The Book of Psalms
Pain, suffering, and ultimately death are inescapable parts of life. But why? How do we account for the troubles that are common throughout history? Why do the nations rage? The story of humanity shows a restless world always searching for answers that never provide relief. Listen as Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones preaches through the text of Psalm 2 and Acts 4 to explain the vain and empty pursuits of those who purposefully rebel against God. While they dream and plan for a world of their own happiness, their attempts are futile because of their ignorance of God. God will judge their rebellion against Him and His wrath will be fierce. But there is hope. The psalmist speaks of deliverance that is echoed throughout the entire Bible. It culminates in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. This is the answer the world cannot provide — that God’s gracious purpose to extend mercy through his son Jesus, the Anointed One, to a restless and rebellious world brings the joy and deliverance the world desperately wants.
What does it take to make you happy? Why is it so difficult to stay happy? Even those questions provoke the thought that lasting happiness is nearly impossible here on Earth. So many people are discouraged in their quest for happiness amidst this tragic life. Their pursuit only leaves them hopeless and in despair. But Scripture has the answers! Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones leads us through the first two verses in Psalm 1, and explains how God reveals His prescription for true peace and lasting joy. Far beyond the temporal emotion of happiness, there is a lasting joy that characterizes the life of one who follow's God's prescribed plan. By contrasting the two alternatives, and discussing the theory and the practice, the negative and the positive, you'll discover the biblical view—that man always seeks happiness in the wrong place, and that there is no true happiness apart from God.
What seperates Christians from the rest of the world? How can you know for sure someone else is truly saved? Scripture gives many tests of salvation, but few are as vivid as the portrait painted in Psalm 1. From this passage Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones explains the vast difference between those who are rooted by the river of life and those who will blow away like chaff. But what about you? What is the fruit of your life? Are you experiencing the peace and happiness that is the natural fruit from a godly life? In this sermon, Dr. Lloyd-Jones presents five differences between the godly and the ungodly person. These differences are profound and have eternal consequences. Due to our sin, we are no longer as God originally created us to be, but instead we are an empty husk in desperate need of salvation. Listen and discover why unhappiness characterizes the ungodly man and understand the only remedy is found in Jesus Christ.
Once we see the emptiness of the ungodly life, we ask: So how CAN one become godly, blessed, and happy? How CAN one truly live the "more abundant life" Christ came to give us? Many think they are Christians, but in this inspiring discourse from Psalm 1, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones distinguishes the man who is unquestionably "in Christ" from him who merely deceives himself. No man is born a Christian. No man can make himself a Christian. A Christian is the work of God through the work of the Holy Spirit in conviction, revelation, repentance, and conversion. It’s God’s doing. One can only experience the new birth into a new life as the result of the operation of the Spirit. Only then will one experience the happiness God intended for us to know in Him. The true Christian has no need to fear whatever comes in life. The true Christian is like a tree. God is the “Planter” of the tree. He selects the location of the tree so that the tree will bear good fruit — in its season — without withering.
In this final installment of Psalm 1, Dr Martn Lloyd Jones diagnoses the way of the ungodly and then presents the prescription given by God for the ungodly to be remedied. Listen as he lays out the five aspects of God’s future judgment: the fact, the nature, the terms, the thoroughness, and the consequences. It is a dismal future for the ungodly man. He will not stand amidst the congregation of the righteous. Since God’s Law sets the standard for us, how can anyone meet that standard? There is only one Way. And, only one Secret to happiness and blessedness. Only Christ can remove the fear of death and judgment. As the hymn states, “My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness… On Christ the solid Rock I stand; all other ground is sinking sand.” You can stand on nothing else in this world or on the Day of Judgment. Are you standing on the Rock who is Christ Jesus? Is He your only hope?
