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Pastor's Pen - June 15, 2007
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June 15, 2007

Psalms 9-16
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Psalms
Chapter 9
  1. (To the chief Musician upon Muthlabben, A Psalm of David.) I will praise thee, O LORD, with my whole heart; I will shew forth all thy marvellous works.
  2. I will be glad and rejoice in thee: I will sing praise to thy name, O thou most High.
  3. When mine enemies are turned back, they shall fall and perish at thy presence.
  4. For thou hast maintained my right and my cause; thou satest in the throne judging right.
  5. Thou hast rebuked the heathen, thou hast destroyed the wicked, thou hast put out their name for ever and ever.
  6. O thou enemy, destructions are come to a perpetual end: and thou hast destroyed cities; their memorial is perished with them.
  7. But the LORD shall endure for ever: he hath prepared his throne for judgment.
  8. And he shall judge the world in righteousness, he shall minister judgment to the people in uprightness.
  9. The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble.
  10. And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.
  11. Sing praises to the LORD, which dwelleth in Zion: declare among the people his doings.
  12. When he maketh inquisition for blood, he remembereth them: he forgetteth not the cry of the humble.
  13. Have mercy upon me, O LORD; consider my trouble which I suffer of them that hate me, thou that liftest me up from the gates of death:
  14. That I may shew forth all thy praise in the gates of the daughter of Zion: I will rejoice in thy salvation.
  15. The heathen are sunk down in the pit that they made: in the net which they hid is their own foot taken.
  16. The LORD is known by the judgment which he executeth: the wicked is snared in the work of his own hands. Higgaion. Selah.
  17. The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.
  18. For the needy shall not alway be forgotten: the expectation of the poor shall not perish for ever.
  19. Arise, O LORD; let not man prevail: let the heathen be judged in thy sight.
  20. Put them in fear, O LORD: that the nations may know themselves to be but men. Selah.


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Psalms
Chapter 10
  1. Why standest thou afar off, O LORD? why hidest thou thyself in times of trouble?
  2. The wicked in his pride doth persecute the poor: let them be taken in the devices that they have imagined.
  3. For the wicked boasteth of his heart's desire, and blesseth the covetous, whom the LORD abhorreth.
  4. The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts.
  5. His ways are always grievous; thy judgments are far above out of his sight: as for all his enemies, he puffeth at them.
  6. He hath said in his heart, I shall not be moved: for I shall never be in adversity.
  7. His mouth is full of cursing and deceit and fraud: under his tongue is mischief and vanity.
  8. He sitteth in the lurking places of the villages: in the secret places doth he murder the innocent: his eyes are privily set against the poor.
  9. He lieth in wait secretly as a lion in his den: he lieth in wait to catch the poor: he doth catch the poor, when he draweth him into his net.
  10. He croucheth, and humbleth himself, that the poor may fall by his strong ones.
  11. He hath said in his heart, God hath forgotten: he hideth his face; he will never see it.
  12. Arise, O LORD; O God, lift up thine hand: forget not the humble.
  13. Wherefore doth the wicked contemn God? he hath said in his heart, Thou wilt not require it.
  14. Thou hast seen it; for thou beholdest mischief and spite, to requite it with thy hand: the poor committeth himself unto thee; thou art the helper of the fatherless.
  15. Break thou the arm of the wicked and the evil man: seek out his wickedness till thou find none.
  16. The LORD is King for ever and ever: the heathen are perished out of his land.
  17. LORD, thou hast heard the desire of the humble: thou wilt prepare their heart, thou wilt cause thine ear to hear:
  18. To judge the fatherless and the oppressed, that the man of the earth may no more oppress.


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Psalms
Chapter 11
  1. (To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.) In the LORD put I my trust: how say ye to my soul, Flee as a bird to your mountain?
  2. For, lo, the wicked bend their bow, they make ready their arrow upon the string, that they may privily shoot at the upright in heart.
  3. If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?
  4. The LORD is in his holy temple, the LORD'S throne is in heaven: his eyes behold, his eyelids try, the children of men.
  5. The LORD trieth the righteous: but the wicked and him that loveth violence his soul hateth.
  6. Upon the wicked he shall rain snares, fire and brimstone, and an horrible tempest: this shall be the portion of their cup.
  7. For the righteous LORD loveth righteousness; his countenance doth behold the upright.


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Psalms
Chapter 12
  1. (To the chief Musician upon Sheminith, A Psalm of David.) Help, LORD; for the godly man ceaseth; for the faithful fail from among the children of men.
  2. They speak vanity every one with his neighbour: with flattering lips and with a double heart do they speak.
  3. The LORD shall cut off all flattering lips, and the tongue that speaketh proud things:
  4. Who have said, With our tongue will we prevail; our lips are our own: who is lord over us?
  5. For the oppression of the poor, for the sighing of the needy, now will I arise, saith the LORD; I will set him in safety from him that puffeth at him.
  6. The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.
  7. Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.
  8. The wicked walk on every side, when the vilest men are exalted.


