises are ancient things, yet they are not worn out by centuries of use, for the divine faithfulness endures for ever. He who succored His servants thousands of years ago still shows Himself strong on the behalf of all them that trust in Him.

"Thou hast established the earth, and it abideth." Nature is governed by fixed laws; the globe keeps its course by the divine command, and displays no erratic movements: the seasons observe their predestined order, the sea obeys the rule of ebb and flow, and all things else are assembled in their appointed order.

***There is an analogy between the Word of God and the works of God, and especially in this, that they are both of them constant, fixed, and unchangeable.***

God's Word which established the world is the same as that which He has embodied in the Scriptures; by the Word of the Lord were the heavens made, and especially by Him who is emphatically The Word.

When we see the world keeping its place and all its laws abiding the same, we have herein assurance that the Lord will be faithful to His covenant, and will not allow the faith of His people to be put to shame.

If the earth abideth the spiritual creation will abide; if God's Word suffices to establish the world surely it is enough for the establishment of the individual believer and his, our LOVE and eternal faith in His book.

V 91…They continue this day according to thine ordinances: for all are thy servants.

All are thy servants; therefore, they continue this day according to thy ordinances.

“All the celestial bodies are governed by thy power. Thou hast given an ordinance or appointment to each and each fulfils thy will in the place thou hast assigned it.” 

Because the Lord is the Creator, the universe abides, therefore it stands, and all its laws continue to operate with precision and power. Because the might of God is ever present to maintain them, therefore do all things continue. The Word which spoke all things into existence has supported them till now, and still supports them both in being and in well being.

God's ordinance is the reason for the continued existence of creation. What important forces these ordinances are! "For all are thy servants." Created by thy Word they obey that Word, thus answering the purpose of their existence, and working out the design of their Creator. Both great things and small things pay homage to the Lord.

No atom escapes His sovereign rule, no world avoids His government. Shall we wish to be free of the Lord's sway and become lords unto ourselves? If we were so, we should be dreadful exceptions to a law which secures the well being of the universe. Rather while we read concerning all things else, they continue and they serve, let us continue to serve, and to serve more perfectly as our lives are continued. By that Word which is settled may we be settled; by that voice which establishes the earth may we be established; and by that command which all created things obey may we be made the servants of the Lord God Almighty. 

V 92…Unless thy law had been my delights, I should then have perished in mine affliction.

If God’s Word had not been David’s delight, the trials and sorrows of this life would have been too much for him and he would have died. We too, without the LOVE of God and His Writ in our hearts and minds, we too, would shrivel up and die…

The Word which has preserved the heavens and the earth also preserves the people of God in their time of trial. With that Word we are in LOVE with; it is the delight of our hearts. We take a double and triple delight in it, and derive a multiplied delight from it, and this stands us in good stead when all other delights are taken from us.

Riches and possessions can be taken from us, but our LOVE for God’s Word can never be taken from us! We should have felt ready to lie down and die of our anguish if the spiritual comforts of God's Word had not uplifted us; but by their sustaining influence we have been raised above all the depressions and despairs which naturally grow out of severe affliction.

Some of us can set our seal to this statement. Our hardship, if it had not been for divine grace, would have crushed us out of existence, so that we should have perished. In our darkest seasons nothing has kept us from desperation but the promise of the Lord: yea, at times nothing has stood between us and self destruction save faith in the eternal Word of God. When worn with pain until the brain has become confused and the reason well nigh extinguished, a sweet text has whispered to us its heart cheering assurance, and our poor struggling mind has reposed upon the bosom of God. That which was our delight in prosperity has been our light in adversity; that which in the day kept us from presuming has in the night kept us from perishing. This verse contains a mournful assumption "unless"; describes a horrible condition, "perished in mine affliction"; and implies a glorious deliverance, for he did not die, but lives to proclaim the praise of the Word of God.

V 93…I will never forget thy precepts: for with them thou hast quickened me.

How could I ever forget your LOVING Words for it is by them that I breath, live, and are willing to die! My life IS ONLY BECAUSE OF THY WORD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

When we have felt the life giving power of a precept we never can forget it. We may read it, learn it, repeat it, and think we have it, and yet it may slip out of our minds; but if it has once given us life or renewed that life, there is no fear of its falling from our remembrance.

My first such verse was:

Matthew 6 v 33

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

Experience teaches, and teaches effectually. How blessed a thing it is to have the precepts written on the heart with the golden pea of experience, and graven on the memory with the divine stylus of grace. Forgetfulness is a great evil in holy things; we see here the man of God fighting against it, and feeling sure of victory because he knew the life giving energy of the Word in his own soul. That which delivers life to the heart is sure to give life to the memory.

It seems extraordinary that David should ascribe life to the precepts, and yet it lies in them and in all the Words of the Lord alike.

It is to be noted that when the Lord raised the dead He addressed to them the Word of command. He said, "Lazarus, come forth, " or "Maid, arise." We need not fear to address gospel precepts to dead sinners, since by them the Spirit gives them life.

The Psalmist does not say that the precepts give life to him, but that the Lord gives life to him by their means: thus he traces the life from tile channel to the source, and places the glory where it is due. Yet at the same time he prized the instruments of the blessing, and resolved never to forget them. David had already remembered them when he likened himself to a bottle in the smoke, and now he feels that whether in the smoke or in the fire the memory

V 94…I am thine, save me; for I have sought thy precepts.

I submit to thee fully, Lord save me according to thy Word. I have continually sought for thee through thy Words of truth…

This is a comprehensive prayer with a prevailing argument. Sanctification is a good plea for preservation. If we are conscious that we are the Lord's we may be confident that He will save us. We are the Lord's by creation, election, redemption, surrender, and acceptance; and hence our firm hope and assured belief that He will save us.

A person will surely save their own child: Lord, save me. The need of salvation is better seen by the Lord's people than by any others, and hence their prayer, "save me"; they know that only God can save them, and hence they cry to Him alone; and they know that no merit can be found in themselves, and hence they urge a reason fetched from the grace of God, "I am thine." "For I have sought thy precepts."

A person may be seeking the doctrines and the promises, and yet be unrenewed in heart; but to seek the precepts is a sure sign of grace; no one ever heard of a rebel or a hypocrite seeking the precepts. The Lord had evidently wrought a great work upon the Psalmist, and he besought Him to carry it on to completion. ***Saving is linked with seeking, "save me, for I have sought"; and when the Lord sets us seeking He will not refuse us the saving.*** He who seeks holiness is already saved: if we have sought the Lord we may be sure that the Lord has sought us, and will certainly save us.

V 95…The wicked have waited for me to destroy me: but I will consider thy testimonies.

The world has done everything to kill me and strip my faith from me, but I will hold on tightly to your holy testimonies…

The world is like wild beasts crouching by the way, or highway men waylaying a defenseless travelers; but the Psalmist went on his way without considering them, for he was considering something better, namely, the witness or testimony which God has given to the sons of men. He did not allow the malice of the wicked to take him off from his holy study of the divine Word.

When trials and persecutions overcome us, LET US KEEP OUR FOCUS ON GOD and HIS BEAUTIFUL WORD…

V 96…I have seen an end of all perfection: but thy commandment is exceeding broad.

Literally, “Of all consummations (perfections) I have seen the end:” as if one should say, every thing of human origin has its limits and end, howsoever extensive, noble, and excellent. All arts and sciences, languages, inventions, have their respective principles, have their limits and ends; as they came from man and relate to man, they shall end with man: but thy law, thy revelation, which is a picture of thy own mind, an external manifestation of thy own perfections, conceived in thy infinite ideas, in reference to eternal objects, is exceeding broad; transcends the limits of creation; and extends illimitably into eternity!

Man-kind in it’s greatest perfection has it’s limits, only by God’s grace

may anyone be saved. No work of man can ever save himself. By the eternal laws of God only through the atoning blood sacrifice of Jesus Christ can anyone be saved!!!

Titus 3 v 5-6

“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; 6 Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour;”

Man’s greatest feats are nothing, absolutely nothing, in light of God and the for ever settled laws of God’s Holy Word…….

If we cannot trust the Bible, we cannot trust anything at all!!!

Praise God for the Holy Bible……………………………..

Submitted by: Dr. Harold Chris Smith, sbc


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October 14, 2018


***Welcome to This Week's Sermon:


“a” Church

Evanston, Wyoming

“Thy Word Is Truth: Part 11”

Psalms 119 v 81-88

“My soul fainteth for thy salvation: but I hope in thy word. 82 Mine eyes fail for thy word, saying, When wilt thou comfort me? 83 For I am become like a bottle in the smoke; yet do I not forget thy statutes. 84 How many are the days of thy servant? when wilt thou execute judgment on them that persecute me? 85 The proud have digged pits for me, which are not after thy law. 86 All thy commandments are faithful: they persecute me wrongfully; help thou me. 87 They had almost consumed me upon earth; but I forsook not thy precepts. 88 Quicken me after thy lovingkindness; so shall I keep the testimony of thy mouth.”

Lord, You are Holy above all others, and all of the strength that we need is in Your hands.

We are not asking, Lord, that You take any trial away. Instead, we simply ask that Your will be done in our lives. Whatever that means, that is what we want.

But we admit that it’s hard, Lord.

Sometimes we feel like we can’t go on. The pain and the fear are too much for us, and we know that we don’t have the strength on our own to get through anything without You at our sides.

We know that we can come to You, Jehovah, and that You will hear our prayers. We know that it is not Your intent to bring us to this point just to leave us in the wilderness alone.

Please, Lord, give us the strength that we need to face today, and every day and every moment. We do not need to worry about tomorrow if You just give us the strength that we need today, that is all we ask.

Keep us from sinning. Help us to keep our eyes on You. You are the Holy Lord, the ONE AND ONLY TRUE GOD and all of our hope rests in You.

Sweet, sweet Lord, we are calling upon You today for
Your divine guidance and help, through Your divine revelation and through Your glorious word the Bible, YOUR HOLY, INNERANT, INFALLIBLE WRIT. We need Your supporting hand to keep us on the right and just path. Guide us Oh gracious heavenly Father...

