In my book on Psalm 119, Our Most Valuable Treasure, I discuss the Key Of Truth Of The Word in chapter 11. One of the verses I cover is verse 89 where the psalmists makes the claim, “Forever O Lord Your Word is settled in heaven.” The following is a brief excerpt from the chapter discussing verse 89.
However, we can trust God’s Word. It has been settled and will continue for all eternity. There is great comfort from the fact that you can always count on the Word’s unchangeableness. It is solid, consistent, and settled.
The main point to remember is since His Word is settled and unchanging, all things we encounter can be compared to the Word to see if it measures up to the truth as defined by Scripture. His Word is the standard against which everything else is measured.
This is the first and most important concept because it determines authority. If there was debate about the exact length of an inch or a foot, there would be no way to determine between individuals the length of anything. Distance would be subjective, capacities would be irrelevant, and confusion would reign. There would be no voice of authority for measurements. It is the same when discussing truth.
Perhaps the reason the modern evangelical church experiences confusion on a variety of issues, is due to the lack of agreement on the standard used to determine truth. Truth cannot be defined by a variety of ever changing markers.
Feelings, experiences, and cultural acceptances are too often used as the markers for morality. Believing God’s Word is true, using The Key of Truth Of The Word, gives us a solid standard as His Word becomes the source of authority for us.
Here is another excerpt from the same chapter….
The psalmist is making his case in no uncertain terms, “Your word is settled” and there is no other option. His Word is defined, unchanged, and remains authoritative. It is the measuring stick we use to line everything else up against. God’s Word is where we must turn for truth. God’s Word is the foundation or back bone upon which everything else rests. God’s Word must be the standard to which everything else is measured.
We have a tendency in our modern church culture to look for extra-Biblical sources to validate the truth of the Bible. Whether it’s other ancient texts or artifacts from a long gone society, we use those sources as the means to determine if the Bible is true. Somehow believing an archeological discovery proves His Word. It’s like using a size 12 man’s shoe to decide if the ruler is correct! The ruler is the determining factor of the size of the shoe, not the shoe determining if the ruler is accurate.
Because His Word is the Standard, we can measure everything else against it. It is the final authority.
I believe God’s Word is our most valuable treasure. Clearly the author of Psalm 119 thought the same as his passion, respect and submission to the Word is quite evident in those 176 verses. Our Most Valuable Treasure covers what I see are 11 concepts or “keys” to help us understand the rest of the Bible.
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