Gracious Words (6 of 8) by Brian Fletcher

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Gracious Words (6 of 8)
Series: Psalms
Brian Fletcher
Psalm 119:57-64

Intro: July 4, 1776 Signers of the Declaration of Independence
In many respects we owe the celebration of this day to the Bible. ''Wait, the Declaration of Independence is not a religious document, it is a political document.''
The truth is that the Declaration of Independence is a document based on the religious convictions of its signers. And those religious convictions are based on the Bible. The Declaration states, ''We are endowed by our Creator with certain inalienable rights.'' Of the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence at least 50 of them were considered ''orthodox'' Christians. 29 were Anglicans, 16-18 were Calvinists, 2 were Methodists, 2 were Lutherans and 2 were Roman Catholics. Many of these men were trained in the leading colleges of the day - virtually all of which were evangelical Christian colleges.

The Bible plays a vital role in all of life, and we should be careful to listen to it, read it, study it and of course, obey it. I want us to look at a few verses in Psalm 119 to see the importance of God's Word in our lives today.

Introduction of the Psalm and specifically this passage bearing weight on ''The Lord is my portion;'' This means that the Lord is our spoil from battle, our treasure, our greatest treasure, something we value far above anything else. And well He should be, He is our Redeemer, our Savior and our Friend. In view of the Lord being our Greatest Treasure then we would understand His Words to be of utmost importance in our lives. There is no greater book for no other book contains the very words of God. Some people say, ''I wish God would just speak to me.'' My answer is, ''He has, just read the Bible.''

God really does want you to know Him, face to face, word to word. He has revealed Himself to us through the Scriptures, so we take them very seriously. We study them, memorize them, read them, listen to them and meditate on them. ...

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