3 Things We Must Believe about God's Word
Scriptures: Psalm 119
1. God’s Word says what is true
Psa 119:42 - then shall I have an answer for him who taunts me, for I trust in your word.
The word here reminds us of the undeniable proofs of the Lord's answers to prayer that serve to silence the criticisms of unbelievers. Our faith is based on the word of God which can never fail.
Psa 119:142 - Your righteousness is righteous forever, and your law is true.
My friends, God's righteousness is not a passing mood but an everlasting virtue. It is not enough to say that the Bible contains truth; the Bible is truth. Every utterance of God is true. We can’t trust everything we read on the Internet. We can’t trust everything we hear from our professors. We certainly can’t trust all the facts given by our politicians. We can’t even trust the fact-checkers who check those facts! Statistics can be manipulated. Photographs can be faked. Magazine covers can be airbrushed. Our teachers, our friends, our science, our studies, even our eyes can deceive us. But the word of God is entirely true and always true:
Psa 119:89 - Forever, O LORD, your word is firmly fixed in the heavens.
Faith is not a leap in the dark. It is based upon the surest thing in the universe—the Bible. There is no risk in believing a word that is fixed firmly and forever in heaven; it doesn’t change. There is no limit to its perfection
Psa 119:96 - I have seen a limit to all perfection, but your commandment is exceedingly broad.
The very best things in this world fall short of perfection and come to an end, but the Word of God is perfect and infinite. The more we get to know the Bible, the more we realize how far short we ourselves come.
Psa 119:160 - The sum of your word is truth, and every one of your righteous rules endures forever.
God's word is truth in its entirety. Every promise in it is sure of fulfillment. "Till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the Law till all is fulfilled" (Mat_5:18).
If you ever think to yourself, “I need to know what is true— what is true about me, true about people, true about the world, true about the future, true about the past, true about the good life, and true about God,” then come to God’s Word. It teaches only what is true: “Sanctify them in the truth,” Jesus said; “your word is truth” (John 17:17).
2. God’s Word demands what is right
Psa 119:175 Let my soul live and praise you, and let your rules help me.
We are not only saved to serve, but even more directly to praise. Every deliverance from sickness or accident should give new momentum to our worship, and new urgency to our prayers for help.
3. God’s Word provides what is good
According to Psalm 119, the word of God is the way of happiness (vv. 1–2), the way to avoid shame (v. 6), the way of safety (v. 9), and the way of good counsel (v. 24). The word gives us strength (v. 28) and hope (v. 43). It provides wisdom (vv. 98–100, 130) and shows us the way we should go (v. 105). God’s verbal revelation, whether in spoken form in redemptive history or in the covenantal documents of redemptive history (the Bible), is unfailingly perfect. As the people of God, we believe the word of God can be trusted in every way to speak what is true, command what is right, and provide us with what is good. May God bless you.