Isaiah 40:8 Treasuring God’s Word Together–With Charles Spurgeon

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Charles Spurgeon–arguably one of England’s greatest preachers. I say, definitely great hair.

“Now that is a cry that we all need to hear — the death-cry of all creature-confidence for man at his very best is only like grass in the flower. It will be mown down in due time, but if the scythe comes not near it, yet will it fade in its season, for it is a transient thing, and every hope and confidence which is based upon that which is seen must be temporal and must pass away. All the joy that you have tonight — all the hope and all the confidence you have which is based upon an earthly thing — must by degrees all disappear. Nothing is eternal but that which springs out of the eternal. Unless our hope be in the Lord alone, that hope will at some time or other fail us; and this is a cry we need to hear because, until we are sick of the creature, we shall not turn to the Creator. Till we have done with false confidences, we shall not make God our trust.”

“The grass withers, the flower fades,
    but the word of our God will stand forever.”  Isaiah 40:8

Treasuring God’s Word Together: Philippians 2:5-8

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Matthew Henry is our genius in residence. After all, if you can write a commentary on the WHOLE Bible with a quill pen..well…your just plain awesome.

“The great gospel precept passed upon us; [is] to love one another. This is the law of Christ’s kingdom, the lesson of his school, the livery of his family. This he represents (v. 2) by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. We are of a like mind when we have the same love. Christians should be one in affection, whether they can be one in apprehension or no. This is always in their power, and always their duty, and is the likeliest way to bring them nearer in judgment. Having the same love. Observe, The same love that we are required to express to others, others are bound to express to us. Christian love ought to be mutual love. Love, and you shall be loved. Being of one accord, and of one mind; not crossing and thwarting, or driving on separate interests, but unanimously agreeing in the great things of God and keeping the unity of the Spirit in other differences.” Matthew Henry 

Philippians 2: 5-8 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped,but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.”

 

Treasuring God’s Word: Psalm 40:3

 

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 Psalm 40:3
“He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the Lord.”

Psalm 40 is such a rich passage! The more you stay and linger, the more insight and beauty you behold!

As we treasure v3 together we could summarize this verse as: Great deliverance is a compelling witness. David says that those who hear of how God wrought great deliverance in his life will be moved in 3 ways.

(1) They will see. They will see God’s deliverance. It is evident not only from David’s position, out of the pit, but also from his disposition, a new song in his mouth. It becomes then undeniable that David has been delivered and that it is God who accomplished it!
(2) They will fear. That is, they will be forced to recognize that God exists, that He answers, that He is real, that He is powerful, that He is forgiving, and on and on… For the believers who hear of David’s deliverance, this is a fear of recognizing our hope and trust is horribly misplaced if it is not in God. For the unbelievers who hear of David’s deliverance, this is a fear of realizing the God  they wish to denounce and deny is nevertheless there.
(3) They will put their trust in the Lord. The believer will be renewed in clinging to the Lord. The unbeliever will be compelled to turn to the Lord in faith and repentance. God’s deliverance of His people from life’s trials is a great evangelistic testimony to the world. When others see how God cares for His people, it is a great means of their own deliverance from sin, calling them to come to Him by faith. Our testimony of God’s salvation remains one of the best means of sharing with others about our Lord and Savior!

Enjoy treasuring Psalm 40:3

Wil Owens, Teaching Pastor

Treasuring God’s Word: Psalm 127:3

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Treasuring God’s Word Together – Psalm 127:3

“Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward.”

When Scripture is our starting position, great clarity begins to inform the issues and questions of our day.

1. “children are a heritage” A blessing, not a bother. One who belongs, not a burden.

2. “from the Lord” A gift, not an accident. An image-bearer, not a coincidence.

3. “the fruit of the womb a reward” Value and Purpose, not choice or hinderance.

With Scripture as our starting point, may we uphold, defend, rejoice, and celebrate life! For if children are truly “from the Lord”, then there really is no such thing as an “unplanned pregnancy”!

Wil Owens, Teaching Pastor