Making God's Word Profitable in My Life - Psalm 19

Steve Viars November 6, 1990 Psalms 19:

 

 

- tonight is our final evening for studying favorite Bible

  passages

- just to let you know, if the Lord tarries, we will probably

  do a series like this again because I realize many of us

  have other favorite passages that we didn't study in this

  particular series

- in fact, someone gave me an index card last week with about

  a dozen passages on it

- if you have some you'd like to hear next time around, feel

  free to jot them down on a card and I'll keep them on file

 

- just so that you can be planning, I hope to begin a new

  series next week on the fruit of the spirit from Gal. 5

- I would encourage you to read through the chapter and to

  begin memorizing some of the key verses in that chapter

 

- tonight, we want to have our last review of our favorite

  Bible passages

- take QUIZ

 

- in thinking about what verse would be appropriate to study

  for this last message on favorite Bible verses, I decided

  to look at a verse that talks specifically about the Bible

  itself

- a number of our favorite Bible verses have to do with God's

  Word

- INPUT - which one comes to your mind?

 

- tonight - Psalm 19:7-11

- READ (look for what needs to be done to make God's Word

        profitable in your life and mine)

 

- I want to present to you tonight that one of the things

  that determines how profitable God's Word is in your life

  and mine is:

 

I. The Way We View The Bible

 

    - you know that the Psalms were written to be sung and

      that these songs were part of Israel's public worship

    - the way we sang this Psalm tonight would have been very

      similar to the way they would have sung it

 

    - question is - why would God want these kind of words to

       be put in a song?

 

    - INPUT - how would you answer that question? (to help us

              remember, to adjust our thinking)

 

    - let's look at some things these verses wants to remind

      us of concerning the Bible

 

    - if you read down through verses 7-9, you'll see that

      the Psalmist uses seven different key words to describe

      the Bible

    - the exact words depend on the Bible version you happen

      to be using

    - in KJV, the words are perfect, sure, right, pure,

         clean, true, righteous

    - in studying what those words mean, it becomes apparent

      that there is some overlap

    - I'm going to combine those 7 words into 4 primary

      meanings, and as we go go along, I'll try to explain

      where I got those meanings

 

    - David is saying - If the Bible is going to be

      profitable in your life, you've got to view it

      properly, and that starts by viewing it as:

 

    A. Complete

 

        verse 7 says, the law of the Lord is perfect

 

        1. meaning

 

            complete, sound, whole, entire

 

        2. other example

 

           Josh. 10:13 - "...so the sun stood still in the

              midst of heaven, and hastened not to go down

              about a whole day"

 

           Lev. 25:10 - "...if it be not redeemed in a whole

              year" (redeeming an inheritance)

 

           - so the word means whole, complete, entire

 

           - if we were going to talk about this using

             today's words, what would we say about the

             Bible?  (its sufficient)

 

           - if you're relatively new around here, you may

             not be familiar with that word, but its a very

             important one

           - when we say the Bible is sufficient, that means

             it has all the answers we need to handle life's

             problems

           - we're not talking about problems like 2 plus 2

             equals 4

           - or, I need a shot of penicillin

           - we're talking about non-organic behavioral

             problems

           - II Peter 1:3 - "According as his divine power

                has given unto us all things that pertain

                unto life and godliness"

 

           - now I don't think I need to tell you that many

             folks who call themselves believers don't

             believe in the sufficiency of the Scripture

           - the reason we know that is because they've gone

             out to secular theories and methods to determine

             how to live

           - that’s why there's so much in churches today on

             self-love and self-esteem, healing of the

             memories, co-dependency, etc.

                - because folks believe that the Bible

                  doesn't have the answers necessary to live

                  in the 1990's

 

 

           - but that’s not what this verse says (that’s the

             wrong way to view the Bible)

               - the law of the Lord is perfect (complete,

                 entire, the whole thing, all we need)

 

           - now you might be here and would say - well, PV,

             I agree that the Bible is all I need for

             spiritual problems, but I believe man has three

             parts (physical, spiritual, psychological)

           - possible for a person to be physically well,

             spiritually well, and psychologically sick

              - medical doctors take care of physical,

               pastors take care of spiritual, but Bible

               doesn't have anything to do with psychological

 

