Recently I posted up an article about the importance of the word of the Lord in worship gatherings. By ‘word of the Lord’, I don’t only mean the Scriptures, though they are the word of the Lord. But I also mean the revelation we receive from the Lord by His Spirit even today. And I think the Scripture testifies to such a reality as well, knowing that not every single thing God ever spoke was recorded in Scripture (one example being in 1 Timothy 1:18-19). And, of course, no revelation today would contradict God’s revelation that is fully and finally summed up in Jesus Christ to which the Scripture testify.
And so, for the past two Sundays, I have shared out of Psalm 33. This connects in to the larger context of the series on worship we have been going through at Cornerstone for a few months now, but it also is in relation to what God has been stirring in me about the importance of the word of the Lord. And I see this also as being a primer for what I plan to cover starting in the autumn time, that being about the Holy Spirit – who He is, His ministry, His fruit, His gifts.
Specifically, I focused in on four major points about the word of the Lord from Psalm 33:4-12 (well, one point was on the word of the man). The four points were:
- The truth and faithfulness of the word of the Lord (vs4-5)
- The bigness and breath of the word of the Lord (vs6-7)
- The certainty and surety of the word of the Lord (vs8-9)
- The failings and frustrations of the word of man (vs10-12)
Over the past two weeks I have been feasting on Psalm 33 just about every day. I cannot move from what God is teaching me through that song. I am more and more aware of the need of God and His word being living and active in our lives and in the lives of the corporate community of God’s people for our edification, exhortation and consolation. Matter of fact, I cannot imagine living without such a reality in our lives. As Jesus said, ‘Man does not live on bread alone but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God’ (Matthew 4:4). And I believe words are still coming from His mouth.
Hence, the importance of the word of the Lord to God’s people beginning in Genesis and running through to today.
Notes to download: Psalm 33 – The Word of the Lord – 27 June 2010