Our hearts are troubled for those who are lost around us, help us with Your infinite wisdom, LOVE, grace, and mercy to reach out to those who are lost and needy everywhere in this fallen world. And with great boldness and compassion let us share Your LOVE and the good news of Your gospel…Save many Oh Lord.

Bless today’s message, and open our hearts, minds, bodies, souls and spirits for that which You want to reveal to us individu
ally and collectively. Give us the desire, strength, and courage to live our moment by moment lives as Your word opens to us…

Thank You for hearing our prayers and for staying by our sides. We pray all these things in Jesus' precious name Amen and eternally Amen…….


Caph is the eleventh division in this the longest psalm…

In this section the Psalmist laments his being grieved with some inward anguish. David complains of his enemies. David expresses his hope and constancy; and, He prays to God for comfort and grace.

V 81…My soul fainteth for thy salvation: but I hope in thy word.

The Psalmist, David, has enemies who have brought him to the lowest condition of anguish and depression; yet he is faithful to the law and trustful in his God. This portion of David’s discourse is the midnight of the psalm, and is very dark and black. Stars, however, shine out, and the last verse gives promise of the dawn. The mood will soon become more cheerful; but meanwhile it should minister comfort to us to see so prominent a servant of God so hardly used by the ungodly: ***clearly in our own persecutions, no stranger things have happened to us.***

David intensely seeks his salvation by God; he desperately desires the purification and restoration of his soul. Oh to be pure, living only to LOVE and serve God; Oh to be reconciled TO THE ONE TRUE GOD……………………………………………….

David wished for no deliverance but that which came from God: his one desire was for "thy salvation." ***But for that divine deliverance he was fervent to the last degree, up to the full measure of his strength, yea, and beyond it till he fainted.*** So strong was his desire that it produced prostration of spirit.

David grew weary with waiting, faint with watching, sick with urgent need. Thus the sincerity and the eagerness of his desires were proved. Nothing else could satisfy him but deliverance wrought out by the hand of God, his innermost being yearned and pined for salvation from the God of all grace, and he must have it or utterly fail.

“My heartstrings groan with deep complaint; My soul lies panting, Lord, for thee; And every limb and every joint stretches for perfect purity.”

Therefore he knew that salvation would come, for God will not break His promises, nor disappoint the hope which His own Word has produced in the genuine believer or the truly repentant sinner: yes, the fulfillment of His Word is near at hand when our hope is firm and our desire fervent.

Yet hope does not quench desire for a speedy answer to prayer; it increases our importunity, for it both stimulates the heart and sustains the heart under delays. To faint for salvation, and to be kept from utterly failing by the hope of it, is the frequent experience of the Christian...

While the grace of desire throws us down, the grace of hope lifts us up again. Hope comes from faith in God’s Word, and salvation comes from faith in the God Himself through His Holy Scriptures……………

V 82…Mine eyes fail for thy word, saying, When wilt thou comfort me?

David searches the Scriptures so diligently that his eyes grow weary with the search; his heart cries out “when oh Lord will I see victory over my sins and sorrows, WHEN OH LORD WILL I BE COMFORTED?”

To read the Word till the eyes can no longer see is but a small thing compared with watching for the fulfillment of the promise till the inner eyes of expectancy begin to grow dim with hope deferred. We cannot set times to God, for this is to limit the Holy One of Israel; yet we may urge our suit with importunity, and make fervent inquiry as to why the promise seems unanswered.

Psalms 6 v 8

“Depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity; for the LORD hath heard the voice of my weeping.”

Yet God will respond in His “perfect timing” and the Child, the Children of God, will be comforted and completely satisfied!!!

V 83…For I am become like a bottle in the smoke; yet do I not forget thy statutes.

In the eastern countries especially in the time of David, their bottles were made of animal skins; if one of these hung to closely to the smoke of a fire, the bottle over time will become parched and finally dried-up. ***This represents the exhausted state of David’s body and mind by long bodily affliction and mental distress.***

The David’s face through sorrow had become dark and dismal, wrinkled and lined; indeed, his whole body had so sympathized with his sorrowing mind as to have lost its natural moisture, and to have become like a skin dried and tanned. His character had been smoked with slander, and his mind parched with persecution; he was half afraid that he would become useless and incapable through so much mental suffering, and that men would look upon him as an old worn out skin bottle, which could hold nothing and answer no purpose.

What a metaphor for a man to use who was certainly a poet, a master in Israel, if not a king, and a man after God's own heart! It is little wonder if we, average folk, are made to think very little of ourselves, and are filled with distress of mind.

***Some of us know the inner meaning of this simile, for we, too, have felt dinghy, mean, and worthless, only fit to be cast away because of our own personal anxieties and because of those around us that knowingly or ignorantly treat us so .***

Very black and hot has been the smoke which has often surrounded us; it seems to come not alone from the Egyptian furnace, but from the bottomless pit; and it has a clinging power which makes the soot of it fasten upon us and blacken us with miserable thoughts.

I have felt that way………………………………………..

Here is the patience of the Saints and the victory of faith.

Blackened and sorrowful the person of God might be by falsehood, but the truth of God’s Word is still in them, weakened by their present condition, yet, NEVER DENYING GOD OR HIS BLESSED WORD…………………………..

The worst circumstances cannot destroy the true believer's hold upon His God and God’s Word. Grace is a living power which survives that which would suffocate all other forms of existence. Fire cannot consume it, and smoke cannot smother it. A person may be reduced to skin and bone, and all their comfort may be dried out of them, us, and yet we may hold fast to our integrity and glorify our BELOVED SAVIOR and GOD.

It is, however, no marvel that in such a case the eyes which are tormented with the smoke cry out for the Lord's delivering hand, and the heart heated and faint longs for the divine salvation.

We must keep focused on Jesus Christ and His only inerrant, infallible Word the Holy Bible!!!!!!!

V 84…How many are the days of thy servant? when wilt thou execute judgment on them that persecute me?

How long are our days upon this earthly plain, when Oh Lord will you execute judgment upon those who are wicked toward your servant.

This verse has no reference to God’s Word in it…

David caught up in his own pain and suffering temporarily loses focus on God’s Word.  He cannot hope to live long in such a condition (nor any Christian), he pleads that God would speedily come to rescue him, or quite literally David will die.

Shall all my short life be consumed in such destroying sorrows? The brevity of life is a good argument against the length of an affliction. Perhaps David, the Psalmist, means that his days seemed too many when they were spent in such distress. He has wished that they were ended, and therefore he asked in trouble, "How many are the days of thy servant?"

No one knows the appointed number of our days except the Lord, and therefore to Him the appeal is made that God would not prolong them beyond His servant's strength to bear…

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.”

God will provide the grace needed to overcome temptations of sin or of doubt.

David had placed his case in the Lord's hands, and he prayed that sentence might be given and put into execution. He desired nothing but justice, that his character might be cleared and his persecutors silenced. Again, David knew that God would certainly avenge His own elect, but the day of rescue seemed to drag on, the seconds moved into minutes, minutes into hours, hours into days, and days into weeks, months, and years, and the persecuted one cried day and night for deliverance.

Our prays for deliverance SHOULD ALWAYS BE PRESENT BEFORE THE LORD…………………………………………

1 Thessalonians 5 v 17

“Pray without ceasing.”

Said Paul.

Luke 18 v 3-7

“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?”

God will respond to the sincere prays of His children, not just sometimes, but ALWAYS!!!

But always in HIS PERFECT TIMING!!!

V 85…The proud have digged pits for me, which are not after thy law.

The ungodly, the proud in their own heart, those claiming they need not the true God, speak lies to me that are contrary to your living Word. The world takes every effort to deceive the young and to discourage the searcher and finder of God’s truth.

All who deny the holy writ are full of rot and decay and wish nothing less than “your” and “my” eternal demise……………………..

God’s Word gives life, anything contrary to it brings eternal death and destruction…………………………………………………….

As men who hunt wild beasts are wont to make pitfalls and snares, so did David's foes endeavor to entrap him. They went laboriously and cunningly to work to ruin him, "they dug pits"; not one, but many. If one would not take him, perhaps another would, and so they dug again and again. One would think that such haughty people would not have soiled their fingers with digging; but they swallowed their pride in hopes of swallowing their victim. Whereas they ought to have been ashamed of such meanness, they were conscious of no shame, but, on the contrary, were proud of their cleverness; proud of setting a trap for a godly man. Neither the men nor their pits were according to the divine law: they were cruel and crafty deceivers, and their pits were contrary to the Levitical law, and contrary to the command which bids us LOVE our neighbor.

If people would keep to the statutes of the Lord, they would lift the fallen out of the pit, or fill up the pit so that none might stumble into it; but they would never spend a moment in working injury to others.

When, however, they become proud, they are sure to despise others; and for this reason they seek to circumvent them, that they may afterwards hold them up to ridicule. It was well for David that his enemies were God's enemies, and that their attacks upon him had no sanction from the Lord. It was also much to his gain that he was not ignorant of their devices, for he was thus put upon his guard, and led to watch his ways lest he should fall into their pits.

While David kept to the law of the Lord he was safe, though even then it was an uncomfortable thing to have his path made dangerous by the craft of willful malice.

It is hard to stand firm in our faith, and to stay focused on God and His Word when everything around TELLS US WE ARE FOOLS!

Sometimes even other Christians will do things to discourage us or temp us to sin.

Matthew 16 v 23

“But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savors not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.”

We must know and live God’s Word to survive this world and it’s vicious attacks on our faith and on our God………………..

V 86…All thy commandments are faithful: they persecute me wrongfully; help thou me.

Each and every word, every jot and tittle of your inerrant, infallible Word, all “66” books of your Old and New Testaments are faithful, true, perfect, leading one to salvation which is eternally joyful everlasting life!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2 Timothy 3 v 15-17

“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. 16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.”

