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Limiting God

Old Testament

A Sermon on Psalms 78:41

They tested God again and again
and provoked the Holy One of Israel. (ESV)

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Is your Christian experience one of rejoicing, love, hope, and assurance of faith? Is your life marked by delight in God’s commands and promises? While God has promised great joy and hope to believers, we often follow the way of the Israelites when we doubt, complain, and live in a constant state of uncertainty. When we follow this way, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones teaches, we limit God’s power, grace, and glory rather than showcasing his excellencies to the world. Our complaining, heavy hearts declare to the world that the way of God is cumbersome and sorrowful. It says the commands of God are difficult and God is not concerned with our joy. Follow along with Dr. Lloyd-Jones through Psalm 78:41 as he provides the “tests” of assurance, joy, delight and peace to evaluate our hearts in light of the life-giving promises of our Holy God. Listen and be reminded that God provides great joy that cannot be shaken to the believer who earnestly seeks the presence of the Triune God as their source of delight and life. Take comfort in knowing that an assurance of salvation is given as a means of joy and comfort for the believer and be challenged by Dr. Lloyd-Jones’ reminder that the believer who does not hold fast to these promises is limiting the Holy One of Israel.

Additional Scripture Translations

Psalms 78:41, New American Standard Bible

41Again and again they tempted God,

And pained the Holy One of Israel.

Psalms 78:41, King James Version

41Yea, they turned back and tempted God, and limited the Holy One of Israel.

About Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981) was a Welsh evangelical minister who preached and taught in the Reformed tradition. His principal ministry was at Westminster Chapel, in central London, from 1939-1968, where he delivered multi-year expositions on books of the bible such as Romans, Ephesians and the Gospel of John. In addition to the MLJ Trust’s collection of 1,600 of these sermons in audio format, most of these great sermon series are available in book form (including a 14 volume collection of the Romans sermons), as are other series such as "Spiritual Depression", "Studies in the Sermon on the Mount" and "Great Biblical Doctrines". He is considered by many evangelical leaders today to be an authority on biblical truth and the sufficiency of Scripture.