“Righteous art thou, O LORD, and upright are thy judgments. Thy testimonies that thou hast commanded are righteous and very faithful. My zeal hath consumed me, because mine enemies have forgotten thy words. Thy word is very pure: therefore thy servant loveth it. I am small and despised: yet do not I forget thy precepts. Thy righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and thy law is the truth. Trouble and anguish have taken hold on me: yet thy commandments are my delights. The righteousness of thy testimonies is everlasting: give me understanding, and I shall live” (Psalm 119:137-144).
How we regard God’s word is an indication of how we conduct our lives. Those who leave their Bible to gather dust on a shelf will attract all the filth of the world into their lives. Those who read and study it will apply it and find it purifies their minds. The psalmist found that the Scriptures kept him from sinking into the same moral mire as those around him.
How do we know the character of God? This can only be shown to us in the Scriptures and its revelation of Christ. Throughout the Bible we learn that God is righteous, therefore everything He does and says flows from that fact. The word “righteous” is given to show that He is a covenant keeping God. His “judgements” are “upright”, that is, ‘correct, straight and just’. Not only is He righteous, but His word is “righteous and very faithful” too. There are those who think and teach that we do not have a reliable and faithful copy of the Bible today, but God has preserved His word. “The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever” (Psalms 12:6-7). Those who deny this truth must go on to proclaim that God has no power to protect His words from the hands of evil men and preserve it as a faithful testimony for His people. If we do not have the word of God today, then it is impossible to have a relationship with Him or be saved. If we do not have God’s word, then His name is no longer powerful. “For thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name” (Psalm 138:2).
The psalmist saw the connection between forsaking the Bible and evil in society. A people who reject the God of Heaven will have Hell on their streets. “The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God” (Psalm 9:17). God-haters believe that they evolved from the beasts and have no problem acting like such, though the animal kingdom usually exhibit more morality. The more the word of God is forgotten by the world, so much more ought believers have “zeal” for it. If we are devoted to the Scriptures then we will find that we will want to tell others about it. If we believe that His word is “pure”, meaning that it reliably faithful in everything it states and teaches, we will love it, read it, practice it and preach it. The purity of God’s word reflects the purity of its author. “Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him” (Proverbs 30:5). Others might despise and ridicule us for believing such things, especially in a so-called enlightened age, but we must never let that cause us to compromise or lay aside the truth.
All the teachings and philosophies of men are forever changing and will pass away when new theories are put forward. The theory of evolution has itself evolved through the generations, but it is just as ridiculous and foolish as when it was first thought of. God’s word on the other hand never changes and will endure throughout eternity. It has survived the hatred of the heathen, the fires of popery, the evils of revisers and the so-called wisdom of critics. Why should we trust in that which is passing away when we have God’s everlasting word? “Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away” (Luke 21:33). Once again God’s word reflects His character and attributes. “Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God” (Psalm 90:2). That which is “everlasting” must be “truth” and therefore something we can “live” by. Those who do so will know the cleansing and sanctifying power of the Scriptures. “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth” (John 17:17). “Trouble and anguish” may come against us on every side, but we can still maintain our “delight” in the word of God. The pain and suffering will end, so there is no gain made in giving up our trust in the righteous, faithful and eternal God. What we need is the guidance of the Holy Spirit to see us through the problems we face in life.
The God who saved us in Christ, will keep, bless and give peace to our souls. Both the written word and the Living Word are the fullest expression of who God is. He is what His word says He is. He will not break or change His word. Therefore we have something eternally faithful to believe in. The devil and wicked men do not want believers to have that blessing, but let us hold to it as our Heavenly right. “Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; for he is faithful that promised” (Hebrews 10:23).