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December 3, 2016
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The Connection with Skip Heitzig

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  • Make a connection.
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  • Make a connection at the foot of the cross.
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  • female announcer: Hello and welcome to
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  • "The Connection with Skip Heitzig."
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  • Today, on our series titled, "Playlist," Pastor Skip explains
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  • how God speaks and how you can hear his voice as we unfold
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  • the Book of Psalms.
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  • God's Word is his personal letter to us,
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  • a letter we can hold on to and one that we can share
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  • with others.
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  • By the same token, we'd love to hear from you.
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  • We're encouraged when we hear how lives are being transformed.
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  • Just send an email to mystory@calvaryabq.org.
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  • And if you'd like to support this ministry financially,
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  • at the end of the broadcast we'll tell you about a valuable
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  • resource available to you for your gift to this ministry.
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  • God speaks through his creation and his Word to our soul.
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  • It's comforting to know that he's deeply involved
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  • in our lives.
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  • Today, Skip takes us through Psalm 19 with the message,
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  • "Say Something."
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  • male announcer: Pastor Skip Heitzig scrolls through
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  • the Psalms, exploring the very nature of God and his
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  • relationship with humankind in the series, "Playlist."
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  • Do you ever feel like God isn't speaking to you?
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  • Do you wish he could just say something?
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  • If he did, would you listen?
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  • In this message, Pastor Skip explains how God speaks
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  • and how you can hear his voice.
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  • Open your Bibles to Psalm 19.
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  • Skip Heitzig: The glorious design of the universe speaks
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  • of the glorious designer behind it.
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  • I'm gonna give you a word. Throw this out at lunchtime.
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  • Are you ready? Teleological.
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  • Now I didn't say that just to say a weird word
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  • but the argument of what I'm talking about is called
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  • the teleological argument in apologetics.
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  • In other words, we argue from the vantage point that when you
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  • see something designed
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  • you expect that there was a designer.
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  • If I were to say, "You know, your car, boy,
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  • your car is really cool.
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  • I bet it just oozed spontaneously out of the
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  • asphalt," you'd say, "Idiot."
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  • But if I were to say, "Boy, that's a great car.
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  • The manufacturer had some great design they put into it,"
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  • you'd go, "Oh, now you're on to something."
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  • A design speaks of a designer.
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  • And when you look at the art that's hanging in the skies,
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  • you're forced to say, "How much more glorious
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  • is the artist himself?"
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  • The glorious art speaks of a glorious artist.
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  • The heavens declare the glory of God.
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  • Also the sermon is continual. Notice what David writes.
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  • "Day unto day utter speech.
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  • Night unto night reveals knowledge."
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  • So here we are, we're able now actually to observe planetary
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  • movements, rotations, and patterns every day,
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  • every night, every week, month, year,
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  • just keep going on.
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  • We're able to observe this.
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  • Just like I talked about your car as oozing up out
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  • of the pavement, suppose I said this.
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  • "All that we see around us, it's just one fantastic accident.
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  • It's a spontaneous generation that just so happened.
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  • Wow, what a coincidence.
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  • It's a fortuitous occurrence of accidental circumstance."
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  • I could say that.
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  • I could say, "And it just so happens that the surface
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  • temperature of the sun is 12.000 degrees Fahrenheit
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  • and we are 93 million miles away from that.
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  • But it's just an accident."
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  • See, actually, if our rotation were a little bit further away
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  • like Mars, or a little bit closer,
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  • we'd either burn or freeze to death.
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  • We couldn't have the kind of life we have on this planet.
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  • But amazing, it just so happened.
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  • And get this, it just so happens that the little sphere that
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  • we're on, the earth, rotates 365 times as it makes
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  • its yearly journey around the sun.
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  • Why? Why not 30 times?
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  • Well, if it did rotate 30 times on its axis,
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  • the days and nights would be 10 times longer and there would
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  • be alternate freezing and cooling and carbon-based life
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  • like we know it could not be sustained on this planet.
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  • It's a marvelous accident, though, isn't it?
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  • And I could say, "And, get this.
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  • It just so happens that the earth is tilted 23-1/3 degrees
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  • on its axis, giving us 4 beautiful seasons,
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  • year after year.
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  • Incredible coincidence.
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  • And furthermore, it just so happens that the atmosphere that
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  • we breathe, is a perfect balance of oxygen to nitrogen,
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  • 79% to 20% with 1% of variant gases.
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  • Amazing. Why not 50-50?"
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  • Well, if it was 50-50, you wouldn't be doing this
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  • [inhaling].
