17. A Testimony of Christian Victory! Psalm 31:21-24

Text:  “And they overcame him (Satan) by the Blood of the Lamb, and by the Word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.”         
                                                                                                             Revelation 12:11.   
Good morning, testifying Christian!  You have been granted, by God’s free and Sovereign grace, a testimony of His Divine ability and willingness to save your never-dying soul from sin - and, praise God, you are faithfully using that testimony to tell other souls that there is Eternal Salvation to be found in the Cross of Christ Jesus.  You do well, beloved friend; you do very well.  Keep it up!  Never let anyone deter you from telling all who will listen to the story of how you were redeemed by the Blood of a living and risen Christ Jesus.  Praise and all glory to His Holy and Victorious Name!  Amen.

But, WHY are you a ‘testifying Christian'?  What is the Divinely inspired reason for such a ministry for Christ?  What is God’s Eternal purpose for such ‘testifying Christians'?  When we ask the vital questions, we will receive the vital answers.

Read/hear well God’s purpose for ‘testifying Christians’ - straight from His own inspired Word found in Romans chapter 10: - read slowly, and fully understand the importance of these next quoted verses of Holy Scripture.

“For whosoever shall call upon the Name of the Lord shall be saved.  How then shall they call on Him in Whom they have not believed?  And how shall they believe on Him of Whom they have not heard?  And how shall they hear without a preacher?  And how shall they preach , except they be sent?  As it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the Gospel of peace and bring glad tidings (good news) of good things!…So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.”     (Romans 10:13-17)

The whole purpose of a ‘testifying Christian’ is to make people hear the good news of Eternal Salvation from sin; found only through the finished Sacrifice of Christ Jesus on Calvary’s Cross, where He made the full Atonement Sacrifice for all the sins of ‘His people’, the true church international.

God’s elect souls will hear with their hearts, repent from their sins; and be Eternally saved and secured by Christ.  All others, ‘the reprobate’, will also hear, but only with their carnal ears, and continue on in their sins and rejection of Christ, until that terrible day of God’s Judgement when they will receive Eternal damnation.  That’s the Gospel!

“And ye shall know the TRUTH and the truth shall make you free.”  (John 8:32)

“Jesus saith unto him (Thomas), I am the way, THE TRUTH, and the life; no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me.”  (John 14:6)

Verses twenty-one to twenty-four of Psalm 31 are a testimony of Christian Victory; given through faith in the Messiah Jesus Who would come and be revealed to ‘His people’, hundreds of years later in history.  David, inspired by God the Holy Spirit, was looking forward with God-given faith to the Ultimate Victory every true believer has in Christ Jesus.  In Christ Jesus, we are more than conquerors over every fear and foe.

“Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him (Christ Jesus) that loved us.  For I am persuaded (fully assured), that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth nor any other creature (including ourselves!), shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”  (Romans 8:37-39)

Verse 21.  “Blessed be the Lord. When the Lord blesses us, we cannot but do less than bless Him in return.

Verse 22. “I said in my haste, I am cut off from before Thine eyes.  We generally speak amiss when we are in a hurry.  Hasty words are but for a moment on the tongue, but they often lie for years on the conscience.  Oh!  What love is due from us to Christ, that has pleaded for us when we ourselves had nothing to say!  That has brought us out of a den of lions, and from the jaws of the roaring lion!”  (C.H. Spurgeon, Treasury of David, page 153)

“The goodness of God is unsearchable; how great is the excellency of His majesty, that yet He would look upon such a one as I; that He has given me peace that was full of terror, and walked continually as amidst fire and brimstone.”      (Timothy Rogers 1660-1729)

Verse 23.  “And plentifully rewardeth the proud doer.  The next query is how God rewardeth the proud doer.  By way of retaliation - for Adonibezek that would be cutting off thumbs, had his thumbs cut off (Judges 1:7).  So the poor Jews that cried so loud, ‘Crucify Him, crucify Him,’ were so many of them crucified, that if you believe Josephus, there was not wood enough to make crosses nor in the usual place room enough to set up crosses when they were made.  Snares are made and pits are digged by the proud for themselves commonly, to which the Scriptures throughout gives abundant testimony.”  (Hugh Peters 1645)

Thought:  Verse 24.  “Be of good courage.  Christian courage may thus be described. It is the undaunted audacity of a sanctified heart in adventuring upon difficulties and undergoing hardships for a good cause upon the call of God.”  (Simeon Ash 1642)  Go forth and testify - your message is one of Christian Victory in Christ.  Hallelujah!

16. A Divine Turning Point Psalm 31:19-20

Text:  “Oh how great is Thy goodness, which Thou hast laid up for them that fear thee; which Thou hast wrought for them that trust in Thee before the sons of men!
                                                                                                                Psalm 31:19.

Good morning, Divinely turned Christian!  Often, in the midst of terrible times and circumstances throughout our lives, just when we think our faith is about to be totally overwhelmed by grief, tragedies, loss of comforts; financial and emotional distress - the Lord grants us a new perspective on all things, He grants us a Divine turning point.  Hallelujah!  Praise His most gracious and Holy Name!  Our God loves us!

