Summary: Where are we in our faith in God’s word… and how it can sustain us in all our life’s journey? The psalmist cast his lot with God and God’s word and knew that God would sustain and keep him! Let us cast our lot with God’s Word and know that God is going to
February 1, 2012
Oak Park Baptist Church – Wednesday Bible Study Series
Psalm 119:89-96 (ESV) – 12 of 22
Lamedh – 12th letter of the Hebrew Alphabet
89Forever, O LORD, your word is firmly fixed in the heavens.
The word used here by the psalmist for “Forever” is the Hebrew masculine noun Oh-lawm which means unending or perpetual or everlasting… in short the psalmist is saying that there is NO end to God’s Word… it is EVERLASTING…it is UNENDING…
But he goes further with that perspective… he says “…Your word is FIRMLY FIXED…” now here when he uses those 2 terms it is actually ONE term in the Hebrew. It is the Hebrew naw-tsab which means stationary, fixed or established with a sense of permanence… not any sense of movement!
“Your word is ESTABLISHED…FIXED… it’s un-moving & unchanging…” Basically the psalmist was saying that God’s Word was infallible and inerrant… unchanging and permanent!
Fundamentally the psalmist understood that in this life there are many things that will fail, fall and disappoint him… but he knew in his heart and he fully trusted that God’s word was NOT one of THOSE things! Rather he proclaims here that God’s word was fully trustworthy and permanently fixed within the heavens and so…it was trustworthy for ALL of eternity!
Where do YOU stand on God’s word? Is it merely something that you run to in the difficult times? Is it merely some book of stories that you can rely on to get advice from time to time… OR do you consider Scripture as the very word of God as the Psalmist does! Is it only something for the difficult times or some book of stories OR is it the Word of God in which we can all place our trust to live and find salvation through its message.
90Your faithfulness endures to all generations; you have established the earth, and it stands fast.
This verse is one of 2 or 3 verses in the entire chapter that does not give a reference to the Word of God… instead the psalmist switches gears and instead of proclaiming the WORD of God, he proclaims his faith and trust in the FAITHFULNESS of God! As we look at this verse we can see that he essentially says the same thing about God’s faithfulness that he had proclaimed in v.89 about God’s Word!
“Your faithfulness ENDURES…” The Hebrew word used here means the same as at the end of this verse where the psalmist says that God’s faithfulness STANDS… in other words it is established and will remain! God’s faithfulness is something we do NOT have to worry about… it is ALWAYS going to be there for us!
The psalmist also comforts those who are reading by ensuring that this faithfulness that is upon them… is a faithfulness that will endure the test of time… it is a faithfulness that ALL generations will be able to experience. God’s faithfulness is for those in the present, but likewise it is meant for those to come as well… it is everlasting to everlasting, knowing NO boundaries!