    - there are several problems with that

       1) the Bible doesn't teach that man has three distinct

          parts (I'd be happy to talk to you about that later)

         

       2) see the result:

 

        3. the result - converting the soul

 

           - this next minute may get a bit complicated

           - just prior to the time of Christ, a group of

             scholars translated the OT into Greek - because

             of the conquests of Alexander the Great, many

             people spoke Greek

           - their translation is called the Septuagint (LXX)

           - its a very valuable document because it tells us

             how people in time period were interpreting the

             OT

           - when they came to this verse - Psalm 19:7 - they

             translated it - the law of the Lord is perfect,

             converting the psyche (from which we get our

             term psychological, or psychology)

 

           - point is - the Bible knows nothing of this idea

             that man has a separate part that the Bible does

             not address

               - in fact, this verse is saying that the Bible

                 is so complete, so sufficient - it can

                 convert, or turn around, any aspect of man

 

    - now that leads us to a question and the question is -

      Do you and I view the Bible that way?

    - do you believe that the Bible is sufficient?

    - what evidence could you give that proves you believe

      that?

    - is there any evidence that might prove contrary?

    - do you, like some believers, rely on supposed truth

      from secular disciplines or do you rely on the Bible?

    - the law of the Lord is perfect - therefore, I must view

      the Bible as being complete

 

    B. Trustworthy

 

        - I'm taking this meaning from two words in these

          verses

        - the first is the word "sure" in verse 7 (the

          testimony of the Lord is sure

        - the second is the word "true" at the end of verse 9

        1. meaning

 

            please turn to II Sam 4:4

 

            - what word in verse 4 do you believe is the same

              as the word "sure" in Psalm 19:7?

            - the word "nurse"

            - that word was used to describe any kind of

              foster care in the Bible

            - meant a support, over time came to be used of

              anything that could be trusted

            - that fits together well with:

 

        2. the result - making wise the simple

 

            - David is saying, just like a nurse who supports

              a newborn baby, the Bible supports us and is

              therefore trustworthy

                 - its makes the simple wise

 

    - have you ever thought about this - when it comes to the

      issues of life

         - where I came from, why I'm here, where I'm going

         - how to get along with others, how to communicate

         - how to solve problems...

     - what would you know about any of those subjects if it

       weren't for the Bible

     - illus - Fort Wayne - (Doc & I) - thanks - your

          ministry has made such a difference in our church

          and in our lives

            - our response - we didn't come up with these

             things - we've just been studying the Scriptures

 

    - see, the question is - when's the last time you thanked

      God for the trustworthiness of his word - because it

      has nursed us -it has made wise the simple - and it can

      continue to do so

- the Bible is complete, its trustworthy

 

    C. Straight

 

        verse 8 says - the statutes of the Lord are right

        - verse 9 says - they are righteous altogether

 

        1. meaning

 

           - those words literally mean "straight"

 

           - an example is Jer. 31:9 - "... I will cause them

             to walk by the rivers of waters in a straight

              way"

 

           - INPUT - what is God emphasizing about His Word

                      by reminding ud that it is straight?

                        (provides direction)

 

           - we saw that in Psalm 40:3 - he lifted me up out

             of the horrible pit, out of the miry clay - set

             my feet upon a rock, and established my goings

           - the Bible gives direction

 

 

    - thats why God describes the unbeliever as being lost

    - he just doesn't know which way to go

    - chases after this, chases after that -no direction

 

    - unfortunately, that same attribute can be true of

      believers who aren't growing

    - they don't have any direction

    - Oh, they may be busy, but they're not really going

      anywhere in terms of where God wants them to go

 

    - their day to day, week to week, month to month routine

      doesn't make any measurable difference in the kingdom

      of God

 

    - INPUT - what will be the result (on the person) of that

        kind of lifestyle?  (frustrated, depressed,

        unfulfilled)

 

        2. result - rejoicing the heart

 

            - of course the opposite is the person who is

              growing in his understanding of God's Word, his

              ability to apply God's Word

            - that person has direction - that brings great

              rejoicing

 

    D. Unblemished

 

        - verse 8 says - the commandment of the Lord is pure

        - verse 9 says - the fear of the Lord is clean

 

        - you have the same idea in the Song of Solomon 6:9

          where he says - "my dove, my undefiled, is one"

