Monday, August 6, 2018

Praise, Power and Peace in the Psalm #6: God’s Word Text: Psalm 119

Praise, Power and Peace in the Psalm #6: God’s Word

Text: Psalm 119

Introduction: Over a century ago, the Pony Express was yesterdays overnight delivery service.  This was a mail delivery service that took letters from the east to the west as fast as was possible.  The riders changed horses and then would pass the mail satchel to the next rider so the mail never ceased to move.  The route stretched from St. Joseph Missouri to Sacramento and was ridden in 10 days.  To conserve weight they wore light clothing, small saddles and carried no weapons.  The horses wore light horseshoes or none at all, they carried small flat mail pouches and the letters were written on very thing paper and it cost $500 a ounce to delivery.  Yet in spite of all this weight saving each rider carried a full sized Bible.

From the time of the Exodus to the information age the Bible has played an important role.  The Bible was the first book printed on Gutenberg’s movable type printing press, the first book read in outer space and left on the moon by Astronaut Edgar Mitchell.  I once had the opportunity to the head physician of NASA around 1998  if there were still any at NASA who believed the Bible.  He told me they have many who have group Bible studies and prayer meeting during their lunch hours and breaks.

Abraham Lincoln said, “In regard to this great Book, I have but to say it is the best gift God has given to man.  All the good Savour gave to the world was communicated through this Book.  But for it we could not know right from wrong.  All things most desirable from man’s welfare, here and hereafter, are to be portrayed in it.”  Sept 7, 1864

This is the longest Psalms and the longest chapter in the entire Bible. It also is usually right in the middle of most Bibles, metaphorically making it the center or the core of the Bible. What would be the subject of the longest Psalm and chapter in the center of the Bible? For surely that subject would be of the utmost importance seeing as the Psalms itself has such a prominent profile.

Essentially (it is) a didactic, teaching poem, this psalm takes the form of a personal testimony. Although the poem contains allusions to persecution and shows certain characteristics of laments, its main purpose is to glorify the Tôrâ (God's law or teaching). The psalmist directs almost every verse to God, using many forms of petition. At the same time, he uses some synonym for the law in all but seven verses. The synonyms are: law, testimonies, precepts, judgments, commandments, statutes, sayings, word, way, and path.

The acrostic principle (with every stanza beginning a letter of the Hebrew alphabet) is highly developed in this psalm, employing all twenty-two letters of the Hebrew alphabet. Each stanza is composed of eight lines, which begin with the letter characteristic of that stanza. - The Wycliffe Bible Commentary.

The subject of the longest, most prominent chapter in the Bible is …the Bible. The word, the revelation, the commands, teachings and precepts given directly to us by God Himself. This morning I want us to pause for a moment and think about the greatness of God’s gift to us in His Word.

God’s Word Is Unique  Psalms 119:1-8

Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the Lord. Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart. They also do no iniquity: they walk in his ways. Thou hast commanded us to keep thy precepts diligently. O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes! 6Then shall I not be ashamed, when I have respect unto all thy commandments. I will praise thee with uprightness of heart, when I shall have learned thy righteous judgments.

Unique in it’s Continuity (from Evidence that Demands a Verdict by Josh McDowell)

Unique in its Continuity.

It was written over 6000 years ago, and  spans 1,500 years, Over 40 generations, by 40 different authors, in 3 different languages. (Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek.) On 3 different continents, (Africa, Asia, Europe.) Yet it speaks with one voice, the voice of God.

Unique in its Circulation.

To print every Bible, New Testament and individual portion of the Bible, published up to 1974, one printer would have to produce: 1 copy every 3 seconds, 20 copies every minute, 1,200 copies every hour, 28,800 copies every day, 10.5 million copies every year nonstop for 245 years.  That's enough pages of scripture to circle the globe 1,000 times.

Between 1815 and 1975 around 2.5 billion copies of the Bible had been printed. Another survey, for the years up to 1992, put it closer to 6 billion.

Today, over 100 million Bible are sold or given away every year.

In 1998 alone the United Bible Society distributed 20 million Bibles, and 20 million New Testaments. This does not include the millions published by the major Christian publishing houses, independent publishers or the millions of copies now produced digitally on computers, tablets and smart phones.  The app, YouVersion has been downloaded more than 50 million times! That is only one app maker, there are hundreds more. No other book in all of time and history has been distributed as much as God’s Word, none even come close and given its incredible lead none ever will

Unique in its Translations.

