Great Peace Have They Which Love Thy Law
By David J. Stewart | August 2020
Psalms 119:162-167, “I rejoice at thy word, as one that findeth great spoil. I hate and abhor lying: but thy law do I love. Seven times a day do I praise thee because of thy righteous judgments. Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them. LORD, I have hoped for thy salvation, and done thy commandments. My soul hath kept thy testimonies; and I love them exceedingly.” Isaiah 26:3, “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.”
What does the psalmist mean, “Great peace have they which love thy law”? It means that if you love God's Word, and abide it in as if you have found a priceless treasure, nothing that comes your way in life can derail your faith! Life is what happens to you while you're making big plans! I sure have lived long enough to see that statement proven true! Life doesn't usually go as planned.
When we make plans to go right, life takes us left. When we invest money for a nice retirement someday, then an unwanted divorce happens and wipes out our finances. In some cases health problems wipe out someone's wealth, taking everything they own. King Solomon saw this great evil in the land, and it bother him immensely. Solomon saw people work hard all their life, saving money for a nice retirement someday. Solomon knew better than anyone, because he employed thousands of people in his kingdom. There was never a kingdom like that of King Solomon. The Queen of Sheba was renowned for her wealth and wisdom, and she bestowed lavish gifts upon Solomon. In all accounts, the Queen of Sheba is a pagan monarch who comes to Jerusalem to meet with Solomon and test his purported wisdom. She came to see if the things she had heard were true about Solomon's greatest, wisdom and his amazing kingdom. She was impressed beyond words.
Solomon employed thousands of servants, workers and skilled craftsman. So he saw how hard they worked, and all the money they saved up, looking forward to the big day when they could kick back and enjoy the fruits of their lifelong labors. But life is what happens to you when you're making big plans! Instead, many of them became sick, and spent all their savings for doctors, nurses, drugs and seeking a remedy:
Ecclesiastes 5:13-17, “There is a sore evil which I have seen under the sun, namely, riches kept for the owners thereof to their hurt. But those riches perish by evil travail: and he begetteth a son, and there is nothing in his hand. As he came forth of his mother's womb, naked shall he return to go as he came, and shall take nothing of his labour, which he may carry away in his hand. And this also is a sore evil, that in all points as he came, so shall he go: and what profit hath he that hath laboured for the wind? All his days also he eateth in darkness, and he hath much sorrow and wrath with his sickness.”
I am reminded of a dear woman with a horrible affliction in her blood, for 12 long miserable years. She merely touched the hem of Jesus' garment, and was instantly healed because of HER FAITH. Luke 8:43-44, And a woman having an issue of blood twelve years, which had spent all her living upon physicians, neither could be healed of any, Came behind him, and touched the border of his garment: and immediately her issue of blood stanched.” What a beautiful picture of salvation. Oh dear friend, if you'll but come as a sinner and touch the hem of Jesus' garment BY FAITH, you will be immediately and forever healed of your sins! Please notice what the Bible says about her, “which had spent all her living upon physicians, neither could be healed of any,” (Luke 8:43b). I have met with eight neurosurgeons since 2004 about my neck injury. Two of them performed major surgery on my neck, to no avail. My neck pain is just as bad today as it was in 2004. I am so lonely without a wife to comfort me in my afflictions. If it weren't for Jesus, I would have commit suicide long ago. But I have a reason to live, because my redeemer liveth! Job 13:15, “Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him.” Psalms 69:14, “Deliver me out of the mire, and let me not sink: let me be delivered from them that hate me, and out of the deep waters.” Oh how I love Jesus!!!
In 2006 my wife abandoned me, filing for divorce. I reused to sign it! But she put it in writing that she refused to reconcile with me and the court got their way. I was the defendant and she the plaintiff. I made the lawyers put it in writing that she refused to reconcile with me, so she could never come back and blame me for her decision alone. I forgave her long ago, and have no hostility, but I need a wife. It has been 14 years that I have been alone now, and I am not doing okay. I battle depression often because I am all by myself. Nobody cares, and that is the truth. It is the biggest burden in my life, but I focus on helping others through my website ministry, and it takes my mind off of myself. When I hear men testify about their loyal wives, I want to die. When I read the Old Testament, I sometimes stop reading because I read about men having wives, and it hurts my soul. By God's grace, perhaps someday I'll find a woman who likes me too, and we'll get married. I keep picking church women who are stuck up, selfish and immature.
