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Summary: THE ETERNAL FAITHFULNESS OF GOD TO HIS WORD IS THE PATHWAY TO PRESERVATION

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BIG IDEA:

THE ETERNAL FAITHFULNESS OF GOD TO HIS WORD

IS THE PATHWAY TO PRESERVATION

I. (:89-91) THIS IS TRUE IN NATURE

A. Thesis Stated:

"Forever, O Lord, Thy Word is settled in heaven"

"Thy faithfulness continues throughout all generations"

B. Example of the Earth

God established it by His Word -- "Thou didst establish the earth"

God upholds it by His Word -- "It stands"

C. What is True of the Whole is also True of All the Parts

"They (= the parts making up "it") stand this day according to Thine ordinances,

For all things are Thy servants"

nothing outside the scope of God’s sovereignty and control

II. (:92-95) THIS IS TRUE IN THE LIFE OF THE AFFLICTED BELIEVER

A. Preserved by Delighting in God’s Word

"If Thy law had not been my delight, Then I would have perished in my affliction"

B. Preserved by Remembering God’s Word

"I will never forget Thy precepts, For by them Thou hast revived me"

C. Preserved by Seeking God’s Word

"I am Thine, save me For I have sought Thy precepts"

D. Preserved by Diligent Study -- despite the plots of the wicked

"The wicked wait for me to destroy me; I shall diligently consider Thy testimonies"

III. (:96) CONTRAST: NO SUCH FAITHFULNESS POSSIBLE FOR FINITE, SINFUL MAN

A. Because No Sinless Perfection

"I have seen a limit to all perfection"

B. Because God’s Law is All-Encompassing

"Thy commandment is exceedingly broad".Attitudes as well as Actions

Character as well as Obedience

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DEVOTIONAL QUESTIONS:

1) How good are we at keeping our promises to our children? How “settled” is our word or is it very changeable?

2) Think of how evolutionists base their theories on the old age of the earth on the principle of Uniformitarianism = all things have continued at the same rate of decay throughout all time. Now God turns around this argument of the unchanging laws of

Nature and uses it to prove His faithfulness to His word!

3) How can we ensure that God’s Word remains “our delight” when we are in the midst of trials? How has the persecuted church been able to do this in times past?

4) How do people try to “narrow” the scope of God’s commandments so that they do not apply in their special circumstances? Yet God’s law is exceedingly “broad” and does not allow for any claims of perfection.

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