The Bible was the first major book to be translated into another language, Hebrew to Greek, 250 BC called the Septuagint. The Bible has been translated into more than 2200 languages. Though this is only a third of the 6500 languages known today yet it represents over 90% of all the earth's languages that are most commonly used worldwide. Wycliffe Bible Translators alone has over 6000 translators working with more than 850 languages to create Bibles in native tongues for the first time. At this rate the Bible will become the first book ever universally translated

Unique in Survival, Preservation

No other ancient writing has more documentary evidence than the Bible.
Work of Antiquity
Earliest Copy
Time Span
Surviving Copies
750 yrs
1,200 yrs
1000 yrs
1400 yrs
New Testament
114 AD

If you add all the early writings that quote the New Testament, and all portions and pieces of ancient copies there are over 24,000 copies of the New Testament.


Voltaire boasted that in 100 years from his time 1178 Christianity would be swept from existence and passed into history.  He said, “The Bible will be a forgotten book”

Yet 100 years after his death the Geneva Bible Society purchased his house and used his printing press to print and distribute Bibles.

H. L. Hastings, “Infidels for eighteen hundred years have been refuting and overthrowing this book, and yet it stands today a solid as a rock.  It’s circulation increases, and it is more loved and cherished and read than ever before.  Infidels with all their assaults, make about as much an impression on this book as a man with a tack hammer on the Pyramids of Egypt.”
Transition: Not only is the Bible like no other book on earth because of its uniqueness, it also like no other book because it is empowered by God to be without error and infallible.

God’s Word Is Infallible and Inerrant Psalms 119:89, 160 

89 For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven. 160 Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever.


Infallible: exempt from liability to error absolutely trustworthy and sure.
Inerrant: free from error.

Those are incredible bold assertions to believe about anything, much less a book that was written 1000’s of years ago. Why would we believe such a thing?

We believe it because we see that the Bible is…

True by Its own Testimony

Psalm 119:152 Concerning thy testimonies, I have known of old that thou hast founded them for ever.
Isaiah 40:8 The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.

True By Its source

2 Tim. 3:16 –17  All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:  That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

2 Peter 1:21  For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.

This is not a book written under the guidance of mankind but a book written and preserved under the guidance of God who is the same God who wrote and preserves the world and universe we live in.
We also know it is …

True by the Testimony of Jesus Christ

Matthew 5:18  For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.

John 5:39 Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.

For those who claim to believe in Jesus as Lord and Savior and then deny that every world in the Bible is true, including those passages that are not popular in today’s immoral culture, you have a problem. The problem is you say you believe Jesus when it comes to salvation but then you call him a liar when it comes to the book that tells us of Jesus and that salvation. You can’t have it both ways, either both are true or Jesus lied.

There are some other truths, some other proofs that we can look at, they are not infallible nor inerrant like the Word of God, because they are discoveries and conclusion found or surmised by man, but in them we can see some evidence that buttress our understanding of the truth of God’s Word.
The Bible can be seen as …

True by Archeology

Jericho  was destroyed by Joshua and the invading Israelite armies in Joshua 6:20.  The city of Jericho was excavated in 1930-36.  They found the wall had fallen down flat just as the Bible had said.

The Five Cities of the Plain are recorded in Genesis 14.  These were considered fictitious until the discovery of the Kingdom of Elba site which not only mentions the cities but even lists them in the same order on clay tablets 1000 years before Moses wrote Genesis.

Ninevah was the capital city of the Assyrian Empire.  It was excavated in 1846.  They found the palace of Sennacerchib and an account of his conquest of Judea which matched the Biblical account.

Ossuary of Caiaphas and James. An Ossuary is a stone box in which the bones of deceased ancestors were stored.  Two ossuaries have been found with the name of the man who condemned Jesus as the high priest and the name of James, the brother of Jesus.

There are many, many, many….(did I say many?) … many other archeological discoveries and more being found each day they put a shovel in the ground in the Middle East.

We can also see that the Bible is

True by Fulfilled Prophecy

Jesus’ Birthplace (700 yrs before) Micah 5:2 But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.

Time of Jesus Birth (900 yrs) Daniel 9:25 Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.

