Sermon #1332††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††† Miscellaneous Notes
††††††† Title:†††††††††† ďSuch As Love Thy SalvationĒ
††††††††† Text:†††††††††† Psalm 70:4
††††††††† Reading:†††† Psalm 40:1-17
††††††††† Subject:††††† Reasons For Loving Godís Salvation
††††††††† Date:†††††††††† Sunday Morning - January 10, 1999
††††††††† Tape #††††††† V-5a
††††††††† All men seek that which they love. Even when they have it in hand, they continue to seek that which they love. We are willing to sacrifice almost anything to get that which we love. Indeed, we will sacrifice anything for that which we love most.
∑ Those who love money will sacrifice family and character to get it.
∑ Those who love fame will sacrifice honesty and principle in the pursuit of it.
∑ Those who love pleasure will sacrifice their very health and physical well being for a greater thrill.
††††††††† What sacrifices men and women make pursuing the bubbles of this world! When they have caught their dreams, they are left holding a fist full of wind, nothing else! What vanity!
††††††††† I want to talk to you today about people who love something so dearly, who value something so highly, that they are willing to sacrifice anything and everything in the pursuit of it. Turn with me to Psalm 70:4. When I came across this text in my reading early this week, I new immediately that this would be the text for my message to you this morning. May God the Holy Spirit enable me now to preach this message to your hearts. I want to talk to you about those people who are here described by God himself as ďSUCH AS LOVE THY SALVATION.Ē
††††††††† We read this same prayer in almost the exact same words earlier in Psalm 40:16. It is one of the petitions of our Lord Jesus Christ, our sin-atoning Substitute. It is a prayer made by him upon the grounds of his blood atonement, when he was made to be sin for us, when he hung upon the cross in the agonies of death under the wrath of God for our sins. He says here, Father, this is what I ask of you as the reward for my obedience and bloodÖ
††††††††† He describes Godís people in two ways and asks two things for them. He describes those who are truly born of God as ďthose that seek theeĒ and as such as love thy salvation.Ē Here is his twofold request.
1. ďLet all those that seek thee rejoice and be glad in thee.Ē
††††††††† Believers are a people who, by the grace of God, have been made to know their need of him. Knowing our need of him, we seek him.
∑ All who seek him know their need of him.
∑ Those who seek him believe him.
∑ They seek him.
∑ They seek him sincerely and earnestly.
∑ They seek him continually (Phil. 3).
∑ They find him.
††††††††† Believers are men and women who seek the Lord. Now, look at this next sentenceÖ
2. ďLet such as love thy salvation say continually, The Lord be magnified.Ē
∑ Salvation is Godís. It is his prerogative, his property, his gift, and his work. - ďTHY SALVATION!Ē
∑ We all need Godís salvation (Rom. 6:23).
∑ Most people neglect and despise Godís salvation (Heb. 2:3). Proud, self-righteous sinners stumble over the stumbling stone, Christ Jesus, and go to hell because they vainly imagine that they can make themselves righteous, one way or another (Rom. 9:31-10:4).
∑ But, there are some people in this world who love Godís salvation. Our Lord says, ďLet such as love thy salvation say continually, The Lord be magnified!Ē
Proposition:†††††††† True believers are a people who love Godís salvation.
††††††††† I really like what the puritan, Thomas Goodwin had to say about this. He wrote, ďThey love it because it is his - ĎThy salvation.í It is the character of a holy saint to love salvation itself; not as his own only, but as Godís, as Godís that saves him.Ē
††††††††† Let me ask you - DO YOU LOVE GODíS SALVATION? I am not asking whether you love religion, or love religious activities, or love religious music, or love religious studies, or love the idea of being saved. I am asking, ďDo you love Godís salvation?Ē All who are born of God love his salvation. Let me tell you why.
Divisions:††† I want to show you seven things about Godís salvation which compel the hearts of saved sinners to love it.
1. The Performance Of It.
2. The Plan Of It.
3. The Price Of It.
4. The Perfection Of It.
5. The Promises Of It.
6. The Person Of It.
7. The Praise Of It.
I. THE PERFORMANCE OF IT.
We understand that salvation does not begin in time, but in eternity. It did not begin when we came to know God, but when he knew us in covenant grace and chose us in Christ before the worlds were made.
Yet, no one knows anything at all about salvation until he experiences it. So I will begin where we all must begin, with the experience of Godís salvation as it is performed in us by his grace. We love Godís salvation because of the sheer joy and pleasure of its experience in our hearts and lives.
