HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: Psalm 119: A Journey into the Heart of God
Author: Jeff Adams
Publisher: Reality Living Publishing Inc., republished in 2007
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Recommended reading level: Of interest primarily to adults
Rating: **** 4 stars (GOOD)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Adams, Jeff. Psalm 119: A Journey into the Heart of God (published in 1993 by Reality Living Publishing Incorporated, 5460 Blue Ridge Cut-Off, Kansas City, MO 64133). This book, a copy of which was given to me, is basically a commentary on Psalm 119, which is the longest chapter in the Bible and a great celebration of the word of God. Jeff Adams is said to have become a Christian in 1967 when he was a student at Wichita State University. A former missionary to Central America, he is now minister of the Kansas City, MO, Baptist Temple. The Psalm is divided into 22 sections, each headed by a Hebrew letter, and the book contains 22 chapters, each one discussing a different section. Of course, any work by fallible men is subject to the possibility of human error.
Several denominational doctrinal beliefs with which many Bible believers may take issue are mentioned or implied, such as inherited sin, unconditional perseverance, and the imputed righteousness of Christ. In fact, the author’s whole chapter on righteousness is colored by his Calvinistic presuppositions. Also, he sees in the Psalm references to the “last days,” the “Great Tribulation,” the “Anti-Christ,” and a future millennial reign on earth, which obviously show a decided premillennial bias. I personally didn’t care for the way that he states some concepts and have disagreements with a few of the applications which he makes. For example, he objects to listing Samson as a hero of the Bible, saying that he is not a good example of loving God and His word. While Samson certainly made his share of mistakes, he is still listed, along with David himself, in Hebrews 11:32 as part of God’s Hall of Faith.
Having said all that, in spite of these caveats, I most assuredly found that there is a great deal of thought-provoking material and challenging information about the need for complete devotion to the word of God so that we can develop a right heart-attitude before God. I especially appreciate the comment on Psalm 119:163. “Biblical intolerance is not the result of bitterness or prejudice. It is the result of love—a total and complete love for the Word of God.” I do believe that those of us who preach should be able to find a lot of good sermon material in this book. At the same time, it is important for the word not only to be preached from the pulpit but also to be lived out in the everyday lives of those who claim to be God’s people.