 

        - David wants us to remember - the Bible is

          unblemished - its without fault or error

 

        - now you might say - well, my uncle Joe says its

          full of errors

        - if that’s true, then you have a decision to make -

          are you going to believe uncle Joe or Jesus

             - Matt. 5:18 - "one jot or title shall in no

                way pass from the law, till all be fulfilled"

        - you'll also have to decide - should I believe uncle

          Joe or the apostle Peter - who said in II Peter

          1:21 - "For the prophecy came not at any time by the

          will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were

          moved by the Holy Spirit"

 

        - you'll have to decide - are you going to believe

          uncle Joe or the apostle Paul who said in II Tim.

          3:16 - All Scripture is given by inspiration of God

          (God-breathed)

        - see, the Bible is unblemished

        - the reason it can claim to be sufficient is because

          it is inerrant

 

    - see, we're talking about how you view the Bible

    - do you view it as being complete, trustworthy,

      straight, and unblemished?

    - could you point to clear, concrete evidence that

      demonstrates that you have a high view of the Bible?

- now, the next verses give us one way to determine how we we

  view the Bible - and that is:

 

II. How We Value The Bible

 

    - read verse 10

 

    A. Our greatest treasure

 

        - David says - the Bible is to be desired more than

          gold, even fine gold

 

        - even in Bible days, they recognized different

          qualities of gold

        - I Kings 10 tells us of all the gold that Solomon

          had, it says that when Solomon had his throne made,

          he made it out of ivory and then had it overlayed

          with the best gold

        - the finest, the most expensive

 

        - David says - I value the Bible as my finest

          treasure

        - let me ask you tonight - do you value the Bible

          that way?

 

        - if I had the powers of sovereignty tonight and

          said, you can either leave here tonight with your

          Bible - or a million dollars (assuming you couldn't

          get another copy), which would you do?

        - winning the lottery, or the Bible?

 

        - Now most of us don't have to choose between the

          Bible or fine gold, or the Bible or a million

          dollars, but we do have to choose between the Bible

          and some things

 

        - INPUT - how would you fill in this blank - Time in

          God's Word should be more desired than ____________

 

 

    B. Our sweetest possession

 

        - sweeter also than honey, and the honeycomb

 

        - a couple of weeks ago, Nat Rumba brought us a jar

          of honey his bees had made

        - I'm not much of a honey eater, but I'm quickly

          becoming one

 

        - one of the first nights, we had had some folks over

          and we had a few of those potato rolls left over

        - so I was out in the kitchen later just checking

          things out and I thought - I wonder how that honey

          would taste on one of those potato rolls?

        - have you ever tried that combination?

        - just imagine that in your mouth for a minute...

 

        - David says – that’s what I think of the Bible

        - its my sweetest possession

 

 

 

        - you know, some folks don't value the Bible that way

        - the Bible is the rule book

        - its the negative book

        - its got a sour taste

        - but not to David

        - he had the right view of its value

 

        - more to be desired are they than gold, yea than

          much fine gold, sweeter also than honey, and the

          honeycomb

        - by the way - the quiz we gave tonight would be one

          way to measure how valuable God's Word is to you

        - I'm sure some folks did very well - why? - because

          of the way they value the Word

 

- so what determines how profitable God's Word is in your

  life and mine

- The Way We View the Bible - The Way We Value The Bible

 

III. The Way We Apply The Bible

 

    A. we're warned

 

        - David says - moreover, by them is thy servant warned

                     

 

        - sure I'm the king, but when it comes to the Bible,

          and it comes to God, I'm just a servant, I let God

          warn me through his word

        - see, I apply it

 

        - INPUT - what is the relationship between point II

            and point III?

