Psalms 37:30


“The Subtlety of False Teaching”


Psalms 37:30-31, “The mouth of the righteous speaketh wisdom, and his tongue talketh of judgment. The law of his God is in his heart; none of his steps shall slide.’’ In the previous verses we learned that God loves judgment. We also learned that judgment means much more than just a judge handing out punishment for the wrong that someone does. Judgment means justice. Judgment also means to discern between right and wrong and to make the decision to do what is right. God loves when men look to him for wisdom and strive to do what is right especially the true believers in Jesus. There are so few in this world who strive to do what is right.


Part of judgment has to do with the things a person says. It is important to always speak the truth. This is the reason there is so much injustice in the world: there is a lack of judgment. Those who live only for this life and the things of this life lack judgment. They lack discernment between good and evil and making the right decisions. This is also one of the noticeable differences between lost people and those that strive to live for Christ. One very obvious characteristic between a Christian and a lost person has to do with the words that they say. Jesus said in Matthew 12:34-35, “O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.’’


If you listen to all the words that people say in the world: in daily conversation, on TV, on radio, in music, on the news, from politicians you will hear very few words spoken in a good way about God and the character of God and the Bible. What a lack of judgment. Those who are righteous speak of judgment because as Psalms 37:31 says, “The law of his God is in his heart.’’  Isaiah 39:8 says, “Good is the word of the LORD.’’


Psalms 119:11 says, “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.’’ Good is the word of the LORD. To learn the Bible will result in judgment. Judgment is good. To have the wisdom to be able to discern between right and wrong and make the best decisions possible each day in life is good. God loves judgment.


Now notice what the last half of Psalms 37:31 says about having the law of God in your heart.  Psalms 37:31 says, “The law of his God is in his heart; none of his steps shall slide.’’ The word slide is a word that means to waver or to totter. The Bible says  in Ephesians 4:14 says, “That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive.’’ James 1:6 says, “But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that waverth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.’’ To know the Bible will result both in having good judgment and having the strength to withstand the storms of life. Notice that in Psalms when it talks about not sliding and in the New Testament when it also talks about not being tossed about by the storms of life it talks about knowing doctrine. If you know the truth then you will not be deceived by all the lies of the world. There is a great deal of false teaching in this world. The false religions and humanistic philosophies of the world lead men into wasted lives, lives which accomplish nothing of eternal value. There is only one place to find pure and true teaching and that is the Word of God. The reason false teachings can be so misleading is because false religions and false teachings will mingle some truth with their lies so as to deceive the ignorant into thinking that all their false teaching is true. How cunningly deceptive are the philosophies of the world.


An excellent example is the teachings of the world on sex education. The only safe sex, the only kind of sex that is good for a person emotionally, physically, and mentally is sex in marriage between one man and one woman. Any other kind is damaging to a person mentally, emotionally, and even physically it can be because of sexual disease. The Bible teaches in Hebrews 13:4, “Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.’’ Proverbs 13:18-19 says, “There be three things which are too wonderful for me, yea, four which I know not: The way of an eagle in the air; the way of a serpent upon a rock; the way of a ship in he midst of the sea; and the way of a man with a maid.’’ God created romance. God created the way of a man with a maid. How beautiful is romantic love. How good it is for man to have a help meet and for children to have a loving mother and father to guild them, protect them, and teach them, so that they may grow up strong and wise. Marriage is wonderful. Most men and women have a God given desire for romance, companionship, and children. Notice now how subtle and deceptive the teachings of the world can be. The world will teach you that because of sexual disease the wise and practical thing to do is to use condoms and to have safe sex. In other words they are teachings sexual immorality through the guise of safe sex. There is only one kind of safe sex: Marriage. Safe sex the way the world teaches it still ignores the mental and the emotional aspect of romance. Sex is not just something physical it affects a person mentally and emotionally. God made romance this way. Done God’s way a person through marriage can develop properly mentally and emotionally. Done the way of the world, sex outside of marriage will result in a person damaging themselves mentally and emotionally, destroying their natural compassion and respect for other human beings. Sexual immorality leads to a devaluing of human life.


Psalms 37:31 says, “The law of his God is in his heart; none of his steps shall slide.’’ To slide means to totter, to be tossed about like the waves of the sea. Good is the word of the LORD. There is so much false teaching in this world and it is all done craftily to deceive men and to lead them astray from being able to enjoy the good things of life that God created.


Psalms 37 is a Psalm all about the difference between those that follow after the things of this world and those that seek after Christ. The theme of Psalms chapter 37 is verses 4-5 which says, “Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.’’ Good is the word of the LORD. To know the judgment of God, to not be misled by all the false teachings of the world is a great challenge in life. To do so you will need to study the Word of God and to know its teachings. Otherwise you will be tossed about by all the cunning, crafty, and subtle teachings of this world which will lure you away in their lies and lusts of the flesh, lusts of the eyes, and pride of life. There is nothing more desirable than to follow the will of God in this life.


The greatest doctrine of the Bible is the doctrine of salvation. Ephesians 2:8-9 says, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.’’ Jesus Christ died on the cross 2000 years ago for the sins of the world. He rose again the 3rd day defeating death. There is only way to receive forgiveness of sins and eternal life: not through your own works because your own works will never be good enough. You can never make up for the sins you’ve done in your life. You can however accept the free gift of forgiveness of sins through faith in the name of the only begotten Son of God.


Psalms 37:31 says, “The law of his God is in his heart; none of his steps shall slide.’’  Turn from your sins and to Jesus. Turn from the broad road and turn to the narrow road. Instead of being open minded to all the false teachings in life, instead of being tossed about the waves of this world turn to Christ and become and pillar and ground of the truth. Good is the word of the LORD.


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