The Word

February 5, 2017  Psalm 19    The Word  

 

  Psalm 1Psalm 19If you had the choice between 10 pounds of gold and a bible today which would you chose?  We need to love the bible.   We need to read it and make it our companion.    Christians who do not read the bible are hurting them self.  We need to fed our soul.  We feed our body. 

  This psalm opens with the heavens declare the glory of God.     A good illustration of the Trinity comes from world-renowned scientist Dr. Henry Morris.   I remember the names of Dr. Morris and Dr. Gish when I was at San Diego university.  They were at the creation science institute in San Diego.     He notes that the entire universe is Trinitarian by design.  The universe consists of three things: matter, space, and time. Take away any one of those three and the universe would cease to exist.   But each one of those is itself a trinity.    Matter = mass + energy + motion and space = length + height + breadth and time = past + present + future.    Thus, the whole universe witnesses to the character of the God.   The heavens declare the glory of God.  This Psalm is a majestic psalm of David. 

   Creation witnesses and points all people to God.   Its beauty declares God’s glory.  God said creation shows his glory.   Do you see his glory in creation?   Did you recognize the work of his hands when you drove to church today?   We see it but did it register that God made all this?   Creation speaks of God’s power.  Its beauty and order speaks of God’s character.  It speaks so loudly that all men might hear and see it.   We see the same thought in Romans 1 the wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them.  For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.  I believe that the sincere person who seeks for God will find God.  In Jeremiah, we read You shall seek me and find me when you search for me with all your heart.  God wants to be found.  God has revealed himself to us through his word and creation. 

    We certainly live in a day when the word of the God is not looked up to by most people.  Many people are far more interested in their horoscope than the bible but the bible has survived every attack against it.   It has survived scorn and hatred and burning.   The gates of hell will not prevail against it.   It has survived and proved itself over and over again to those who did not believe in it but were willing to study and search out its truth.   Those kinds of folks get converted.   Those that will diligently seek and study will find that the bible is true and eternal.   You do not need to defend the bible but we do need to share it.   Someone once asked the great preacher Charles Spurgeon if he was prepared to defend the Word of God.      He replied, “Defend it! I would as soon try to defend a lion.     God’s word doesn’t need defending.    Just preach it.    Let it out of its cage and it will defend itself.    God’s word does not return void.    Let the word go and cut it lose.  The bible and scripture point to Jesus.  The real power of the scripture is that it points us to Jesus. 

      The wonder of its message is Jesus.   It gives Jesus Christ the preeminent place   *In Genesis – He is the Seed Of The Woman      *In Exodus – He is the Passover Lamb     *In Leviticus – He is our High Priest     *In Numbers – He is the Star Of Jacob    *In Deuteronomy – He is the Rock     *In Joshua – He is the Captain Of The Lord’s Host    *In Judges – He is the Sword Of Gideon    *In Ruth – He is the Kinsman Redeemer    *In Samuel – He is the Seed Of David    *In Kings – He is the Lord God of Israel    *In Chronicles – He is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords    *In Ezra – He is the Lord Of Heaven And Earth    *In Nehemiah – He is the Restorer   *In Esther – He is the God Of Providence   *In Job – He is the days man    *In Psalms – He is the King Of Glory    *In Proverbs – He is the Wisdom Of God    *In Ecclesiastes – He is the Creator   *In Song Of Solomon – He is Altogether Lovely  *In Isaiah – He is the Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince Of Peace    *In Jeremiah – He is the Lord Our Righteousness    *In Lamentations – He is the Weeping Prophet    *In Ezekiel – He is the Wheel In The Wheel    *In Daniel – He is the Fourth Man in the Fire    *In Hosea – He is the Lord God of Hosts    *In Joel – He is the Hope of His People   *In Amos – He is the God of Hosts    *In Obadiah – He is the Destroyer Of The Proud   *In Jonah – He is the God Of The Second Chance    *In Micah – He is the God Of Jacob    *In Nahum – He is the Avenging God    *In Habakkuk – He is the Everlasting Glorious God
In Zephaniah – He is the King Of Israel    *In Haggai – He is the Desire Of All Nations    *In Zechariah – He is the one Pierced In The House Of His Friends    *In Malachi– He is the Lord Of Remembrance

