Forever, O Lord, Your word is settled in heaven. Your faithfulness endures to all generations; You established the earth, and it abides. They continue this day according to Your ordinances, for all are Your servants. Unless Your law had been my delight, I would then have perished in my affliction. I will never forget Your precepts, for by them You have given me life. I am Yours, save me; for I have sought Your precepts. The wicked wait for me to destroy me, but I will consider Your testimonies. I have seen the consummation of all perfection, but Your commandment is exceedingly broad. (Psalm 119:89-96)
The Word Of God And The Works Of God
There is nothing more evident in the natural world than the invisible attributes of God’s design and purpose. The world is filled with testimony of the Creator’s hand declaring its Maker as powerful, everlasting and awesome in the beauty from horizon to horizon. Every part of the universe cries forth the wisdom of the One who formed and molded each particle to reflect His glory. Man is without excuse as he gazes into the celestial heavens above or the mountains and valleys filling the earth and the immense blue oceans circling the globe that there is a God and Lord of all things. He can know there is a higher being that brought forth all these wonders but He cannot know the power of God’s spirit until he opens up the law of the Lord. The works of God cannot testify without the word of God. Each comes from the breath of God as the Lord formed the world by the power of His word and then revealed His mind unto man through the written word as the breath of the Holy Spirit. Truth is found in the nature of God’s creation and explained fully in the manifestation of the commandments of the Lord. One cannot exist without the other. Creation is explained by the word and the word declares the creation. The psalmist interweaves the glory of creation and the testimonies of God as codependent upon one another and showing the power of God individually.
The word of God is declared as final as it is settled in heaven. Man did not write the word of God or determine the testimonies of the Lord. It came from the breath of God and man cannot change the unchangeable word of God. Throughout all generations the message of the Lord has remained the same. Adam and Eve gazed upon the same sun, moon and stars that all men see today and the word of God is the same word given in the Garden of Eden as revealed to man today. Faith, love, obedience, trust and belief were the tenets of God’s will for Adam and Eve and these remain today as the foundational principles of the law of God. The word of God endures to all generations. What is amazing about the Bible is how it applies to those who lived in 1492 and those who live in our modern, technological and scientific world of today. It satisfied the needs of the folks who lived in the deep forest of Germany in 1123 as it does for the CEO of a large corporation on Main Street USA. The Bible is relevant to the people of Masaya, Nicaragua and the tribal leader in Afghanistan or the government worker in St. Petersburg, Russia. Like nature itself the Bible is something that is purposeful to all people in all times for all their needs. The sun shines on everyone regardless of nationality, gender or age and the Bible can light the life of all those in every nation regardless of gender, age or culture. God’s word abides today just like the earth continues to spin in its revolution around the sun.
Abiding in the truth of the law of God will bring the fulfillment of life created by the Lord. If the word of God is not in the heart of man there will be affliction. Delighting in His message of grace will save man. Life comes from the word of God because it is the breath of the Creator to His creation. Forgetting the heavenly precepts will be the worst tragedy man will bring upon himself. The psalmist found refuge in the word of God to save him from his enemies. Seeking the precepts of the Lord brings joy and safety. The wicked may seek to bring harm but resting upon the commandments of God brings hope. There is nothing that can change the word of the Lord for it is settled in heaven and affirmed by the power of God throughout every generation. Perfection can only be found in the word of God. Creation testifies to this perfection. The word declares it.