157Many are my persecutors and mine enemies; yet do I not decline from thy testimonies.
158I beheld the transgressors, and was grieved; because they kept not thy word.
159Consider how I love thy precepts: quicken me, O LORD, according to thy lovingkindness.
160Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever.
(Psalm 119:157-160, King James Version)
True from the Beginning
In our day of relativism, how do we really know what is true? We believe what we believe, but our neighbor believes something different. How are we to know who believes the truth? The Psalmist boldly declared, Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever.
The world largely ignores this proclamation, and the resulting lack of morality in existence today is devastating. When I grew up in the 50's and 60's, it was difficult to discern the difference between believers and non-believers. A certain standard of morality was expected among civilized society. However, just 50 years later, their is a wide degree of difference between the morals of believers and non-believers. As a matter of fact, their is a wide divergence of morals between professing believers of different churches and denominations. How can this be?
When one takes that first step of wondering whether the Bible is actually true, one is on the verge of a very precarious journey away from the Lord! Perhaps that is the reason the church today seems to have shifted its emphasis away from "standing for the Word of God" to "making people more comfortable."
We have a great advantage over the writer of Psalm 119. We have the entire New Testament, particularly the Gospels, where we see Jesus working among the people of His day. Seemingly harsh and indignant with the "religious ones" of His day, He showed complete empathy and mercy to the "lost and down-trodden." As believers today, we must be careful to have that same balance, being careful that we do not become like the Pharisees of Jesus' day. Yet never, in all of Jesus' ministry, was there any doubt as to the truth of God's Word.
Let us then, take heart in God's Word, accepting it as being true from the beginning. Let us, by God's grace, find ourselves spending more and more time in God's Word and less time in front of our televisions. Truly the time is short, and the fields are white unto harvest.
God has put us here for a purpose! May we spend the rest of our lives living and serving the Lord Jesus Christ, for He has given us His Word which is true from the beginning!
God Bless You,