Summary: As for God, his way is perfect: the word of the LORD is tried: he is a buckler to all those that trust in him.

The Faithful God

Psalm 18:30

John Shearhart

August 28, 2011

As for God, his way is perfect: the word of the LORD is tried:

he is a buckler to all those that trust in him.

Have you ever heard a young man in love? He goes on and on about the one he loves and can never say enough, and he never says anything bad. Aren’t you just in love with our faithful God? What a glorious Creator! How deserving of praise! I feel like the lover in Solomon’s Song:

My beloved is white and ruddy, the chiefest among ten thousand. 11His head is as the most fine gold, his locks are bushy, and black as a raven. 12His eyes are as the eyes of doves by the rivers of waters, washed with milk, and fitly set. 13His cheeks are as a bed of spices, as sweet flowers: his lips like lilies, dropping sweet smelling myrrh. 14His hands are as gold rings set with the beryl: his belly is as bright ivory overlaid with sapphires. 15His legs are as pillars of marble, set upon sockets of fine gold: his countenance is as Lebanon, excellent as the cedars. 16His mouth is most sweet: yea, he is altogether lovely. This is my beloved, and this is my friend, O daughters of Jerusalem (Song 5:10-16).

We can never say enough about Him, can we? I read a quote this week by Spurgeon that said, “‎Never tolerate low thoughts of my Lord Jesus. When you put the crown on His head, you will only crown Him with silver when He deserves gold.”

Well, this morning we’re going to lay another crown on His head as we worship together. It’s insufficient; it’s silver when it should be gold. I wish I could do more, but I’ll praise Him with the breath He’s given me: we’re going to talk about His great faithfulness.

Look at Psalm 18:30

As for God, his way is perfect: the word of the LORD is tried:

he is a buckler to all those that trust in him.

Let’s make some observations about this text:

God’s way is perfect

There is nothing wanting in God. His plan in history, the way He governs, the way He loves, the way He fights, the way He disciplines—everything about Him is perfect.

Maybe you’ve sometime said, “If I were God I’d do it differently.” But don’t you see that if God’s way is perfect, then you’d have to do it the exact same way or you’d be doing it wrong?

All of God’s manners and plans are exactly the way they should be, and they need no change.

Not only that, but no one can change them. In order to be perfect God must also be all-powerful. If someone could keep Him from doing what’s right and good according to His perfect plan, then God could not be perfect—He would have to submit to the will of another and therefore submit to imperfection. But the Scriptures declare,

For the LORD of hosts hath purposed, and who shall disannul it? and his hand is stretched out, and who shall turn it back? (Isaiah 14:27).

God is not dependent on the will or decree of any other being in creation. He is only perfect because He is also Almighty.

Not only that, but if God is perfect then He must be eternal. How can a perfect being ever end? What would be the cause of His demise? What would replace Him or remove Him?

There is none holy as the LORD: for there is none beside thee: neither is there any rock like our God (I Samuel 2:2).

Being perfect, God cannot be overthrown or outmatched, and He does not submit Himself to the will of others.

Not only that, but if God is perfect then He does not change. If He could change tomorrow, then there’s no way He’s perfect today. But He is perfect, and so He never changes. His love is always the same; His judgment is always the same; His ways are always the same; His plan is always the same; His worthiness is always the same; everything is always the same!

He never changes His hatred into love nor His love into hatred.

That’s why it’s written,

I am the Lord, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed (Malachi 3:6).

Why are the sons of Jacob preserved? They were just like us: unfaithful and weak. They constantly chose to sin and bow before other gods. But they are preserved because God is perfect and He does not change. His plan for them has not changed and it never will. His love for us can never be taken away.

Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever (Hebrews 13:8).

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