The Book of Psalms
What is the most important thing about our life? If you listen to this sermon you see that it is not what we do, but who we know. Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones preaches from Psalm 107:32-43, wherein the psalmist confesses that God has the power to both save and to judge. But the glorious truth of the Gospel is that God has sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save it! Vile sinners are called to flee sin and come to Jesus so that they might be children of God, perfect and holy in Christ Jesus. Knowing Jesus is what saves us, not our works, and not our deeds. So, the most important truth about us is whether we know Jesus. To reject Jesus is to be damned before God in the final day of judgment. Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones pleads with sinners to forsake their sin and to come to the merciful arms of Jesus. Flee from hatred and strife and come to God who is loving and long suffering, not desiring that any should perish. For it is only by believing in Jesus Christ that anyone can be saved and made holy before God!
What does it mean that salvation is all of grace? Despite the centrality of grace to the Bible, many Christians do not have a good understanding of what it means that God is gracious. In this sermon Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones preaches from Psalm 107:33-43. Here we see that God gives grace freely so that sinners can be saved. What does it mean that salvation is a gift of grace alone? It means that it is a free gift of God apart from any human merit or works. The work of salvation is a unique act of God wherein God sends His Son into the world to die for sinners! Salvation is accomplished in Christ and given as a free gift to all who repent and believe in Jesus. What does this sermon mean for you and me? First and foremost, it is the message that our merit and works can never make us right with God. All human striving for salvation is wholly done away with on the cross of Calvary when Jesus dies for sinners. This sermon calls us all to forsake sin and to believe in God.
What is unique about the Bible’s teaching on salvation? Many religions and philosophies present ways that man can be saved from death and enjoy everlasting peace. In this sermon on Psalm 107:35-38, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones teaches that the Christian's faith stands apart from all these other worldly teachings because in the holy Scriptures we find a salvation that is wholly miraculous. Becoming a Christian is a miracle of God in that He transforms what is dead and lifeless into a living and breathing new spiritual being. This new birth is impossible according to nature, but with God all things are possible! What does this mean for me and you? This message of salvation as an act of God means that it is only by grace that anyone can be saved. Salvation is wholly of God, and therefore it is wholly of His grace. We are not called to understand the miraculous nature of God’s acts, but we are called to believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God who has come and died for sinners. We are called to believe so that we may be saved. This is the most important message that we can hear because it is the only true message of salvation.
“All the redeemed of the Lord will join in one great anthem.” Follow along as Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones addresses this unity despite four different types of experiences people can encounter in his sermon on Psalm 107:1-3. All of these will cry in out to the Lord in their sin and troubles, and deliverance will be available to all through Christ. Those wandering in the wilderness in need of habitation, those bound in affliction needing relief, those suffering in ill health and starvation, or those on the sea in great waters and terrible storms—all can experience deliverance. The first characteristic of a true Christian is his gratitude to God. A non-believer may have no thought or care for God, but the Christian will be concerned about God. Listen in and learn that Christianity is holistic in its combination of the will, intellect, and emotion. It is impossible to be a Christian without emotions involved; Christianity without emotion, is just moralism. Great danger comes in the self-righteous person. “The self righteous is infinitely a greater sinner than the drunkard or prostitute.” A Christian is one who has become desperate about himself and sin that he doesn’t know what to do. Is this you? Look upon the character of God.
God and God alone is to be praised. Salvation is found only in God. Follow along as Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones looks at the God of Psalm 107:10-16 – a God who delivers every type of man, a God worthy of all the praise of man. This Psalm is a great picture of both sin and salvation. Sin can take many forms, but is still sin. This is the common root to all the varied problems and ills of mankind. Learn that while there are many symptoms, there is just one essential disease. Be warned of the devil's subtlety in working, along with the ignorance and arrogance of sin. A common idea is that religion is what makes men slaves, and to become a humanist is to liberate yourself, but this is far from the truth. Sin is what binds. This picture of a prison is a message of sin and its consequences. What is sin? It is rebellion against God and against God's words–sinners are the rebels. "The life of sin is a hard life." Complications arise in the life of sin, not a freedom unto sin. First, you chose sin, then in your persistence, you become victim to it. Be delivered from this power of sin today!
It is not hard to see that humanity is in a state of suffering and evil. Everyone experiences death, sickness, and suffering in their lives, but why is this? Many do not consider this question because they claim that humanity will inevitably progress until all evils have been extinguished and that man is the master of his own destiny. But the Bible presents a very different picture of the world than the triumphalist. In this sermon on Psalm 107:23-32, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones shows that Scripture teaches that humanity is fundamentally sick and weak, and in dire need of salvation. No one is master of their own destiny, but all are subject to what happens in the world. When the gospel comes, it does not make humanity the center of the world, but it restores them to their rightful place as creatures of God. The gospel brings true and lasting peace for all that believe. This sermon calls each and every person to flee from sin and to come to God in repentance and humility to be saved. This sermon brings the vital message that all need salvation and that Jesus is the Savior.
What is a Christian? Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones answers saying the Christian is the one sees his sin and brokenness. He is the one sees his weakness and flees to Christ, abandoning all efforts of saving himself. Regardless of one’s background and upbringing, what unifies all of mankind is their fallen nature and their need for redemption in Christ. All men are born in Adam and are children of wrath. It is out of this mass of fallen mankind form which Christians are saved through the work of Christ. It is Christ that delivers men from sin and gives them new life in the midst of their distress. So, all Christians are saved through the same blood, Savior, and God. This common salvation applies to all people regardless of their personality. It saves all people regardless of their ethnic background and cultural background. The peace that Christ brings applies to all men in all times and in all places. This is because Jesus Christ fulfills the deepest need of all men. He delivers all who cry out and believe from their sin and brokenness by leading them into the heavenly Jerusalem, making them a new people by the power of His blood. Jesus delivers us from all brokenness and sin by the power of His gospel.
Apart from God there is no salvation, but in Him, it is abundant! What is sin? In this sermon from Psalm 107:4-9, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones discusses sin and its power but rejoices that hope exists. Sin manifests itself in almost an endless variety of ways, and because we fail to recognize this, we often fail to recognize sin when it is right in front of us. Do you recognize sin when it manifests itself in rags, but not in an evening dress? This disease has endless symptoms. Sin causes man to lose his way and miss the mark. There is a constant search for the philosophy of life, a need for an outlook that will finally satisfy the question of existence. The city of intellectual satisfaction is immense–the search for truth and rules for living. Man desires security, and in such provokes law. Listen to the views of modern and classical humanists and discover that there is no hope for the intellect alone. Go, read the autobiographies and biographies of men who are Christians and be convinced that there is no hope of satisfaction apart from Christ. God's way is simple and humble; it makes all things new; will you let it make you new too?
Is the whole of your life given to the praise and the glory of God? God is to be praised because He is God. Sin is the singular cause of all our troubles in this world, manifested in various ways. Listen as Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones looks at the third representation of sin in Psalm 107:17-22 – sin as disease. This is the illness of the soul, of men, of life. Sin is not only rebellion, but it is also transgression–a deliberate and continual going against God's indicated will, thus taking the health of one's soul. We are architects of our own troubles. Do you think you know better than God? The extraordinary paradox is that everyone is chasing happiness, but the result is unhappiness because it is not being sought in the right way. We are all for the best, but finding the worst. Sin always robs us of innocence, refinement, delicacy, judgement, and energy. The craving for evil exponentially continues to increase. Christ came to sap the poison of this disease through His death so that we'd be reconciled to God. Healing, restoration of health! New life altogether. Has your spirit been healed?