Summary: Part 17 of a series in Psalm 119
The Wonderful Word of God
Sermon Series: A Word about the Word
Date: August 31, 2003 P.M. Service
Place: Allendale Baptist
Text: Psalm 119:129-136
Are there things around you that just amaze you? In my limited mind there are so many things I just wonder about. For instance:
How can something that weighs several tons stay in the air for literally hours? I am talking about an airplane.
How can something as big as a city block stay afloat on the open sea? I’m speaking of an ocean liner.
I can remember the first time I went to a ballgame in the Astrodome, now closed down because it is obsolete. It was once called the 8th wonder of the world.
This section of the 199th psalm has as its major theme, the Wonderful Word of God.
· The Word of God conveys manifold blessings.
· It gives direction to those who will follow.
· For the Christian God’s Word is most wonderful.
· So, we should be faithful and meticulous in keeping its teachings.
As we continue to study through this psalm, in verses 129-130 we see the psalmists…
“Thy testimonies are wonderful ; therefore doth my soul keep them. The entrance of Thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple” vv. 129-130
A. Obedience v. 129
1. The word of God again the psalmist says is wonderful in its scope or its sufficiency because it meets our every need.
2. It is wonderful in its simplicity because a child and even someone like me can understand it.
3. It is wonderful in its wisdom.
4. It is wonderful because it is infallible, inspired and inerrant.
5. The psalmist goes on to say the Bible is so wonderful, I will obey it.
6. Many folks have no problem with saying the Word of God is wonderful but , hey, I’m not going to do everything it says I need to do.
7. The proof of our attitude toward the Word of God is that we use it as the rule for life.
Next the psalmist says it offers…
B. Opportunity v. 130
“The entrance of Thy words giveth light.”
1. As we read and study the Word of God, light comes to our soul.
2. What does light do for us?
a. It reveals dirt.
b. It reveals direction.
c. It also reveals the true condition of the room.
C. I am so thankful it does not say here it gives understanding to the sophisticated or the highly educated.
Then we see a…
II. Desire v. 131-133
A desire to be…
A. Guided vv. 131-132
1. The psalmist gives us a picture of a wild animal about to die of thirst.
2. When was the last time you panted, you thirst for God’s Word.
3. I believe we would appreciate it more if we had to do without God’s Word for a while.
4. Read the stories of John Wycliffe and William Tyndale.
5. In verse 32 the psalmist say 3 statements about God.
a. God is able to see… “Look thou upon me”
b. God is able to save… “Be merciful to me.”
c. God is always the same… “As Thou usest to do unto those that love Thy name.”
Next he desires to be…
B. Guarded v. 133
1. Guarded from the snares of sin.
Next we see his request for…
III. Deliverance vv. 134-135
He wants God to…
A. Rescue Him v. 134
The he asks for a…
B. Response From God v. 135
1. We may not realize it but the sun is always shining.
2. So is the face of God always shining on those who love and obey Him.
3. It may not seem so at the time.
Last we see his…
IV. Distress v. 136a
“River of water run down my eyes.”
The psalmist has talked about how wonderful God is and how faithful His Word is. Everything seems to be going great.
Then he burst into…
A. Tears v. 136a
1. Why is he crying.
a. He is weeping for his enemies.
1. He does more than pray for them he weeps for them.
b. He weeps for God
1. the world and society around him has turned from God and that makes God weep and the psalmist also.
c. He weeps for his world.
B. Tumult v. 136b
“Because men do not keep thy law.”
Can I stop preaching and meddle?
When was the last time you wept over a concern that wasn’t selfish.
When was the last time you wept over a person who was disobedient and out of God’s will?