Is This Your Testimony? – Part 1 and 2 – 6/28/20

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Is This Your Testimony?

Psalm 40 Sermon Series

Part 1

I. A Testimony of Deliverance by God’s Power– vs. 1-2

               A. The Cry – vs. 1 “…he inclined unto me, and heard my cry.”

God heard the cry of the Israelites in Exodus 3 and came to their rescue.

  • Exodus 3:7 And the LORD said, I have surely seen the affliction of my people which [are] in Egypt, and have heard their cry by reason of their taskmasters; for I know their sorrows;

I’m afraid that many lost people today are not crying; they enjoy their sin; they love their sin.

They are not even aware of the bondage; the chains; the affliction they are in.

They won’t be saved because they don’t realize they are lost. David knew he was lost!

               B. The Change – vs. 2 “…OUT OF the horrible pit…OUT OF miry clay”

God took him OUT of the pit; OUT of the miry clay.

God doesn’t leave His sheep in a mudhole when He finds them in one!

When David cried, God brought him OUT!

  • Psalms 34:6 This poor man cried, and the LORD heard [him], and saved him out of all his troubles.
  • Psalms 107:28 Then they cry unto the LORD in their trouble, and he bringeth them out of their distresses.


God took Noah and his family OUT of the world, and INTO the ark.

God took Israel OUT of Egypt.

  • Leviticus 11:45 For I [am] the LORD that bringeth you up out of the land of Egypt, to be your God: ye shall therefore be holy, for I [am] holy.

God brings His people OUT!

  • Isaiah 42:7 To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, [and] them that sit in darkness out of the prison house.
  • 1 Peter 2:9 But ye [are] a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:

               C. The Confidence – “…set my feet upon a rock,

  • Deuteronomy 32:3, 4 Because I will publish the name of the LORD: ascribe ye greatness unto our God. [He is] the Rock, his work [is] perfect: for all his ways [are] judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right [is] he.

David referred to God as his rock on multiple occasions:

  • II Samuel 22:1-3  And David spake unto the LORD the words of this song in the day [that] the LORD had delivered him out of the hand of all his enemies, and out of the hand of Saul: And he said, The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; The God of my rock; in him will I trust: he is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my saviour; thou savest me from violence.
  • Vs. 32 For who is God, save the LORD? and who is a rock, save our God?

NOTICE the contrast of the clay and the rock.

1. My hope is built on nothing less Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness;

I dare not trust the sweetest frame, But wholly lean on Jesus’ name.

On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand; All other ground is sinking sand.

2. When darkness veils His lovely face, I rest on His unchanging grace;

In every high and stormy gale My anchor holds within the veil.

On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand; All other ground is sinking sand.

3. His oath, His covenant, and blood Support me in the whelming flood;

When all my soul gives way, He then is all my Hope and Stay.

On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand; All other ground is sinking sand.

4. When He shall come with trumpet sound, Oh, may I then in Him be found,

Clothed in His righteousness alone, Faultless to stand before the throne!

On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand; All other ground is sinking sand.

               D. The Course – “…and established my goings.”

Before God came by, David was going nowhere.

He just existed.

He was trapped in a pit; a mudhole.

It was a horrible existence. It was a filthy existence.

God came to where he was, changed him and gave him a purpose for living!

NOTE: God’s people will experience a change in their GOINGS!

David’s goings were established!

God’s people are going to Heaven.

God’s people are going to church!

  • Psalms 122:1 I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the LORD.

God’s people ought to be going into all the world!

  • Mark 16:15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.

Part 2

II. A Testimony of Delight in God’s Person – vs. 3-8

David had a testimony of being delighted; in love with God and the things of God.

               A. Delight in His Works – vs. 5 “…many, O Lord my God, are thy wonderful works…”

               B. Delight in His Will – vs. 8 “…I delight to do thy will…”

               C. Delight in His Words – vs. 8b “…thy law is within my heart.”

David had an unusual love for God because he fully appreciated his salvation experience.

  • Luke 7:47 Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little.

III. A Testimony of Declaration of God’s Purity – vs. 9-10

  • Vs. 9 – “I have preached righteousness…”
  • Vs. 9 – “I have not refrained my lips…”
  • Vs. 10 –I have not hid thy righteousness within my heart…”  – SEE verse 8b

So much for lifestyle holiness not being important!!

  • 1 Samuel 16:7 But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.
  • Vs. 10 – “I have not concealed thy lovingkindness…”
  • Vs. 10 – “I have not concealed thy truth from the great congregation.”

IV. A Testimony of Desire for God’s Presence – vs. 11-17

  • Vs. 11 – Desire for God’s tender mercies
  • Vs. 11 – Desire for God’s lovingkindness and truth
  • Vs. 12, 13 – Desire for God’s deliverance from the evils that surround him
  • Vs. 14 – Desire for help with those that seek to destroy his soul
  • Vs. 16 – Desire for revival for those that seek God
  • Vs. 17 – Desire for God’s presence and deliverance