Saturday 1 st August 2020
MESSAGE FROM HIS WORD
by Pastor Soong Kok Kee
Psalm 19: 7-11 (NIV)
“7 The law of the Lord is perfect, refreshing the soul. The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple. 8 The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes.
9 The fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever. The decrees of the Lord are firm, and all of them are righteous. 10 They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the honeycomb. 11 By them your servant is warned; in keeping them there is great reward.”
Last Saturday we look at how God speaks to us from His marvellous and wonderful creation (v 1-6). This morning we will look at how God speaks to us through His Word and learn about His holiness and our sinfulness. When we think of God’s Word, we often think of something that keeps us from having fun and doing what we like and want to do, especially for non-Christians. I often hear them say that there are so many things a Christian cannot do, so there’s no fun being a Christian,
In our passage today the name Jehovah Lord is repeated six times and there are six different titles to the Word of God:
The Law of the Lord
The Statutes of the Lord
The Precepts of the Lord
The Commands of the Lord
The Fear (Reverence – NLT) of the Lord
The Radiances (Judgement – King James) of the Lord
Instead of taking away joy and fun from our lives, it gives us just the opposite. Keeping God’s Word revives us, makes us wise, brings joy to our heart, gives insight, warns us, and rewards us. You see, my dear brothers, sisters and friends, God’s laws are guidelines and light for our path, rather than chains on our hands and feet. They point at danger to warn us, then point at success to guide us.
Someone had said that sinning is always nice otherwise no one would sin, but then the sinner will have to bear the consequences of sin and that’s not nice. God can forgive our sins but the consequences of our sins, we and, sometimes, the whole family, have to bear.
King David, a man after God’s own heart is a good example, he committed adultery and murder, but when he cried out to God for forgiveness (Psalm 51), God in His ever loving kindness forgave but the consequences was “the sword never departed from his house (2 Sam 12:10).
There followed the outrage of his daughter, Tamar, by his eldest son, Ammon; and the murder of the latter by the servants of Absalom (2 Sam 11: 1-13:29) and Absalom’s rebellion against his own father David.
Yes, indeed, my dear brothers, sisters and friends, keeping God’s Word is more precious than the finest gold and sweeter than the sweetest honey and in keeping them, there is great reward. Nothing in this world can be compared to that.
Dear Lord, thank you for reminding us to always keep your Word for that makes us wise and brings joy to our lives. The human side of us wants to run away from you and enjoy life to the fullest just like the prodigal son. But like the Father in the prodigal son, you have always been looking out of the window, longing for us to come back to you. Lord, keep us from wandering away from you, from your Word. Help us always to abide in you, for apart from you we can do nothing. We pray especially for those who have come to know you but for whatever reason, they have wandered far away. We pray Lord that the Holy Spirit in their hearts will once again bring them back into your presence to enjoy the sweet fellowship they once had with you. In Jesus precious name we pray all these. AMEN.
7 耶和华的律法是完全的，能使人心苏醒；耶和华的法度是坚定的，能使愚人有智慧。8 耶和华的训词是正直的，能使人心快乐；耶和华的命令是清洁的，能使人的眼睛明亮。9 耶和华的话语（“耶和华的话语”原文作“耶和华的敬畏”）是洁净的，能坚立到永远； 耶和华的典章是真实的，完全公义；10 都比金子宝贵，比大量的精金更宝贵；比蜜甘甜，比蜂房滴下来的蜜更甘甜；11 并且你的仆人也借着这些得到警戒，谨守这些就得着大赏赐。
它没有带走我们生活中的喜乐和乐趣，反而给了我们相反的感觉。 谨守上帝的话语使我们苏醒，有智慧，使我们的内心快乐，独到的见解，也使我们受警戒并得赏赐。 亲爱的弟兄姐妹和朋友，您会发现，上帝的律法是我们的准则和路上的光，而不是手脚上的锁链。它们指出危来险警告我们，然后指向成功来引导我们。