Summary: We can and should take time to celebrate the gift of God’s Word!
• SLIDE #1
• Today we are going to continue with our theme of Celebration. I believe we should celebrate every day because we have the gift of life. I want us to focus on a great gift we have from God, His Word!
• The Bible has been the top selling book for years. There have been roughly 6 billion bibles sold worldwide since about 1816. How many bibles do you have in your home?
• I have at least 8 in my office not including all the bible software programs I have. I hope you all have your bible with you today!
• According to Barna Research Institute their studies suggest that 47% of Americans read the Bible every week and 91% of homes in the USA contain at least 1 Bible. The average home contains 4 bibles. (http://www.newyorker.com/archive/2006/12/18/061218fa_fact1)
• In 2005 Americans purchased over 25 million bibles, twice as many as the then new Harry Potter books sold. In a typical year in the US over 25 million bibles are sold.
• We can go get a bible at so many places, we will not jeopardize our life for owning a bible as some in the world have to deal with and we are not one of the people groups in which the bible has not be translated as of yet.
• I have said before that when we have a lot of something, when something is easy to obtain, we tend not to give it a lot of appreciation.
• Today I want us to see four of many reasons as to why we can celebrate God’s Word!
• We will be in Psalm 119 but we will not cover at 172 verses. Our focus will be on verses 89-105.
• We will start with verses 89-91
• SLIDE #2
• Psalm 119:89–91 (ESV) 89 Forever, O LORD, your word is firmly fixed in the heavens. 90 Your faithfulness endures to all generations; you have established the earth, and it stands fast. 91 By your appointment they stand this day, for all things are your servants.
• SLIDE #3
We can celebrate God’s Word because God’s Word has…
I. The power of permanence.
• We can spend a lot of time talking about how quickly the world around us changes. WE can also talk along time about how people around us change.
• How people think changes over time. Sometimes that is good and sometimes that is bad.
• People can be fickle.
• Verse 89 gives us reason to celebrate because it reminds us that God’s Word is FIRMLY FIXED in the heavens!
• The Psalmist is distressed but yet he gains encouragement from the fact that God’s Word is immutable or put in a different way, unchangeable or permanent!
• Jesus says something similar in Matthew 24:35
• SLIDE #4
• Matthew 24:35 (ESV) 35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.
• Isaiah 40:8 also reminds us of the same thing.
• SLIDE #5
• Isaiah 40:8 (ESV) The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever.
• Why does the fact that God’s Word is permanent give us cause to celebrate?
• The big reason is we can count on what it says. How tragic would it be to live a life of faithful service to God only to get to heavens gates to be rejected because God changed His mind as to what it takes to be a part of His family?