The Word of God According to God
The Word of God, what does God think about His word? What effect does the Word of God have on God’s people? The current world we a are living in, unlike the past, has little or no regard to the word of God and it is getting worse by the day. To most, the word of God as contained in the Bible, is just but another book. God however sees His word quite different from how we see it. The word of God is under attack, is being questioned and others simply reject it. We will however see in this message what God actually thinks about His own word that He has given us, and how He uses it among His own people.
The Word of God is Perfect and Sure
7 The law of the Lord is perfect,
reviving the soul;
The word “Law” refers to God’s Instructions or Teachings. The word “perfect” means without blemish and, comes from a Heb word which means to complete. Therefore, the word “perfect” means complete and without blemish (a small mark or flaw that spoils the appearance). The word means to return, re-establish, do again, refresh, reset. This word “soul” refers to the inner being with its thoughts and emotions. The word “Testimony” comes from a Heb word meaning to duplicate or repeat. The word “Sure” means certain and dependable. Build up or support, to nurture or to establish. The primary meaning is that of providing stability and confidence. The word “wise” means to have the wisdom to act and think in a manner acceptable to God as opposed to being foolish.
The Law refers to the word of God as a whole as contained in the bible.
The psalmist tells us quite clearly then that God’s instructions (teachings), which are His word that we find in the bible, are complete and without blemish. This means that the word of God is complete and cannot and should not be added to, and it is without any flaws or errors (Psalm 12:6).
Now, this very word of God that is complete and without any flaws or errors, revives the soul, meaning, it refreshes and re establishes the inner person with his thoughts and emotions. It resets the soul to its original state as required by God. We also know that God uses this very same word to give birth to us (1 Pet 1:23, James 1:18). God uses His word to cleanse us of our sins, to remove the heart of stone and to put that of flesh and to pour His Spirit in us (Eze 36:24-27).
Therefore the word of God, which is God’s instructions, is complete and without any flaws or errors and God uses it, to regenerate us.
The Testimony of the word of God is Sure
the testimony of the Lord is sure,
making wise the simple;
This very same word, testifies of God. It gives testimony about its author which is God. The word tells us about God’s holiness, morality and righteousness. It is dependable, certain, provides support, builds us up, providing stability and confidence. In that way, making us wise who were once foolish. This means the word gives us wisdom to be able to act and think in a manner acceptable to God as opposed to being foolish.
The Word of God is Right and Pure
8 the precepts of the Lord are right,
rejoicing the heart;
the commandment of the Lord is pure,
enlightening the eyes;
The word “precept” has a sense of saying God is present with us and oversees us through His Law. The word “right” means straightforward, pleasing and agreeable.It means to make the way straight. This word “rejoicing” means to brighten up or to give joy. The word “commandment” means the terms and conditions of God’s covenant as explained in His Law. This word “Pure” comes from a Heb word “barar” meaning to clean, polished, bright. The word means clear and not complicated. The word “enlighten” means to give light, to brighten, to improve sight and this context, to provide knowledge.
The psalmist continues to tell us that through His word, God is present in our lives. God has direct interest and intervenes in our lives through His word. The psalmist continues to tell us that God’s word makes the way straight. It allows us to live a straight life as opposed to a life that does not reflect God’s will. The word of God allows us to live a straight and narrow path that pleases God. This brings joy in our hearts. It brings joy to our spirit. The terms and conditions of God’s covenant, is made known to us through His word, and these terms and conditions are clear, easily understood and not complicated. In this way, they are able to give us knowledge that we need to live a godly live.
The Word of God is Clean and True
9 the fear of the Lord is clean,
the rules of the Lord are true,
and righteous altogether.
The word “rules” comes from a Heb word “mispat” which, means God’s whole justice system. The words “fear of the Lord” means fear that is brought about by the word of God. The word “clean” means genuine, flawless and free from impurity. The word “true” carries an underlying sense of certainty and dependability.
The fear of the Lord which comes as a result of God’s word and which is demonstrated by our true and genuine obedience to His word, endures forever, since God’s word endures forever. The psalmist then refers to the word of God as rules. This refers to God’s whole justice system. The psalmist says that God’s justice system is certain and dependable. It is fair and trustworthy.
The Word of God Warns and Rewards
10 More to be desired are they than gold,
even much fine gold;
sweeter also than honey
and drippings of the honeycomb.
11 Moreover, by them is your servant warned;
in keeping them there is great reward.
At the end, the psalmist tells us that this word of God must be desired more than anything in this world. Even more than the most precious thing in the world like gold. The word of God must be desired more than the sweetest thing in the world. Simply, nothing in this world must come before the word of God. Moreover, God uses His word to warn us and those that keep it, will be rewarded.
The psalmist refers to the word of God six times in the passage as the law, testimony, precepts, commandment, fear of the Lord and rules. The psalmist also gives us six characteristics of the word of God: perfect, sure, right, pure, clean and true. He also gives us six benefits of the word of God: revives the soul, makes the foolish wise, rejoices the heart and enlighten the eyes, warns us and rewards us. The psalmist also mentions the word “of the Lord” six times in this passage and this ensures that there is no confusion whose word he is referring to. So, six names are used to refer to God’s word, six characteristics are given, six benefits and six times the word is referred as being of God.
So, if there is something you have a problem with regarding God’s word, it cannot be because there is a problem with God’s word but rather, it can only mean that there is a problem with you and the problem is that you lack obedience.
The Devastating Blow
Now, the fact that the psalmist tells us that the word of God is complete, this strikes a serious blow on those that claim new revelations from God. This means that what God wanted to tell us, He has already told us in His word. Secondly, the fact that the psalmist tells us that the word of God is without blemish, that is, it is without any flaws or error, it also strikes a blow to those that preach that the bible contains contradictions and errors. It also strikes a blow to those that say that the bible must be adapted to suit our lifetime. What that simply means is that the bible must be adapted so that it can allow us to sin without consequences.