Thursday, November 30, 2017

Psalm 20

Psalm 20
A Battle Hymn

Psa 20:1  To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. The LORD hear thee in the day of trouble; the name of the God of Jacob defend thee;
Psa 20:2  Send thee help from the sanctuary, and strengthen thee out of Zion;
Psa 20:3  Remember all thy offerings, and accept thy burnt sacrifice; Selah.
Psa 20:4  Grant thee according to thine own heart, and fulfil all thy counsel.
Psa 20:5  We will rejoice in thy salvation, and in the name of our God we will set up our banners: the LORD fulfil all thy petitions.
Psa 20:6  Now know I that the LORD saveth his anointed; he will hear him from his holy heaven with the saving strength of his right hand.
Psa 20:7  Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the LORD our God.
Psa 20:8  They are brought down and fallen: but we are risen, and stand upright.
Psa 20:9  Save, LORD: let the king hear us when we call.

  1. God Hears our Prayers – vs 1-4
    1. What do we run to in troubling times?
                                                               i.      Psalm 18:2-3 
  1. God is Our Salvation – vs 5-6
    1. God Saves us from the enemy
                                                               i.      Psalm 18:35 
                                                             ii.      Isaiah 40:31 
    1. Divine Intervention
  1. Do not Trust in Worldly Might – vs 7-9
    1. Weapons and technology will not save you
                                                               i.      Napoleon – “God is on the side that has the heaviest artillery” – “I make circumstances” – After Waterloo quoting Thomas a Kempis “Man proposes, but God disposes”
    1. David’s ending plea
                                                               i.      Cry out to God in simple faith – let’s not over complicate things
1.      “Captain, my religious belief teaches me to feel as safe in battle as in bed. God has fixed the time for my death. I do not concern myself about that, but to be always ready, no matter when it may overtake me. Captain, that is the way all men should live, and then all would be equally brave.”
                                                                - Stonewall Jackon
2.      Psalm 74:12 

3.      Matthew 18:1-4

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Psalm 19:11-14

Psalm 19:11-14
What Can the Bible Do For You?

Psa 19:11  Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward. 
Psa 19:12  Who can understand his errors? cleanse thou me from secret faults. 
Psa 19:13  Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression. 
Psa 19:14  Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer. 

  1. The Bible Cautions Us to Stay Away From Dangerous Things. – vs. 11a*
    1. Proverbs 3:11-13 
  2. The Bible Gives Us Great Reward. – vs. 11b*
    1. 1 John 5:1-5 
  3. The Bible Shows Us Our Blind Spots. – vs. 12a*
    1. Psalm 139:23-24 
  4. The Bible Cleanses Us From Secret Faults. – vs. 12b*
    1. 1 John 1:7-9 
  5. The Bible Keeps Us From Committing Sins of Pride. – vs. 13a*
    1. Numbers 15:30-31 
  6. The Bible Frees Us From the Slavery of Self Service. – vs. 13b*
    1. Luke 9:23-24 
  7. The Bible Keeps us from Participating in the Great Rebellion Led by Satan Himself. – vs. 13c*
    1. Isaiah 14:12-15 
  8. The Bible Helps us to Say Things that Are Acceptable to God. 14a*
    1. Psalm 141:3-4 
  9. The Bible Helps us to Think What is Acceptable to God. 14b*
    1. Psalm 119:9-11 
  10. The Bible is Where We Find the Portrait of Our Redeemer – Jesus Christ. – vs. 14c*
    1. Hebrews 2:17 

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Psalm 19:7-10

Psalm 19:7-10
The Law of the Lord is Perfect!

Psa 19:7  The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple. 
Psa 19:8  The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes. 
Psa 19:9  The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether. 
Psa 19:10  More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. 

  1. The Law of the Lord (The Bible) is Perfect. – vs. 7a*
    1. The absolute purity of the word of God is what converts the soul and brings change into our life.
                                                               i.      Romans 10:17 
                                                             ii.      Joshua 1:8-9 
  1. The Testimony of the Lord (The Bible) is Sure (unmovable).  – vs. 7b*
    1. The ignorant are enlightened by the unassailable truth of God’s Word.
                                                               i.      2 Timothy 3:15-17 
  1. The Statutes of the Lord (The Bible) are Equitable. – vs. 8a*
    1. True justice and balance brings a healthy joy and excitement to the soul.
                                                               i.      Jeremiah 15:16 
  1. The Commandment of the Lord (The Bible) is Pure. – vs. 8b*
    1. The simple beauty of the purity of the Bible brings true and lasting fulfillment.
                                                               i.      Psalm 1:2-3 
  1. The Fear of the Lord (The Bible) is the Source of True Morality. – vs. 9a*
    1. The true morality of God’s word is enduring, and will be preserved to all generations. Offering them a way of freedom from oppression.
                                                               i.      Ezekiel 36:26-27 
  1. The Judgments of the Lord (The Bible) is Truth. – vs. 9b*
    1. Truth is more precious than gold. – vs. 10a*
                                                               i.      Psalm 119:72 
                                                             ii.      Psalm 119:127-128 
    1. Truth is sweeter than honey. – vs. 10b*
                                                               i.      Psalm 119:103 