 

            (the higher I value the Word, the more seriously

             I'll take its warnings)

 

        - lets think of it this way:

           - let's say a little guy from the 3 year old clubs

             comes up to you after the service and pulls on

             your pant leg and says - I think the roof's

             going to fall in - How would you respond? (pat

             him on the head - thanks for the warning)

 

           - let's say a junior higher comes in and says - I

             thought I saw a crack in the roof - I think its

             going to fall in

               - How would you respond to that - (we'll check

                 that out as soon as we get time)

 

     

 

 

- tonight is our final evening for studying favorite Bible

  passages

- just to let you know, if the Lord tarries, we will probably

  do a series like this again because I realize many of us

  have other favorite passages that we didn't study in this

  particular series

- in fact, someone gave me an index card last week with about

  a dozen passages on it

- if you have some you'd like to hear next time around, feel

  free to jot them down on a card and I'll keep them on file

 

- just so that you can be planning, I hope to begin a new

  series next week on the fruit of the spirit from Gal. 5

- I would encourage you to read through the chapter and to

  begin memorizing some of the key verses in that chapter

 

- tonight, we want to have our last review of our favorite

  Bible passages

- take QUIZ

 

- in thinking about what verse would be appropriate to study

  for this last message on favorite Bible verses, I decided

  to look at a verse that talks specifically about the Bible

  itself

- a number of our favorite Bible verses have to do with God's

  Word

- INPUT - which one comes to your mind?

 

- tonight - Psalm 19:7-11

- READ (look for what needs to be done to make God's Word

        profitable in your life and mine)

 

- I want to present to you tonight that one of the things

  that determines how profitable God's Word is in your life

  and mine is:

 

I. The Way We View The Bible

 

    - you know that the Psalms were written to be sung and

      that these songs were part of Israel's public worship

    - the way we sang this Psalm tonight would have been very

      similar to the way they would have sung it

 

    - question is - why would God want these kind of words to

       be put in a song?

 

    - INPUT - how would you answer that question? (to help us

              remember, to adjust our thinking)

 

    - let's look at some things these verses wants to remind

      us of concerning the Bible

 

    - if you read down through verses 7-9, you'll see that

      the Psalmist uses seven different key words to describe

      the Bible

    - the exact words depend on the Bible version you happen

      to be using

    - in KJV, the words are perfect, sure, right, pure,

         clean, true, righteous

    - in studying what those words mean, it becomes apparent

      that there is some overlap

    - I'm going to combine those 7 words into 4 primary

      meanings, and as we go go along, I'll try to explain

      where I got those meanings

 

    - David is saying - If the Bible is going to be

      profitable in your life, you've got to view it

      properly, and that starts by viewing it as:

 

    A. Complete

 

        verse 7 says, the law of the Lord is perfect

 

        1. meaning

 

            complete, sound, whole, entire

 

        2. other example

 

           Josh. 10:13 - "...so the sun stood still in the

              midst of heaven, and hastened not to go down

              about a whole day"

 

           Lev. 25:10 - "...if it be not redeemed in a whole

              year" (redeeming an inheritance)

 

           - so the word means whole, complete, entire

 

           - if we were going to talk about this using

             today's words, what would we say about the

             Bible?  (its sufficient)

 

           - if you're relatively new around here, you may

             not be familiar with that word, but its a very

             important one

           - when we say the Bible is sufficient, that means

             it has all the answers we need to handle life's

             problems

           - we're not talking about problems like 2 plus 2

             equals 4

           - or, I need a shot of penicillin

           - we're talking about non-organic behavioral

             problems

           - II Peter 1:3 - "According as his divine power

                has given unto us all things that pertain

                unto life and godliness"

 

           - now I don't think I need to tell you that many

             folks who call themselves believers don't

             believe in the sufficiency of the Scripture

           - the reason we know that is because they've gone

             out to secular theories and methods to determine

             how to live

           - that’s why there's so much in churches today on

             self-love and self-esteem, healing of the

             memories, co-dependency, etc.

                - because folks believe that the Bible

                  doesn't have the answers necessary to live

                  in the 1990's

 

 

           - but that’s not what this verse says (that’s the

             wrong way to view the Bible)

               - the law of the Lord is perfect (complete,

                 entire, the whole thing, all we need)

 

           - now you might be here and would say - well, PV,

             I agree that the Bible is all I need for

             spiritual problems, but I believe man has three

             parts (physical, spiritual, psychological)

           - possible for a person to be physically well,

             spiritually well, and psychologically sick

              - medical doctors take care of physical,

               pastors take care of spiritual, but Bible

               doesn't have anything to do with psychological

 

    - there are several problems with that

       1) the Bible doesn't teach that man has three distinct

          parts (I'd be happy to talk to you about that later)

         