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  • You'd be doing this--plop!
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  • And the first guy to light a match would blow it all up.
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  • But there's more.
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  • It just so happens that the water to land ratio on the earth
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  • is just marvelously balanced.
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  • There's 71% of the earth's surface that is ocean.
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  • Did you know that if the oceans were half the dimensions
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  • they are presently, we would only have one-fourth
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  • of the rainfall we have on earth.
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  • Imagine what this place would look like.
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  • It wouldn't exist.
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  • If the oceans were just one-eighth larger than they are,
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  • we would have four times the amount of rainfall that we have
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  • and the earth would be a flood zone.
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  • So yeah, I could say, "It's a marvelous accident that
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  • just happened."
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  • Or I think I could be a little wiser and say,
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  • "No, no, no. There is design built into that.
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  • And therefore there must be a designer behind it all.
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  • I remember hearing this stuff in school.
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  • I heard it for years. You hear it.
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  • "We all just came from spontaneous generation
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  • of a single bacterium."
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  • I love what Sir Frederick Hoyle,
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  • the noted astronomer, once wrote.
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  • He said, "The probability of spontaneous generation of a
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  • single bacterium is the same probability that a tornado
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  • sweeping through a junkyard could assemble a 747
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  • from the contents therein."
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  • It didn't just so happen.
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  • The heavens declare the glory of God.
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  • The sermon is continual. And the sermon is universal.
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  • Everywhere on earth you see stars.
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  • Everywhere on earth, there's moon.
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  • Everywhere on earth there's the sunrise and sunset.
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  • And this is the reason the apostle Paul said,
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  • "What you see around you is enough to make you
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  • responsible to believe in God."
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  • It's enough to let people know God exists.
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  • In Romans 1, verse 20, Paul writes,
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  • "From the time the world was created,
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  • people have seen the earth and the sky
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  • and all that God has made.
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  • They can clearly see his invisible qualities,
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  • his eternal power, and divine nature," i.e., glory,
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  • "so they have no excuse whatsoever for not knowing God."
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  • So yeah, we can say, "Say something."
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  • God would say, "I did but evidently you're not listening."
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  • You notice in verse 5 and 6, he poetically describes the sun
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  • rising in the morning and setting in the evening
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  • like a bridegroom and like an athlete running a race.
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  • When you walk outside and you feel the sun brush against
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  • your cheek or perhaps today, beating harshly on your head,
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  • what you are experiencing is the radiation that the sun
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  • is giving off.
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  • And did you know that the radiation that the sun gives off
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  • is produced by the loss of part of its mass?
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  • Did you know that the sun loses 4.200.000 tons
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  • of its mass every second?
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  • And it only recovers 1/200th of what it loses.
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  • Do you know what that means? It means the sun is running down.
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  • The light bulb is running down.
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  • And if the light bulb is running down,
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  • it means it must have had a beginning.
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  • The heavens declare the glory of God.
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  • So the skies speak. God speaks in the skies.
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  • Second, you'll notice, David writes that God speaks
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  • in the Scripture.
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  • In verse 7 he turns, now looking downward at the Scripture,
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  • after upward at the skies.
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  • "The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul:
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  • the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.
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  • The statutes of the Lord are right,
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  • rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the Lord is pure,
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  • enlightening the eyes.
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  • The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments
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  • of the Lord are true and righteous altogether."
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  • So he looks upward but he realizes,
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  • you know, the universe speaks but it doesn't tell you
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  • the whole story.
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  • There are certain things the universe cannot tell you
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  • about God.
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  • Can't tell you about his love, can't tell you about his grace,
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  • can't tell you about his mercy, can't tell you
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  • about his judgment.
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  • But when we look at the Scripture,
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  • now we get special revelation.
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  • Now this is specific speech.
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  • And in the Scripture God will speak to you about life,
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  • about death, about what happens after you die.
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  • About love and relationships and the future.
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  • Now if you'll just indulge me a moment and you look down
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  • at your Bibles that you brought, you'll notice that there are
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  • essentially what I read, six lines, six poetic stanzas.
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  • And each line has three parts.
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  • First of all, there's the title for God's truth in Scripture.
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  • Second, there is an attribute of that truth,
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  • and third, a result.
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  • So notice the titles: law, testimony,
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  • statutes, commandments, fear of the Lord, judgments.
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  • All synonyms for Scripture.
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  • The attributes?
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  • It's perfect, it's sure, it's right,
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  • it's pure, it's clean, it's true and righteous altogether.
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  • This is a high view of Scripture,
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  • by the way.