Thursday, November 2, 2017

The World and The Word (Psalm 19)

The World and The Word (Psalm 19)

The 19th psalm is one of the most magnificent writings in the Bible and indeed in all literature. As in all the psalms, the structure is poetic as it extols the majesty of creation in its first six verses, followed by the far greater glory of the Scriptures in the final eight. It displays remarkable scientific insight as well as profound spiritual truth.
"The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth His handywork" (Psalm 19:1). The "firmament"(Hebrew,reqia, meaning "expanse") was indicated as the space between the primeval "waters above the firmament" and those below (Genesis 1:7), so it seems to have essentially the same meaning as our modern scientific concept of "space."
Then, verse 2 tells us that the marvels displayed by God in "space" are also being shown through "time." "Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge." These remarkable verses are speaking of the space-time universe in which are shown forth all the multitudinous workings of God and all the beautiful and intricate designs in His creations.
In fact, they are all "declaring the glory of God." We know from the New Testament that, in the deepest sense, this can only mean the Lord Jesus Christ who is the very "brightness of His glory" (Hebrews 1:3), for we ultimately have "the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ" (II Corinthians 4:6). In one way or another the gospel is being "preached [in every creation] which is under heaven" (Colossians 1:23).
That is, for those who have eyes to see and ears to hear, "the invisible things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made," so that those who will not see and hear the witness of God in creation are "without excuse" (Romans 1:20). The heavens declare the glory of God, but sadly, "all have sinned and come short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23).
This testimony of the created world has "no speech nor language" (note that "where" in verse 3 is not in the original Hebrew of this verse). Nevertheless, "their line gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world" (v.4). This verse is quoted in the great missionary passage of Romans 10 as saying "their soundwent into all the earth" (Romans 10:18) and as proving that all men have had access to the evidence of God's power and love. Jesus Christ is "the true Light which lighteth every man that cometh into the world" (John 1:9).
The problem is that "men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil," so would not come to the light (John 3:19,20). The "line" of Psalm 19:4 is a reference to the measuring line of the surveyor, indicating that God's measurement of human response to His revealed glory in creation somehow conditions any further revelation He might give to men and women.
In the structures and processes of "nature," there is abundant witness to His "eternal power and Godhead,"leaving men and women "without excuse" when they have "changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things" (Romans 1:20,23), attempting to replace the God of creation with an atheistic or pantheistic evolutionary pseudo-creation. God's measuring line thus finds them far "short of the glory of God."
The most magnificent of God's structures is the sun, which provides the energy for maintaining practically all earth's natural processes. "In them [that is, in space and time] hath He set a tabernacle for the sun, which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoiceth as a strong man to run a race" (Psalm 19:4,5).
At first, the metaphors of bridegroom and runner seem strange figures to apply to the glorious light of the sun, which — physically speaking — is nothing less then the "light of the world," sustaining its very life. But that actually makes it a beautiful type of the world's Creator, the Lord Jesus Christ. He indeed is the heavenly Bridegroom, coming forth to choose and claim His Bride, the Church, and the heavenly Runner, encouraging us who are in His Church to "run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross" (Hebrews 12:1,2).
"His going forth is from the end of the heaven, and his circuit unto the ends of it: and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof" (Psalm 19:6). This verse is often derided by skeptics as teaching that the sun goes around the earth, instead of the earth rotating on its axis.
But the writer was more scientific then his critics. There is no fixed point of zero motion in the universe, so far as astronomers know. The sun indeed is moving in a gigantic orbit in the Milky Way galaxy, and the galaxy itself is moving among the other galaxies. So the circuit of the sun is, indeed, from one end of the heavens to the other.
However, the psalmist was really using the scientifically correct terminology of "relative motion." No one knows scientifically where a fixed point of zero motion may be, so all motion must be referenced to some assumed fixed point. For practically all measurements by surveyors, navigators, and astronomers, the most useful (therefore, the most scientific) zero point is the earth's surface at the location of the observer. That is exactly what the psalmist has assumed.
And note the significance of the statement that "there is nothing hid from the heat thereof." This refers mainly to the sun's effect on the earth, and scientists now know that the heat energy transmitted to the earth by solar radiation empowers all activity on earth, either directly (e.g., winds, rains) or indirectly (plant life through photosynthesis, and therefore also animal and human life). Through "fossil fuels" derived from buried organisms, it even drives our machinery. It is significant that the science which deals with all these energy transfers is called thermodynamics (meaning "heat power") and its two basic laws are the best-proved and most universally applicable laws of science.
These two laws testify plainly to the existence and power of God. The Second Law (the law of decreasing available energy, as the universe heads downward toward an eventual "heat death," with the sun and stars all burned out) tells us that there must have been a primeval creation, or else the universe would already be "dead"! The First Law (law of energy conservation) tells us that no energy is now being created, so the universe could not have created itself. The only scientific conclusion is that "in the beginning God created the heaven and the earth" (Genesis 1:1).
When this verse speaks of the sun's "going forth," however, it is not referring only to its transit across the sky, but to the "outgoing" of its radiant heat energy. It is the same Hebrew word as in Deuteronomy 8:3 which reminds us that man cannot live by bread alone, but "by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the LORD." It is also used in the remarkable prophecy of the coming birth of Christ in Bethlehem, where we are told that His "goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting" (Micah 5:2).
Here also, the sun is a beautiful type of Christ, picturing both the Living Word and the Written Word of God. He is the eternally begotten Son of God, everlastingly proceeding from the Father and declaring Him (John 1:18), while the Holy Scriptures "for ever settled in heaven" (Psalm 119:89), can continually sustain our spiritual lives, just as the sun does our physical lives.
As marvelous as God's witness in the creation may be, it can never bring lost men to salvation. The sun may sustain their lives, but it can never save their souls.
Testimony of the Word of God
But God's Word can! "The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul" (Psalm 19:7). We are saved by grace through faith, but "faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God" (Romans 10:17). Therefore the apostle exhorts us to "receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls" (James 1:21). We can only know the One who is the Living Word through His revelation in the written Word, "the holy Scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus" (II Timothy 3:15).
That is why we, like the psalmist, must read, believe and love the Holy Scriptures. The psalmist (David) only had a relatively small portion of the Scriptures available in his day, yet he could say: "More to be desired are they than gold . . . sweeter also than honey . . . in keeping of them there is great reward" (vv. 10,11).
Note David's further convictions. "The testimony of the LORD is sure. . . . The statutes of the LORD are right . . . the commandment of the LORD is pure . . . the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether" (vv.7,8,9). And Paul echoes with similar conviction: "All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness" (II Timothy 3:16). Combining the witness of David and Paul, we are assured that "the law of the LORD is perfect . . . that the man of God may be perfect"(Psalm 19:7; II Timothy 3:17).
The psalm ends with a prayer, asking God for cleansing through the Word. "Cleanse thou me from secret faults"(or sins of ignorance — v.12). "Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins" (or willful acts of disobedience — v.13). Otherwise, long-continued deliberate rejection of God's Word may become "the great transgression" (v.13) from which there is no deliverance.
Then he prays, and so should we: "Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD my strength, and my redeemer" (v.14).
*Dr. Morris is Founder and President Emeritus of ICR.
Cite this article: Henry M. Morris, Ph.D. 1996. The World and The Word (Psalm 19)Acts & Facts. 25 (9).