       2) see the result:

 

        3. the result - converting the soul

 

           - this next minute may get a bit complicated

           - just prior to the time of Christ, a group of

             scholars translated the OT into Greek - because

             of the conquests of Alexander the Great, many

             people spoke Greek

           - their translation is called the Septuagint (LXX)

           - its a very valuable document because it tells us

             how people in time period were interpreting the

             OT

           - when they came to this verse - Psalm 19:7 - they

             translated it - the law of the Lord is perfect,

             converting the psyche (from which we get our

             term psychological, or psychology)

 

           - point is - the Bible knows nothing of this idea

             that man has a separate part that the Bible does

             not address

               - in fact, this verse is saying that the Bible

                 is so complete, so sufficient - it can

                 convert, or turn around, any aspect of man

 

    - now that leads us to a question and the question is -

      Do you and I view the Bible that way?

    - do you believe that the Bible is sufficient?

    - what evidence could you give that proves you believe

      that?

    - is there any evidence that might prove contrary?

    - do you, like some believers, rely on supposed truth

      from secular disciplines or do you rely on the Bible?

    - the law of the Lord is perfect - therefore, I must view

      the Bible as being complete

 

    B. Trustworthy

 

        - I'm taking this meaning from two words in these

          verses

        - the first is the word "sure" in verse 7 (the

          testimony of the Lord is sure

        - the second is the word "true" at the end of verse 9

        1. meaning

 

            please turn to II Sam 4:4

 

            - what word in verse 4 do you believe is the same

              as the word "sure" in Psalm 19:7?

            - the word "nurse"

            - that word was used to describe any kind of

              foster care in the Bible

            - meant a support, over time came to be used of

              anything that could be trusted

            - that fits together well with:

 

        2. the result - making wise the simple

 

            - David is saying, just like a nurse who supports

              a newborn baby, the Bible supports us and is

              therefore trustworthy

                 - its makes the simple wise

 

    - have you ever thought about this - when it comes to the

      issues of life

         - where I came from, why I'm here, where I'm going

         - how to get along with others, how to communicate

         - how to solve problems...

     - what would you know about any of those subjects if it

       weren't for the Bible

     - illus - Fort Wayne - (Doc & I) - thanks - your

          ministry has made such a difference in our church

          and in our lives

            - our response - we didn't come up with these

             things - we've just been studying the Scriptures

 

    - see, the question is - when's the last time you thanked

      God for the trustworthiness of his word - because it

      has nursed us -it has made wise the simple - and it can

      continue to do so

- the Bible is complete, its trustworthy

 

    C. Straight

 

        verse 8 says - the statutes of the Lord are right

        - verse 9 says - they are righteous altogether

 

        1. meaning

 

           - those words literally mean "straight"

 

           - an example is Jer. 31:9 - "... I will cause them

             to walk by the rivers of waters in a straight

              way"

 

           - INPUT - what is God emphasizing about His Word

                      by reminding ud that it is straight?

                        (provides direction)

 

           - we saw that in Psalm 40:3 - he lifted me up out

             of the horrible pit, out of the miry clay - set

             my feet upon a rock, and established my goings

           - the Bible gives direction

 

 

    - thats why God describes the unbeliever as being lost

    - he just doesn't know which way to go

    - chases after this, chases after that -no direction

 

    - unfortunately, that same attribute can be true of

      believers who aren't growing

    - they don't have any direction

    - Oh, they may be busy, but they're not really going

      anywhere in terms of where God wants them to go

 

    - their day to day, week to week, month to month routine

      doesn't make any measurable difference in the kingdom

      of God

 

    - INPUT - what will be the result (on the person) of that

        kind of lifestyle?  (frustrated, depressed,

        unfulfilled)

 

        2. result - rejoicing the heart

 

            - of course the opposite is the person who is

              growing in his understanding of God's Word, his

              ability to apply God's Word

            - that person has direction - that brings great

              rejoicing

 

    D. Unblemished

 

        - verse 8 says - the commandment of the Lord is pure

        - verse 9 says - the fear of the Lord is clean

 

        - you have the same idea in the Song of Solomon 6:9

          where he says - "my dove, my undefiled, is one"

 

        - David wants us to remember - the Bible is

          unblemished - its without fault or error

 

        - now you might say - well, my uncle Joe says its

          full of errors

        - if that’s true, then you have a decision to make -

          are you going to believe uncle Joe or Jesus

             - Matt. 5:18 - "one jot or title shall in no

                way pass from the law, till all be fulfilled"

        - you'll also have to decide - should I believe uncle

          Joe or the apostle Peter - who said in II Peter

          1:21 - "For the prophecy came not at any time by the

          will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were

          moved by the Holy Spirit"

 

        - you'll have to decide - are you going to believe

          uncle Joe or the apostle Paul who said in II Tim.

