A Journey Through Psalm 119: Truth

Psalm 119:121-128
121 I have done judgment and justice: leave me not to mine oppressors.
122 Be surety for thy servant for good: let not the proud oppress me.
123 Mine eyes fail for thy salvation, and for the word of thy righteousness.
124 Deal with thy servant according unto thy mercy, and teach me thy statutes.
125 I am thy servant; give me understanding, that I may know thy testimonies.
126 It is time for thee, LORD, to work: for they have made void thy law.
127 Therefore I love thy commandments above gold; yea, above fine gold.
128 Therefore I esteem all thy precepts concerning all things to be right; and I hate every false way.

God’s Word is just and good and righteous, just as its author is.  The crux of it all, then, is whether we view God’s Word and His truth to be absolutely right about all things.  We cannot pick and choose.  We can’t dismiss parts of it that we don’t like or that make us uncomfortable.  We can’t disregard things that mean we’ll have to change.  But God will show us the right things to do.  He will help us to know if what we’ve done was right.  He tells us what He expects of us, but we have to be willing to obey.

We have to be all in.  We have to rate God’s Word as the ultimate source of truth.  It must be what guides us and tells us what is right and wrong.  It distinguishes between what is good and bad.  We don’t come to our own conclusions about those things, but we go with what God says.  So we have to keep learning if we want to be able to apply what God says and if we want God’s promises to be accomplished in our lives.  Mostly it is just about agreeing with God and not trying to oppose Him.

The psalmist has professed his love for God’s Word, testimonies, and statutes.  And so because he loves God’s Word so much, he hates what is false and whatever opposes God’s truth.  He has given God’s Word the highest value in his life, making it more precious than what is usually thought of as valuable, and so he will not tolerate the lies of the devil that seek to taint and corrupt the pure truth that God has revealed.  We have to pick a side.  We can’t abide by both truth and lies.  So may it be that we regard God’s Word as right about all things and refuse to consider those false ways when we make choices in our lives.

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