Yet, I have great peace in the storm of life. I have anchored myself to the unchanging inspired King James Bible!!! I am not confused on God's plan of salvation. There's not a more damnable lie in the world than Lordship Salvation (which is partial faith in Christ plus works). Psalms 28:7, “The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him.” Psalms 118:14, “The LORD is my strength and song, and is become my salvation.” Faith is like film, it develops in the dark. Unshakable faith comes from having your faith shaken! We live in a miserable, messed up and ungodly world. You're not going to make it alone in life dear friend! You need God and His precious Bible!!! I am alone in the world, but I have Jesus in my soul. It is sad that some of the most selfish people I've met are professed Christians. I'm talking about the pastors of the shameful dying Harvest Baptist Church on Guam, to name but a few. No church can thrive who embrace the Devil's Bibles, a counterfeit gospel of faith plus works, and make light of hurting people. Proverbs 28:13, “He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.” Men are arrogant and proud. They'd rather die in error, than repent to embrace the truth, admitting they were wrong. I do not know of even one proponent of Lordship Salvation, who has ever recanted and said, “I was wrong!” They are wrong!!!
The prophet Isaiah said he had “perfect peace,” because he trusted in the Lord. The psalmist David said he had “great peace” because he loved God's Word, and lived in it. The psalms are each songs, sung by the Jews. The way to have great and perfect peace in every situation, is to set the Word of God over your life! In all you say and do, make God's Words your thoughts night and day. Most people won't do that, and that is why they are confused and have no peace. I have suffered much in my miserable life. My wife left and divorced me. I lost my home. I lost my pets. I lost my possessions. I lost my retirement. I lost my church (because I told the truth at Harvest Baptist Church on Guam and they have rejected me since 2014). I live in constant neck pain, which radiates into my arms and legs and afflicts me. I have constant tension in my neck, from my neck injury. I live on pain medications. I have no wife to encourage me when I'm down. I have no wife to cook me dinner, scratch my back, hold my hand, nor share a Bible truth with me. I have thought about suicide many times, just to make the pain of loneliness go away. Yet, my faith in God sustains me.
I have been mistreated by paranoid doctors, worried that I'll overdose on my pain medications. We are living in perilous times, when you cannot even suffer in pain without being oppressed for it! Although my life is a train wreck, I have peace like a river in my soul, because my trust is in Jesus Christ, and I hope in His mercy. Psalms 147:11, “The LORD taketh pleasure in them that fear him, in those that hope in his mercy.” Although my neighbours reject me at Harvest Baptist Church on Guam, I know I have done the right thing to speak the truth. Ephesians 4:25, “Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another.” Harvest is a sinking ship, because they idolize headquarters at Bob Jones University, a disgraceful failure in Christendom today! Their arrogance won't last, because at some point they must be held accountable by God for their rejection of THE TRUTH! Galatians 6:7 has Harvest's name written all over it, which indicts those who mess with God's grace, “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.”
Everywhere I turn today, I see proud people who do not fear God. How do I know that they don't fear God? I know because they continue to use the Devil's Bibles, even though they have been warned. I know because they continue to embrace a false gospel of Lordship Salvation, even though they have been warned. I know because they bid Godspeed to damnable false prophets like Dr. John MacArthur, even thought they have been warned. Psalms 36:1,The transgression of the wicked saith within my heart, that there is no fear of God before his eyes.” There is no transgression like preaching the Devil's lie of Lordship Salvation! There is no transgression like promoting more than one accurate English Bible version! There is no transgression like promoting the blatantly corrupted Alexandrian Bible revisions, which plague our corrupted churches today! Even communist Cuba has more sense than America's Bible colleges and pastors. You couldn't make this stuff up! What in the world is wrong with professed Christians today? I'll tell you what is wrong, people merely go along with whatever is handed to them, instead of seeking THE TRUTH!
I have perfect peace because I love God's inspired King James Bible! I do not worry if I am saved, never for a second. I do not wonder if my Bible is fallible. The King James Bible is absolutely perfect in every way—infallible, inerrant, preserved and inspired. I am amazed that nearly every professed Christians believes God can do anything, except give us a perfect Holy Bible! I cannot warn everybody enough about Bob Jones University, Pacific Garden Mission (Unshackled), Moody Bible Institute, Harvest Baptist Church on Guam, the Southern Baptist Convention, and a thousand other corrupt institutions today, who are following the Devil's false Bibles and Lordship Salvation into Hell.
