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  • « Pneumatology and Inerrancy | Main | Total Substitution »

    Taking God at His Word By Kevin DeYoung

    pg. 22

    The goal of this book is to get us believing what we should about the Bible, feeling what we should about the Bible, and to get us doing what we ought to do with the Bible. Give all that we’ve seen about the psalmist's faith in the word and passion for the word, it’s no surprise that Psalm 119 is filled with action verbs illustrating the Spirit-prompted uses for the word:

    • We sing the word (v.172)
    • Speak the word (vv. 13,46,79)
    • Study the word (vv. 15,48,97,148)
    • Store up the word (vv. 11,93,141)
    • Obey the word (vv. 8,44,57,129,145,146,167,168)
    • Praise God for the word (vv.7, 62, 164, 171)
    • And pray that God would act according to his word (vv.58, 121-13,147,149-152,153-160)

    These actions are no substitutes for proper faith and affection, but they are the best indications of what we really believe and feel about the word. Sing, speak, study, store up, obey, praise, and pray—this is how men and women of God handle the scriptures. Now don’t panic if you seem to fall short in believing, feeling, and doing. Remember, Psalm 119 is a love poem, not a checklist. The reason for starting with Psalm 119 is that this is where we want to end. This is the spiritual reaction the Spirit should produce in us when we fully grasp all that the Bible teaches about itself. My hope and prayer is that in some small way the rest of this book will help you say “Yes!” to what the psalmist believes, “Yes!” to what he feels, and “Yes!” to everything he does with God’s holy and precious word.

    Posted by Marco on March 10, 2015 03:15 PM

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