Psalm 19:1-6

Psalm 19:1-6
The Heavens Declare the Glory of God!

Psa 19:1  To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. 
Psa 19:2  Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. 
Psa 19:3  There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard. 
Psa 19:4  Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun, 
Psa 19:5  Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoiceth as a strong man to run a race. 
Psa 19:6  His going forth is from the end of the heaven, and his circuit unto the ends of it: and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof. 

  1. The Heavens (or the Sky) Enumerates the Splendor of God, and The Firmament (or Universe) Announces the Handy Work of God. – vs. 1*
    1. Every day proclaims the law of love – vs. 2*
                                                               i.      Nature reveals Christ
1.      The Law (order) reveals his wrath
a.       Romans 1:18-20
2.      The beauty reveals His love and mercy
a.       Psalm 8:3-4 
    1. The daily proclamation of law of love is in a universal language – vs. 3*
                                                               i.      John 1:7-9; Hebrews 1:1-3 
    1. There is no place on earth that the law of love is not proclaimed – vs. 4a*
                                                               i.      The sun is an inescapable daily demonstration of God’s law of love – vs. 4b-6*
1.      We have nothing to do with the motion of the sun, it is absolutely immovable by us. – vs. 4b*
2.      It faithfully and eagerly comes every day to bless us with its heat. – vs. 5*
a.       We should be like the sun and Jesus and run the race of life with eagerness.
                                                                                                                                       i.      Hebrews 12:1-2
3.      The sun has an orderly orbit: whether that is around the earth or around the universe. The universe is like a carefully made clock that speaks of an order and precision that is undeniable. – vs. 6a*
4.      The sun shines on every corner of the globe and every human on earth enjoys the benefits of it. – vs. 6b*

a.       Matthew 5:43-45