Walking on Freedom's Highway
June 8, 2008
INTRODUCTION: The Psalmist's experience in v.41 & 42 parallels our own salvation.
1. It is from the Lord's mercy. .41
Titus 3:5, "not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit"
2. By God's Word .41
1 Peter 1:23, "having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever"
3. Through faith (trust) in Christ. 42
Ephesians 2:8, "For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God"
With this is mind, the Psalmist trusts in the Word. .42, hopes in the Word, .43, seeks the Word, .45, because he loves the Word .47. He resolves to observe the Word continually forever and ever .44. As a result, he will walk at liberty. That is, his path will be free from the stumbling stones of a sinful life.
Listen and see what you hear:
I. GOD SPEAKING TO US. 41
The Psalmist is thankful for the Word of God which tells him about the mercies of God and the salvation He provides. Our assurance of salvation rests on the Word of God, the Work of Christ, and the Witness of the Spirit.
"mercies" – lovingkindness; His gracious acts toward humanity. The Psalmist is asking that the grace of God that flows from salvation be given to him, and that it be given in accordance with the promises found in His Word.
Note that what he asks for is not that his own desires be met, not that his terms be accepted.
The Scriptures abound with examples of God's mercy coming to others.
Romans 12:1, "I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service."
Emphasis on "the mercies of God"
Romans 5:1, "Therefore, having been justified by ...
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