The Bible says the Bereans were MORE NOBLE than they at Thessalonica, searching the Scriptures daily to see if what the Apostle Paul was teaching them is true or not. Acts 17:11, “These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.” Humbly said, with powdered sugar on top, I am more noble than the leaders and congregation at Harvest Baptist Church on Guam, because I have searched the Scriptures to see if what Dr. Steve Pettit, Bob Jones University, and Pastor Marty Herron have taught them is Biblical. Their teachings do not agree with the Bible, they agree with the Mormons!!! (see for yourself). Right doctrine matters! But you say, you are a rude jerk! God knows that I do not intend to be so. 2nd Corinthians 11:6, “But though I be rude in speech, yet not in knowledge; but we have been throughly made manifest among you in all things.” I know I am a born-again Christian. I was saved at age 13. For seven miserable years I couldn't settle the assurance of my salvation. But I realized one day that it is not my salvation, it is GOD'S SALVATION, and my part is simply to trust upon the name of the Lord (John 3:16; Romans 10:13). I found out that I don't need to pray to be saved, I can simply BELIEVE. John 6:47, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.”
Tragically, professed Christians are just as rotten nowadays as the heathen. The divorce rate is just as high among Christians as heathens. There is no humility anymore. I know what it means to be broken in body and spirit, and to lose everything near and dear in life, and to wish I were dead. But, GOD IS FAITHFUL!!!!!!! 1st Corinthians 1:9, “God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.” Psalms 119:104: “Through thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way.” Psalms 119:128, “Therefore I esteem all thy precepts concerning all things to be right; and I hate every false way.” The Devil is clapping his hands in joy, helping Bob Jones University (BJU) pervert the Gospel of free grace. Satan is drooling, convincing naive parents to send their children to horrible places like Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary. Kids go there to get married, not to become soulwinners. They learn a false gospel, worship their yuppie god that demands you “turn from sins” to be saved, and THE TRUTH doesn't matter. And you can have it all too if you're a dingleberry, for only $30,000 a year!!! Pastor Jack Hyles is right, fundamentalist men of God start churches, and then neo-evangelicals hijack and run them into the ground! My son in law is right, all they care about at Harvest Baptist Church on Guam is money!!!
I have great peace in all this matter. I have a perfect peace because I know God is on my side. Romans 3:4, “God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged.” As long as what I preach agrees with the King James Bible, I am safe and can keep my head high. You cannot show me even one verse that says to “repent of your sins” or “turn away from your sinful past” to be saved. Not unless of course you are using one of the Devil's perverted modern revisions, like the English Standard Version (ESV) that Bob Jones University sinfully uses, sells and promotes. Our churches and Bible colleges are in big trouble! If I could, I'd shut down every Bible college in America! Bible colleges are nothing more than money-hungry businesses today. The little bit of good they do, does not compare to the major damage being done by them to the churches! BJU's thousands of graduates are pulling on the same rope as the Devil, by promoting Devil's Bibles, and promoting the accursed gospel of Lordship Salvation. The people in Matthew 7:21-23 called Jesus “LORD, LORD,” but they went to Hell. You don't get saved by following Jesus as your Lord, you get saved by trusting Him as your Savior. In Matthew 27:3 Judas repented of his sins, but he still went to Hell. You don't get saved by repenting of your sins, you get saved by trusting Jesus as your personal Savior.
Do you have perfect peace friend? I did not ask you if you're happy. I'm not happy. I'm miserable every day of my pain-afflicted, lonely, broken-hearted, messed-up life. But I have God's joy and peace in my soul, so that I can truly say with Peter, “Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:” (1st Peter 1:8). Isaiah 26:3, “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.” We live the Christian life the same way we got saved, BY FAITH! No religious person can ever truly have God's peace who goes against the inspired King James Bible. They may have a false sense of security, like the eye of a typhoon, but “There is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked” (Isaiah 57:21). I thank God for His inspired Word in the King James Bible, the keeping of His promise in Psalms 12:6-7 to preserve and keep His “VERY PURE” Words (Psalms 119:140) forever!
In closing, carefully read our text Scripture passage again from Psalms 119:162-167, “I rejoice at thy word, as one that findeth great spoil. I hate and abhor lying: but thy law do I love. Seven times a day do I praise thee because of thy righteous judgments. Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them. LORD, I have hoped for thy salvation, and done thy commandments. My soul hath kept thy testimonies; and I love them exceedingly.” David tells us TWO reasons why he has great peace, because of GOD'S WORD and GOD'S SALVATION!!! David loved the inspired Word of God, and he hoped in God's salvation. Likewise, the TWO great things in my life that give me constant GREAT PEACE, is loving God's very pure Words (which is the inspired King James Bible), and my trust in the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ (which is the Gospel of free grace).
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