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  • Sometimes people may wonder, "Why is it always a Bible study?
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  • And it's one thing that I do. I do expositional Bible study.
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  • I don't run back and forth and dance and shout and come up
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  • with an idea that I had after a late-night pizza or something
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  • that I think is cool or here's my opinion.
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  • I wanna give you what the Bible says 'cause I believe God speaks
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  • through his Word very, very specifically to people's hearts.
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  • But I just want you to know something.
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  • I think you already know it but I wanna
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  • tell you and explain why.
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  • I believe the Bible is indeed the very Word of God.
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  • I believe it is without error in its original documents.
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  • And I believe we have the complete mind of God
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  • in the Scripture.
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  • I realize in saying that that a whole lot of people do not hold
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  • to that and it could be that some people here may not
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  • even hold to that.
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  • And that would be evidenced by the fact that you don't read it,
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  • never carry it.
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  • It's not a big deal.
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  • It's just something the preacher does on Sundays
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  • and we listen to it.
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  • You might have a much lower view of inspiration than I do.
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  • Here's why--what I want you to know.
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  • I believe the Bible to be the Word of God
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  • for one simple reason.
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  • I believe Jesus Christ.
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  • I believe--I follow him and I believe what he said.
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  • Now let me just tell you when I first got saved
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  • I was drawn not to the Bible.
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  • I was drawn to Jesus as a person.
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  • I was compelled by the person of Christ.
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  • I didn't know much about the Bible.
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  • I didn't get the Bible and when I tried to read it,
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  • it's like, "What?"
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  • But I kept reading and I was presented in the gospels,
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  • in the Bible, the historical Jesus.
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  • And I started reading what he said about the Scripture.
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  • And it floored me.
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  • He said, his words, "The Scriptures cannot be broken."
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  • That's a high view.
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  • He said, "I didn't come to abolish the law and the
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  • prophets, but to fulfill them.
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  • Not one jot, not one tittle, will pass from this law
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  • 'til it's all fulfilled."
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  • High view of Scripture.
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  • "Heaven and earth will pass away;
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  • my words will never pass away."
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  • High view of Scripture.
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  • So now when I read the Bible, I believe that I'm seeing it
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  • and reading it and believing about it what Jesus saw
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  • and believed about it, that it is indeed the very voice of God
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  • and the Word of God.
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  • So let's go through that list quickly and give you some of the
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  • results of the special revelation of God
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  • in the Scripture, what will it do for you?
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  • Number one, it'll refresh your soul.
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  • Verse 7, "The law of the Lord is perfect,
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  • converting the soul."
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  • The word "convert" means to turn back to something.
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  • Or you could translate it to restore,
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  • or to refresh, or to revive.
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  • The Scripture will turn you back to God and,
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  • in turning you back to your God, you will be refreshed.
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  • It will always realign you.
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  • It'll do it the first time when you come to him at salvation.
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  • It'll do it the second, third, fourth,
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  • fifth, umpteenth time in sanctification.
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  • The Bible is like an unending well that refreshes and realigns
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  • your life with God's purposes.
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  • So here's this.
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  • You can go to a doctor for the needs of your body.
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  • You can go to college for the needs of your mind.
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  • You can only go to the Scripture for the needs of your soul.
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  • It refreshes your soul.
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  • Second thing it'll do is it'll challenge your mind.
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  • Verse 7, "The testimony of the Lord is sure,
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  • making wise the simple."
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  • And when you hear the word simple-minded,
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  • you might think of a naïve person.
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  • That's one way to look at it.
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  • But the word also means open-minded.
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  • Open to instruction.
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  • Now I will grant you that you come across certain things in
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  • the Bible, it's hard for your mind to get around.
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  • Hard for your mind to deal with.
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  • They're just, like, so big and you look at it
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  • and you go, really?
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  • But hang in there.
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  • Even if there is, now listen, an apparent contradiction,
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  • not a contradiction, I believe there are none.
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  • But there are apparent contradictions.
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  • You just keep applying yourself and you will see how things
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  • weave together and align themselves beautifully.
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  • I've discovered that people don't reject the Bible
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  • because it contradicts itself.
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  • But people reject the Bible because it contradicts them.
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  • And they're just looking for something to say,
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  • "See? Contradiction."
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  • That's 'cause you don't wanna deal with you
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  • and the Bible does.
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  • It'll challenge your mind.
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  • Third thing it'll do is it'll delight the heart.
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  • In verse 8, "The statutes of the Lord are right,
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  • rejoicing the heart."
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  • Remember, the happy man last week in Psalm 1?
