Share This Episode
The Bible Study Hour James Boice Logo

Rest in God Alone

The Bible Study Hour / James Boice
The Truth Network Radio
December 6, 2021 7:00 am

Rest in God Alone

The Bible Study Hour / James Boice

On-Demand Podcasts NEW!

This broadcaster has 586 podcast archives available on-demand.

Broadcaster's Links

Keep up-to-date with this broadcaster on social media and their website.

December 6, 2021 7:00 am

We often hear believers say they are relying on God for their problems when actually they are relying on Godand something else. That something else is generally a worldly remedy. We trust in God to a point but look to the ways of the world if things don’t go as planned. In today’s message we see David coming to a time in his life when he can say that he finds rest in God alone.

The Truth Pulpit
Don Green
Insight for Living
Chuck Swindoll
Cross Reference Radio
Pastor Rick Gaston
Connect with Skip Heitzig
Skip Heitzig
Focus on the Family
Jim Daly
Living on the Edge
Chip Ingram

We often hear believers say they are relying on God for solutions to their problems when actually they are relying on God and something else. That something else is generally a worldly remedy.

We trust in God to a point but look to the ways of the world of things don't go as planned in today's message we see David coming to a time in his life when he can say he finds rest in God alone. Welcome to the Bible study our radio and Internet broadcast with Dr. James Boyce preparing you to think and act biblically.

Only God can bring us to a place of complete rest in the face of our problems. Let's join Dr. Boyce as he explores Psalm 62 and shows us the reason the debris could say with confidence. I will not be shaken. I want to begin by asking a question on the question is this you ever feel like an endangered species where to believe what we read in the papers or a lot of endangered species today either endangered whales endangered seals endangered daughters, endangered plants, animals, even the snail barter that held up a hydroelectric plant in the South for many many years. We feel down, I sometimes feel like that we feel like the only ones that are left only ones that are holding the four only ones standing for righteousness and we look at our enemies and we say well to get the better of us and then will be destroyed everything we stand for will be forgotten, very good people feel that way Elijah did you know he was out under the Juniper Dragon is complaint that God was this Dave killed your prophets. They torn down your altars, and I even I only of laughter. Now are seeking my life taken away. He was an endangered species of what the last of the faithful prophets and he was soon the parish. At least that's the way he felt.

Now David apparently felt that way to. That's what Psalm 62 is all about. The interesting thing about this Psalm is that in spite of the danger he felt. David is not really wearing, but instead is trusting God. You see the second stanza, beginning with verse three describes him as enemies of surrounded and they're treating him like a wallet leaning over it's about to fall down to take a little push and will be gone. In spite of that is very positive. It's a very positive song.

Almost all of the commentators recognize this is probably the single most important thing to be said about Psalm 62 I mentioned HC Leopold before he says there's scarcely another salon that reveals such an absolute and undisturbed piece in which confidence in God is so completely unshaken and in which assurance is so strong that not even one single petition is voiced throughout the song again. Stuart Perrone says, scarcely anywhere, do we find faith in God more nobly asserted more victoriously triumphant, and so on sleep. That means is that that's all it is for you. You feel in danger if you feel threatened by anyone or anything. Now how do we outline it well. It falls naturally in the three stanzas of four versus each and you'll see if you look at it carefully and over on the far margin there are two sealants one after verse four and the other after verse eight which naturally divided into those three sections but is also true that the last part has verses that are longer than the other.

You notice that in the translation verses nine through 12 and therefore the translators of the new international version have divided the last natural stanza into two parts, making for an old now.

I suppose it doesn't matter a whole lot value divided. That's the general flow of finite mind that the divisions we have in the new international version are good so that's what I want to follow. So let's start.

Let's look at the first section now introduces what I would call three interacting agents.

God of course is mentioned first and his enemies are mentioned second and then tying it all together. David himself you got David the psalmist and God and his enemies, and the critical point is that although his enemies are threatening him. David is trusting God. Not only that it's trusting God along if you make notes in your Bible.

