An Exposition of Psalm 12 – preached at my Church

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In vs 6a he said, “The words of the LORD are pure words;”

Church – we must trust in the power, authority, and effectiveness of God’s Word. Bible teachers, Bible scholars, Theologians and Pastors must attribute our ‘gift of teaching’ to the Lord. As well as the knowledge that He provides. 

Though I fall short. I don’t even like to use phrases anymore like, “he’s a good teacher,” or “he’s a good scholar” or “he’s a great theologian,” or “he’s my favorite apologist” etcetera. I just want to point to the greatness of the Godhead, and His “pure Words.”

God is a jealous God, and so we must refrain from pastoral idolatry, and when it occurs, repent from pastoral idolatry. Every man fails and errs in their teachings, but the Word of God is PURE and flawless. In the following passage you will see the Trinity, as thee distributor of the gift of teaching.

Jesus said in John 14:25-26, “These things I have spoken to you while being present with you. But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.”

And so, His Holy Spirit is our Helper (paraklētos), as He transforms and empowers His people, as He Teaches us (didaskō).

On my best day, when I’m at ‘the top of my game,’ and have my most ‘intellectual thoughts’ and strengths (which is rare these days), I am nothing but a fool for Christ, I am nothing but excrement in His hand.

Let me tell you about the story of the spoon, the worm, and the maggot…..

My preaching, teaching, evangelism, polemics and apologetics are all futile (and perhaps even idolatry), if I am not using and trusting-in God’s Word as my primary instrument.

As I recently Tweeted,

“Through all of my evangelism and/or apologetics efforts, I have never been successful in getting a sinner to repent, convert, or change their mind otherwise. Because it is GOD who does this, not me. I’m nothing but a worm in His hand. Let us boast 100% in Him, not in ourselves.”

Church – Let us never forget two of our pillars of the reformation – Sola Scriptura, and Soli Deo Gloria!

As one author stated,

“The assurance of the godly ultimately lies in God’s promises. His “words” (or “promises”) are pure (and “flawless”), refined like silver that has been subjected to a sevenfold process of purification. Over against the lies, deceptions, false honesty, treachery, perverse speech, and scheming of the wicked is God’s word! The OT is full of his promises, which have been confirmed by our Lord.”

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