Christianity is not hard to understand. How many of you have ever watched “deadliest catch” or “wicked tuna” or any fishing show about commercial fisherman? Those guys were Jesus’ first disciples...commercial fisherman! God tells us simply that man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes out of his mouth. We need the Bible. The Bible, the inerrant Word of God written must be our ultimate source of revelation and authority. I had a friend in college come to me one time and he said 'Doug I am really depressed,' I asked if he had been reading God’s word and he said no and I said try it. Weeks later he was healed and it was by the word of God, where he found life. Sometimes it's not as simple as that, but you know what, sometimes it is! You are always listening to something...and that something is always influencing your thoughts, I can tell when someone listens to NPR all the time, or fox news, or depressing secular music, or their dead grandmother's theological incorrect truisms or the voice of their own logic. Instead of all these, primarily, we must listen to God! From the mount of Transfiguration God said over Jesus “This is my son with whom I am well-pleased, listen to Him!” Which is why Jesus is called the Word of God, because we was the pinnacle of what God wanted to communicate to us. He is simultaneously the word of salvation and the word of judgement.
But we by default do not take the word of God seriously. Do you read the Bible? Do you think about and meditate on the truths of the Bible? Do you actually believe the things written on its pages? Psalm 119 is a meditation on God's word. In the Bible,"Law of God" is often synonymous for "Word of God". RC Sproul was once in a debate with a liberal theologian who was downplaying the truthfulness of the Bible…afterward in the parking lot the opposing theologian grabbed Sproul by the tie and said, "Why do you defend that book like that?" And Sproul grabbed him back by his tie and exclaimed: "Because it gave me my life!" The Bible teaches us how to view the Bible, and you may say that that is circular reasoning, on the contrary it is 'a priori' reasoning, meaning that it is part and parcel of what it means to be a Christian to believe in the truthfulness and authority of scripture. In reality we believe it because we found life in it (not the other way around), and then finally we learn to cherish it, for heaven and earth will pass away but not one dot of an i or cross of a t will ever be forgotten! The most important verse in the Bible about the Bible is this: "'Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.'" Matthew 4:4 (quoted from Deuteronomy). Living by the Word of God and finding life in it is the theme of Psalm 119.
Let’s take these thoughts/verses from Psalm 119:41-48 one by one this week:
This is the first and foremost thought...without the WORD OF PROMISE, YOU HAVE NO HOPE. The Psalmist looks forward but we look back (Incarnation) and to the present (salvation, deliverance) and we also look forward (Second coming of Christ)!
There are always those who mock God...but they will all be answered by you when your trust is in divine truth. You will find yourself correcting untruths around you more and more!
In Prayer Today:
Ask God to give you wisdom, knowledge and understanding of His Word.