Manner of His Birth (700 yrs) Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

Manner of His Death (1000 yrs) Psalm 22: 1 My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? why art thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring? 7  All they that see me laugh me to scorn: they shoot out the lip, they shake the head, 16  For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have inclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet. 18  They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture

Manner of His Burial (700 yrs) Isaiah 53:7-9 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. 8He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken. 9And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.

Illustration Random Chance

Peter Stoner in his book Science Speaks says that "the probability of someone fulfilling just 8 of the messianic prophecies is 1 in 1 in 1017 or 10 with 17 zeros. To better illustrate it, "if we take 1017 Silver dollars and lay them on the face of Texas.  They will cover all of the state two feet deep.  Now mark one of these silver dollars and stir the whole mass thoroughly, all over the state.  Blindfold a man and tell him that he can travel as far as he wishes, but he must pick up one silver dollar and say that this is the right one." Remember that this is only 8 prophecies, there are actually over 300 prophecies that Jesus fulfilled during his time on earth.

Transition: Not only is God’s Word unique as a book it is supernatural and miraculous by the power of God’s making it infallible and inerrant. Yet, none of that matters unless God’s Word has a purpose that impacts our lives. Look at our last point this morning, God’s Word Guides our life and shows us eternity.

God’s Word Guides Our Life and Shows Us Eternity  Psalms 119:105, 130

105 Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. 130 The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.

It Guides our Life on Earth

Psalm 119:9-16 Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word. With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments. Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. Blessed art thou, O Lord: teach me thy statutes. 13With my lips have I declared all the judgments of thy mouth. I have rejoiced in the way of thy testimonies, as much as in all riches. I will meditate in thy precepts, and have respect unto thy ways. 16I will delight myself in thy statutes: I will not forget thy word.

It is a Guide to Eternal Life

Psalm 119:41 Let thy mercies come also unto me, O Lord, even thy salvation, according to thy word.

Psalm 119:93-95 I will never forget thy precepts: for with them thou hast quickened me. I am thine, save me; for I have sought thy precepts. The wicked have waited for me to destroy me: but I will consider thy testimonies.

It Guides Us To Jesus Christ

John 5:39-47  Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life.  I receive not honour from men. But I know you, that ye have not the love of God in you.   I am come in my Father’s name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive. How can ye believe, which receive honour one of another, and seek not the honour that cometh from God only? Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father: there is one that accuseth you, even Moses, in whom ye trust.  For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me: for he wrote of me.  But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my words?

There is salvation and eternal life in this book. It should burst forth with light and song every time its opened. Would you know forgiveness, hope, redemption, salvation, joy, assurance? Then open this book and see its radiant picture of love and hear its beautiful music of glory.


The Word of God, the Holy Bible has everything you need, whoever you are, and wherever you are going.

A man was packing for a trip.  He told his friend, “I’m almost done, I just have to pack a guidebook, a mirror, a microscope, a lamp, a telescope, a volume of fine poetry, a package of old letters, a few biographies, a history book, a book of songs, a sword, a hammer, and a set of theology books I’ve been studying.”

His friend said, “You don’t have room for all that!” 

“Yes I do,” he replied and with a smile placed his bible in the corner of the suitcase and shut the lid.”

Conclusion:This Book

This book is the most important book every given into the hands and knowledge of mankind. It is important because it tells us of history, important because it tells us of ourselves, important because it tells of what is true. But by far it is most important because it tells us of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
The Bible tells us that God loves us but hates the sin that we commit. The Bible tells us that God, in his love, sent His only begotten son to pay the price for our sinful nature and that if we accept the gift of God, offered to us when Jesus died upon the cross in our place, we can have eternal life.

Think of it, the hope that you so desperately need is in this book. The life that you can live in joy and fulness, is in this book. The family that will be a blessing and not a curse can be raised by this book. And most amazing of all, the miracle of immortality and a home for eternity in heaven, is in this book.

How can we dare not to read it every day? How can we so blithely ignore its warnings? How can we hope to survive this life and enter into the happiness of the next if we don’t understand the door that the Creator of time and eternity has opened for us? It truly is the Word of God! Read it, write it on the walls of your heart and thank God for this great gift that we can hold in our hands and know God speaks to me.

Is He speaking to you right now?

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