The Holy Bible has everything to lead a Christian to live an absolutely perfect holy life, manifested in any genuine “good” work…

The Psalmist had no fault to find with God's law, even though he had fallen into sad trouble through obedience to it. Whatever the command might cost him it was worth it; he felt that God's way might be rough, but it was right; it might make him enemies, but still it was his best friend. He believed that in the end God's command would turn out to his own profit, and that he should be no loser by obeying it.

Obedience to God’s Word ultimately brings ETERNAL JOY and VICTORY!!!

The fault lay with David’s persecutors, and neither with his God nor with himself. He had done no injury to anyone, nor acted otherwise than according to truth and justice; therefore he confidently appeals to his God, and cries, "Help thou me." This is a golden prayer, as precious as it is short. The words are few, but the meaning is full.

Help was needed that the persecuted one might avoid the snare, might bear up under reproach, and might act so prudently as to baffle his foes. God's help is our hope. Whoever may hurt us, it matters not so long as the Lord helps us; for if indeed the Lord helps us, none can really hurt us. Many a time have these words been groaned out by troubled Saints, for they are such as suit a thousand conditions of need, pain, distress, weakness, and sin. "Help, Lord, "will be a fitting prayer for youth and age, for labor and suffering, for life and death.

No other help is sufficient, but God's help is all sufficient, and we cast ourselves upon it without fear.

V 87…They had almost consumed me upon earth; but I forsook not thy precepts.

Had it not been for thy mercy, we would all have been destroyed under the oppressive captivity by the world’s wickedness...

But still we did not and must not forsake your glorious and most blessed Word………………………………………………..

David’s foes had almost destroyed him so as to make him altogether fail. If they could they would have eaten him, or burned him alive; anything so that they could have made a full end of the good man. Evidently he had fallen under their power to a large extent, and they had so used that power that he was well nigh consumed.

He was almost gone from off the earth; but almost is not altogether, and so he escaped by the skin of his teeth. The lions are chained: they can rage no further than our God permits. The Psalmist perceives the limit of their power: they could only touch his earthly life and earthly goods. Upon earth they almost ate him up, but he had an eternal portion which they could not even nibble at.

Nothing could drive David from obeying the Lord. If we stick to the precepts we shall be rescued by the promises.

If careless practice of God’s Word could have driven the oppressed Saint from the way of right, the purpose of the wicked would have been answered, and we should have heard no more of David or of ourselves...

If we are resolved to die sooner than forsake the Lord, we may depend upon it that we shall not die, but shall live to see the overthrow of them that hate us.

God will save the soul of the sincere repentant sinner, and no one can take the “born again” believer out of the hand of Jesus Christ!!!

V 88…Quicken me after thy loving-kindness; so shall I keep the testimony of thy mouth.

Life will come to the genuine LOVING follower of Jesus Christ. The true believer will do all in their power to live a pure, perfect, and holy life in obedience to God and His eternal Word……………….

Without the spiritual life there is no obedience; we must therefore rise from the dead, and be quickened by the Spirit of Christ living in us.

If alive (quickened) by the Holy Spirit we shall be sure to exhibit a holy character. We shall be faithful to sound doctrine when the Spirit visits us and makes us faithful. None keep the Word of the Lord's mouth unless the Word of the Lord's mouth quickens them.

We ought greatly to admire the spiritual discretion of the Psalmist, who does not so much pray for freedom from trial as for renewed life that he may be supported under it. When the inner life is vigorous all is well.

David prayed for a sound heart in the closing verse of the last section (Yod), and here he seeks a revived heart; this is going to the root of the matter, by seeking that which is the most needful of all things.

Lord, let it be heart work with us to sincerely desire to keep each and every Word from your mouth, and let our hearts be right with thee.

As we close this week, may we ever remember, not only is it our LOVE offering to learn, understand, and to obey God’s Word; but it is our obligation of LOVE to teach God’s Word to all the children that come after us…………………………………………………….

Deuteronomy 6 v 2

“That thou mightest fear the LORD thy God, to keep all his statutes and his commandments, which I command thee, thou, and thy son, and thy son's son, all the days of thy life; and that thy days may be prolonged.”

Submitted by: Dr. Harold Chris Smith, sbc


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October 7, 2018


***Welcome to This Week's Sermon:

“a” Church

Evanston, Wyoming

“Thy Word Is Truth: Part 10”

Psalms 119 v 73-80

“Thy hands have made me and fashioned me: give me understanding, that I may learn thy commandments. 74 They that fear thee will be glad when they see me; because I have hoped in thy word. 75 I know, O LORD, that thy judgments are right, and that thou in faithfulness hast afflicted me. 76 Let, I pray thee, thy merciful kindness be for my comfort, according to thy word unto thy servant. 77 Let thy tender mercies come unto me, that I may live: for thy law is my delight. 78 Let the proud be ashamed; for they dealt perversely with me without a cause: but I will meditate in thy precepts. 79 Let those that fear thee turn unto me, and those that have known thy testimonies. 80 Let my heart be sound in thy statutes; that I be not ashamed..”

LOVING Father, thank You for the example of Jesus Who cried, Father forgive … on the cross. Help us to be ones that freely and willingly pray forgiveness over those who are our enemies or perceived enemies, and those - who for whatever reason dislike or try to harm Your people.

Lord we thank You that even the people in our lives who despise and ill-use us have a divine purpose in Your perfect plan – in that it drives us back into Your arms of LOVE, so that we may lift them up to Your throne of grace in prayer – asking for their forgiveness and salvation and releasing in us any pent-up hatred or bitterness - that is so damaging to our souls and well-being.

Forgive our enemies Lord and all those who have tried to hurt or harm us…Look down in pity on all those who we term ‘enemies’ and give us the grace to show them the LOVE of Christ in our daily moment by moment actions and attitudes towards them. Keep our thoughts from becoming resentful or seeking revenge but rather release in our hearts the peace that only comes from casting all our cares on You – including our enemies.

Give us the grace, not only to truly forgive all our enemies but also to bless those who persecute us – for in so doing we see a dim reflection of Your enormous grace towards us.

May we always hold true to Your beLOVED word, keeping Your precepts in thought, word, and deed. May we have always complete trust and confidence in Your holy writ. And believing every jot and tittle of Your only inerrant, infallible word the Bible. May this day and everyday be a day we glorify You, and LOVE those You died for, all those You created.

May these prayers we pray today magnify Your LOVE for all, and give honor to Your name. In Jesus name we pray all these things Amen and eternally Amen and Amen…….


“When God's Word really becomes a part of one's soul, that one can never be the same again.”  Days of Praise

This quote from the devotional “Days of Praise” epitomizes the “truth” of the gospel of Jesus Christ. The “TRUTH” is we are saved by grace through faith and not of any works we could ever do, for salvation IS A FREE GIFT FROM GOD, ours “if” we genuinely accept that gift…….

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.”

***There are no works of righteousness or good deeds or good works of any kind that we could ever do to save ourselves or to pay even a minute portion of our personal debt for our own sins…….***

Titus 3 v 5-6

“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; 6 Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; “

We are saved through the BLOOD SACRIFICE of Jesus Christ and Him alone…….

But there is a big, and I mean a big qualification for being saved!!!

A non-negotiable requirement pre-ordained of God, which is an absolute prerequisite TO BE SAVED…

This requisite is ordained of God, and only by God’s grace, mercy, and LOVE working in the life of the individual by the power of the Holy Spirit MAY ANYONE COME TO A SAVING KNOWLEDGE OF JESUS CHRIST.

The one requirement is THAT THE INDIVIDUAL GENUINELY CHOOSE TO ACCEPT JESUS CHRIST AS THEIR ONLY LORD, ONLY GOD, and ONLY SAVIOR…….

This choice must be heartfelt and genuine to the individual and though it is their, our choice, ONLY GOD CAN GIVE US THE ABILITY TO SAY “YES” OR “NO” TO HIM.

This is what the phrase “becomes a part of one’s soul” describes so eloquently in “Days of Praise”. Or as Psalms 119 describes as “with thy whole heart”, or the Psalmist’s continued prayer, asking God to teach him God’s ways, and pleading with God to help him keep the precepts of God. These all are ways of declaring and showing God our sincerity of conviction that WE ARE TRULY REPENTANT OF OUR SINS, and that THE INDIVIDUAL TRULY LOVES THE LORD and GOD’S WORDS THE BIBLE…….

Our good works all of which are not the cause of our salvation but rather the sincere result of our salvation are some of the evidences of our genuine LOVE for God and His living Word…

Simply saying we are Christian does not make us one, sincerely LOVING God does………………………………………….

Today as we study “Yod” the tenth division in Psalms 119, we will continue to examine the Psalmist’s devoutness and sincere LOVE for God and His Word.

*In the first place the Psalmist prays for understanding, comfort, and

mercy; and uses this argument, I am thy creature: “Thy hands have

fashioned me.”

*The Psalmist prays for understanding: Give me heavenly light and influence.

*He prays for this that he may learn God’s commandments. This was his end.

The letter: “Yod”

V 73…Thy hands have made me and fashioned me: give me understanding, that I may learn thy commandments.

The Psalmist David declares to God, “You are my Creator, you have formed me and made me who I am”. Therefore I appeal to you to give me the understanding of your Word that I might obey it always.

The world says, we were created by some chance happening, that they call the “big bang”. Even some professing Christians weaken and give in to humanistic theology and choose to believe in evolution instead of “Special Creation”, God spoke all things created into existence. Here in Psalms 119, God through David makes clear: GOD IS THE CREATOR. God formed us to be human beings.

It is advantageous to remember our creation is from divine origins not chance happenings, THAT ALL OF GOD’S CREATION WAS PLANNED and THUS PROFOUNDLY SPECIAL. It excites reverence, gratitude, and affection towards God when we view Him as our Maker, putting forth the careful skill and power of His hands in our forming and fashioning. YHWH, Jehovah God took a personal interest in us, making us with His own hands; God was doubly thoughtful, for He is described both as making and molding us. In both giving existence and arranging existence God manifested LOVE and wisdom; and therefore we find reasons for praise, confidence, and expectation in our being and well being.

