How Good Is God's Word?

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The Bible speaks extensively about the power and holiness of God’s name. Not only that, but it also details God’s nature by the use of many names such as El Shaddai, Jehovah Jireh, Adonai, and more. When we consider these things, there can be no doubt that God’s name is important.

That’s why I’m so fascinated by a phrase I came upon in the book of Psalms. Yes, once again one of the verses I’ve read a thousand times reached out and smacked me. Thankfully, it was a good slap. The kind that made me stop and read the verse again and then meditate on its impact on my life. Check it out.

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

Notice the last part of that verse: “thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.” That’s exciting, people! Knowing how marvelous and holy and mighty the name of God is, it pales in comparison to God’s Word. Do you realize what this means for us? It means God’s Word can be trusted. If He’s made a promise, we can know, without a doubt, He will fulfill it. He has staked His name—His reputation—upon it.  

Yes, if God Himself magnifies His Word above all His name, then we can too. We can know if God said it, it’s settled. He doesn’t lie. He never makes promises He can’t keep. He doesn’t exaggerate or water down the truth. It is sure. It is powerful. And in it, we can be confident, no matter what our feelings or circumstances may want us to believe.

How good is God’s Word? According to the Author Himself, it’s even better than His name. How’s that for a confidence boost!!!

God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?
— Numbers 23:19

Who Do You Think I Am? - Conclusion

We've reached the end of the titles of God in the Psalms without me even realizing it.  Yes, I could have expanded the study to include all the adjectives and descriptive phrases, but for the sake of brevity, I wanted to keep it focused on the titles themselves.  And, it seems we've reached the end.  Honestly, though, I can't think of a better term to end on than the one we discussed yesterday: "He in whom I trust."  If you think about it, it's only because God is all these other things that we can place our trust in Him.  What an awesome conclusion!

In fact, the book of Psalms has a beautiful conclusion of its own.  The last several chapters are all about praising God.  They speak of who God is, what He's done and what He is going to do.  It's like the Lord planned the book in such a way as to first explain precisely who God is so that we would find Him worthy of praise by the time (and hopefully long before) we reach the end.

For the sake of time and space, I'm not going to share with you all of these closing psalms, but I do encourage you to read them.  I would, however, like to post the final psalm as a means of concluding this study.  The title asks, "Who Do You Think I Am?"  Now, we know the answer to that question, and because God is so amazing, He deserves our praise.

Praise ye the Lord. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power. Praise him for his mighty acts: praise him according to his excellent greatness. Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with the psaltery and harp. Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs. Praise him upon the loud cymbals: praise him upon the high sounding cymbals. Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord. - Psalm 150

Who Do You Think I Am? - He in Whom I Trust

Blessed be the Lord my strength which teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight: My goodness, and my fortress; my high tower, and my deliverer; my shield, and he in whom I trust; who subdueth my people under me. - Psalm 144:1-2

"Jesus, Jesus, how I trust Him.  How I've proved Him o'er and o'er."  I stopped singing at that point because it occurred to me that I was lying through my teeth.  The fact was, at that moment, I wasn't trusting God at all.  I was fretting.  I was anxious.  I felt overwhelmed and all alone in my torment.  I needed help.  I needed answers.  But more than anything, I needed to learn to trust.

In Psalm 144:2, we find a term of God that is different than any other we have studied because whether we can apply this name is entirely up to us.  Every other title we've discussed has been a sure thing.  As Christians, God is our strength, refuge, fortress, deliverer, and so on.  It's non-negotiable.  It really has no bearing on what we do or don't do.  Obviously, it's up to us whether or not we plug into the power source that is God, but whether we do or not, God is still all of these things and more.

However, the phrase "he in whom I trust" is only applicable if we truly have faith in God.  If the psalmist had said that God was "he who is trustworthy," that would be a different story, for God is trustworthy regardless of our faith.  But the psalmist was very specific and insisted this title be more personal than all the rest.  So, while God is certainly trustworthy and has proven His faithfulness time and again, whether He is "he in whom I trust" depends on me.  After all, there's no getting around that personal pronoun "I."  It's not about "he whom others have trusted," nor is it about "he whom I should trust."  So the real question is, do I trust God?

I wish I could answer with a resounding "yes," but my actions and emotions indicate the opposite.  I wouldn't allow my worries to keep me up at night if I really trusted God.  I wouldn't fret over how to pay the bills or how to fit 20 hours worth of work into a 24-hour period.  I wouldn't spend so much time and energy feeling overwhelmed and uneasy.  I would be happier and more at peace.  So, do I trust God?  Evidently not, but that's not to say I don't want to.

How about you?  Is this title of God one that you can apply to your life?  Can you say, without a doubt, that God is "he in whom you trust"?  It's entirely up to you.

As for me, I may not be able to honestly sing, "Jesus, Jesus, how I trust Him," but I can and will continue to pray, "Oh, for grace to trust Him more."