Institutional First Baptist Church Weekly Sermon
Delivered By
Dr. E. G. Sherman, Jr
Delivered On
October 5, 2014 at 10:45 AM
Subject
The All Sufficient Lord
Description
 
Dr. E. G. Sherman, Jr. Sunday October 5, 2014
The All Sufficient Lord
“The law of the Lord is perfect...” ( Ps. 19: 7 )
The Book of Psalms is one of the five poetic books. The 
other four books are Job, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and the 
Songs of Solomon. These books are so classified because 
they have “ a quality or style characteristic of poetry...”. 
Their contents can be romance, drama, songs, struggles, 
and triumphs. 
The central character in these books are Job, David, 
and Solomon. Unlike the earlier writers who focused on 
God’s oversight and provisions for Israel though the kingship 
Ahasuerus, these poetic writers addressed the problems of 
personal struggles not caused by kings or other power 
figures; instead, the poetic writers called attention to the 
inner person ( desires, actions, and struggles ) as the 
situations that must be faced and, hopefully, resolved. 
Our sermon today will be anchored by the theme in 
one of the poetic books, namely, Psalm with special 
emphasis on the 19th Chapter. It will encompass the 
following three dimensions, namely: to reassert the 
authenticity of Divine Creation, to profile the All 
Sufficiency of The Lord, and to urge acceptance and 
reliance on the All Sufficient Lord in our daily life along with 
preparation for eternal life. 
Since the concept Lord undergirds this sermon, it is 
deemed appropriate to focus on it prior to examining the 
three anchors of the sermon. Thus, attention is first called 
to a definition of the word Lord. Historically, lord refers to 
a person who has authority, control, or power over others; a 
master, chief, or ruler; it can, also, denote a person who 
exercises authority over property rights including owner 
ship of land and/or buildings. This concept can be viewed 
either theological or secular. The former is biblically based 
and, therefore, depicts Lord as a spiritual entity that 
oversees, assesses and empowers humankind. In the Old 
Testament Era, the Lord often spoke audibly to the 
Patriarchs and Prophets. In the New Testament, the Lord - 
while in the flesh - fulfilled his earthly ministry and then 
the ascension. Since that time, the Lord has been and 
continues to be represented in the Holy Spirit. 
The second context in which to view lord is known 
as secular or worldly. It refers to an individual who 
possesses ownership usually of property and makes it 
available for use by others who pay a fee for utilization 
of the house, building, or shopping center. 
While acknowledging the value in both types of 
Lords, the sermon will be confined to the Lord of Lords as 
presented in the Bible. Accordingly, attention is called to 
the first dimension which is to reassert the authenticity of 
Creation. The first chapter of Genesis clearly tells of 
Creation. Therein is found the account of that divine 
process that preceded mankind and was declared by God 
to be good ( Gen.1:31 ). This majestic divine handiwork has 
been and continues to be debated in various religious, 
academic, and atheistic arenas . However, the fact 
yet remains that God created heaven and the earth 
( Gen.1:1). To this end, the text today is a reaffirmation of 
that divine process. The Psalmist penned, “The heavens 
declare the glory of God and the firmament sheweth 
his handiwork.” ( Ps. 19:1 ). Within this same chapter is 
found the anchor for the second aspect of this sermon 
which is - to profile the all sufficiency of the Lord. The 
Psalmist penned as comprehensive list of features that 
clearly illustrate the sufficiency of the Lord; hence, 
attention is drawn to just a few of them with the first one 
being, “The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the 
soul;...” ( The wages of sin is death, but the gift of 
God is eternal life ). Next, “The testimony of the Lord is 
sure, making wise the simple” ( ...confess...believe... 
God raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved 
( Rom.10:9 ). Thirdly, “ The statues of the Lord are right; 
rejoicing the heart”. ( “Thou shalt have no other gods 
before me” ( Exodus 20:3 ) This verse is most powerful, 
because the very first statutes and the ordinances Moses 
speaks is the 10 commandments! "Then Moses summoned 
all Israel and said to them: "Hear, O Israel, the statutes and 
the ordinances which I am speaking today in your hearing, 
that you may learn them and observe them carefully. " 
(Deuteronomy 5:1). Fear is the fourth component in this 
profile of the sufficient Lord. This is not a morbid worry 
about coming under the wrath of a vindictive Lord; it 
refer instead to the “awe and reverence that...one...feels 
in the presence of God...”. This attitude of humility is clean 
and, according to the Psalmist, endures forever. ( Ps.19:9 ). 
Lastly, there are the judgments of the Lord that are true and 
righteous altogether. ( Ps. 19:9 ). 
Thus far beloved a profile of the all sufficient Lord has 
been constructed, a fact that leads to the final concern of 
this sermon; it is that of urging acceptance of and 
dependency on the Lord in daily life and preparation for 
eternal life. In response to this critical need, the 
following methodology is recommended. First, it is 
necessary to have faith in and the acceptance of God. 
Hebrews 11: 6 lucidly asserts this requirement for therein 
it is stated, “But without faith it is impossible to please 
him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and 
that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”. 
Having firmly accepted this all sufficient Lord it is then 
necessary for one’s life to embody the biblical teachings 
delineated by the Psalmist. This action will require the 
believer to: (1) to study the law of God, learn them, and 
abide by them; (2) to become familiar with the testimony 
of the Lord and rejoice in it; (3) to become acquainted with 
the statues of the Lord and comply with them; (4) to learn 
the commandments of the Lord and live by them; (5) to 
maintain a reverent fear of the Lord and allow grace the 
fear to minimize, and (6) recognize that there is the 
judgment of the Lord and so live that at that time the 
welcoming voice will be heard, “servant of God well done”. 
So in closing, beloved an appeal is made for you to 
examine your lifestyle and determine if it is under the 
worldly lord or is it committed to the Lord of Lords. Both 
lords promise rewards but only one is honest and will 
fully deliver what is right. The decision is yours but - in 
the words of Joshua - you are urged to say As for me and 
my house we will serve the Lord.( Joshua 24:15) Amen.
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