Summary: Part 12 in a Sermon Series on the 119th Psalm
That Settles It!
Sermon Series: A Word about the Word
Date: June 1, 2003 P.M Service
Place: Allendale Baptist
Text: Psalm 119: 89-96
Growing up I often heard this saying, “as sure as shooting”, or “you can count on that”. How about “as sure as day turns into night.”
What is the one certainty in life? What is the one thing you can depend on? Is it a person a place?
When you are asked that question, how long does it take you to answer?
In a day when our world so desperately needs something it can know for sure, the psalmist says “I have that certainty and it is found in God and through God’s Word.”
This passage of Scripture tells us that the Word of God is “settled forever.”
The Word of God leads us to salvation and that is why our salvation is eternal.
God through His Word produces it.
The Word of God also produces permanence in our lives.
In verses 89-91 we see…
I. The Persistence of God’s Word
God’s Word is persistent and permanent. And in the first verse of this section the psalmist makes…
A. A Simple Declaration
1. I may not fully understand nor can I explain all God is, and all His Word declares but I take the stand with many others to proclaim that the Bible, the Holy Word of God, is forever settled in heaven.
2. It is infallible, inerrant and forever Word of God.
3. Now that is something I can build my life on.
4. The Word of God will not change with interest rates, unemployment, the economy, or the international situation.
5. It is settled.
Next the psalmist gives …
B. A Strong Demonstration v.90-91
1. Here the psalmist turns back the pages of the Bible and points out the truth that God created the world.
2. This world we live in demonstrates the permanence and persistence of the world of God. It is expressed throughout the world. For example, on the 1st day, according to the Word of God, God created light, and He set in motion the law of light. The law of light says that light travels at the speed of 186,000 miles per second. Its purpose is to dispel darkness, and its speed is constant. That law has never changed. We know that law has never changed because not too many years ago a scientist advanced the human race into the atomic age with one simple equation: E=mc2. This means energy equals mass multiplied by the speed of light, squared.
The very “theory of relativity” that thrust us into the atomic age is based on the consistency of a law God established in the very beginning of time.
3. So in this verse the psalmist is saying everything is behaving actually the way God planned.
4. The world is a testimony of the persistence of God.
Next we see…
II. The Preservation of God’s Word v. 92
A. He is saying here, “if it had not been for the settled word of God, I would have lost my sanity.
B. In the midst of the storm, God’s Word has been my anchor and my anchor holds.
Next we see …
III. The Potency of God’s Word vv. 93-95
In these 3 verses we see 3 things the Word of God has the power to do.
A. Revive v.93
1. The Word of God has the power to breathe new life, a fresh anointing in your life.