Satan has long enjoyed using the enemy of doubt to trouble God’s people. All the way back in the garden of Eden he employed arguments designed to cast doubt on God’s word. Did God really say that? Did God really mean that? What God said is not true.
The psalmist turns his eyes from his affliction for a moment to think on the solid foundation upon which his hope is built. He reminds himself of the surety of God’s Word. Such a reminder would be good for us today.
Section 12 (LAMED)
Psalms 119:89-96 For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven.
Thy faithfulness is unto all generations: thou hast established the earth, and it abideth.
They continue this day according to thine ordinances: for all are thy servants.
Unless thy law had been my delights, I should then have perished in mine affliction.
I will never forget thy precepts: for with them thou hast quickened me.
I am thine, save me; for I have sought thy precepts.
The wicked have waited for me to destroy me: but I will consider thy testimonies.
I have seen an end of all perfection: but thy commandment is exceeding broad.
We remember that the psalmist had been in a dark place in the last passage. He had even begun asking God when He would keep His Word. It is good, then, that he now turns his attention to the Word of God and makes some wonderful observations.
He begins by a statement that should be the bedrock of every believer’s confidence in God’s Word.
“For ever, O Lord, thy word is settled in heaven.”
This declaration should be on our lips on a regular basis.
Now of course, this verse is often used to support the preservation of the written word of God, and that is a good use. The psalmist however, does not strictly have this in view when making this statement. He is saying the God’s Word, that which He has spoken, as well as that which has been written down, are settled for ever in Heaven. He is saying that the purposes and plans of God cannot be overthrown. No matter how it look from our side. No matter how long the deliverance of God tarries. God’s Word is sure. Isaiah quotes God on this very topic.
Isaiah 55:11 So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.
This is why we have so many statements, throughout the Old and New Testament, that show us how we are to view the events of history.
- 2 Samuel 7:21-22 For thy word’s sake, and according to thine own heart, hast thou done all these great things, to make thy servant know them. Wherefore thou art great, O LORD God: for there is none like thee, neither is there any God beside thee, according to all that we have heard with our ears.
- Luke 2:29 Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word:
- Matthew 26:24 The Son of man goeth as it is written of him: but woe unto that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! it had been good for that man if he had not been born.
- Mark 1:2 As it is written in the prophets, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee.
These are just a very few verses I give as examples. Human history is marching along under a divine plan. God’s Word and God’s purposes are settled. They cannot be moved. He is firmly in control at all times. When we read the Bible, this thought should give us great confidence!
The psalmist continues this thought by declaring that the faithfulness of God was not limited to a certain group of people at some distant time in history. No. His faithfulness is across the ages. He extends that faithfulness to all of His people in every time period. That means today. His is faithful today. He will be faithful tomorrow.
God’s faithfulness is demonstrated by His creation. He established the earth and the universe around it. He keeps it going. The psalmist says that even the planets; the suns, moons, and stars, are all the servants of God fulfilling His will. The sun sets and rises each day because God has decreed it to be so. The earth spins on its axis because God set that access, started it spinning, and gave commandment that it should continue. And it has, for all these years.
It was that authoritative, dependable, settled word of God that gave the psalmist hope and comfort in his affliction. When we are in trouble, and the only hope for help is an undependable relative, we are not much comforted.
However, our help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth, and rules it faithfully by His Word. God is faithful!
The psalmist declared that he would never forget God’s precepts. How could he? It was those precepts that had strengthened him in times of great trial. They would continue to be his focus, even when wicked men sought his destruction. He would not look at the wicked men. He would lift up his eyes unto the hills.
We come to the end of the passage with a marvelous declaration of the power and relevance of God’s Word.
The psalmist declares that he has seen an end of all perfection. He is referring here to perfection from the viewpoint of man. All of man’s schemes, inventions, philosophies, religions, etc.; they all have their limitations, failings, and lifespans. The best that man can come up with, even that which he calls perfection, will come to an end. It will fail to meet every need.
God’s Word is exceedingly broad. You can’t find the limits of its scope and power. You can’t find a situation it does not address. There is no promise which will not be fulfilled. God’s Word is settled. God’s Word is relevant to this day, just as it was two thousand years ago.
We should remind ourselves of this when we see man beating his chest and proclaiming that some philosophy or invention is the end of the Bible. It will fall. It will fail. God’s Word will stand. It is forever settled in Heaven.
Heavenly Father, Your Word is settled for ever in heaven. I know that what you have declared will come to pass. Help me to come to Your Word with a sense of confidence. When it seems that your promises are not being fulfilled, remind me of your faithfulness in past generations. Let me think about the sun, and the moon and the stars. You created them, and You created me. You do not abandon them, and you will not abandon me. They are fulfilling your purposes, and so will I. I join the psalmist in Psalms 27 as he says, ” Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident.” Thank You for Your Word. In Jesus name, amen.