Tuesday, July 16, 2013

The Word of God Magnified

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"I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name." ~Psalm 138:2

I have a high place for God's word because HE does. This, to me, is one of the most powerful verses in the Bible regarding the word of God. To fully understand the impact of David's claim in this Psalm, we have to see what the Bible says first about God's name: "...and blessed be thy glorious name, which is exalted above all blessing and praise." (Nehemiah 9:5) God's name is exalted above all blessing and praise! And yet the Psalmist proclaims that God himself has magnified his word above his name! There can be no mistaking the importance God has placed on his word.

I think Spurgeon, the Prince of Preachers, put it well:
"For thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name. The word of promise made to David was in his eyes more glorious than all else that he had seen of the Most High. Revelation excels creation in the clearness, definiteness, and fullness of its teaching. The name of the Lord in nature is not so easily read as in the Scriptures, which are a revelation in human language, specially adapted to the human mind, treating of human need, and of a Saviour who appeared in human nature to redeem humanity.
Heaven and earth shall pass away, but the divine word will not pass away, and in this respect especially it has a preeminence over every other form of manifestation. Moreover, the Lord lays all the rest of his name under tribute to his word: his wisdom, power, love, and all his other attributes combine to carry out his word. It is his word which creates, sustains, quickens, enlightens, and comforts. As a word of command it is supreme; and in the person of the incarnate Word it is set above all the works of God's hands. The sentence in the text is wonderfully full of meaning. We have collected a vast mass of literature upon it, but space will not allow us to put it all into our notes. Let us adore the Lord who has spoken to us by his word, and by his Son; and in the presence of unbelievers let us both praise his holy name and extol his holy word." 

One who would accuse another of "bible idolatry" for daring to trust that the Bible is pure, inerrant, and the absolute authority for every Christian should take heed of David's words in the 138th Psalm, and the 119th as well. {Psalm 138; Psalm 119}


Source: AV1611.com

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