          3:16 - All Scripture is given by inspiration of God

          (God-breathed)

        - see, the Bible is unblemished

        - the reason it can claim to be sufficient is because

          it is inerrant

 

    - see, we're talking about how you view the Bible

    - do you view it as being complete, trustworthy,

      straight, and unblemished?

    - could you point to clear, concrete evidence that

      demonstrates that you have a high view of the Bible?

- now, the next verses give us one way to determine how we we

  view the Bible - and that is:

 

II. How We Value The Bible

 

    - read verse 10

 

    A. Our greatest treasure

 

        - David says - the Bible is to be desired more than

          gold, even fine gold

 

        - even in Bible days, they recognized different

          qualities of gold

        - I Kings 10 tells us of all the gold that Solomon

          had, it says that when Solomon had his throne made,

          he made it out of ivory and then had it overlayed

          with the best gold

        - the finest, the most expensive

 

        - David says - I value the Bible as my finest

          treasure

        - let me ask you tonight - do you value the Bible

          that way?

 

        - if I had the powers of sovereignty tonight and

          said, you can either leave here tonight with your

          Bible - or a million dollars (assuming you couldn't

          get another copy), which would you do?

        - winning the lottery, or the Bible?

 

        - Now most of us don't have to choose between the

          Bible or fine gold, or the Bible or a million

          dollars, but we do have to choose between the Bible

          and some things

 

        - INPUT - how would you fill in this blank - Time in

          God's Word should be more desired than ____________

 

 

    B. Our sweetest possession

 

        - sweeter also than honey, and the honeycomb

 

        - a couple of weeks ago, Nat Rumba brought us a jar

          of honey his bees had made

        - I'm not much of a honey eater, but I'm quickly

          becoming one

 

        - one of the first nights, we had had some folks over

          and we had a few of those potato rolls left over

        - so I was out in the kitchen later just checking

          things out and I thought - I wonder how that honey

          would taste on one of those potato rolls?

        - have you ever tried that combination?

        - just imagine that in your mouth for a minute...

 

        - David says – that’s what I think of the Bible

        - its my sweetest possession

 

 

 

        - you know, some folks don't value the Bible that way

        - the Bible is the rule book

        - its the negative book

        - its got a sour taste

        - but not to David

        - he had the right view of its value

 

        - more to be desired are they than gold, yea than

          much fine gold, sweeter also than honey, and the

          honeycomb

        - by the way - the quiz we gave tonight would be one

          way to measure how valuable God's Word is to you

        - I'm sure some folks did very well - why? - because

          of the way they value the Word

 

- so what determines how profitable God's Word is in your

  life and mine

- The Way We View the Bible - The Way We Value The Bible

 

III. The Way We Apply The Bible

 

    A. we're warned

 

        - David says - moreover, by them is thy servant warned

                     

 

        - sure I'm the king, but when it comes to the Bible,

          and it comes to God, I'm just a servant, I let God

          warn me through his word

        - see, I apply it

 

        - INPUT - what is the relationship between point II

            and point III?

 

            (the higher I value the Word, the more seriously

          &

Steve Viars

B.S. - Bible, Baptist Bible College
M.Div. - Grace Theological Seminary
D.Min. - Westminster Theological Seminary

Pastor Steve Viars has served at Faith Church since 1987. He and his wife Kris were married in 1982 and have two married daughters, a son, and two grandchildren. Pastor Viars’ gifted teaching ministry, enthusiasm for the Word of God, and organizational skills are instrumental in equipping Faith Church. He oversees the staff, deacons, and all Faith ministries and serves on the boards of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors, Biblical Counseling Coalition, Vision of Hope, and the Faith Community Development Corporation.

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