The Book of Psalms
It is in the realm of preliminary considerations that we all instinctively go astray. The false outworking of faith is the result of this faulty foundation. Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones continues a consideration of these preliminary considerations of utmost importance as answered by the psalmist in Psalm 84. First, through a brief discussion of what true religion is, then an evaluation of what the final authority of faith is. With faith, there must be a leaving and a taking up, a denial and a following. Today, people are wanting the benefits of religion, but in their own way. Find out the relationship between a faith that works and a faith that is built on truth. Are these two interchangeable? If you have a faith that works, does that determine it's trueness? Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones directly addresses this issue and reminds his listeners that religion should most certainly be practical. False peace will let you down when you need it most, but the truth and promises of God are certain because of the character of God that they derive from. If you want the blessings, you must accept the truths. To get God's peace, you must take His wrath against sin and come to the altar in Christ.
Repentance prepares the highway for man to come into the presence of the Lord. Man needs substance and direction for life, not only a repentance, but regeneration. Where does such a thing come from? Listen in as Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones looks at Psalm 84:5-7 and Christ as the source of encouragement for the believer, despite the circumstances he or she might find themselves in. The result of such a faith is a clear view of life as a whole, and of self in relation to God. Are the pains of life the result of others’ faults or your own sin? Find purpose and direction for life, rather than living in a state of selfish chaos. God withholds nothing good from those who walk uprightly. Do you have a road to follow when calamity and trials come? It is in this valley of Becca, one of tears and sorrow, that this psalmist’s joy springs to life. Are you a victim of your circumstances? Learn to rejoice, even in the valley of Becca. Let your troubles make you consider the goodness of God and cause you to rejoice; praise Him, He has overcome the world! Is the highway of God in you?
What is most supreme in your life? Can you say with the psalmist that communion with God is supreme in the whole of life and existence? Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones walks us through three certain things that are absolute essentials if we are to enjoy life like this. First, in reviewing his first two primary considerations, we see that religion is not a matter simply of living, or of doing good, but rather one of knowing God. "The only thing that brings us into the presence of God is the blood of Jesus." Additionally, we learn that it is the truth of Christianity that is most essential, while the effectiveness of such a religion is merely an effect of its foundation of truth. Finally, Dr. Lloyd-Jones bring us to a new consideration, one that declares we ought not only know the truth about God, but that we must realize the truth about ourselves. We need a place of rest. No man has ever become a true Christian without feeling restless and homeless–to enjoy the blessings the psalmist expresses in Psalm 84:3, is to be aware of your helplessness and defenslessness. Have you become concerned about the safety of your soul?
What is true religion? Many people say that true religion is whatever makes people feel good, or with what makes man experience the sense of the divine. But in this sermon from Psalm 84:1-3, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones gives a very different answer. He says that according to God’s Word, true religion is that which worships and believes the living God. The true God that has revealed Himself as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit is beyond our comprehension; we can only speak of Him because He has revealed Himself in Scripture. God is holy. How then can we as sinners approach God? The answer is found in Jesus Christ and His death upon the cross. Jesus makes a way for sinners to be forgiven and come to God as children and heirs. Jesus is our new and better high priest that ever lives to intercede for us as He rules from heaven. The mediation of Jesus Christ is the only way to approach God. Do you have this true knowledge of God that only comes by believing in Jesus? This is the most important question any of us can ask.