If you underline or circle words are like you circle that word alone at the end of line 1 my soul rest in God alone, and then do it again in verse two and if you're very careful and conscientious. You could do it. Also in verse five in verse six.

All those places.

It's translated alone and that doesn't quite do justice to what actually find here in the original Hebrew text in the Hebrew text, the word alone or only occurs five times find in verses 1 to 4, five and six.

Also, once again, in verse mind. It's that Hebrew word amounts exactly that way, and it is very hard to translate it the reason it's almost untranslatable is that no single word in English really does justice to it, which is why you don't find it that many times, even in our NIV translation word that comes closest is the word alone.

That's what I call your attention to verses one to Solon, but that little later on they translators thought that alone wouldn't quite do it in English.

And so they translated it fully in verse four and in verse nine, the use the word plot instead wellborn manner, but a breath and got in the Hebrew is exactly the same word. Moreover, there's this about it in the Hebrew it occurs at the beginning of each of those line a little bit like a flag.

It begins when something is said them got it again something else and said just no way of translating that easily. In the English language. Although people try to do it. Marvin takes is one who's done that I mentioned him before it's done. A commentary on the middle portion of the Psalms, and he gets to it by translating it with the word yes why ES and so his lines go something like this. Yes, my soul waits calmly for God.

Yes he is my rock when I am secure.

Yes, despite being a person of high status.

Yes, calmly wait for God, oh my soul.

And so for the goes on and does all that way now that is you.

The idea of the repetition also conveys the idea of the word occurs at the beginning of the sentence. Obviously, for emphasis, but it doesn't quite get the idea of only which of course is what David is really concerned about your see is emphasis is that is trusting God and not only is he trusting God is trusting God only he's not trusting something other than God and he is not trusting God and something else or someone else is trusting God and that means is trusting God alone.

I said that is probably the most important thing that has to be said about the song, moreover, is probably the most important thing that you and I have learned. See, it's not that we don't trust God for Christians against the Christian life, trusting God, at least in the matter of your salvation you couldn't save yourself. God reached out to save you. In Christ we supply that to you by the Holy Spirit, and so you know that salvation is of the Lord to trust God for your salvation doesn't come in there. The problem comes in where we are uncertain whether God is going to do what we want are able to protect us when we need protection.

So although we are trusting God. We want to trust God and something else as well and usually that something else is something quite worldly, the world's methods.

The world technologies the world's support or whatever it may be now. I think that was what must've been bothering John MacArthur when he wrote the book our sufficiency in Christ. You may have seen a lot of people didn't like that book because it was a critique of the way many of today's Christians depend on other things we claim to depend on God.

But we dependence on cases on mystical experiences as were having the experience was don't feel that God is with us or pragmatic solutions to our problems or psychology rather than fully trusting God for guidance health and wholeness in the critics didn't like the book wanted to argue that all those things were valid and that he didn't pay proper attention to the bothersome truth of what they say. Of course, there is a certain D him these things just as you need doctors, even though God is the source of healing all that is right. As I read the book, I found myself siding very much with John MacArthur because he's not treating at then comprehensive or academic way. Simply a pastor.

He recognizes because he pastors people is like myself bill that a lot of Christians really are trusting God instead there trusting psychology and I'll go get some counseling trust targets and counseling are what you need is an experience of Yemen experience and you feel good or whatever it may be now. David didn't make that mistake and what David says in the Psalms that is trusting God and trusting him only by was interviewed by a staff writer for Christianity today is going to do an article in the magazine on the impact of culture on the ministry and so there interviewing a number of pastors. I don't know who the other pastors are but they interviewed me and I was glad to talk to them because I feel I do have some things to say about. I'm very critical about contemporary evangelical ministry because it has bought into the culture, and particularly on critical of the way television has been impacting the church heard me talk about that before television is entertainment. Therefore television being so pervasive. Ministers are pressured and in some cases willingly try to be entertainers and so the church services become entertaining and I went on about that at some length showing how, in my judgment, prayers, pastoral prayers are virtually disappeared.