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  • "His delight is in the law of the Lord.
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  • In his law he meditates day and night."
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  • Okay, but sometimes, am I right, you read the Bible
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  • and you read that verse and it's not so delightful.
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  • "Ouch."
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  • You go, "Ouch, God's smacking me upside the head on that verse.
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  • Ouch."
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  • That's not delightful.
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  • But conform yourself to it. Don't turn away from it.
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  • Allow it to shape you and mold you and change you,
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  • and the result of all that will be a delightful result.
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  • It will delight the heart.
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  • Jeremiah said, "Your words were found and I did eat them.
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  • And they were to me the joy and the rejoicing of my heart."
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  • Number four, it'll clarify your vision.
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  • Also in verse 8, "The commandment of the Lord is pure,
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  • enlightening the eyes."
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  • If you have a New Living Translation,
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  • it says, "Giving insight to life."
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  • Folks, Scripture is like the sun coming up on a dark alleyway
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  • in the inner city.
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  • It's dark, you don't wanna go down it,
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  • then the sun pops up, and you can see to navigate.
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  • The Bible throws light on life.
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  • It's amazing how much light the Bible throws on politics.
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  • It's amazing how much light the Bible throws on dating and
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  • marriage and finances and all of life.
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  • It gives insight into life.
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  • Number five, it'll stabilize your future.
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  • Look at verse 9, "The fear of the Lord is clean,
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  • enduring for ever."
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  • Now we have something a little bit different.
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  • You notice the phrase, "The fear of the Lord."
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  • Here, it's a synonym for the Bible,
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  • for Scripture, for God's written truth.
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  • It's odd because you find that nowhere else.
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  • And the reason I believe he's using that phrase is because he
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  • is describing the effect that it has on you.
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  • The effect of exposure to God's truth is it produces within you
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  • or it should if it's doing its job and you're open-minded,
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  • it'll produce a respect, a holy awesome respect for God.
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  • That's the fear of the Lord.
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  • And because God's truth is clean.
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  • Truth, that's his word, that is pure without deficiency,
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  • without error, it will endure forever.
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  • Listen, the truth that got you through yesterday is the same
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  • truth that will be available tomorrow.
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  • It worked then, it's working now.
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  • It will be there in the future.
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  • And finally, it will benefit your whole life.
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  • Verse 9, the end of it, "The judgments of the Lord
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  • are true and righteous altogether."
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  • "More to be desired are they than gold,
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  • yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey
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  • and the honeycomb.
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  • Moreover by them your servant is warned:
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  • and in keeping them there is great reward."
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  • You know, one of the things I've discovered as I read the Bible
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  • is that it warns me about the path I might be
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  • wanting to go down.
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  • It tells me the truth that the world hides from me.
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  • World didn't tell you the whole truth
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  • about making that choice you're gonna make.
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  • It just says, "Oh, no, no, no. It's all good.
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  • Whatever feels good."
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  • The Bible will go, "Um, I wanna warn you about that.
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  • Not a good idea, necessarily."
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  • "By them your servant is warned; and in keeping them
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  • there is great reward."
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  • John Bunyan used to say--he wrote "Pilgrim's Progress,"
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  • "This book will keep you from sin or sin will keep you
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  • from this book."
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  • Psalm 119, the Psalmist said, "Your Word I have hidden in my
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  • heart that I might not," what?
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  • "Sin against you."
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  • It'll benefit your whole life.
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  • So God speaks in the skies. God speaks in the Scriptures.
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  • And now he turns inward to his own soul.
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  • Even there, God speaks.
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  • We finish it off, verse 12, "Who can understand his errors?"
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  • His is a small "h" not referring to God.
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  • It's referring to David.
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  • The antecedent is in verse 11, "Your servant is warned."
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  • That's him.
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  • Who can understand David's errors?
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  • "Cleanse me," writes David, "from secret faults.
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  • Keep back your servant also from presumptuous sins," or
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  • deliberate sins; "let them not have dominion over me:
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  • then I shall be blameless, and I shall be innocent
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  • of great transgression.
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  • Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart,
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  • be acceptable in your sight,
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  • O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer."
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  • Okay, now get this.
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  • He looks up in the sky. He goes, "Wow!"
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  • Looks down at the Scripture. "Amazing!"
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  • Now he looks inside of himself. "Yuck!"
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  • Am I right?
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  • Do you notice the word that he uses here?
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  • He speaks about sin and error and faults.
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  • The first thing David realizes is his need for forgiveness
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  • from sin, from error, and from faults.
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  • That's what looking up at the skies will do.
