Scripture Text – Psalm 119
The emphasis in this the longest psalm, and the basic theme, is on the vital ministry and practical use of the Word of God in the inner spiritual life of God’s children. It describes how the Word enables us to grow in holiness and handle the persecutions and pressures that always accompany an obedient walk of faith.
The Word of God performs many wonderful ministries in the life of the devoted believer. If we delight in His Word, learn it, treasure it within, and obey what it says, the Lord will work in us and through us to accomplish great things for His glory! Circumstances may change, but God and His Word remain the same.
Tsadhe (Tsadde) – In God We Trust
Please read Psalm 119:137-144 for the background to this section.
The Spirit of God uses the Word of God to implant faith in our hearts (Romans 10:17), and the more we live in God’s Word, the stronger our faith will become. Some people have no faith (Mark 4:40), others have little faith (Matthew 8:26; 14:31), and a few have great faith (Matthew 8:10; 15:28). Like a mustard seed, faith has life in it, and if the seed is planted and cultivated, it will grow and bear fruit (Matthew 17:20). The message in this section of the psalm is that you can depend on the Word of God, so—have faith!
God’s Word is trustworthy no matter what people do. The psalmist had worn himself out trying to convince people to trust God’s Word (see Psalm 69:9; John 2:12), but they ignored both him and the Scriptures. He must have felt that his ministry had failed, but he had been faithful even as the Word is faithful. God and His Word are righteous and what He says is right. His Word is fully trustworthy. Though intellectual giants may attack it and even ridicule it, the Word stands and will be here long after they are dead and their books have been forgotten. People may sin and die, but God’s righteousness and righteous Word remains.
God’s Word is trustworthy no matter what people say. Over many centuries, the Scriptures have been thoroughly tested in the fires of persecution and criticism, the way a goldsmith tests precious metals (Psalms 12:6–7; 18:30), and the Word has been found pure. One of the joys of the Christian life is to find new promises in the Word, test them in daily life, and find them trustworthy. The enemy wants to forget the Word, but we remember the Word and depend on it. The world may look upon God’s people as “small and despised,” but when you stand on God’s promises, you are a giant.
God’s Word is trustworthy regardless of how you feel. You may experience trouble and distress, as did the psalmist, and still find delight in God’s truth. Our feelings change but God’s Word never changes. God’s Word is not only true, but it is truth (John 17:17). The Word of God is truth, the Son of God is truth (John 14:6), and the Spirit of God is truth (1 John 5:6). The Spirit of truth wrote the Word of truth, and that Word reveals the Son of God. When your feelings deceive you into concluding that it is not worth it to serve the Lord, immediately turn to the Scriptures and delight in your Lord.
God’s Word is trustworthy no matter how long you live. When we read the Word to ourselves, we see words in ink on paper. When we read the Word aloud, we hear puffs of sound that quickly disappear. Paper and ink and puffs of sound may not seem very lasting, but the Word of God is eternal and fixed forever. To build your life on God’s Word means to participate in eternity (Matthew 7:24–29; 1 John 2:17). It is not the length of life but the depth of life that counts, and depth comes from laying hold of God’s Word and obeying it. Jesus spent only thirty-three years on this earth, and His public ministry lasted only three years, yet He accomplished a work that is eternal.
To Be Continued