Let Your mercies come also to me, O LORD— Your salvation according to Your word. So shall I have an answer for him who reproaches me, For I trust in Your word. – Psalm 119:41-42.
God, as our Heavenly Father does speak to us. He does this, of course, as we read His Word and meditate on it and as we open our hearts to the indwelling Holy Spirit. He speaks in love and in mercy, and even warnings to us come from His compassionate heart. According to what the Psalmist wrote earlier the Word of God is the expression of the love of God to us and it should result in love from our hearts to the Lord, to His people, and most definitely to and for the lost.
“The counsel of the LORD stands forever, The plans of His heart to all generations.” – Psalm 33:11 (emphasis mine).
God’s Word shares God’s promises, and the Lord’s promises always imply hope and specifically hope for the future. Scripture is “the word of his promise” as stated in 1 Kings 8:56, “There has not failed one word of all His good promise.” All of His promises have their realization in Jesus Christ. As Paul wrote it:
“For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.” – 2 Corinthians 1:20.
The Scriptures are also “to you the word of this salvation. . .” – Acts 13:26. Remember, the Word declares that Jesus is the only Savior and we can trust in Him. What a wonder that God has spoken to us according to the writer of Hebrews! (see Hebrews 1:1-2). The question I have to pose right now is, are we listening?
However, be very aware that while God is speaking, our enemies are also speaking, whether they be the world system or the enemy of our souls and the father of lies. If you remember from past readings or study, the writer of this psalm was oppressed by enemies who lied about him, slandered his name, and even threatened his life.
Just as it was back in the days of this psalmist, our main weapon against these attacks is “the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” – Ephesians 6:17. Only God’s truth can silence the devil’s lies (see Matthew 4:1–11). We need God’s truth in our hearts, not only to keep us from sin, but also to equip us to answer those who oppose us or ask us why we believe as we do (1 Peter 3:15). The only way to make sure God’s word is a part of us and deep within our hearts is to read His Word and reread it and meditate on it.
If you feel weak and always under attack, read His Word and listen to His indwelling Spirit; it will be that “still small voice” after the firestorm. (1 Kings 19:12).