Sermon: The Bible Shows the Grace of God (Psalm 19:7-14)

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The Bible Shows the Grace of God

Psalm 19:7-14

TT- The Bible is completely inspired and authoritative and teaches us Christ.

How do we know God?

The first six verses from Psalm 19 are eye-opening verses.  They show us that when we look up and consider creation we behold God’s glory.  The Psalmist wants us to understand that the heavens, the sun, and all creation are busy proclaiming or literally sounding forth like a trumpet the glory of God.  The Sun is like a circuit riding preacher as it declares the glory of God day after day.

When we couple these verses with Romans 1, we can also see that because there is no place the heat of the sun cannot be felt or the light seen, there is no human soul that will be without excuse for not acknowledging God as Creator.  Everyone who does not acknowledge God and who lives for his or her own sin is without excuse when judgment time comes.

We also learned last week that this knowledge understood by every human being is not enough to save anyone.  More knowledge is needed.  While creation exhaustively preaches God’s glory it takes God Himself to reveal grace.  He does this through the Bible.  Just as the sun penetrates the earth with heat and light, so God’s Word penetrates the human heart.

The Bible has been under attack because it calls men and women to moral and ethical responsibilities.  Here is an example of how people have suppressed the truth for a lie Romans 1.
I’ve always thought Cameron was douchey, so this just further supports my beliefs. Cameron told Morgan during an interview on Friday that homosexuality is “unnatural” and “destructive.”
Cameron notes: “It’s unnatural. I think that it’s — it’s detrimental, and ultimately destructive to so many of the foundations of civilization.” Cameron became a born-again Christian when he was 17, so I wouldn’t expect him to embrace homosexuality, but his choice of words seems a bit much, right? The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) had a few choice words for Cameron as well, with senior director of programs Herndon Graddick releasing this statement:

“In this interview, Kirk Cameron sounds even more dated than his 1980s TV character. Cameron is out of step with a growing majority of Americans, particularly people of faith who believe that their gay and lesbian brothers and sisters should be loved and accepted based on their character and not condemned because of their sexual orientation.”[1]

The bottom line here is this: Is it ok to be gay or lesbian or is it a sin?  If it is a sin how do we know it is?  This is the point of God’s special revelation.  It speaks to mankind where he needs it and calls sin, sin.  Then the Bible points us to Jesus Christ as the answer to all sin.

1 Cor 6:9 Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality,

1 Cor 6:10 nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.

1 Cor 6:11 And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.

It takes passages like this to explain to us what is right and wrong, what is acceptable to God and what isn’t.

This is the Word of God…

Ps 19:7 The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple;

Ps 19:8 the precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes;

Ps 19:9 the fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever; the rules of the LORD are true, and righteous altogether.

Ps 19:10 More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb.

Ps 19:11 Moreover, by them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward.

Ps 19:12 Who can discern his errors? Declare me innocent from hidden faults.

Ps 19:13 Keep back your servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me! Then I shall be blameless, and innocent of great transgression.

Ps 19:14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.

So ends this reading of God’s holy Word, may He write its truth on all our hearts.

1. God’s Written Word is Perfect

Ps 19:7 The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple;

Ps 19:8 the precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes;

Ps 19:9 the fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever; the rules of the LORD are true, and righteous altogether.

Here in this second section of Psalm 19 we’re introduced to the idea of Special Revelation.  In the first section we’re shown General Revelation.  GR is the revelation of God given to all mankind everywhere.  This renders man inexcusable.  In God’s mind, there are no atheists because creation won’t allow it.  God’s Word won’t allow it either.

I used the title of point one, God’s Written Word is Perfect because in the original Hebrew the word is Torah.  The Torah is perfect.  The Torah is the first five Books of Moses.  We’ll look briefly that not only is the Torah perfect but all 66 Books in our Bibles are perfect.

According to David the Psalmist, God’s written Word is perfect.  What does he mean by perfect?  There are no mistakes, and it is accurate, infallible, and completely inspired by God.  Because the written Word is God’s Word, we must submit to its authority.  It is called Holy Scripture.

Remember, What the Bible says, God says.

A. David explains to us what the Word of God is. 

The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul; (v. 7a).

He says it’s perfect, as for its identity, it is a law, or instruction, pointing us in the direction of what is right and away from what is wrong. It does this perfectly, without the slightest defect, never lacking what is needed to address our circumstances.

The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple (v. 7b). Scripture is the record of God’s own witness to who he is and what he will provide for us in Jesus. This testimony is sure, which is to say it is true in principle and verifiable in life’s situations.  It is trust worthy and will come to pass just as described.

The precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart (v. 8a). God’s rules are never wrong. We can always rely on them to provide truth and accuracy. The one whose heart is fixed on the precepts of the Lord is never at the whim of public opinion polls or the fickle fluctuations of human advice.

the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes;

God’s commandments are not as Satan would have us believe, restrictive; rather they are pure or glimmering.  They are the gold and silver a believer is to seek after.  They are not restrictive but commands of freedom and joy.

9 the fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever.

David has in mind that fear of God that the Bible produces in us. It is clean both in terms of its essence and its impact on our hearts. Its power and purpose never end; we can always count on God’s Word to do its work.  God’s Word is eternal and produces a godly fear of the Lord, which will lead a rebel to life.  Every year a new latest greatest book is published and year after year it gets old, outdated, and replaced.

the rules of the LORD are true, and righteous altogether.

What God says in his word is never false or off the mark. His Word is the only barometer for reality. One need never again live in doubt and hesitation concerning what is righteous. Guesswork is gone. The certainty of God’s Word is our foundation.

