“Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away.” – Matthew 24:35
As we study the sufficiency of the Word of God, we will continue to unpack the wonderful truths of Psalm 19. This Psalm will continue to show us that the Word is completely sufficient for us as at touches on every area of life.
(IV) The Commandment of the LORD is Pure – Enlightening the Eyes. As David continues he says that God’s commands are pure (Ps. 119:140). Commands are to be followed, there is no option around it. God’s commands are the highest authority for the Christian in this life (Jn. 15:14). When the Word of God speaks, God speaks and there is no option but to obey. The purity of God’s Word speaks to its freeness from blame or error. Just as the Word of God is pure so too, those who worship the Lord must worship him in purity and cleanliness (Ps. 24:4). Purity of heart comes from purity of mind and purity of mind is accomplished by the guarding of one’s eyes (Matt. 6:22-23). By filling one’s mind through the all-sufficient Word of Lord one can live a life of purity. As a precious metal is heated and the impurities are skimmed off the surface; so too the Word of God skims away sin in a believer’s life leaving purity behind.
(V) The Fear of the LORD is Clean – Enduring Forever. The fear of the Lord does include being afraid of who God is awesome in His power, glory, and greatness, but more specifically it refers to the wonder, awe, and majesty that one experiences when conceiving of God in his mind (Rom. 11:33-36). To fear God is to be in awe of who He is and what He has done (Ps. 47:2; 147:5). Our God is a God who is to be feared (Ps. 145:3). David describes this fear of God as clean. What he is saying is that our absolute awe and reverence of God will produce in us a life of cleanliness and purity. The fear of wanting to honour and obey God is a fear that results in holiness. Fear of the Lord will also always produce wisdom as Proverbs 9:10 says. To fear God is to know God and to know God is to know Christ. The result of knowing Christ is a life of purity (1 John 3:1-3). This fear and awe of God will endure forever. Even now it is so dim because we are not in the presence of God. It is so unknowable because we do not know completely what it will be like to be with Him, and yet it will endure forever. As the angels in heaven fly before the throne of God crying out, “Holy, Holy, Holy!” so too will we one day join in their heavenly song (Is. 6:1-3). This will be a song though that lasts for all eternity (Rev. 22:17-21).
(VI) The Judgements of the LORD are True – They are Righteous Altogether. The judgements of God are also another term that refers to the Word of God. The Lord’s judgements are always right, He is the perfect judge of all the earth (Gen. 18:25). It is in the character of God to show forth His judgements and when He does judge for Him to be absolutely unrivaled in His ways (Rom. 9:20-21). When Christ was upon this earth and was cruelly judged and condemned by other men, He entrusted Himself to the greatest judge who would expose the sin of man and judge them in a right and true way (1 Pet. 2:23). God’s judgements are without fault (Ps. 119:142), for He is without fault. The result of having constantly righteous judgements is being marked by total and complete righteousness. It is not only some of God judgements that are true but rather all of them. They are all together true and altogether right. God always acts according to His perfect standard because He is God, and is the one who set the standard. He is the ultimate and supreme Judge of all the earth (Ps. 9:8; Acts 17:31).
(VII) They are More Desirable than Gold. As David finishes describing and detailing the Word of God in nature, he now shows us what our response to the Word of God should be. God’s Word should be the most desirable thing in our lives (Matt. 6:33). Where our treasure is, there our heart will be also therefore our hearts and our treasure must be in heavenly places. Just as gold upon this earth is viewed as such a precious metal, so too the Word of God, to the child of God should be viewed as the most precious possession we own. The Word of God in short, is our life (John 6:68). It is sufficient for all things, being a guide to us in all manners of faith and practice.
(VIII) In Keeping them there is Great Reward. The end effect of the Word of God on the heart and soul of a man is eternal life. Our love for God is shown in our obedience to His commandments (Jn. 14:15). Obeying God’s commands bring great reward. This world is passing away, its pleasures, its possessions, its power, and glory (1 Jn. 2:17). Heaven and earth in fact will pass away (Matt. 24:35), they will be gone, they will be consumed and remembered no more (2 Pet. 3:10). But there is one thing that will never pass away, and that is the Word of God. God’s all-sufficient Word will last forever, it will be eternal and unfading.
Do you know the Words of God today? If you desire to have eternal life you must know the Word of God and not only know it, but obey it. Turning from your sin you must repent and put your trust in the Saviour. He will forgive you of your sins and wash you clean. Throw yourself upon the mercy of Christ today, He is mighty to save. Know that you need Him and you need His Words, for they are completely sufficient.