April 28, 2019

Wonderful Words Of Life – Don R. Patton

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:00 am by sranderson0103

“Your testimonies are wonderful; Therefore, my soul observes them. The unfolding of Your words gives light; It gives understanding to the simple. I opened my mouth wide and panted, For I longed for Your commandments.” (Psalm 119:129-131)
That which the Psalmist describes as wonderful, your “testimonies,” is translated by a number of different words; “rules” in the NET, “laws,” in the NLT, “decrees” in the NRSV, “statutes,” and in the NIV. It is a generic term describing God’s Word. David says it is wonderful.
Modern liberals often ridicule Bible-believing Christians as “bibliolaters.” They charge, “You worship the Bible.” Such accusations usually come when the accuser is shown to be in violation of scripture. But the fact is that it is not possible to place the Bible on too high a pedestal. David says it is “wonderful.”
Consider just how wonderful are the Scriptures. It’s truths were written in the heart of God even before the creation. “Forever, O LORD, your word is settled in heaven” (Psalm 119:89). Then, “He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways,” (Hebrews 1:1).

Finally it was complete, and the last of the prophets concluded it with an all-embracing warning: “if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues which are written in this book; 19 and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his part from the tree of life and from the holy city, which are written in this book…” (Revelation 22:18-19). In other words, critics who tamper with the words of the Bible are facing disaster. The psalmist said: “The sum of Your word is truth, And every one of Your righteous ordinances is everlasting.” (Psalm 119:160). Jesus said: “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away” (Matthew 24:35). Eternal in the past; inviolable in the present; forever in the future! All we shall ever need for our guidance is to be found in God’s wonderful testimonies: “seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence.” (II Pet. 1:3) “All scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable. . . That the man of God may be perfect” (II Timothy 3:16-17).
You can have no higher view of God than you have toward His word. Therefore, contrary to the attitude of those chafing under His decrees, it is not possible to have too high a view of Scripture, You can have no higher view of God than you have toward His word. Therefore, contrary to the attitude of those chafing under His decrees, it is not possible to have too high a view of Scripture, “for thou hast magnified your word above all your name” (Psalm 138:2).
We need to imprint into our hearts the thoughts we sing in the hymn written by Phillip P. Bliss in 1874, “Wonder Words Of Life.”

Sing them over again to me,
wonderful words of life;
let me more of their beauty see,
wonderful words of life;
words of life and beauty,
teach me faith and duty:
Refrain:
Beautiful words, wonderful words,
wonderful words of life;
Beautiful words, wonderful words,
wonderful words of life.

Adapted from an article by Henry Morris.

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