The Bible is the greatest book ever written. It tells us how the world began, how it will end, and its complete history. It tells us about life and death. It tells us why there is so much wickedness in the world. It tells us of the love of God. It explains what sin is and why we need a Savior.
The greatest chapter of the Bible dealing with God’s word is Psalm 119. The 176 verses are divided into twenty-two groups of eight verses each. The first group of eight begin with the Hebrew letter aleph. The next eight verses begin with the Hebrew letter beth. This pattern continues throughout the twenty-two letters of the Hebrew alphabet.
Psalm 119:89-96 Thy word is settled in heaven
“89 For ever, O Lord, thy word is settled in heaven.
90 Thy faithfulness is unto all generations: thou hast established the earth, and it abideth.
91 They continue this day according to thine ordinances: for all are thy servants.
92 Unless thy law had been my delights, I should then have perished in mine affliction.
93 I will never forget thy precepts: for with them thou hast quickened me.
94 I am thine, save me: for I have sought thy precepts.
95 The wicked have waited for me to destroy me: but I will consider thy testimonies.
96 I have seen an end of all perfection: but thy commandment is exceeding broad.”
Man can not change the word of God. It is settled in heaven. Soon we will see the Word of God, Jesus Christ.
The Psalmist acknowledges God’s faithfulness and His creative power.
The Psalmist relies on the Word of God for his life. He delights in it and will never forget it.
He asks God to save him. It appears that this means from his enemies. He rests in God’s word even when being persecuted.
If there was no word of God, would it make a difference in your life? How important is God’s word to you?
For me, I base my whole life on what the word of God says. Decisions are made on the basis of Scripture. It tells me what I should do and what I should not do. And when I fail to obey God’s word, I know I have sinned and need to repent and renew my fellowship with God.
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001