Summary: Realizing God's grace.
JOYFUL SOUNDS FOR SAVED SINNERS PSALM 89:15
INTRODUCTION. God has spoken to the heart of every person who has been born again through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. There are many ways in which God has spoken to us. Have you ever thought of some of the sounds??
I. THE SOUND OF SALVATION.
Have you ever hit the MUTE BUTTON on the TV? You see people’s lips moving but nothing comes out.
A. It is only through Christ that God can speak the truth that sets us free from guilt forever. Hebrews 1:1-2 God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;
B. To a sinner, who knows that he is lost, it is the most welcome sound to hear the truth that Jesus saves. I Timothy 1:15 This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.
II. THE SOUND OF SEPARATION
(This follows salvation.)
A. We are exhorted to be a separated people. Romans tells us not to be conformed to this world.
II Corinthians COMMANDS US TO BE A SEPARATED PEOPLE.
II Corinthians 7:1 Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
1. God is a jealous God and wants perfect love and complete devotion. Mark 12:29-30 The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.
2. God is holy and wants His children to be holy. I Peter 1:15-16 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.
III. THE SOUND OF SERVICE.
Only separated people can really serve God. God always calls His own to service, in His own time, according to His own purpose.
A. The Lord spoke to Samuel when he was very young and called him to service. I Samuel 3:10-21 IT TOOK SAMUEL A WHILE TO FIGURE OUT WHO WAS CALLING TO HIM.
B. The Lord called Isaiah to a definite surrender to a very difficult task. Isaiah 6:8-10 Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me. And he said, Go, and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not. Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and convert, and be healed.
C. God called Paul in a very unusual way to a task that stirred the world in his day.
IV. THE SOUND OF THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST
(This is the sound of real blessed hope.)
A. Our blessed Savior promised that He would return for the saved. John 14:2-3 In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.