As thou hast made me, teach me. Here is the vessel which thou hast fashioned; Lord, fill it. Thou hast given me both soul and body; grant me now thy grace that my soul may know thy will, and my body may join in the performance of it. The plea is very forcible; it is an enlargement of the cry, "Forsake not the work of thine own hands." Without understanding the divine law and rendering obedience to it we are imperfect and useless; but we may reasonably hope that the great Potter will complete His work and give the finishing touch to it by imparting to it sacred knowledge and holy practice.

If God had roughly made us, and had not also elaborately fashioned us, this argument would lose much of its force; but surely from the delicate art and awe-inspiring skill which the Lord has shown in the formation of the human body, we may infer that He is prepared to take equal pains with the soul till it shall perfectly bear his image.

A person without a mind is an idiot, the mere mockery of a human being; and a mind without grace is wicked, the sad perversion of a mind. We pray that we may not be left without a spiritual judgment: for this the Psalmist prayed, and he here pleads for it again; there is no true knowing and keeping of the commandments without it. ***Fools can sin; but only those who are taught of God can be holy.*** We often speak of gifted people; but those who have the best gifts are those whom God has given a sanctified understanding wherewith to know and prize the ways of the Lord.

Note well that David's prayer for understanding is not for the sake of speculative knowledge, and the gratification of his curiosity: he desires an enlightened judgment that he may learn God's commandments, and so become obedient and holy. This is the best of learning. A person may abide in the College where this science is taught all their days, and yet cry out for ability to learn more. The commandment of God is exceeding broad, and so it affords scope for the most vigorous and instructed mind: in fact, no person has by nature an understanding capable of compassing so wide a field, and hence the prayer, "give me understanding"…….

I can learn other things with the mind I have, but thy law is so pure, so perfect, spiritual and sublime, that I need to have my mind enlarged before I can become proficient in it. David appeals to his Maker to do this, as if he felt that no power short of that which made him could make him wise unto holiness. We need a new creation, and who can grant us that but the Creator himself?

2 Corinthians 5 v 17

“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”

He who made us to live must make us to learn; He who gave us power to stand must give us grace to understand. Let us each one breathe to heaven the prayer of this verse ere we advance a step further, for we shall be lost even in these petitions unless we pray our way through them, and cry to God for understanding.  

V 74…They that fear thee will be glad when they see me; because I have hoped in thy word.

Those who are genuine Christians will be glad and will rejoice at my faithfulness. For they will see God’s light, God’s LOVE, God’s living Word in my life and actions…

Matthew 5 v 16

“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”

When a child of God obtains grace for themselves they become a blessing to others, especially if that grace has made them a person of sound understanding and holy knowledge. God fearing men and women are encouraged when they meet with experienced believers. A hopeful person is a God send when things are declining or in danger.

When the hopes of one believer are fulfilled their companions are filled with joy and established, and led to hope also. It is good for the eyes to see a person whose witness is that the Lord is true; it is the delight of Saints to hold discussions with their more mature brothers and sisters in Christ.

V 75…I know, O LORD, that thy judgments are right, and that thou in faithfulness hast afflicted me.

I know God that every Word of your book is true, and any affliction that happens to me is controlled by thy sovereign will in your wisdom and mercy, only that which you allow has happened to me. Afflictions can go just so far, and then your mighty hand controls the eternal consequences…

We who would learn most must be thankful for what we already know, and be willing to confess it to the glory of God. The Psalmist had been sorely tried, but he had continued to hope in God under his trial, and now he avows his conviction that he had been justly and wisely chastened. This he not only thought but knew, so that he was positive about it, and spoke without a moment's hesitation. Saints are sure about the rightness of their troubles, even when they cannot see the intent of them. It made the godly glad to hear David say this,

And that thou in faithfulness hast afflicted me. Because LOVE required severity, therefore the Lord exercised it. It was not because God was unfaithful that the believer found themselves in a sore strait, but for just the opposite reason: it was the faithfulness of God to His covenant which brought the chosen one under the rod. It might not be needful that others should be tried just then; but it was necessary to the Psalmist, and therefore the Lord did not withhold the blessing.

Often when we sin or temporarily go down our own path of choice, God delivers us through the blessing of His LOVING chastisement. The genuine Christian rejoices in God’s gracious chastising hand…

V 76…Let, I pray thee, thy merciful kindness be for my comfort, according to thy word unto thy servant.

My trust in Thee and thy mercies through thy Word are joyous comforts to me in even my greatest of trials. I suffer the agony but I see the joy and comfort set before me.

Having confessed the righteousness of the Lord, David now appeals to God’s mercy, and while he does not ask that the rod may be removed, he earnestly begs for comfort under it. Righteousness and faithfulness afford us no consolation if we cannot also taste of mercy, and, blessed be God, this is promised us in the Word, and therefore we may expect it. The words "merciful kindness, "are a happy combination, and express exactly what we need in affliction: mercy to forgive the sin, and kindness to sustain under the sorrow.

With these we can be comfortable in the cloudy and dark day, and without them we are wretched indeed; for these, therefore, let us pray unto the Lord, whom we have grieved by our sin, and let us plead the Word of his grace as our sole reason for expecting God’s favor.

Blessed be His name, notwithstanding our faults we are still His servants, and we serve a compassionate Master. Some read the last clause, "according to thy saying unto thy servant"; some special saying of the Lord was remembered and pleaded: can we not remember some such "faithful saying, "and make it the groundwork of our petitioning? That phrase, "according to thy word," is a very favorite one; it shows the motive for mercy and the manner of mercy.

***Our prayers are according to the mind of God when they are according to the Word of God.***

V 77…Let thy tender mercies come unto me, that I may live: for thy law is my delight.

Lord, let your Fatherly feelings come unto me, Abba, Daddy, show me your mercy; that I may survive…

For I truly LOVE you and thy precious Word………………………

David needed not only mercy, but "mercies, "and these must be of a very gracious and considerate kind, even "tender mercies, "for he was sore with his wounds. These gentle favors must be of the Lord's giving, for nothing less would suffice; and they must "come" all the way to the sufferer's heart, for he was not able to journey after them; all he could do was to sigh out, "Oh that they would come."

If deliverance did not soon come, he felt ready to expire, and yet he told us but a verse or so ago that he hoped in God's Word: how true it is that hope lives on when death seems written on all sides.

A heathen said, "dum spiro spero, "while I breathe I hope; but the Christian can say, "dum expiro spero, "even when I expire I still expect the blessing.

Yet no true child of God can live without the tender mercy of their heavenly Father; it; is death to us to be under God's displeasure.

Notice, again, the poetic combination of the words of our English version. Was there ever a sweeter sound than this, "tender mercies"? A person who has been grievously afflicted, and yet tenderly touched is the only person who knows the meaning of such perfect language.

How truly we live when tender mercy comes to us. Then we do not merely exist, but live; we are lively, full of life, vivacious, and vigorous. We know not what life is till we know God. Some are said to die by the visitation of God, but we live by it.

O blessed faith! It is the genuine Christian who rejoices in the law even when its broken precepts cause them to suffer.

***To delight in the Word when it rebukes us, is proof that we are profiting under it.***

Surely this is a plea which will prevail with God, however bitter our sorrows may be; if we still delight in the law of the Lord, He cannot let us die; He must and will cast a tender look upon us and comfort our hearts.

V 78…Let the proud be ashamed; for they dealt perversely with me without a cause: but I will meditate in thy precepts.

The Psalmist begged that the judgments of God might no longer fall upon himself, but upon his cruel adversaries.

***God will not suffer those who hope in His Word to be put to shame, for He reserves that reward for haughty spirits: they shall yet be overtaken with confusion, and become the subjects of contempt, while God's afflicted ones shall again lift up their heads.***

The proud and the unrepentant sinner in the end, WILL GET WHAT THEY DESERVE!!!

Shame is for the proud, for it is a shameful thing to be proud. Shame is not for the holy, for there is nothing in holiness to be ashamed of.

Job 40 v 12

“Look on every one that is proud, and bring him low; and tread down the wicked in their place.”

Proverb 16 v 5

“Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD: though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished.”

Those who wrongfully persecute us WILL BE PUNISHED, if they do not submit to God’s will and holy Word…….

David would leave the proud in God's hands, and give himself up to holy studies and contemplations. To obey the divine precepts we have need to know them, and think much of them. Hence this persecuted Saint felt that meditation must be his chief employment.

***The child of God would study the law of God and not the law of retaliation.***

The proud are not worth a thought. The worst injury they can do us is to take us away from our devotions; let us baffle them by keeping all the closer to our God when they are most malicious in their onslaughts.

V 79…Let those that fear thee turn unto me, and those that have known thy testimonies.

Let those who truly LOVE Jehovah, YHWH, look at my example. I was never perfect, but with my whole heart, my whole body, and my whole soul I have LOVED HIS WAYS and SOUGHT WITH EVERY POWER OF MY BEING TO SERVE HIM, TO OBEY HIM, and VASTLY MORE IMPORTANTLY TO LOVE HIM!!!!!!! Know that I was lost but now am found, was burning but now by the grace, mercy, and the LOVE of God I AM PLUCKED OUT OF THE FIRE BY THE BEAUTIFUL SHED BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST!!!!!!!

Perhaps the tongue of slander had alienated some of the godly, and probably the actual faults of David had grieved many more. He begs God to turn to him, and then to turn his people towards him. Those who are right with God are also anxious to be right with His children. David craved the LOVE and sympathy of gracious men of all grades, of those who were beginners in grace, and of those who were mature in piety, "those that fear thee, "and "those that have known thy testimonies." We cannot afford to lose the LOVE of the least of the Saints, and if we have lost their esteem we may most properly pray to have it restored.