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  • Because you realize that's a glorious God but I,
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  • on the other hand, am an inglorious being, right?
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  • David--here's the proof.
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  • David, Psalm 8, "When I consider the heavens,
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  • the work of your fingers, the sun and the moon,
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  • which you have ordained; what is man,
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  • that you are mindful of him?"
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  • The revelation of the glory of God means I see myself
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  • as I really am.
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  • So as I realize the glory of God in the skies and I realize
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  • the greatness of God in the Scriptures,
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  • I now see a need for the grace of God in my soul.
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  • God is speaking inwardly to me. This is the reason.
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  • We should give God unfettered access to our conscience.
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  • Unfettered access to our conscience.
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  • What the skies proclaim and what the Scriptures pronounce
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  • is what the soul should process, should affect us.
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  • So basically, man is crying out, "Say something!"
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  • David's going, "Already has.
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  • He's been speaking a long time. Still speaking today."
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  • He speaks in the skies, he speaks in the Scripture,
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  • and he even speaks to your own soul.
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  • And now a closing prayer.
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  • "Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart,
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  • be acceptable in your sight, O Lord,
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  • my strength, and my redeemer."
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  • The revelation of God in the skies and the revelation of God
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  • in the Scripture brings him to the place where he says,
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  • "Now I wanna please you, God. I realize who I am.
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  • I need your grace.
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  • And now I wanna please you in my words and in my thoughts."
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  • I love the honesty of this Psalm.
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  • So we might say, "God never speaks to me."
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  • God might say, "He never listens to me."
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  • God is speaking. Here's what it's like.
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  • It's a very simple illustration.
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  • Okay, you're driving down the street in your car, right?
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  • Can you picture it? You got a radio?
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  • Okay, you turn on the radio to a local radio station, right?
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  • You hear it but you drive out of town.
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  • And the more you drive out of town,
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  • further away from the radio tower, what happens?
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  • This happens.
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  • [radio crackling],
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  • Right? Pardon me for the noise,
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  • but you're driving down [beatboxing]
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  • [radio crackling]
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  • [beatboxing]
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  • [radio crackling]
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  • Then pretty soon, it's just [radio crackling],
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  • white noise.
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  • Right? Does that happen?
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  • If you wanna finish the song, what have you gotta do?
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  • You gotta turn around. That's a Bible term, repent.
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  • You gotta turn the car around and drive toward the signal.
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  • And you drive toward the signal, and it gets strong again.
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  • It's the same concept here.
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  • The further you drift from God, the weaker the sound.
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  • You've heard the old saying, "If you feel far from God,
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  • guess who moved?"
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  • You've been driving the other direction so you turn around
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  • and you drive back to the signal.
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  • Or in James' words, "Draw near to God
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  • and he will draw near to you."
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  • One Sunday morning, a preacher was preaching like I am here and
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  • he noticed during the message that in the very back row
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  • there were two girls talking and laughing.
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  • So he interrupted his own sermon and he said,
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  • "There's two people in this room that haven't heard
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  • a word I'm saying."
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  • They immediately stopped.
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  • But they were in the back row, as I mentioned.
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  • Everybody else in the church did not see that.
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  • Didn't know what was going on.
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  • They just heard the preacher go, "There's a couple of people
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  • in this room that have no idea,
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  • haven't heard a word I'm saying."
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  • So after the sermon, he's shaking hands in the foyer and
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  • several members came up to him and apologized
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  • for falling asleep during the message.
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  • I put to sleep some of the best, folks.
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  • What I say is not important.
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  • What God is telling you, is all important.
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  • It's all important--It is always all important
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  • when God is speaking.
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  • What is God saying to me? I look up at the skies.
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  • Wow, awesome! Glorious!
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  • I look down at the Scriptures. Amazing!
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  • Detailed. Great.
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  • I look in my soul. I see the need for his grace.
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  • And so I turn the car around and I move toward the signal
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  • and it could be that today, for some of you,
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  • you go, "Man, I've been tracking with God.
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  • I'm walking with God. I hear the signal.
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  • It's so bright, it's so clear. Life is good."
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  • But some of you, [radio crackling]
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  • Others, [white noise].
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  • Turn around.
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  • Turn around and drive right back toward him.
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  • Draw near to God and he will draw near to you.
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  • It could be that today this is sort of like
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  • your little power surge.
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  • You just caught a little bit of the song.
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  • You came in here, it's like, hmm,
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  • you heard God's song.
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  • "Oh, I remember that song. I heard that signal again."
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  • You can hear it clear and stronger.
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