April 6, 2013

God Is Blameless – Don R. Patton

Posted in Uncategorized at 10:20 pm by sranderson0103

“As for God, His way is blameless; The word of the LORD is tested; He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him.” (II Samuel 22:31)

This verse is a little more than half way through David’s great “song of deliverance.” The introductory comments of the Psalm (included in the most ancient manuscripts) say, “And David spoke the words of this song to the LORD in the day that the LORD delivered him from the hand of all his enemies and from the hand of Saul.” David’s heart was overflowing with grateful thanksgiving and praise. The Psalm that erupted from David’s heart was evidently considered by God to be of sufficient importance to have it included twice (II Samuel 22 and Psalm 18) in His written word.

Though David wrote the Psalm in response to his immediate personal circumstances, the result was a message from God. In the second verse of the following chapter David reminds us, “The Spirit of the LORD spoke by me, And His word was on my tongue.” (II Samuel 23:2). Recall that Jesus quoted the words of David (from Psalm 82) and called it “law” in John 10:34 and in the next verse, “the word of God.” Then, in that same verse added His confident affirmation regarding David’s words, “the Scripture cannot be broken.” A poetic song…yes. Rooted in and springing from the events of David’s experience…yes. But the end result was “God-breathed,” (II Timothy 3:16 NIV).

One of the most common excuses given by men for rejecting the God of the Bible is their opinion that His ways are unfair. Even Christians are prone to complain about the way God deals with them. But, the fact that we may not understand God’s ways, hardly gives us the right to pass judgment on them. He often reminds us in His word that His way is perfect and His word has been tried and proved, again and again. “For the word of the LORD is right and true; he is faithful in all he does.” (Psalm 33:4). “The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul. …” (Psalm 19:7).

The saints of Asia Minor, late in the first century, were experiencing unimaginable tyranny and misery. The book of Revelation was written to fill them with the confidence that God’s perfect, wise plan was working, in spite of their present, temporary, travail. It did not seem that way, but it was. The horrible circumstances that engulfed them, the injustice that seemed to overwhelm them, would end and justice and righteousness would prevail. They would be eternally victorious.

When the apostle Paul was writing of the proper attitude of suffering saints (Romans 8) he remembered David’s lament “But for Your sake we are killed all day long; We are considered as sheep to be slaughtered,” (Psalm 44:22). Then Paul added, “But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us.” (Romans 8:37).

We need to settle it in our hearts that, whether we understand them or not, God’s ways are always perfect. What He does is right, and whatever He says must be true by definition. His ways are always in the context of eternity, but we leap to judgment in terms of present inconvenience.

His perfect way is seen most fully in Christ, and His truth is heard most clearly in Christ, for “I am the way,” He said, and I am “the truth,” (John 14:6). Yet Christ’s way was through the cross, and His truth was opposed by the father of lies, (John 8:44). God’s way for us may also lead us into suffering and great opposition, but His way is always perfect, and His word is tried and true. If we trust Him through it all, He will be our shield as He was for David. “Every word of God is flawless; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.” (Proverbs 30:5).

Adapted from an article by Henry Morris


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