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.
And take not the word of truth utterly out of my mouth, for I have hoped in Your ordinances. So shall I keep Your law continually, forever and ever.
And I will walk at liberty, for I seek Your precepts. I will speak of Your testimonies also before kings, and will not be ashamed.
And I will delight myself in Your commandments, which I love. My hands also I will lift up to Your commandments, which I love, and I will meditate on Your statutes.
The Salvation That Comes From The Word
There is no greater message given to man than the words of the Creator to His creation. Revealed in the Bible is the way of truth according to the One who designed, ordained and created the nature of man to seek holiness, righteousness and godliness. The free moral agency of man allows him to choose how to live his life and often he will choose to live apart from the word of God. From the beginning of time the way of goodness has always been revealed through the testimony of divine word. Whether spoken orally or written down, the word of God has always been fully revealed to man that he may seek after the promises of the Lord God. Contained in these promises is the full life intended by the Creator to bring the greatest happiness for man. Salvation only comes from the word of God and the divine truth is the only measure of what a man must do to be saved. How does one answer the questions of life? Where can man go to find out where he came from, why he is here and what future is ahead for him? The making of many books there is no end but there has always been one avenue of knowledge that directs man in the way of truth: the word of God. Answers to all of life’s puzzling inquiries can be found in the word of God. Through its pages the Lord is revealed as faithful, true and never fails on a promise He has made. Reading the word of God will teach a man to trust in the love of God because it never fails. Meditating on the stories of holy writ will fill the heart with the hope of everlasting life as the word of truth reveals the character of God to a needy heart. Many men live hopeless lives because they seek answers from their own wisdom. The law of the Lord abides forever and ever. Trusting in the word of God will bring hope to a hopeless heart, faith to a faithless spirit and love to an empty life.
Throughout this great psalm is the recognition of what the word of God means to man. It is the word of truth, ordinances, law, precepts, testimonies, commandments and statutes of God. Looking for answers apart from the word of God is futile. There can be no hope if a man does not walk in the liberty given by the Lord in His word. Seeking the precepts or teachings of righteousness will turn the heart of man to trust in the promises of God. Faith comes by hearing because in the word of God a man learns the commandments of the Lord and willingly walks according to those statutes. Through the knowledge of the word of God a man is willing to speak before kings the testimonies of the Lord without any trepidation. Boldness comes from knowing the word of God. There is clarity and understanding trusting in the divine word of truth established by the mouth of God. The wisdom of man is futile because it is always changing. Trusting in the word of God is finding the rock of salvation that will not move or change at the whims of man. No book contains such knowledge as found in the word of God, the Bible. It is the message of hope because it can be trusted. Seeking the precepts of the Lord brings freedom to man in his knowledge of the divine way.
Reading the word of God brings happiness as one delights in the truth of God. Commandment keeping is not a drudgery whereby man is bound to walk in an unhappy and miserable state of mind. Loving the commands of God is for the joy of man to find true fulfillment in the plan created by his God. The word of the Lord has always been to bring happiness to man through the divine will. To delight in the commandments of God is to create a deep love for the Father. Measured in the words of the Father to His children are His protection, care, trust, nourishment, providence and promises of a greater day on the eternal shore. Expressions of joy fill the heart as the commandments of God are established before the eyes of man. Meditating on the statutes of God bring joy and peace. The word of the Lord is salvation. Nothing will bring greater joy than the time spent in trusting, hoping, and keeping, walking, seeking, speaking, delighting and loving the word of God. Salvation is found in the sixty-six books of the heavenly library.