     *In Matthew – He is the King Of The Jews    *In Mark – He is the Servant    *In Luke – He is the Son Of Man    *In John – He is the Eternal God    *In Acts – He is the Ascended Lord    *In Romans – He is the Lord Our Righteousness
In Corinthians – He is Our Sufficiency    *In Galatians – He is Our Liberator    *In Ephesians – He is the Head Of The Church    *In Philippians – He is Our Strength    *In Colossians – He is the Fullness Of The Godhead    *In Thessalonians – He is the coming Christ    *In Timothy – He is the Mediator Between God And Man    *In Titus – He is the Great God And Savior    *In Hebrews – He is the Captain Of Our Salvation    *In James – He is the Great Physician    *In Peter – He is the Unblemished Lamb    *In John – He is the Advocate    *In Jude – He is the Lord That Comes With 10,000 Saints
In Revelation – He is the Alpha And Omega, the Lion Of Judah, the Bright And Morning Star,  the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world, and King Of Kings And Lord Of Lords.    The bible has a theme running through it and the theme is Jesus and salvation.   He is wonderful counselor, the mighty God, the everlasting Father.    

        The Bible is the most unique book ever written because it claims to have God as its author.    It may have been written over a period of 1600 years, on three continents, and by over 40 different men.   Most of us probably do not know that there are at least 7 different authors who wrote Psalms.   David wrote at least 75 of the 150 Psalms.    Some of the Psalms we are not sure of the human author.    There are a few books in the bible that we do not know the human author.    Yet it had only one author – GOD. 

    The Bible contains 66 books – 39 in the OT and 27 in the NT.   The 39 books of the O.T. are written primarily in Hebrew, with a little Aramaic, and the 27 books of the N.T.  were written in Greek.    Yet these diverse authors each in their own way present a unified portrait of God’s plans, past events and future events and God’s purposes in our world.   The 27 books that make up the New Testament were written over a time frame of about 50 years from about AD 40’s to AD 90’s.    The NT tells us about Jesus Christ’s birth, life, death, and resurrection, the beginning of the Christian church, and instruction about how to live as a follower of Jesus Christ.   The NT ends with a Revelation a book about prophecy and the end times.   The bible contains 1,189 chapters and 31,173 verses.   The Bible is an entire library of different kinds of literature such as history, poetry, humor, prophecy, romance, letters, biographies, songs, counsel, advice, laws, doctrine, and stories.  There is no other book like it in the whole world. 

     2 Peter 1:20-21 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation, for the prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.    2 Tim 3:16-17 & 16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.  What is every good work?   Well it could be giving a word of advice or counsel or maybe sharing the gospel to someone who is unsaved.    It could be praying or using a spiritual gift such as healing to minister to someone.    1 Thessalonians 2:13 For this reason we also thank God without ceasing, because, when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you welcomed it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which also effectually works in you that believe.

    The bible is always relevant.  If you wanted to pass the bar exam and become a lawyer you would not study law from 1900.  That is out dated and no longer relevant.  The bible is always relevant.  The bible speaks to us today.    It is inspired, that means it is “God-breathed”.   The bible declares that it is the word of God.   I read that one source said the expression “the Lord said” or “the Lord spoke occurs over 2000 times in the OT alone.  John 1:1 in the beginning was the word and the word was with God and the word was God.   He was with God in the beginning.   In Peter, we read being born again not of corruptible things like silver and gold but by the precious word of God.  John tells us that the word became flesh.  Jesus is the word of God.  Every word Jesus spoke and speaks is the word of God. 

       Samuel Chadwick said, "I have guided my life by the Bible for more than sixty years, and I tell you there is no book like it.   It is a miracle of literature, a perennial spring of wisdom, a wonder of surprises, a revelation of mystery, an infallible guide of conduct, and an unspeakable source of comfort.   Pay no attention to people who discredit it, for I tell you that they speak without knowledge.    It is the infallible Word of God itself.    Study it according to its own direction. Live by its principles.   Believe its message   Follow its precepts.   No man is uneducated who knows the Bible, and no one is wise who is ignorant of its teachings."   Wisdom comes from God.      

