The Truthfulness of God: God’s Word is Truth
Read Psalm 119:145-152
“And all your commandments are truth.”
Psalms 119 forms the longest chapter in the Bible. Written in Hebrew as an acrostic, where each verse begins with a specific Hebrew letter, the chapter is a masterfully written celebration of the nature of God’s word and law. Heaping adjective upon adjective, the writer struggles to fully convey the depth, wonder, power, nature and impact of the Scriptures. The writer desires to leave no stone unturned in his examination of the Word of God and so he uses every possible term known to capture the breadth of scripture. In just 8 verses he uses six different words that describe God’s Word (statutes, testimonies, words, ordinances, law, commandments).
But it is not just the scope of God’s words that he desires to capture. He also desires to capture the whole range of impact his words have upon the reader. There is not a single human experience that the Bible does not provide guidance to help the reader navigate effectively through the tragedies and struggles of life (vs 146 and 147). While the Law of God provides moral clarity and guidance (see 119: 9), it also serves to revive us in times when life seems overwhelming and confusing. The word “revive” is derived from the Hebrew word for life (the word used for the infamous song in Fiddler on the Roof, “L'Chaim” “To Life”). The word serves to express a life that one enjoys to the fullest with health and prosperity. This life is grounded in drawing near to God (145-148) and God drawing near to us (149-152).
In verse 151 we find the reason why the Psalmist has such confidence in the life-giving power of the laws of God; “for all your commandments are truth.” The word “truth” refers to that which is dependable, reliable and trustworthy. They are not just true in the abstract sense of truth, but in the practical sense as well. In other words, the law of God provides the right answer for how we are to conduct ourselves in a way that honors God in a world that is fallen and rejects God.
When we speak of God being a God who is true, it not only means that he is the true God, but that his is a God of truth who cannot lie. Consequently, His Word is tested and proven (Prov. 30:5). The Bible is not just a book written about truth, or even a book that contains truth. The Bible is Truth because it originates from God and is thus the standard of all truth. The words of Scripture cut through the muddled confusion of our life and give us the right and true answers. To reject the Bible is to embrace what is false, bringing death rather than life.
In times when there is so much confusion, the Bible provides us the bedrock of truth that brings clarity. When faced with the perplexing questions our society is confronting and we are facing in our own personal life, the first and final source of guidance must come from Scripture. We read to newspaper to find out what is happening in our world, but we need to read the Bible to find out how to live in our world. If you are confused about life and about the struggles you are facing, turn to the pages of Scripture and ask for God to bring you clarity, hope, and life from his Word. His words are life!