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The Bible - What It'll Do For You

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The Bible – What It'll Do For You

Psalm 19 (NIV) 1The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. 2Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge. 3They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them. 4Yet their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world. In the heavens God has pitched a tent for the sun. 5It is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, like a champion rejoicing to run his course. 6It rises at one end of the heavens and makes its circuit to the other; nothing is deprived of its warmth.

7The law of the Lord is perfect, refreshing the soul. The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple. 8The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes. 9The fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever. The decrees of the Lord are firm, and all of them are righteous. 10They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the honeycomb. 11By them your servant is warned; in keeping them there is great reward.

12But who can discern their own errors? Forgive my hidden faults. 13Keep your servant also from willful sins; may they not rule over me. Then I will be blameless, innocent of great transgression. 14May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.

1. God reveals himself through the world of nature. (vs. 1-6)

As "Creator God".

"GOD" (El or Elohim)

Amazing capacity & ingenuity seen!

2. God reveals himself in the words of Scripture. (vs. 7-11)

As The Covenant God.

"LORD" (Yhwh)

10 Practical benefits of Scripture

Term, Descriptor & Effect
The Law is perfect refreshing the soul...Can transform & restore his image in me

The Statutes are trustworthy making wise the simple...Truthful perspectives for living effectively

The Precepts are right giving joy to the heart...Right ways that set my inner world at peace

The Commands are radiant giving light to the eyes...Hopefulness in God that gives confidence

The Decrees are firm...A stable foundation

all of them are righteous...The call to excellence

are more precious than gold...Enriching values

are sweeter than honey...Sweetens what's bitter

by them we're warned...Avoiding consequences

obeying them rewards greatly...Guidance to blessings

These don't happen instantly.

They only grow cumulatively.

They're assured ultimately!

Proverbs 2:6-8 (NIV) For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding. He holds success in store for the upright…for he guards the course of the just and protects the way of his faithful ones.

3. God reveals himself to any willing worshiper. (vs. 9, 11-14)

As my Redeemer God.

Characterized by 3 fears:

The "Fear of the LORD"

”Your servant”

Proverbs 14:26 (GNB) Reverence for the Lord gives confidence and security to a man and his family.

The fear of myself

Who can discern their own errors… hidden faults… willful sins… great transgression”*

Psalm 25:8-10 (GW) The Lord is good and decent. That is why he teaches sinners the way they should live. He leads humble people to do what is right, and he teaches them his way. Every path of the Lord is one of mercy and truth for those who cling to his promise  and written instructions.

The fear of missing out!

"Take delight in me!"

Hebrews 4:2 (NKJV) The word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it.

Growing Deeper Together

Use these points throughout the week as part of your quiet time, in your small group, or over coffee with a friend to help you apply what you learned in today’s message.

What aspect(s) of the world of nature excites your sense of God's glory the most? Why do some people fail to see God's "finger prints" of creation in the world?

Identify the 5 terms David uses in Psalm 19 to describe God's written Word. Which of these are you most impressed by or drawn to?

Note the 10 descriptive phrases in the Psalm about the effect of Scripture in our lives. How have you found these on-target with your experience with the Bible?

Which of the 3 "fears" Steve identified in point #3 especially caught your attention? What do you sense the Holy Spirit is saying to you about this?

Have you managed to read through the Bible yet? New Testament? What was the biggest hindrance to you in getting it done? What do you feel you gained?

What's your greatest desire with regard to the Bible? What do you sense God wants you to do about it? How can your group assist you with this?