     In Revelation scripture says blessed is the man that reads the words written therein.   We need to hear it preached and taught.  We as a church hold to this book and honor it.  We do not worship the bible but we are to obey and live by the bible.    In Deuteronomy 6 it is written these commandments that I give to you today are to be upon your hearts, impress them upon your children.   Talk about them when you sit home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.  Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads.  Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.     One would think that God is telling us to make his word a focal point of our life.  We can learn about science and math and many things which is good. God wants you to know this book.   This world will burn up some day but 2 things remain the souls of men and the word of God.    Christians that want their life to count spend time in God’s word.  It is eternal.  Jesus said HIS words will not pass away. 

      Think of the promises in the bible.   In the bible, we have the promise of salvation and heaven.   We have the promise of forgiveness.  We have the promise of reward in heaven.  We have the promise of God’s protection and his presence.   We have the promise of God’s blessing.   We have the promise of God’s love grace and mercy.   There is the promise of Jesus coming again.  There is the promise of reward and judgment.    The Psalmist tells us in this passage that God’s words can be trusted.   God is faithful.    The word of God gives us joy.   We all can stand some more joy.   There is joy in God’s word.  The bible tells us that the joy of the Lord is our strength.   We can be strong in the joy of the Lord. 

     The word of God is sure and totally righteous.  The word of God warns us.   And those that keep the word of God are rewarded.   There is great reward in keeping the words of this book.    Look at what the Psalmist says in this passage.   The law of the Lord is perfect.   What is totally perfect in the world today?    God’s word.   The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy.   You can trust the word of God.   The precepts of the Lord are right.   The word is absolute truth.   Psychology Class in College.    The commands of the Lord are radiant.   The ordinances of the Lord are sure.   God’s word is sure.   I like sure things. 

   The psalmist says in this passage that the word of God is sweeter than honey and the honey comb.   David said God’s words were sweeter than honey.  Probably all David had of God’s word was the Pentateuch - the first 5 books of the bible also known as the law.  It also had history in it.   It did not have the gospels in it and the story of Jesus and the early church.  David loved the law of God.   It was sweet to him.  It was life to him.    It is sweeter than ice cream or chocolate.     The bible is life for the Christian who is following God.      The bible should be a priority for us.   We should be reading the bible, singing the scripture, studying the bible and meditating on it day and night.    In the book is blessing and in the bible, is life and truth.  Jesus said you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.    The bible puts our feet on the solid rock.   It can stabilize your path and fill your life with good things.   The words of this book give joy and peace.  

       This is a paraphrase of Psalm 19 by Lynnea Tanner.  “The law of the Lord is without flaw, putting our soul back to wholeness.  The things the Lord reveals are unwavering, consistent in their nature, giving great understanding to the unlearned.   The basic principles God has laid out are right making the heart glad.   The things God has told us to do don’t have mixed motives behind them, helping us to see clearly.   Respect for the Lord is clean and will last forever.   The judgments of the Lord are accurate and can be counted on. They are wholesome in entirety.   These are treasures that should be sought after more than wealth and give more pleasure than chocolate or chocolate covered raisins.   Also by them God’s followers are warned; there is great reward in keeping them.   Who is able to see his own mistakes?    God can certainly see our mistakes and our sins.   David in this passage is praying keep me from sin.   Do not let sin rule over me.   Sin is powerful and David did not want to be controlled by sin.  

   We need to be in the bible today.  Satan will fill us with things that keep us from the bible.   Have you ever sat down to read the bible and find that your mind goes to many things that you should do?   Satan will chip away at you seeking to get you away from the bible.  Are you committed to read this book?  If you read 3 chapters a day you can read through the New Testament 4 times in one year.   That is a worthy goal.   I hope this precious book is sweet to you.

    Do you want joy in your life today?  You can get it out of the bible. Jeremiah said your words were found and I did eat and your word was joy and rejoicing of my heart.    Do you need peace in your life?   The bible points people to the path of peace.  Do you need strength in your life today?  People find strength from the bible.  David wrote I hide your word in my heart that I would not sin against God.   The bible shows the path way for you to learn to be content.  The bible explains what true love is.  The bible helps us experience love and shows us how to give love.  The bible builds our faith.  Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God.  If you want to be strong in faith get into the bible.  This book can become more precious to you that than gold and sweeter than honey or any food. 

   The bible points us to Jesus.  We need him moment by moment.  Jesus said man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.  The Christian who is not in the bible is emancipated.