The great hymns of the church are squeezed out by jingles and sermons.

Instead of teaching the Bible and the great theology of the Christian church instead deal with felt needs and pop psychology types of ways them. Sermons are filled with funny anecdotes and illustrations, and so I was pretty harsh. Well as we got to the end of that. My interviewer asked this question. He was necessarily disagreeing with me but he said now I want to ask what would you say to the argument. It in spite of all that you nevertheless have to begin where people are people are addicted entertainment. Then you have to entertain them.

If you're going to get them to listen to the preaching round. I answered that in two website sent first of all there's obviously truth that you have to begin where people are, moreover, is that anybody who can communicate well at all knows that it doesn't preach as I'm doing in a church where expository preaching has been done probably for a century is a lot easier than going into a brand-new environment where people never had any kind of preaching and trying to teach that they have to begin where they are but say I said any good communicator knows that and so you do start somewhat.

Where people are while nevertheless the same time you're trying to teach the Bible but I said now that's that's the simplistic answer. That's the answer you'd expect anyone to say answer.

I really want to give us on a deeper level. I think the real reason why preachers today don't preach the word of God and instead try to use all of these various techniques as they really don't believe the word of God is powerful and the God we use it to convert and strengthen Christian. In other words, is a crisis of faith.

It's a crisis of belief.

I really don't believe God because of they did, they wouldn't be trying the world's methods.

I don't know whether they're going to print that. I hope they know because I think it's true in any rate, I think that's what John MacArthur sees what John MacArthur is trying to get out in that book is the very thing that David is trying to teach us in the song trusting God alone.

You're really not trusting God because what you're really doing is trusting other things, worldly things. Instead, what you say when people say well it works.

After all these other techniques. It works well the answer is course it does does work if you give people what they want is not the word of God, no, because you're giving them what they want, but it is an kingdom work. You can build a great church build a cathedral that way. But it's not going to last going to perish.

Far better to do it God's way. Moreover, it's a betrayal of God to give you an illustration as to what it's like to think your trusting God and not to trust them. Only it's a little bit like putting one thought on the solid foundation but the other foot on something that's moving and unstable. You don't remain upright very long remember when I was a boy growing up out of Western Pennsylvania. My parents had a cottage in New York State on the lake and my grandmother was a very heavy woman came to visit us from time to time and one summer she was there. We had a motorboat my father took my grandmother out for a ride on the lake we were all there summer in the boat summer waiting and when the ride was over he came back to the doctor and my grandmother started to get out. The only problem was my father had neglected to secure the boat to the dock so she stood up on the edge and put 1 foot on the docket and then her weight began to push the boat away from the boxes they had 1 foot on the dock and the other on the moving boat and there was absolutely nothing to be done.

We saw happening.

It was happening in slow motion about this slowly slid away from the dock and she just slipped lower and lower until finally she ended up in the lake/that's what will happen to you if you try to trust God and something else and someone else to secure a supporting foundation in his word as a firm foundation. Nothing else.

This David knew that that's why he says what he does in the song see when he did he found in the user's own terminology to God with his rock. His salvation and his fortress, he discovered that when he was fixed upon that walk. He would never be shaken is what he says in verse two.

Let's first and second stanza of the something else very important. It tells us that although David trusting God, he nevertheless had to keep trusting reason I say that is because there's a great deal of similarity between the first versus first part of stanza one verses one through four and the first versus of stanza two verses five through eight.

If you look at them carefully you'll find verses one and two are almost identical with verses five and six were not a refrain. We seen refrains in some of the other Psalms. There just a theme is repeated in the second stanza, but they are not identical to change when you get to the second stanza, and what happens in this in the first stanza. David declared that he trusts God and that he had found rested him along the second stanza.