David was the leader of the godly party in the nation, and it wounded him to the heart when he perceived that those who feared God were not as glad to see him as aforetime they had been. He did not bluster and say that if they could do without him, lie could very well do without them; but he so deeply felt the value of their sympathy, that he made it a matter of prayer that the Lord would turn their hearts to him again.

***Those who are dear to God, and are instructed in His Word, should be very precious in our eyes, and we should do our utmost to be upon good terms with them.***

David has two descriptions for the Saints, they are God fearing and God knowing. They possess both devotion and instruction; they have both the spirit and the science of true religion. We know some believers who are gracious, but not intelligent; and, on the other hand, we also know certain professors who have all head and no heart: the Psalmist is the man who combines devotion with intelligence. We neither care for devout dunces nor for intellectual icebergs. When fearing, and knowing walk hand in hand they cause people to be thoroughly furnished unto every good work.

If these are my choice companions I may hope that I am one of their order. Let such persons ever turn to me because they find in me agreeable company.

V 80…Let my heart be sound in thy statutes; that I be not ashamed.

As this section ends David prays, Lord let every part of my being be thoroughly saturated in your scriptures, in your statutes, so that I never need to be ashamed for my spiritual ignorance…

Possess me and let me possess you, your LOVE, and your blessed Word…………………………………………………….

Let us be one……………………………………….

This is even more important than to be held in esteem by good men. This is the root of the matter.

***If the heart be sound in obedience to God and His Word the Bible, all is well, or will be well.***

If right at heart we are right in the main. If we be not sound before God, our name for piety is an empty sound.

***Mere profession will fail, and undeserved esteem will disappear like a bubble when it bursts; only sincerity and truth will endure in the evil day.***

Those whom are right at heart have no reason for shame, and they never shall have any; hypocrites ought to be ashamed now, and they shall one day be put to shame without end; their hearts are rotten, and their names shall rot.

This eightieth verse is a variation of the prayer of the seventy-third verse; there David sought sound understanding, here David goes deeper, and begs for a sound heart. Those who have learned their own frailty by sad experience, are led to dive beneath the surface, and cry to the Lord for truth in the inward parts.

In closing the consideration of these eight verses, let us join with the writer in the prayer, "Let my heart be sound in thy statutes."

Lord help each of us LOVE YOUR WORD THE BIBLE…….

Submitted by: Dr. Harold Chris Smith, sbc


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September 30, 2018


***Welcome to This Week's Sermon:

“a” Church

Evanston, Wyoming

“Thy Word Is Truth: Part 9”

Psalms 119 v 65-72

“Thou hast dealt well with thy servant, O Jehovah, according unto thy word. 66 Teach me good judgment and knowledge; For I have believed in thy commandments. 67 Before I was afflicted I went astray; But now I observe thy word. 68 Thou art good, and doest good; Teach me thy statutes. 69 The proud have forged a lie against me: With my whole heart will I keep thy precepts. 70 Their heart is as fat as grease; But I delight in thy law. 71 It is good for me that I have been afflicted; That I may learn thy statutes. 72 The law of thy mouth is better unto me Than thousands of gold and silver.”

Father we are not of this world system but have a heavenly inheritance, reserved for us in heaven, and so we pray that we will no longer be conformed into the pattern of this world and squeezed into its mold, but day by day be increasingly transformed into the image and likeness of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Help us to take every thought captive and to surrender our hearts and lives to You in true obedience and godly humility. May we who are Your children be drawn closer to each other and to You as You do a good work in each of our lives. Build us up into a spiritual house, where Christ is the cornerstone and may Your indwelling Holy Spirit – prompt and guide us, encourage and train.

Lord we surrender all to You today and pray that we may walk in newness of LOVE and humble obedience all the days of our lives.

Thank You God that You are our Saviour. Thank You Father for Your Word of Truth and thank You Lord that Your desire to transform all Your children into the image and likeness of the Lord Jesus, as we depend on You for all things. Father we want to live a godly life and live in humility of heart and in obedience to Your word.

Lord, the eyes of our hearts are on You and our confidence is in Your Word. Inspire, convict, teach and correct us we pray through the Scriptures and may we develop a teachable and correctable spirit, in submission to the leading and guidance of Your Holy Spirit.

Help us to look into the mirror of Your Word and let its truth search out areas in us that need to be rooted out, and may we grow in humble obedience to Your ways and help us to reflect the LOVE of the Lord Jesus in our walk and word.

Lead us Lord in the righteous path that You would have us go and help us not to rely on our own human knowledge and strength but help us to depend implicitly on Your godly wisdom and power, knowing that we do not fight against flesh and blood but against principalities and spiritual powers in high places.

Lord we know that we are not to live by worldly might or fleshly power but by Your Spirit, and so help us we pray, to stand against the evil tactics of the enemy and to withstand his fiery darts and satanic strategies. Endue us with the spiritual wisdom to fight the fight of faith in our lives and may we obediently stand firm in the evil day, looking to Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith as we abide in Him and He in us.

In Jesus’ most precious name Amen and eternally Amen……..


As we begin this 9th division of Psalms 119, I want us to especially see two great truths in this section. Of course the world sees most of the truths of the Bible to be obtuse and archaic with little if any value in today’s ‘real’ world. These two great truths that are in this section are especially loathsome to those who are lost. ***Yet for the genuine Christian these two great truths are foundational realities to human existence…

The first,

“It is good that we have experienced affliction, that the affliction leads us to God’s Word”

The second,

“The Bible and it’s Godly wisdom IS FAR MORE VALUABLE THAN ANY THING THIS WORLD HAS TO OFFER.”

Both truths the world reads and absolutely is sickened by the thought of them……

But today we will discuss how these truths and others about the Word of God are supreme blessings to those who LOVE God and are called to be His Children…

Now let us look at the 9th division of Psalms 119, the letter: Teth.

The Psalmist, having been afflicted, shows,

*How graciously God dealt with him, in bringing him profitably through affliction.

*He prays for a right judgment and knowledge.

*He expresses his LOVE to God’s law, and the value he set upon it.

*The Psalmist shows much of his affliction was caused by the wicked.

*He shows the condition of the godly.

V 65…Thou hast dealt well with thy servant, O Jehovah, according unto thy word.

Everything God has promised through His Word: HAS COME TO PASS, Jehovah has kept His written Word with all it’s plethora of promises and blessings to and for His children, the “born again” believer…….

John 3 v 5-7

“Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except one be born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God! 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born anew.”

Every servant of God can testify that God has done him nothing but good, and therefore he can speak well of His name and of God’s inerrant Word...

This is the summary of the Psalmist’s life, and assuredly it is the sum of ours. The Psalmist tells the Lord the conclusion of his heart; he cannot be silent, he must speak his gratitude in the presence of Jehovah, his God. From the universal goodness of God in nature,

Psalms 119 v 64

“The earth, O Jehovah, is full of thy loving-kindnesses: Teach me thy statutes.”

It is an easy and pleasant step to a confession of the Lord's uniform goodness to us personally. It is something that God has dealt at all with such insignificant and unworthy beings as we are, and it is far more that He has dealt well with us, and so well, so wondrously well.

God has done all things well: this truth has no exception. In divine intervention and in grace, in giving prosperity and sending adversity, in everything Jehovah, YHWH, has dealt well with us. ***In return it is only fitting that we acknowledge His LOVE, grace, and mercy for us; and give praise of this kindness…

This kindness of the Lord’s is, however, no chance matter: He promised to do so, and He has done it according to His Word. It is very precious to see the Word of the Lord fulfilled in our happy experience; it endears the Scripture to us, and creates in us a LOVE for the Lord of that Scripture. The book of divine intervention tallies with the book of promise, the Bible: what we read in the page of inspiration we meet with again in the leaves of our life story.

We may not have thought that it would be so, but our unbelief is repented of now that we see the mercy of the Lord to us, and His faithfulness to His Word; henceforth we are bound to display a firmer faith both in God and in His promises. ***God has spoken well, and He has dealt well.

Yhwh, Jehovah, IS THE FINEST OF MASTERS; for it is to a very unworthy and incapable servant that God has acted so blessedly. Should this not compel us for LOVE’S sake to willingly and voluntarily delight in God’s presence and service more and more? We cannot say that we have dealt well with our Master; for when we have done all, we are unprofitable servants;

Isaiah 64 v 6A

“But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags…”

But as for our Lord, He has given us light work, large maintenance, LOVING encouragement, and liberal wages (ETERNAL LIFE: SALVATION).

It is a wonder that God has not long ago DESTROYED us, or at least reduced our allowances, or handled us roughly; yet we have had no hard dealings, all has been ordered with as much consideration as if we had rendered perfect obedience. We have had bread enough and to spare, our dress has been duly supplied, and His service has ennobled us and made us happy as kings. Complaints we have none. We lose ourselves in adoring thanks, and find ourselves again in thoughtful thanksgiving to our God…….

V 66…Teach me good judgment and knowledge; For I have believed in thy commandments.

 

Teach me to have wisdom and discernment. Let me see and know the importance of Divine things, and give me a perfect LOVE and understanding for your blessed Word...

Again the Psalmist pleads for teaching. Since God had dealt well with him, he is encouraged to pray for judgment to appreciate the Lord's goodness. Good judgment is the form of goodness which the godly person most needs and most desires, and it is one which the Lord is most ready to bestow.

David felt that he had frequently failed in judgment in the matter of the Lord's dealings with him: from want of knowledge he had misjudged the chastening hand of the heavenly Father, and therefore he now asks to be better instructed, since he perceives the injustice which he had done to the Lord by his hasty conclusions. He means to say, Lord, thou didst deal well with me when I thought thee hard and stern, be pleased to give me more intelligence, that I may not a second time think so ill of my Lord. A sight of our errors and a sense of our ignorance should make us teachable.

We are not able to judge, for our knowledge is so sadly inaccurate and imperfect; if the Lord teaches us knowledge we shall attain to good judgment, but not otherwise. The Holy Spirit alone can fill us with light, and set the understanding upon a proper balance: let us ardently long for His teachings, since it is most desirable that we should be no longer mere children in knowledge and understanding.

