Psalm 119:81-128 … Consider the Eternal Security of His Word

Forever, O Lord,
Your word is settled in heaven,
(119:89).

There it is; what more needs to be said? His Word. Forever. Settled. In Heaven. It is not decreed, determined or decided by man. It is His Word spoken and settled in heaven, established in Who He Is. He is Eternal and thus is His Word. He is Faithful and thus is His Word. He is Omnipotent and thus is His Word. And, in every decree, in every statute, in every ordinance and in every promise of His Word is our Eternal Security.

This section of the six stanzas we are considering today, begins with the writer waiting, languishing for God’s deliverance in his situation. Facing lies and persecution from his enemies, he appeals to the lovingkindness of God, begging Him to revive him, so that he can obey His Word.

 Revive me according to Your lovingkindness,
So that I may keep the testimony of Your mouth,
(119:88).

And from out of this place of affliction, the psalmist boldly proclaims his faith in the only hope he has for salvation, the Eternal Security of His Word.

Forever, O Lord,
Your word is settled in heaven.
90 Your faithfulness continues throughout all generations;
You established the earth, and it stands,
(119:89-90).

Because He is Faithful, His Word is not subject to change. Because He is Faithful, we have a guarantee for the future. And because He is Faithful, His Word is settled in heaven and established on the earth, so that all who place their faith in His Faithfulness, can abide and rest in the Eternal Security of His Word.

Consider the Eternal Security of His Word

The psalmist knew that his only hope, his only deliverance would be in the Eternal Security of His Word, unchanging, faithful and limitless in perfection.

I have seen a limit to all perfection,
but Your commandment is without limit
, (119:96 BSB).

And every limitless promise is perfectly guaranteed and perfectly revealed in the Son of God, the Eternal Security of His Word.

For the Son of God, Christ Jesus, who was preached among you by us—by me and Silvanus and Timothy—was not yes and no, but is yes in Him. 20 For as many as are the promises of God, in Him they are yes; therefore also through Him is our Amen to the glory of God through us. 21 Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and anointed us is God, 22 who also sealed us and gave us the Spirit in our hearts as a pledge, (2 Corinthians 1:19-21).

Once again, throughout the verses of Psalm 119, we see Jesus, the Eternal Security of His Word, Who is received by faith and Who will perfectly provide what is needed in every affliction, persecution, trial and suffering.

  • The Eternal Security of His Word revives us in His love and kindness.
    • Revive me according to Your lovingkindness,
      So that I may keep the testimony of Your mouth,
      (119:88).
    •  But when the kindness of God our Savior and His love for mankind appeared, He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit, (Titus 3:4-5).
  • The Eternal Security of His Word provides His Wisdom.
    • Your commandments make me wiser than my enemies,
      For they are ever mine,
      (119:98).
    • For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not come to know God, God was well-pleased through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe. 22 For indeed Jews ask for signs and Greeks search for wisdom; 23 but we preach Christ crucified, to Jews a stumbling block and to Gentiles foolishness, 24 but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God, (1 Corinthians 1:21-24).
  • The Eternal Security of His Word gives us His Light.
    • Your word is a lamp to my feet
      And a light to my path,
      (119:105).
    • In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men, (John 1:1-4).
  • The Eternal Security of His Word sustains us in His life-giving hope.
    • Sustain me according to Your word, that I may live;
      And do not let me be ashamed of my hope,
      (119:116).
    • Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, (1 Peter 1:3).
  • The Eternal Security of His Word teaches us understanding and knowledge.
    • Deal with Your servant according to Your lovingkindness
      And teach me Your statutes.
      125 I am Your servant; give me understanding,
      That I may know Your testimonies,
      (119:124-125).
    • that their hearts may be encouraged, having been knit together in love, and attaining to all the wealth that comes from the full assurance of understanding, resulting in a true knowledge of God’s mystery, that is, Christ Himself, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge, (Colossians 2:2-3).

How do we respond to the Eternal Security of His Word?

Psalm 119 is like riding a teeter totter. Up one moment and down the next. And what do we do when we find ourselves on the downside, when life seems anything but good? I am reminded of the song, “Thy Will” by Hillary Scott and the Scott Family, particularly the second verse:

I know You’re good
But this don’t feel good right now
And I know You think
Of things I could never think about
It’s hard to count it all joy
Distracted by the noise
Just trying to make sense
Of all Your promises
Sometimes I gotta stop
Remember that You’re God
And I am not

That last line, “Sometimes I gotta stop, remember that You’re God and I am not.” When we analyze circumstances through the lens of our own feelings and reasoning, it is as though we are asking God to step aside so that we can take His seat on the throne. And when things don’t feel good, it’s far too easy to forget Who is really in control and on His Royal Throne. That is why we are desperate to have our minds renewed and transformed in the Eternal Security of His Word.

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect, (Romans 12:1).

Mind renewal is not a one-time experience; it must be an ongoing, never-ending process. We really can’t afford to miss one day without meeting Him in His Word. As He grows us in our understanding and love for His good, acceptable and perfect will, He will transform us in the truth of His Eternal Security, even in the midst of earth-shattering events,

If Your law had not been my delight,
Then I would have perished in my affliction.
93 I will never forget Your precepts,
For by them You have revived me.
(119:92-93).

Oh that we would so find our delight in His Word that we would be revived in all our afflictions as we trust His transforming work through the Eternal Security of His Word.

 O how I love Your law!
It is my meditation all the day.
(119:97).

Oh, may we grow to love His Word like that! For when we love His Word, we will continue in His Word; and as we do, the truth will make us free to live in the Eternal Security of His Word.

So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, “If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; 32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” (John 8:31-32).

But may we never take the gift of His freedom for granted. Jesus has freed us to love Him; we are not coerced or forced. Let us continue in His Word, that He would continually renew our minds to be freed to live for Him and His purposes.

Oh, may we never get over all that He has provided for us in the Eternal Security of His Word. Let us remember, He is God, and we are not; and in His love and kindness, His wisdom, His light, His life-giving hope, and His understanding and knowledge, we have been granted the great privilege to know His joy and bring Him glory as we walk in obedience; for in Jesus Christ, the Living Word, we have inherited Eternal Security, even to the end of time.

 I have inherited Your testimonies forever,
For they are the joy of my heart.
112 I have inclined my heart to perform Your statutes
Forever, even to the end.
(119:111-112).

also we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to His purpose who works all things after the counsel of His will, 12 to the end that we who were the first to hope in Christ would be to the praise of His glory, (Ephesians 1:11-12).

Let’s Grow Together!

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