One is a GUI urges himself provide rest in God and to trust him alone as he says I'm doing it but all my soul. Keep on doing it. Don't waiver was in man he knew how unstable we are God's. A firm foundation where no firm foundation. We have great heights of faith than we also have valleys of doubt we find ourselves like Elijah out of the trade we say I'm the only one was left were feeling sorry for ourselves. David knew you have to trust you have to keep on trusting and that's what he wants to do.

Now how does he do it. How does he encourage himself to keep on trusting well in the first case after he had expressed trust in God alone. He looked aside to reflect on his enemy.

That's what you have there. In verses three and four.

What are they doing well or treating her like a pottering wall and he describes him a little bit their lives. There open blessing, but inside there really cursing him out. The second time around. He doesn't do that. That's his mind off his enemies and what he does now is think about God. He focuses on God and if you ask at that point, how does he focus on God as a mechanism by which he gets his mind off his enemies and on the God what you find is that he's talking about God's attributes. He repeats the images in the epithets that the used to describe God in verses 260 doesn't.

In verse seven as he brings them into his mind once again what he says in verse seven is that's my salvation, my honor depend on God. He is my mighty rock and my refuge. Others are exactly the words used earlier, salvation rock and refuge. You say what it's doing is reminding himself of who God really is and is doing it consciously and conscientiously.

Here's what we can learn from David Alexander McLaren is a great creature.

He had an interesting sermon in which he compared verses one and five are in verse one. David says I'm trusting God and where in verse five he says keep on trusting God, oh my soul.

And McLaren says this he says that settled confidence that David shows in verse one may be beyond us about his desire to find rest in God is something we can copy that's exactly right. You say we may not be able to say I am trusting God always. But we should be able to say Truscott, O my soul and do it now we come to the latter part of this we find in some ways a repetition of what we have seen before he's talked about God and his enemies, and he talked about mankind in general and then about God, you get to last part of this and you'll find that something is really changed for the same interacting agents that we saw earlier. Remember I mentioned God. The psalmist of the psalmist enemies are also here at the end. Well, what you see in the earlier stanza. David was looking at his enemies in relationship to himself and his enemies are attacking him when he did that he said while I'm at pottering wall and is enemies out there are going to push me over and I was trusting God is he that he has his mind on his enemies and he's seeing them in relationship to them. Get to the end is changed same agents are there. God is enemies in itself but instead of seeing his enemies in relationship to himself.

He sees his enemies in relationship to God when he makes that comparison water is enemy not look what he said. He says are just a breath on your breath not worth figuring out when you see them over against God. In fact, if they are weighed on this balance. Verse nine or absolutely nothing Barry Kidner says are two important points here. Number one, we have nothing to fear from man number two. Equally important, we have nothing to hope for man either yes was fearing that his concern. I suppose most of us agree with that or at least we try to operate that way we save God's on our side. What should we fear week greatly comforted by our Lord's words when he said just before he was taken up to heaven, surely I am with you always, to the very end of the world. We say amen he's with us and where comforted by that. So we don't fear man very much, but as far as hoping for man.

That's quite a different thing to say because although we don't fear man. We somehow think that God is not going to take care of his adequately or provide what we need and so were always looking to human beings to somehow make it up. You have a good friend something to thank God for. If you have a companion that stuck with you for all the hard times in life that something to praise God for what you see you make a mistake when you place your hope in my essay, David makes a contrast series that it doesn't make any difference whether someone born lower. Whether someone born high might of said somebody intelligent somebody on a television somebody strong somebody week somebody close somebody far away doesn't make any difference what it is manner. Trust fragile passing but don't put your hope in man and said Truscott because David trust God to trust the one who is eternal one who is unchanging and you can know that you will never be shaken when people disappoint you, as they always do when we come to the last two verses and they are intended as a summary of what David's been learning also go a step beyond. It is biblical statements do biblical truths are seldom mere repetitions or summaries, and in this case. David says that he's learned two things from God, namely, that God is strong in the God is loving aloes opening line's one thing God has spoken to things that I learned can be taken in a couple different ways they can mean God has spoken one thing twice. Another words he's repeated for emphasis, and sometimes that happens, it can also mean that God has taught David to lessons one and two, being only a Semitic literary device. One thing I've learned from God know two things I've learned from God to be handled that way thing it can mean is that God is spoken once, but the David learned two things when he spoke what it probably means is that David has learned two great things about God. As a result of God's continuing self revelation of himself to important things that the things I mentioned earlier, namely, that God is strong in the God is loving what is a mean God is strong. Well, when you're talking about God. It means God is sovereign God is the King is the all powerful one is omnipotent.