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Psalms
Chapter 13
  1. (To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.) How long wilt thou forget me, O LORD? for ever? how long wilt thou hide thy face from me?
  2. How long shall I take counsel in my soul, having sorrow in my heart daily? how long shall mine enemy be exalted over me?
  3. Consider and hear me, O LORD my God: lighten mine eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death;
  4. Lest mine enemy say, I have prevailed against him; and those that trouble me rejoice when I am moved.
  5. But I have trusted in thy mercy; my heart shall rejoice in thy salvation.
  6. I will sing unto the LORD, because he hath dealt bountifully with me.


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Psalms
Chapter 14
  1. (To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.) The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.
  2. The LORD looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God.
  3. They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth good, no, not one.
  4. Have all the workers of iniquity no knowledge? who eat up my people as they eat bread, and call not upon the LORD.
  5. There were they in great fear: for God is in the generation of the righteous.
  6. Ye have shamed the counsel of the poor, because the LORD is his refuge.
  7. Oh that the salvation of Israel were come out of Zion! when the LORD bringeth back the captivity of his people, Jacob shall rejoice, and Israel shall be glad.


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Psalms
Chapter 15
  1. (A Psalm of David.) LORD, who shall abide in thy tabernacle? who shall dwell in thy holy hill?
  2. He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the truth in his heart.
  3. He that backbiteth not with his tongue, nor doeth evil to his neighbour, nor taketh up a reproach against his neighbour.
  4. In whose eyes a vile person is contemned; but he honoureth them that fear the LORD. He that sweareth to his own hurt, and changeth not.
  5. He that putteth not out his money to usury, nor taketh reward against the innocent. He that doeth these things shall never be moved.


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Psalms
Chapter 16
  1. (Michtam of David.) Preserve me, O God: for in thee do I put my trust.
  2. O my soul, thou hast said unto the LORD, Thou art my Lord: my goodness extendeth not to thee;
  3. But to the saints that are in the earth, and to the excellent, in whom is all my delight.
  4. Their sorrows shall be multiplied that hasten after another god: their drink offerings of blood will I not offer, nor take up their names into my lips.
  5. The LORD is the portion of mine inheritance and of my cup: thou maintainest my lot.
  6. The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places; yea, I have a goodly heritage.
  7. I will bless the LORD, who hath given me counsel: my reins also instruct me in the night seasons.
  8. I have set the LORD always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.
  9. Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope.
  10. For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.
  11. Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.


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 Psalm 12:6-7 is an important passage dealing with the authority of Scripture. There David writes,

"The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever."

 The first aspect of the authority of the Bible that is revealed in these verses is that the Word of God is pure. When God inspired His Word, He had it written down correctly. There are absolutely no errors in the Bible: doctrinal, historical, scientific, nor any other. There is no hint of error there. It is not "almost" pure, nor "99%" pure; it is 100% accurate exactly as God wanted it written down.

 Second, we find that inspiration extends not only to the thoughts of God, but to the very words themselves. The concept of "thought inspiration" has been around for a long time. This theory states that God inspired His thoughts, but left the human writers free to write His thoughts down in whatever words they chose to use. Of course, this philosophy has opened the door to various Biblical texts and translations all being considered to be the Word of God, because as long as they get the general idea right, the words don't really matter. Greek and Hebrew texts that differ from each other can thus both still be considered to be the inspired Scriptures. Paraphrases and "dynamic equivalency" translations are all considered to be Bibles by much of modern Christianity because they contain the same ideas. However, this is not what the Lord said would happen. God said that the WORDS of the Lord were pure, not just the ideas. Therefore, the exact wording of the inspired text matters. Any translating must be done on a literal, word for word basis, because the words themselves are pure. This is why fundamental Baptists have historically held to the doctrine of the verbal inspiration of the Scriptures, which means that the very words themselves were inspired. It is also worth noting that concepts and ideas can only be expressed in words. If we don't have the assurance that God inspired the words, how can we be certain that we understand the thoughts correctly? Both the Scriptures and common sense demand that God's divine inspiration extends to the very words of the Bible themselves.

 A third aspect of the authority of Scripture that is seen in this passage is the doctrine of preservation. Verse 7 states that the Lord would keep His words, and would preserve them for ever. Modern Christianity has also seen the rise of a theory that states that God originally gave His Word by inspiration, but that over the years that Word has been lost and corrupted to the extent that we really do not have the exact words of God today. Those who hold to this position quote passages such as Psalm 119:89:

"For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven,"
to support their opinion. They hold that God has preserved His Word in Heaven, but not necessarily on earth. This is both an unScriptural and foolish belief. It is unScriptural because verse 7 tells us that God will preserve "them" (the antecedent of that pronoun being "words") from generation to generation. That certainly means that they are available to the generations - in other words, people on earth will have access to them. It is foolish because the doctrine of inspiration is useless without the doctrine of preservation. What good does it do me to know that God gave His exact words to Moses and Matthew if I have no assurance that I have them today? What good does it do me to know that God has a copy of the inspired Scriptures in Heaven if I don't have a copy here on earth? Obviously, it does me no good at all!

 I am thankful that I have a Book that is completely accurate, that was given directly from the hand of God, and that has been passed down to me exactly as it was originally given. If I don't have that, I don't have anything.

Pastor Dr. Mark J Montgomery

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