John 16 v 13

“Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will show you things to come.”

The Holy Spirit is the SPIRIT OF ALL TRUTH…….

Hebrews 5 v 13-14

“Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. 14 But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.”

Studying God’s Word thoroughly and repeatedly will help the Child of God understand and live out God’s righteousness in their, our, daily moment by moment lives……………………………………

A person who has learned discernment by experience, and has thus become a person of sound judgment, is a valuable member of a church, and the means of much edification to others. Let all who would be greatly useful offer the prayer of this verse: "Teach me good judgment and knowledge."

V 67…Before I was afflicted I went astray; But now I observe thy word.

Many have been humbled under affliction myself included, and we have been taught to know ourselves and humble ourselves before God. Only through the pain and sorrow of our afflictions can many of us come to a full understanding of how great our sin was and how desperately WE NEEDED A SAVIOR!!!!!!! Affliction sanctified by God is a great blessing; unsanctified, it is an additional curse……

The pain and sorrow of our affliction that brings us to true repentance IS A GLORIOUS BLESSING, a chastisement by God that leads to genuine salvation and absolute faith in Him IS WORTH EVERYTHING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Often our trials or afflictions act as a thorn hedge to keep us in the good pasture, but our prosperity is a opening through which we go astray. If any of us remember a time in which we had no trouble, we also probably recollect that then grace was low and temptation was strong. The silliest and most foolish things I ever did were when I felt on top of the world and thought nothing could harm me.

It may be that some believer cries, "O that it were with me as in those summer days before I was afflicted." Such a sigh is usually most unwise, and arises from a carnal love of ease: the spiritual person who prizes growth in grace will bless God that those dangerous days are over, and that if the weather be more stormy it is also usually more healthy for our faith...

It is well when the mind is open and candid, as in this instance: perhaps David would never have known and confessed his own straying if he had not smarted under the rod. Let us join in his humble acknowledgments, for doubtless we have imitated him in his straying.

Why is it that a little ease works in us so much disease?

Can we never rest without rusting?

Never be filled without waxing fat?

Never rise as to one world without going down as to another!

What weak creatures we are to be unable to bear a little pleasure!

What base hearts are those which turn the abundance of God's goodness into an occasion for sin? Yet we often do so, be honest, don’t we!!!

Grace is in that heart which profits by its chastening. It is of no use to plough barren soil. When there is no spiritual life affliction works no spiritual benefit; but where the heart is sound trouble awakens conscience, wandering is confessed, the soul becomes again obedient to the command, and continues to be so.

Whipping will not turn a rebel into a child; but to the true child a mere touch of the rod is a sure curative. In the Psalmist's case the medicine of affliction worked a change, “but"; an immediate change, "now";


a lasting change, "have I"

an inward change, "have I kept";

a change towards God, "thy word."

Before his trouble David wandered, but after it he kept within the hedge of the Word, and found good pasture for his soul the trial tethered him to his proper place; it kept him, and then he kept God's Word. Sweet are the uses of adversity, and this is one of them, it puts a bridle upon transgression and furnishes a spur for holiness.

V 68…Thou art good, and doest good; Teach me thy statutes.

And because thou art good, thou doest good; and because thou delightest to do good, teach me thy statutes.

God is perfectly good, He always does good according to His Word. God will keep His Word to us, not contradicting anything that is written in the Bible!!!

David sees the perfection of God’s Word and pleads once again for God to teach him ALL OF HIS WORD…….

Even in affliction God is good, and does good. This is the confession of experience. God is essential goodness in Himself, and in every attribute of His nature He is good in the fullest sense of the term; indeed, God has a monopoly of goodness, for there is none good but one, that is God.

Luke 18 v 19

“And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? none is good, save one, even God.”

His acts are according to His nature: from a pure source flow pure streams. God is not latent and ill active goodness; He displays Himself by His doings, God is actively beneficent, God does good. How much good God does no tongue can tell! How good God is no heart can conceive! It is well to worship the Lord as the poet here does by describing Him. Facts about God are the best praise of God.

All the glory we can give to God is to reflect His own glory upon Himself. We can say no more good of God than God is and does. We believe in His goodness, and so honor Him by our faith; we admire that goodness, and so glorify Him by our LOVE; we declare that goodness, and so magnify him by our testimony.

The child of God is a learner, and delights to learn: we ascribe this to the goodness and grace of the Lord, and hope that for the same reason God will allow us to remain in the school and learn on till we can perfectly practice every lesson.

The Saint’s chosen class book is the royal statutes, the Bible, WE NEED NO OTHER.

We know the sad result of breaking those statutes, and by a painful experience we have been led back to the way of righteousness; and therefore we plead as the greatest possible instance of the divine goodness that we might be taught a perfect knowledge of the law, and a complete conformity to it.

We who mourn that we have not always kept the Word, long to be taught it, and we who rejoice that by grace we have been taught to keep it desire all the more to be instructed in it.

V 69…The proud have forged a lie against me: With my whole heart will I keep thy precepts.

The world looks at our imperfections and declares us to be hypocrites and liars, yet we have sincerely tried to obey His Word with our whole being, every particle of our heart and soul…

To injure David’s character his enemies resorted to falsehood, for they could not find anything against him if they spoke the truth. They forged a lie as a blacksmith beats out a weapon of iron, or they counterfeited the truth as men forge false coin. The original language may suggest a common expression, "They have patched up a lie against me." They were not too proud to lie. Pride is a lie, and when a proud man utters lies "he speaks of his own."

Proud people are usually the bitterest opponents of the righteous: they are envious of their good fame and are eager to ruin it. Slander is a cheap and handy weapon if the object is the destruction of a gracious reputation; and when many proud ones conspire to concoct, exaggerate, and spread abroad a malicious falsehood, they generally succeed in wounding their victim, and it is no fault of theirs if they do not kill him outright.

Oh the venom which lies under the tongue of a liar! Many a happy life has been embittered by it, and many a good repute has been poisoned as with the deadliest drug.

It is painful to the last degree to hear unscrupulous people hammering away at the devil's anvil forging a new slander; the only help against it is the sweet promise,

Isaiah 54 v 17

“No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of Jehovah, and their righteousness which is of me, saith Jehovah.”

Amen………………………………………………..

V 70…Their heart is as fat as grease; But I delight in thy law.

Still speaking of the proud, those who do not accept the truth of God, their hearts have no fear of right or wrong, of good or bad, THEY HAVE NO REAL SPIRITUAL KNOWLEDGE OR UNDERSTANDING. Their hearts are full of foolishness.

Their hearts, through sensual indulgence, have grown insensible, coarse, and groveling; but thou hast saved me from such a fate through thy chastening hand. Proud people grow fat through carnal luxuries, and this makes them prouder still. They riot in their prosperity, and fill their hearts therewith till they become insensible, effeminate, and self indulgent. A greasy heart is something horrible; it is a fatness which makes a person idiotic, a fatty degeneration of the heart which leads to feebleness and death. The fat in such people is killing the life in them. Dryden wrote,

"O souls! In whom no heavenly fire is found,

Fat minds and ever groveling on the ground."

The proud are full of themselves, and the nutrition of the Lord IS NOT FOUND IN THEM ANYWHERE!!!  They are full of hot putrefying, malignant, decaying air, WORTHLESS TO THEMSELVES AND TO ALL OTHERS……

A balloon waiting to be popped, for there is no meat to their enormous size……

How much better is it to joy in the law of the Lord than to joy in sensual indulgences! This makes the heart healthy, and keeps the mind lowly. No one who LOVES holiness has the slightest cause to envy the prosperity of the worldling.

This is very much worth repeating, for many true believers still seem to envy the worldly prosperity of the ungodly…….

No one who LOVES holiness has the slightest cause to envy the prosperity of the worldling.

Delight in the law elevates and ennobles, while carnal pleasure clogs the intellect and degrades the affections. There is and always ought to be a vivid contrast between the believer and the sensualist, and that contrast is as much seen in the affections of the heart as in the actions of the life: their heart is as fat as grease, and our heart is delighted with the law of the Lord. Our delights are a better test of our character than anything else: as a man's heart is, so is the man.

David oiled the wheels of life with his delight in God's law, and not with the fat of sensuality. He had his relishes and dainties, his festivals and delights, and all these he found in doing the will of the Lord his God. When law becomes delight, obedience is bliss.

***Holiness in the heart causes the soul to eat the fat of the land.***

To have the law for our delight will breed in our hearts the very opposite of the effects of pride; deadness, sensuality, and obstinacy will be cured, and we shall become teachable, sensitive, and spiritual.

How careful should we be to live under the influence of the divine law that we fall not under the law of sin and death.

V 71…It is good for me that I have been afflicted; That I may learn thy statutes.

Such a truth, such an immense truth of eternity!!!

God uses the afflictions, the problems, the pains, the sorrows of this life; whether self-caused, enemy-initiated, or a trial by God, FOR THE VERY GOOD OF THE TRUE BELIEVER!!!!!!!

Romans 8 v 28

“And we know that to them that love God all things work together for good, even to them that are called according to his purpose.”

God is not the author of the vast majority of our afflictions, but, and that’s a big BUT, HE WILL USE ALL THINGS FOR THE ETERNAL JOY AND BETTERMENT OF HIS PEOPLE, ALL THE SAVED THROUGH JESUS CHRIST!!!!!!!

Even though the affliction came from bad men, it was overruled for good ends: though it was bad as it came from them, it was good for David. It benefited him in many ways, and he knew it. Whatever he may have thought while under the trial, he perceived himself to be the better for it when it was over. It was not good to the proud to be prosperous, for their hearts grew sensual and insensible; but affliction was good for the Psalmist. Our worst is better for us than the sinner's best.

It is bad for sinners to rejoice, and good for saints to sorrow. A thousand benefits have come to us through our pains and grief’s, and among the rest is this, that we have thus been schooled in the law.