Illustration: Bro. Burkeís Testimony
Godís salvation is not only a perfect work decreed for us from eternity, and purchased for us at Calvary by the blood atonement of Godís dear Son, it is also a work of grace performed in us by God the Holy Spirit in regeneration and conversion. Salvation is something we experience, a blessed, glorious experience of Godís almighty, irresistible grace in Christ.
Did you hear what Jesus said to me?
ĎTheyíre all taken away, away.
Your sins are pardoned and you are free.
Theyíre all taken away!í
II. THE PLAN OF IT.
††††††††† We love Godís salvation because of the beauty and perfection of its plan. Nothing about Godís salvation was left to chance. I will not now attempt to expound upon that. Let me simply declare this fact, plainly and constantly revealed in Holy Scripture. Our great and glorious God, in sovereign predestination and by infinite wisdom, planned and purposed to save us from eternity, laying up everything needed for the honor of his name and our soulsí everlasting good in his dear Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. Out of the infinite reservoir of his grace, he supplies all our need, according to the riches of his glory by Christ Jesus (Phil. 4:19).
III. THE PRICE OF IT.
††††††††† We love Godís salvation because of the performance of it, because of the plan of it, and because of the price of it. Godís salvation is not without great price. It costs us nothing; but it cost the Lord Jesus Christ his lifeís precious blood.
Once it was mine, the cup of wrath;
But Jesus drank it dry,
When in my place He bore Godís wrath,
And for my ransom died.
No mortal knows the wrath He bore,
So justly due to me;
But all the hell that I deserved
Christ suffered there for me!
Now, not a drop of wrath remains -
ďíTis finished,Ē was His cry.
With one tremendous draft of love,
He drank damnation dry!
IV. THE PERFECTION OF IT
††††††††† We love Godís salvation because of the perfection of it. The perfection of Godís salvation is seen in the fulness and completeness of it (Col.2:9-10; 1 Cor. 1:30).
Nothing is unfinished or lacking. Godís salvation is not waiting upon the sinner to add something to make it complete or effectual. Oh, no. Godís salvation is perfect, complete, finished, accomplished.
A. †God will only accept that which he provides (Gen.22: 8).
B. †Sin has been put away (Heb.9:26).
C. Redemption has been obtained (Heb.9:12).
D. Righteousness has been brought in and established (Phil 3:7-9).
E. †Justice has been satisfied (Rom. 3:24-26).
F. †Reconciliation has been accomplished (2Cor.5:18).
G. The gospel we preach is good news, not good advice (Isa. 40:1-2).
V. †THE PROMISES OF IT.
††††††††† We love Godís salvation because of its performance by grace, its plan from eternity, its price paid at Calvary, its perfection and completeness; and we love Godís salvation because of the promises of it, sure and absolute, unchangeable promises of grace. This is a sure thing. (Rom.4:16).
We run no risk when we trust the eternal welfare of our souls upon Jesus Christ the righteous. Gods salvation is a safe and secure salvation, because it is a salvation that is altogether the work of his amazing, free and sovereign grace in Christ. (Psa.62:5-8).
He† gives and guarantees eternal life to all who believe on His name (John 3:36; 10:27-28).
VI. THE PERSON OF IT.
Above all else we love Godís salvation because of the person of it. Jesus Christ Himself is the sum, substance and subject matter of the gospel. ďHe is altogether LovelyĒ (Song of Sol. 5:16).
We delight in the doctrine and experience of Godís salvation; but salvation is not a profession, a doctrine, or an experience. Itís a person. Salvation is not in a church, but a person; and that person who is Godís Salvation is Godís own dear Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. Salvation is not in a place nor a position but rather in a person.
All who know Christ, all who believe on him, all who are taught of God love Godís salvationÖ
∑ because of the performance of it,
∑ because of the plan of it,
∑ because of the price of it,
∑ because of the perfection of it,
∑ because of the promises of it,
∑ and because of the person of it.
And all Godís saints love his salvation because ofÖ
VII. THE PRAISE OF IT.
††††††††† This salvation, which is Godís salvation is for the praise of his glory. It shows forth all the perfections of his holy Being, saying in all its aspects, ďLet God be magnified!Ē This salvation ascribes all praise to God and reserves none for man. And it compels all who experience it to say continually, ďThe Lord be magnified!Ē
∑ In The Experience Of It.
∑ In The Proclamation Of It.
∑ In The Remembrance Of It Here (Believerís Baptism - The Lordís Supper).
∑ In The Remembrance Of It Hereafter (Rev. 4 & 5).
††††††††† As this was our Saviorís prayer, let it be our prayer and our determination for ourselves and our brethren.