Nobody could shake it. Nobody can overpower. Nobody can frustrate anything that God does. God is all-powerful. Secondly, God is loving and merciful and that is true even when things seem contradictory. God is all-powerful.

He controls all things, and yet things come into our lives that seem harmful and certainly disappointing to see in spite of that God is loving is loving even in those things the word David uses here is has said in Hebrew when it has to do with the covenant keeping faithfulness of God's word that's always used in relation to the covenant God is entered into a covenant relationship with his people and he is faithful in that loving covenant relationship you know anything about God and the salvation that is provided for you in Jesus Christ. You know how important each of those two things is and you should be rejoicing in them because you see God like either one of those two things. Salvation would be impossible. Suppose he had power, but he didn't have compassion. Ellie could save us all powerful and can do anything. Why should he bother God doesn't care or suppose on the other hand, that he had loving kindness and mercy, but he lacked the power he wants to save us. He loves to save us of the good we can do it on powerful enough all many possibly overcome the power of sin city of God like either one of those you and I would be lost or condition would be hopeless, but because God is all-powerful and loving you and I are saved once the safest city is reached out to save us in Jesus Christ she's accomplished it in him we should rejoice in that story, Perrone reflects on this in a slightly broader way and I will close with what he says.

He says this is the only truly worthy representation of God power without love is brutality and love without power is weakness.

Power is the strong foundation of love and love is the beauty and the crown of power which of course is why we can rest in God alone, we can come to God for help because he loves us and he invites us to come to him and when we come. Once there, we can rest in perfect contentment because we can know that this all-powerful God is not only wanting to help us what he is able to do it and he will be set loving God, but is also an impregnable fortress of father we thank you for this long and for what you have had to teach us from it. We thank you for David's faith and for the hike that it attains in these verses.

How is learned not only the trust you with the trust you only because he trust you only and puts his whole thing and you know it doesn't trust man. He finds himself absolutely contents and secure, teach us to do likewise. So to be strong in that strength be able to point others, the one who was all strong and loving as David also did we pray in his name Jesus, thank you for listening to this message from the Bible study our listener supported ministry of the alliance of confessing Evangelicals.

The alliance is a coalition of pastors, scholars and churchmen who hold to the historic creeds and confessions of the reformed faith and who proclaimed biblical doctrine in order to foster a reformed awakening in today's church.

To learn more about the alliance visit alliance and while you're there, visit our online store reformed resources. You can find messages and books from Dr. Boyce and other outstanding teachers and theologians or vascular free reformed resources catalog by calling 1-800-488-1888. Please take the time to write to us and share how the Bible study our has impacted you. We love to hear from you and pray for you. Our address is 600 Eden Rd., Lancaster, PA 17601. Please consider giving financially to help keep the Bible study our impacting people for decades to come.

You can do so that our website alliance over the phone at 1-800-488-1888 or send a check to 600 Eden Rd., Lancaster, PA 176014 Canadian gifts mill those 2237 Rouge Hills Dr., Scarborough, ON.

In one scene to line. Thanks for your continued clearance and for listening to Bible study. Our preparing you to think and act

Get The Truth Mobile App and Listen to your Favorite Station Anytime