Why does mankind not see creation as God’s own handiwork? In this sermon on Psalm 8:3-4, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones addresses the very important theological question and shows its significance for our life. The reason that man can look at creation and believe it is anything other than the creation of God is because they are blinded by sin. All men are born in sin and naturally opposed to God. So, they reject God, not because of reason, but because of sinful prejudice. The psalmists teach this, but we also see the same thing in the New Testament through the life and ministry of Jesus when He performs great signs and wonders to the people. But in the end, the people still cry out for Him to be crucified, for they still did not believe that He was God’s Son. This is because of the sinful principle in all men. What is the answer to man’s blindness and hard-heartedness? The answer is only found in the grace of God in Jesus Christ! Only by God giving His Son and opening the eyes of sinners can anyone be saved. Salvation is wholly a gift of God wherein He gives salvation freely as a gift!
The Bible tells us that creation is evidence for the Creator. It shows His majesty and power. However, people have failed to see His majesty in His creation. We should be able to appreciate the beauty of creation, but instead miss seeing God’s glory in it by only seeing facts. In this sermon on Psalm 8:4, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones speaks on the failure to see God in His creation, specifically His creation of mankind. He begins with the question “What is man?” to show how man has learned to answer it apart from the creation of God. Some overestimate mankind, putting him above God. Others underestimate mankind, thinking of our human race as nothing of importance at all. He then moves on the the biblical and right view of man: that mankind has been created in God’s image. We were made to glorify God and be in communion with Him. However, mankind turned its back on God by becoming slaves to sin, causing a distorted view of who we are. The good news is that Jesus came to save us from sin and help us become the people God created us to be in His image. He concludes by encouraging us to see this truth and glorify God for it.
What does it mean to be a fool? To be a fool, according to Scripture, is not merely being ignorant of the truth, but it is opposing the wisdom of God. This is why all those that deny that God exists are called fools; they have rejected God’s revelation of Himself in His Word and in His creation. In this sermon on Psalm 14:1, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones preaches on the folly of rejecting God as Lord and Creator. For Scripture tells us God has clearly revealed Himself, and it is only an act of foolish rebellion that leads men and women to deny that God exists and has created all things. God has given evidence that He exists in all of creation, from the stars above to human consciousness. The greatest tragedy of the fool is not only that he has rejected God has his creator, but that he has also rejected God as his savior. For Jesus Christ is God’s only appointed means of salvation; to reject Him is to reject God’s love and grace! The ultimate answer to human rebellion is the sovereign electing grace of God. For it is only God’s grace that can overcome sin!
What is the secret to a life of spiritual longevity? How did saints of old overcome the daily battle of temptation and trouble? Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones expounds on the great psalm of David in Psalm 16:8 to share this secret. It is the daily decision to actively set the Lord always before us. This daily spiritual discipline enables us to face the uncertainty of the future without fear as we consider who the Lord is and who we are to him. Dr. Lloyd-Jones encourages our hearts with a gracious reminder that there are two things we can do to “set the Lord before us.” First, we must make an active decision to consciously remind ourselves of God. It is an act of determination to think on the Lord and what he has done, otherwise our lives will be swept into busyness and God becomes secondary in our thoughts and affections. Secondly, after we set our hearts steadfastly on seeking the presence of God, we turn to the means of communion with God. We seek him through prayer and reading Scripture. They are the means of communing with God on days we feel like seeking him as well as the days our hearts feel cold and distant from him. Find encouragement from Dr. Lloyd-Jones’ preaching on David’s resolute desire to battle temptation and find comfort in setting the Lord always before him.
When you consider your problems, where do you begin? Working from Psalm 27:1-14, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones tells us that most often, we begin with our problems and then move toward the Lord. However, we ought to follow the psalmist’s example and begin with God and heaven, then move to our problems in light of those things. When we pray, we ought not begin with our petitions, but begin with praise and adoration of the Lord, gazing on his beauty and excellence. Why? Dr. Lloyd-Jones unfolds to us through this psalm that God’s unchanging character, his goodness, and excellence changes our perspective. Nothing is so big and so awful when we look at it in regard to who the Lord is. Then we must make our requests known to the Lord, having full confidence that he is greater than our problems and fully capable of ruling over them.