These we have come to know and to keep by feeling the smart of the rod. We prayed the Lord to teach us, and now we see how He has already been doing it. Truly He has dealt well with us, for God has dealt wisely with us.

We have been kept from the ignorance of the greasy hearted by our trials, and this, if there were nothing else, is just cause for constant gratitude.

To be larded by prosperity, is not good for the proud; but for the truth to be learned by adversity is good for the humble. Very little is to be learned without affliction. If we would be scholars we must be sufferers. As the Latin’s say, "Experientia docet", experience teaches.

***There is no royal road to learning the royal statutes; God's commands are best read by eyes wet with tears.***

Maybe this enlightens us in what Paul said:

1 Thessalonians 5 v 18

“in everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus to you-ward.”

 Even in great indescribably heinous afflictions, God can make all things new; WE WHO BELONG TO HIM “NEED NEVER FEAR”!!!

REJOICE, AGAIN I SAY REJOICE…….

Rejoice in the Lord always
And again I say, and again I say
Rejoice in the Lord always
And again I say, and again I say
Rejoice
Come bless the Lord, come bless the Lord
Draw near to worship Christ the Lord
And bless His name, His Holy name
Declaring He is good

O that men would praise Him
O that men would praise Him

O that men would praise His name
Praise His name to the ends of the earth

And again I say rejoice...

Let us rejoice always in God and His Word the Bible!!!

V 72…The law of thy mouth is better unto me Than thousands of gold and silver.

Who can say this?

Who prefers the law of our God, the Christ that bought us, and the heaven to which we hope to go, when we can live no longer upon earth, will we cry out to thousands of gold and silver?

How many are there who, like Judas, will sell their Savior even for thirty pieces of silver?

Hear this, you lovers of this world and of money and other material things!

A sweetly expressive name for the Word of God. It comes from God's own mouth with freshness and power to our souls. Things written are as dried herbs; but speech has a liveliness and dew about it. We do well to look upon the Word of the Lord as though it were newly spoken into our ear; for in very truth it is not decayed by years, but is as forcible and sure as though newly uttered.

Precepts are prized when it is seen that they come forth from the lips of our Father who is in heaven. The same lips which spoke us into existence have spoken the law by which we are to govern that existence. Whence could a law so sweetly proceed as from the mouth of our covenant God? Well may we prize beyond all price that which comes from such a source.

If a poor person had said this, the world's proud with riches would have hinted that the grapes are sour, and that people who have no wealth are the first to despise it; but this is the verdict of a man who owned his thousands, and could judge by actual experience of the value of money and the value of truth. He speaks of great riches, he heaps it up by thousands, he mentions the varieties of its forms,—"gold and silver"; and then he sets the Word of God before it all, as better to him, even if others did not think it better to them.

Wealth is good in some respects, but obedience is better in all respects.

It is well to keep the treasures of this life; but far more commendable to keep the law of the Lord. The law is better than gold and silver, for these may be stolen from us, but not the Word; these take to themselves wings, but the Word of God remains; these are useless in the hour of death, but then it is that the promise is most dear.

Instructed Christians recognize the value of the Lord's Word, and warmly express it, not only in their testimony to their fellow men, but in their devotions to God.

***It is a sure sign of a heart which has learned God's statutes when it prizes them above all earthly possessions; and it is an equally certain mark of grace when the precepts of Scripture are as precious as its promises.***

The Lord cause us thus to prize the law of His mouth…….

How can any professing believers in Jesus Christ so doubt the inerrancy, and infallibility of His Bible, without impugning God’s sovereign power and ability TO KEEP HIS GLORIOUS WORD INTACT TO SAVE THE LOST OF THE WORLD???????

Certainly they have not understood or LOVED Psalms 119…

Submitted by: Dr. Harold Chris Smith, sbc


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September 23, 2018


***Welcome to This Week's Sermon:

 "a" Church

EVANSTON, Wyoming  ((( WE’RE BACK !!! )))

"Thy Word Is Truth: Part Eight"

Psalms 119 v 57-64

“Thou art my portion, O LORD: I have said that I would keep thy words. 58 I entreated thy favour with my whole heart: be merciful unto me according to thy word. 59 I thought on my ways, and turned my feet unto thy testimonies. 60 I made haste, and delayed not to keep thy commandments. 61 The bands of the wicked have robbed me: but I have not forgotten thy law. 62 At midnight I will rise to give thanks unto thee because of thy righteous judgments. 63 I am a companion of all them that fear thee, and of them that keep thy precepts. 64 The earth, O LORD, is full of thy mercy: teach me thy statutes.”

Dear God,

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.

To you be glory and honor, in this New Year, and forever.

In Jesus’ name, Amen and eternally Amen………………

 Division Eight: Cheth

I began this study of Psalms 119 not really knowing what to expect. Of course I had read it many times as I read through the whole Bible, yet I never really took the necessary time to genuinely grasp it’s unique content on the description of God’s Word…

It literally is a buffet of every conceivable nourishing ingredient that God the Holy Spirit put into the breathtaking and glorious words of The God’s only book The Holy Bible…

I have LOVED God’s Word from the moment I was saved through it’s inspired pages, yet as I study this psalm intimately I am in a continuous state of awe at the Bible’s, at God’s magnificent LOVE for the human race and His stunning and incredible work that God wrought in the creation of His inerrant, infallible Word…

Sincerely I have neither the vocabulary nor do human words exist that can adequately describe the wondrous precepts found in YHWH’S book!!!!!!!

I know God because of His Word, I LOVE God because of His Word, I have accepted Jesus Christ as my Only Lord, my Only God (Father, Son, Holy Spirit), and my Only Savior because of God’s Word, and just as vitally important I know God LOVES me because the Bible tells me so……………………………….. 

My LOVE is cultivated more and more for the only God and His only Bible as we study each and every division of this psalm. I hunger and thirst more and more for God, for His Word, and for His righteousness to be part of my own life in this world and perfectly in the world to come, in ETERNITY…

Praise be the Lord………………………………………

As we embrace this division of Psalms 119 we will see,

*that the Psalmist sees God as his portion and because of that he desires with his whole being to keep God’s words,

*the Psalmist prays for the grace of God to assist him in keeping the holy writ,

*the Psalmist declares his profession of duty and to live a holy life in the here and now,

 as a final point,

*the Psalmist concludes this division with an acclamation and prayer.

Lets begin,

V 57…Thou art my portion, O LORD: I have said that I would keep thy words.

My portion, I have a vey intimate, personal, cherished LOVE relationship with “my” God!!!!!!! I belong totally and without reservation to God and Him alone; and God belongs to me as my God and my beLOVED friend, my only Lord and my only Savior: Forever..........................................................

The Psalmist, the poet is lost in wonder while he sees that the great and glorious God is all his own! Well might he be so, for there is no possession like Jehovah Himself. The form of the sentence expresses joyous recognition and appropriation, My portion, O Jehovah!" David had often seen the prey divided, and heard the victors shouting over it; here he rejoices as one who seizes his share of the spoil; he chooses the Lord to be his part of the treasure.

Others may take this world and it’s many possessions as their own, but WE WHO TRULY LOVE THE LORD JESUS CHRIST CHOOSE HIM and HIM ALONE…….

Joshua 24 v 15

“And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”

Matthew 6 v 24

“No man can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.”

The Psalmist, David, declares with his whole being, “I will serve you my God, for you and I belong to each other! I WILL KEEP YOUR COMMANDMENTS BECAUSE I EARNESTLY and THOROUGHLY LOVE YOU WITH EVERY PARTICAL OF MY BEING…….

I serve, I obey, I LOVE, not because I must, but because I CHOOSE YOU…………………………………………………….

I LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

V 58…I intreated thy favour with my whole heart: be merciful unto me according to thy word.

A fully assured possession of God does not set aside prayer, but rather urges us to it; we who know God to be our God will seek His face, yearning, hungering for His presence.

***The presence of God is the highest form of His favor, and therefore it is the most urgent desire of gracious souls: the light of His countenance gives us a foretaste of heaven while we are still in this life.***

Oh that we always enjoyed it! The Saint entreated God's smile as one who begged for their life, and the entire strength of their, our, desire went with the petition. Such genuine beseeching is certain of success; that which comes from our heart will certainly go to God's heart.

***The whole of God's favors are ready for those who seek them with their whole hearts.***

Matthew 6 v 33

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

Seek God first through His Word, and genuinely LOVE Him, and His gracious favors, blessings, will be upon you…

Luke 15 v 7

“I say unto you, that even so there shall be joy in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine righteous persons, who need no repentance.”

All of heaven’s occupants, God as the true example, LOVES and rejoices over each and every person WHO BECOMES A “BORN AGAIN” BELIEVER……………………………………..

Luke 15 v 10

“Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.”

All God’s creation rejoices with the men, women, and children THAT LOVE HIM and SINCERELY SEEK TO OBEY HIS WORD……….

V 59…I thought on my ways, and turned my feet unto thy testimonies.

I deeply pondered my inner thoughts; I turned them upside down and inside out; I viewed my conduct on all sides. The word used here in the Hebrew, is a metaphor taken from embroidering, where the design must appear the same on the one side as it does on the other; therefore, the cloth must be turned on each side every time the needle is set in, to see that the stitch be fairly set.

***Thus intently and scrupulously did the Psalmist examine his conduct; and the result was, a deep conviction that he had departed from the way of God and truth.***

Having made the above discovery, and finding himself under the displeasure of God, he abandoned every evil way, took God’s Word for his directory, and set out fairly in the way of life and salvation.

While studying the Word we are led to study our own life, and this will cause a mighty revolution. We come to the Word, and then we came to ourselves, and this will make us arise and go to our Father.

Consideration is the commencement of conversion: first we think and then we turn. When the mind repents of ill ways the feet are soon led into good ways; but there will be no repenting until there is deep, earnest thought. Many of us are averse to thought of any kind, and as to thought upon our ways, our behaviors, we cannot endure it, for our ways without Christ in our hearts and minds are unbearable to think of.

