I do not like cliffhangers. I don't like reading books and getting to the end, only to realize that the book ends with a cliffhanger. I don't like watching shows that end each episode with a cliffhanger.
The ending of an episode of a series drama that leaves the audience in suspense.
Why do I hate cliffhangers? I like resolution. I like to know how things turn out. I don't want to wait until next week to find out if Marco took the bribe or if Bubba healed from his gator bite or if the missionary escaped the angry mob. I want to know now. Today.
As a writer, I love writing cliffhangers. They keep people hooked! I just don't like being on the receiving end of a suspenseful ending.
Psalm 19 is like a five page Gospel tract. There is no cliffhanger there. God through David gives the story from beginning to end.
The first page of the tract is an introduction to the marvelous Creator. His story is declared through His creation.
Psalm 19:2 "Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge."
Every day and every night, we can look around us and see that there is a God who created all the beauty, wonder, and magnificence that we see around us. Creation is the first page of that Gospel tract. But what if you stopped there? Is seeing creation and acknowledging there is a Creator enough for salvation? No, it isn't. Unfortunately that's where many people fall short.
"I believe in God," they declare. That's good, but it isn't enough. Even the devils believe.
James 2:19 "Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble."
If a person stops at "I believe in God" or even "I believe in Jesus," it's like they read a chapter in a book and didn't finish the rest of the story. They ended on a cliffhanger and there is no resolution of the dilemma.
So, now we are on page number two of the Gospel tract. David suddenly switches from speaking of creation and how it declares the wonderful Creator (19:1-6) to talking about God's Word (19:7-10). Why? He does this because it is impossible to be saved apart from God's Word. It is impossible to know the Creator apart from God's Word.
Romans 10:17 "So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God."
Psalm 19:7 "The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul..."
His Word is perfect. His Word is sure. His Word is right. His Word is pure. It is clean and true and righteous.
It changes us. It makes us wise. It gives joy. It opens our eyes. And it is eternal.
God's Word is more precious than any substance this world has to offer.
Psalm 19:10 "More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb."
And it is absolutely critical for salvation.
So, what if a person believes in God and believes God's Word is true? Is that enough for salvation? Those things certainly are vital, but is that enough?
As much as a dislike cliffhangers...
(Well, at least I will give you a hint: This Psalm 19 Gospel tract is five pages long and we have only talked about page one and two.)