B. David Explains What the Word of God Does

The Word of God revives the soul.  Literally, it places us on the right path or turns us around.  It changes, revives, brings to life lost sinners.  It turns simple people into wise people.  It transforms us into wise in God’s sight.  God’s Word brings joy back into our hearts when there is none.  It also opens the eyes to the things of God.

The Bible coupled with the Holy Spirit is the means in which God transforms lost rebellious souls into children of His kingdom.

I don’t think we realize how sinful and in line with the devil’s kingdom we are when we’re first saved.  The only way we will be changed into children of God is through reading and practicing the truths found in God’s Word.

Many of us have heard the hymn that “each day with Jesus is sweeter than the day before”.  I know the principle that song has in mind, but reality is not like that.  Each day with Jesus is not sweeter than the day before.  Some days we can hardly look up.  Some days, our spiritual strength is sapped.  Some days we barely get out of bed because of the weight of some burden we’re bearing.  It is in those days, if you can only but crawl to your Bible and begin reading perhaps through tears and pain, God’s Word will be the balm for your soul.  It will restore and revive your soul.[2]

We can go through life in despair when the medicine for our souls is right within reach.  Stretch out your hand and grab hold of the Scriptures and there you will find sweetness and joy again.

2. The Written Word is Sweet to the Soul

Ps 19:10 More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb.

Ps 19:11 Moreover, by them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward.

Ps 19:12 Who can discern his errors? Declare me innocent from hidden faults.

David learned that God’s Word is to be more desired than gold and it is sweeter to the soul than honey.  Why is God’s Word to be desired over gold and honey?

David tells us that in the Word we find warning against sin and in obeying those warnings we are given a great reward.  Apart from the Word of God we would never know certain things are bad for us.  We would never know right from wrong.  Why is it against the law to murder someone?  God’s Word tells us we are not to commit murder.

Here, David begins to show us what the Word of God has done for him.  He tells us that contained within are godly warnings for all believers.  In our sin and rebellion, we often convince ourselves that there is more gain in sin than in righteousness.  However, David through trial and error has discovered a secret that he wishes to pass on to us today… in keeping them there is great reward.  One commentator calls these tokens of God’s pleasure.

We obey the law of the land in fear of punishment.  We drive the speed limit for fear of being caught.  With God’s Law, we obey it because in doing so there are great rewards.

David acknowledges in the form of a question the fact that apart from God’s Word we could never discern errors and sin.  What is right and wrong?  It’s what God says in His Word.

In verse 13, David begins a prayer to God that He would not let David go.

3. David’s Prayer

Ps 19:13 Keep back your servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me! Then I shall be blameless, and innocent of great transgression.

Ps 19:14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.

Based on the special revelation David has received from God’s Word, he can now voice these words to God in the form of a prayer.

God’s Word is not restrictive but it frees us and keeps us from sin.  It holds us back.

A form of judgment by God is to simply turn rebellious sinners over to their own destruction…

Rom 1:24 Therefore [s] God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to [t] the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves,

Rom 1:25 because they exchanged the truth about God for [u] a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, [v] who is blessed forever! Amen.  

Rather than God giving us up, He keeps us back.  He holds us back from committing sins through the wealth of His Word.  His word is what keeps us from drifting too far into sin.

David’s prayer is a prayer that God would not let him go his own way and fall headlong into sin.

4.  God’s Word Today

In the 21st Century, people calling themselves Christians surround us but many have no regard for the Word of God.  They say it’s not inspired, inerrant, nor is it useful for the believer today.  Whenever we hear language like this, we must beware:  God told me…, We need a fresh Word from God…. These types of phrases are red flags and should be lovingly corrected.

God does NOT speak to man apart from His Word.  God does not tell us things apart from His Word.  We do NOT need a fresh Word from God.  What we need is to read the ancient text and study and understand it.  Many who claim the title Christian have never really even read God’s Word.

But rather than listening to people’s opinions regarding God’s Word, let’s take a moment and look to…

Scripture’s own claims about itself. 

In the beginning of our text today we read that the Law of God is perfect and all the things this perfect Law accomplishes in our lives.

Regardless what anyone else says, the Torah…the first five books are without error and inspired, in other words, God breathed books.

Paul believed all the OT is God Breathed:

2 Tm 3:16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,

2 Tm 3:17 that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.

1 Cor 15:3 For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures,

1 Cor 15:4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures,

So all the OT is Scripture.

What about the NT?  Is it on an equal playing field with the OT?  Is it Scripture also?

Tradition and early Church Fathers agree it is.  What does the NT claim for itself?

The NT is considered Scripture…

1 Tm 5:17 Let the elders who rule well be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in preaching and teaching.

1 Tm 5:18 For the Scripture says, “You shall not muzzle an ox when it treads out the grain,” and, “The laborer deserves his wages.”

Epistles…

2 Pt 3:15 And count the patience of our Lord as salvation, just as our beloved brother Paul also wrote to you according to the wisdom given him,

2 Pt 3:16 as he does in all his letters when he speaks in them of these matters. There are some things in them that are hard to understand, which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do the other Scriptures.

By the third century, all of the 66 books we currently possess were considered Holy Scripture.

Because all the Bible is God’s Word we are required to know what it says and obey God.

5. God’s Written Word Tells Us About Salvation

-We discover the effects our sin through the Word. 

Is 59:1 Behold, the LORD’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save, or his ear dull, that it cannot hear;

Is 59:2 but your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden his face from you so that he does not hear.

– We discover that our sin will bring forth death but we also discover God has done something to remedy our sinful condition.

Rom 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Rom 4:25 who was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification.

2 Cor 5:21 For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

Do you know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior?  Has the shed blood of Christ paid you sins for?  Have you turned to Christ in faith and repentance for salvation?

All of the Bible is inspired by God and all the Bible points us to Jesus Christ.

How do we know God?  We read His Word and learn everything we need to know.

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