David's ways had not been all that he could have wished them to be, and so his thoughts were sobered over with the pale cast of regret; but he did not end with idle lamentations, he set about a practical change; he turned and returned, he sought the testimonies of the Lord, and hastened to enjoy once more the conscious favor of his heavenly friend.  His heavenly friend…

Oh sweet Jesus…

John 15 v 14-15

“You are My friends, if you do what I command you. 15 "No longer do I call you slaves, for the slave does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I have heard from My Father I have made known to you.”

***Friends do things not because they must, but rather because they indeed LOVE their friend……………………….

Action without thought is folly, and thought without action is laziness: to think carefully and then to act promptly is a happy combination. The Psalmist had entreated for renewed fellowship, and now he proved the genuineness of his desire by renewed obedience. If we are in the dark, and mourn an absent God, our wisest method will be not so much to think upon our sorrows as upon our ways: though we cannot turn the course of providence, we can turn the way of our walking, and this will soon restore matters.

If we can get our feet right as to holy walking, we shall soon get our hearts right as to happy living. God is always with His people and we will see Him when we turn to Him; yes, He has already favored us with the light of His face and the mercy of His grace when we begin to think and turn and put our focus back on Him…

V 60…I made haste, and delayed not to keep thy commandments.

Again the Psalmist does not hesitate, he responds with the utmost speed; and does not rationalize his convictions away; he makes no attempt to drown the voice of the Holy Spirit in his conscience. He sees his need to repent and by the power of God’s grace and mercy HE, WE, CAN TURN FROM OUR EVIL WAYS…….

He made all speed to get back into the royal road from which he had wandered, and to run in that road upon the King's errands. Speed in repentance and speed in obedience are two excellent things. We are too often in haste to sin; ***Oh that we may be in a greater hurry to obey.*** To be slow to keep the commands is really to break them. There is much evil in a lagging pace when God's command is to be followed. A holy enthusiasm in service is much to be cultivated. It is wrought in us by the Spirit of God, and the preceding verses describe the method of it: we are made to perceive and mourn our errors, we are led to return to the right path, and then we are eager to make up for lost time by dashing forward to fulfill the precept.

Amen and Amen; or at least we should be……………………

Whatever may be our sinful wanderings of an honest, but weak heart, there remains enough of true life in it to produce ardent piety when once it is awakened, brought to life by the visitations of God. The Psalmist entreated for mercy, and when he received it he became eager and vehement in the Lord's ways. He had always LOVED them, and hence when he was enriched with grace he displayed great vivacity and delight in them. He made double speed; for positively he "made haste, "and negatively he refused to yield to any motive which suggested procrastination.

The commands which the Psalmist was so eager to obey were not ordinances of man, but precepts of the Most High. Many of us are zealots to obey custom and society, and yet we are slack in serving God. It is a crying shame that worldly values should be served post haste, and that God's work should is performed so often with dreamy negligence. God’s way, the Bible’s way is good, but humanity says, IT IS IMPRACTICAL……

The Christian declares, I am not perfect, but God’s way, God’s Word IS THE ONLY WAY TO LIVE…….

V 61…The bands of the wicked have robbed me: but I have not forgotten thy law.

The cables, cords, or snares of the wicked, they have hunted us like wild beasts; many they have taken for prey, and many they have destroyed. The immensely seductive appeal of sin and sinners is almost to great for us to handle, but God has provided His grace.

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.”

Ungodly society grows worse, and the many roads to sin have become more and more audacious, seductive and deceiving. When firebrands are laid together there is no telling what a flame they will create. It seems that whole bands of society through peers, the media, education, etc, assail the faith of true Children of God and those who yet might still be saved.

David's enemies did their utmost: first the serpents hissed, and then they stung. Since words availed not, the wicked fell to blows. How much the ungodly have plundered the Saints in all ages, and how often have the righteous born gladly the spoiling of their goods!

The barrier of the ungodly could not keep God from David, nor him from God: this was because God was his portion, and none could deprive him of it neither by force or fraud. That is true grace which can endure the test: some are barely gracious among the circle of their friends, but David, and we who are truly God’s children, can be holy amid a world of seductive sin…….

Let us never forget God’s Words, and this can only be if we diligently search the Holy Scriptures the Bible AS OFTEN AS WE CAN!!!!!!!

V 62…At midnight I will rise to give thanks unto thee because of thy righteous judgments.

David, the Psalmist is so overpowered with a sense of God’s goodness, that in season and out of season he, we, SHOULD RETURN TO GOD ON OUR KNEES TO GIVE THANKS…

David was not afraid of the robbers; he rose, not to watch his house, but to praise his God. Midnight is the hour for burglars, and there were bands of them around David, but they did not occupy his thoughts; these were all up and away with the Lord His God. He thought not of thieves, but of thanks; not of what they would steal, but of what he would give to His God.

A thankful heart is such a blessing that it drives out fear and makes room for praise. Thanksgiving turns night into day, and consecrates all hours to the worship of God. Every moment is an opportunity of worship and praise to a Saint for God for those who TRULY LOVE GOD and HIS WORD…….

The righteous doings of the great Judge gladdened the heart of the Psalmist. His judgments are the terrible side of God, but they have no terror to the righteous; we admire them, and adore the Lord for them: we rise at night to bless God that He will avenge His own people.

Some hate the very notion of divine justice, and in this they are wide as the poles asunder from David, who was filled with joyful gratitude at the memory of the sentences of the Judge of all the earth. Doubtless in the expression, "thy righteous judgments, "David refers also to the written judgments of God upon various points of moral conduct; indeed, all the divine precepts may be viewed in that light; they are all of them the legal decisions of the Supreme Arbiter of right and wrong. David was charmed with these judgments. Like Paul, he could say, "I delight in the law of God after the inward man." He could not find time enough by day to study the Words of divine wisdom, or to bless God for them, and so he gave up his sleep that he might tell out his gratitude for such a law and such a Lawgiver.

If only we had such a LOVE and such a passion for God’s Word…

V 63…I am a companion of all them that fear thee, and of them that keep thy precepts.

This was the natural consequence of his own conversion; he abandoned the workers of iniquity, and associated with them that feared the Lord. ***If we are indisputably saved it is natural that we seek out the fellowship of other “born again” believers. If we don’t, what does that say about the authenticity of our conversion???

We are not talking about a forced fellowship, out of guilt or some sense of spiritual obligation, but a truly sincere LOVE for other Christians.

Those who fear God LOVE those who fear Him, and they make small choice in their company so long as the people are truly God fearing. David was a king, and yet he consorted with "all" who feared the Lord, whether they were obscure or famous, poor or rich. He was a fellow commoner of the College of All Saints. He did not select a few specially eminent saints and leave ordinary believers alone. No, he was glad of the society of those who had only the beginning of wisdom in the shape of "the fear of the Lord": he was pleased to sit with them on the lower forms of the school of faith. He looked for inward godly fear, but he also expected to see outward piety in those whom he admitted to his society; hence he adds, and of them that keep thy precepts.

Yet we see in our Churches throughout the world, professing Christians in fellowships in special clicks with others, not allowing others to join in.

I was at one Church where I was told outright they had not given I or my wife a chance to truly be part of their fellowship. As a result of their honesty, unfortunately, THEY NEVER ALLOWED US IN THEIR FELLOWSHIP. Soon I was told my ministerial duties were no longer desired by their Church. They hired a good-looking, well known television minister; when we left without any fanfare no one from that Church ever contacted us again……

***The true Christian fellowship LOVES all those who walk through their doors, especially the Saint, but also the sinner who by God’s grace may one day be a genuine “born again” believer…

We LOVE our brothers and sisters in Christ, and we LOVE all those that Jesus died for, WHICH IS EVER HUMAN BEING!!!

2 Peter 2 v 9

“The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some count slackness; but is longsuffering to you-ward, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”

We LOVE and have intimate pure fellowship with other genuine believers and we LOVE and have cordial fellowship with willing non-Christians…

V 64…The earth, O LORD, is full of thy mercy: teach me thy statutes.

What an astonishing operation has the grace of God! In the midst of want, poverty, affliction, and bondage, it makes those who possess it happy! When Christ dwells in the heart by faith, we have nothing but goodness around us. Others may complain; but to us even the earth appears full of the mercy of the Lord.

David had been exiled, but he had never been driven beyond the range of mercy, for he found the world to be everywhere filled with it. He had wandered in deserts and hidden in caves, and there he had seen and felt the loving-kindness of the Lord. He had learned that far beyond the bounds of the land of promise and the race of Israel the LOVE of Jehovah extended, and in this verse he expressed that large hearted idea of God which is so seldom seen in the modern Jew. How sweet it is to us to know that not only is there mercy all over the world, but there is such an abundance of it that the earth is "full" of it. It is little wonder that the Psalmist, since he knew the Lord to be his portion, hoped to obtain a measure of this mercy for himself, and so was encouraged to pray, teach me thy statutes.

The first verse of this division is a fragrant with full assurance and strong resolve, and this last verse overflows with a sense of the divine fullness, and of the Psalmist's personal dependence. This is an illustration of the fact that full assurance neither dampers prayer nor hinders humility. It would be no error if we said that it creates lowliness and suggests supplication. "Thou art my portion, O Lord, "is well followed by "teach me"; for the heir of a great estate should be thoroughly educated, that his behavior may comport with his fortune.

What manner of disciples ought we to be whose inheritance is the Lord of hosts? Those who have God for their Portion long to have Him for their Teacher. Moreover, those who have resolved to obey are the most eager to be taught. "I have said that I would keep thy words" is beautifully succeeded by "teach me thy statutes." Those who wish to keep a law are anxious to know all its clauses and provisions lest they should offend through ignorance or foolishness. ***He who does not care to be instructed of the Lord has never honestly resolved to be holy…***

Let us so resolve TO BE LIKE JESUS CHRIST AND HIM ONLY, AS THE WORD OF GOD SO BEAUTIFULLY TEACHES……………..

Submitted by: Dr. Harold Chris Smith, sbc


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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


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"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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