sermon by former pastor Harry Van Dyken

    transcribed from a copied audiocassette for public downloading

David: a Sinner with a Promise

a sermon on Psalm 51 by Rev. Harry Van Dyken
preached c. 1980 in a Reformed church in Ontario (Canada)

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0_2Sam11 (5:15)
.ogg .mp3 5_DavidSin (5:35)
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1_2Sam12 (3:15)
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2_song55 (4:07)
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3_Psalm51 (3:14)
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4_intro (6:01)
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Background Notes written A.D. 2007 by Jonathan Van Dyken (first-born son of Clifford Van Dyken)

The LORD, "I AM WHO I AM," is the God of my fathers. Even though my grandfathers, father, and I are Gentiles, we are true children of Abraham. We may call the LORD our God because we obey His Word. We may call the great Son of Abraham our Saviour because we have joined His Church and take His name as ours. The LORD was found by us because He sought us and took us and kept us. He sacrificed His Son to save us. He is good. He is the caring Father of His people. I believe; may the Lord Jesus take away my unbelief.

Rev. Harry Van Dyken (1917-1985) was my father's father. Grandpa and Grandma had ten children; I am only one of sixty-three grandchildren. I can say that Grandpa was highly respected by his grandchildren as well as by his children and wife; cousins whom I played with--Dave, Mike, Brian, Matt, Scott, Eric, and Bruce--used his name with care and recalled fond memories of his vibrant interaction with them. Most of them know the Line of Promise and can list Bible references to Living Water. Uncle Don, cousin Dale, Dad, and brother Curt have carefully considered a calling to the ministry of God's Word. Grandpa would be the first to say that his godly posterity were one of his greatest covenant blessings.

Grandpa had many spiritual children too. He was a skilful and much-loved catechism teacher (and not just because of his bag of peppermints after the worship service). He prayed for and participated in the life of his people. He was a strong leader in his home and church, fighting sin and restoring sinners. Those who were outside the Church will also testify to his loving instruction in membership class.

Grandpa was not a faultless man, nor was he a faultless minister. As an ordained minister, he was a better pastor than preacher. I often found his sermons hard to follow, for even though he did prepare rudimentary notes, his delivery seemed disorganized and pause-ridden. However, I was a boy at the time, and Grandpa did have a large mailing list. He taped his sermons himself and duplicated as many copies as necessary. Mom says that his speeches were better than his sermons. She agrees with Dad that the sermon I have posted here was one of his best.

I believe that Grandpa's spirit is in heaven now. There it cries out with a multitude of others, along with the voices of martyrs, for the complete coming of God's kingdom. Maranatha! Come, Lord Jesus; come quickly.

More Thoughts

"Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. Many will say to Me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?' And then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.'" (Matt. 7:21-23)


"Ride on, King Jesus! No man can hinder Him." (Afro-American song)


There is only one God, and the Messiah is He. (John 1)


"My Saviour" (Eve, mother of all living, for she named her sons in faith, remembering the promise)


"My Saviour" (Mary, for she named her Son Jesus)


The City of God is a "city surpassingly glorious, whether we view it as it still lives by faith in this fleeting course of time, and sojourns as a stranger in the midst of the ungodly, or as it shall dwell in the fixed stability of its eternal seat, which it now with patience waits for, expecting until righteousness shall return unto judgment, and it obtain, by virtue of its excellence, final victory and perfect peace." (Augustine, c. A.D. 426)