“The Lord hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love; therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.  Again I will build thee, and thou shalt be built, O virgin of Israel; thou shalt again be adorned with thy tabrets and shalt go forth in the dances of them that make merry.”  (Jeremiah 31:3-4)

From the commencement of Psalm 31: until this nineteenth verse, the Psalmist has been crying out to the Lord for His Divine help, reassurance, and deliverance from his foes.  Now, in verse nineteen, we see a startling change as he is blessed with what I have titled ‘A Divine Turning Point’.  Praise God for such Divinely granted turning points in our lives of Spiritual warfare!  Without such we would surely be overwhelmed by our constant and often ruthless and fierce Spiritual and physical oppositions.

Listen to the tenor of the Psalmist’s cries changing as the reader reaches this turning point in the Psalm.  His change of outward expression is brought about by the inner remembrance  of the Lord God’s goodness within his heart; the Spirit of God instructs his soul that the mercies of God endure forever; that God’s gift of Salvation is not a gift from a giver who suddenly takes the graciously given gift back.  Immediately the entire tone of the Psalm changes from one of distress and fear of being overwhelmed, to one of glorious and faith-filled victory!  Hallelujah!  What a Saviour!

Verse 19. “Oh how great is Thy goodness.  He does not tell us how great was God’s goodness, for he could not; there are no measures which can set forth the immeasurable goodness of Jehovah, Who is goodness itself.  Holy amazement uses interjections where adjectives utterly fail.  Notes of exclamation suit us when words of explanation are of no avail.  If we cannot measure, we can marvel.”  (C.H. Spurgeon, Treasury of David, page 152-153)

From verse nine to verse eighteen, David has been bemoaning his abject fear, dread, trouble, grief, slander and oppositions.  Now, the Lord grants him ’A Divine Turning Point’; a point arrived at where one suddenly remembers God’s inspired Word to us, ’His people’; a reassurance from God the Spirit, that we are NEVER left alone without Divine help and sure deliverance.  How desperately we need such Divine Turning Points!

Brother Job knew such times of dread and oppression: “They came upon me as a wide breaking in of waters: in the desolation they rolled themselves upon me.  Terrors are turned upon me: they pursue my soul as the wind: and my welfare passeth away as a cloud.  And now my soul is poured out upon me: the days of affliction have taken hold upon me.  My bones are pierced in me in the night season: and my sinews take no rest…”  (Job 30:14-17)

But the Lord gave Job ‘A Divine Turning Point’, and after his time of suffering had ended, Job once more basked in the glow of God’s goodness and faithfulness to him.

“And the Lord turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: also the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before…So the Lord blessed the end of Job more than his beginnings…”  (Job 42:10;12)

Remembrance of God’s infinite goodness towards ’His people’, His born again and redeemed souls - grants us such Divine Turning Points in life.

“I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.”  (Psalm 27:13)

The pride of man was one of the main causes of the Psalmist’s oppressions, but the Lord God knows how to remedy such worldly oppositions against ‘His people’, the true Church.

Verse 20.  “Thou shalt hide them in the secret of Thy Presence from the pride of man.  Dwellers at the foot of the Cross of Christ grow callous to the sneers of the haughty.  The wounds of Jesus distil a balsam which heals all the scars which the jagged weapons of contempt can inflict upon us; in fact, when armed with the same mind which was in Christ Jesus, the heart is invulnerable to all the darts of pride.”  (C.H. Spurgeon, Treasury of David, page 153)

Shall we be immune from hurt; from illnesses; from poverty; from heartache and grief? No.  These things are promised to all those that would live godly, in Christ Jesus.

However, we can rest assured that the Lord God Who loves us and gave Himself for us at Calvary’s Cross - will never leave us nor forsake us, EVER.  He will always give us a Divine Turning Point, to sustain us in all our daily trails, and bring us safely through.

Thought: “I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee…the Lord is my Helper.”

New: Vital Christian Doctrines Button On Blog!

Dear International Bible Class,

In a day of increased apostasy, 'easy-believism'; and lack of Spiritual maturity and knowledge of what every true, 'born again', Bible-believing Christian should know about his/her Christian faith - Ulster/American Christian Fellowship Ministry has placed thirteen vital Christian doctrines on a new Button here on our Blog/Website.

Please visit the Ulster Christians site at www.ulsterchristians.org, click on the new Basic Christian Doctrines section, to find these great Christian doctrines I have prepared for all genuine Christian believers whom, in obedience to God's Word would "Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman/woman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of truth."  (2 Timothy 2:15)

Please also pass on this vital Christian knowledge to other believers - the 21st Century church of the Lord Jesus Christ must know what we believe, try to practice what we believe; and stand firm on the truths God wants us to share with 'His people'.  (Matthew 1:21)  Thank you.

Every blessing in Christ Jesus,
Dr Cornelius K. McClinton
Ulster Christians