The matchless Word of God

Scripture reading for June 26: Psalm 119

My favorite person to study is God!  In order to know Him, I must study His matchless Word!  Jesus was the Word made flesh who lived among us.  (John 1:14)  His Word is truth just as He is the Truth! (John 17:17)   His Word is eternal just as He is eternal, without beginning or ending! (Psalm 119:89) (Matthew 24:35)  His Word contains all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge just as in Christ are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge! (Colossians 2:2-3) His Word is Spirit and Life, bringing God’s Spirit and Life into my inner man and bringing Light to my eyes. (Psalm 119:105) (John 6:63)  His Word keeps me from sin and purifies my life, because the Word is righteous and true!  (Psalm 119:11) (John 17:17)

In all but two verses, this psalm uses one of six different terms that refer to God’s Word. The first term is the “law” of the Lord. (Psalm 119:1)  Laws are unchanging truths written down declaring God’s will.  Laws are used to judge and to decree acceptable and unacceptable behavior.  They are written down to be learned and obeyed!  The next word is “statutes” (Psalm 119:2)  A statute gives us instruction.  They are like laws, but with more wisdom and instruction.  “Precepts” is another term used by the psalmist, and is a statement of truth that is binding and permanent.  God’s precepts are made for obedience!  (Psalm 119:4)  A “decree” is a statement of revealed truth about any given subject.  God’s decrees are truth to be obeyed! (Psalm 119:5)  “Commands” are forceful statements used to declare a direction or act that is imperative.  Commands possess authority to command action!  (Psalm 119:9, 11) “Promise” is something that is decreed to happen or be fulfilled by the Giver of the promise: God Who is totally trustworthy.

These terms help us to understand the beautiful holiness of God and His matchless Word.  In the final chapter of Scripture, an angel tells the Apostle John that his Words are trustworthy and true! (Revelation 22:6)  He is further warned against adding to or taking away from the Word given to him!  Anyone who tries to change God’s Word is in danger of losing their share in the tree of Life and the Holy City!  (Revelation 22:18-19)  What attribute of God’s Word fascinates you the most and why?

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