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 Vol. 3, No. 4 

Page 12

April, 2001

God's Formula for Hurting People

By Bob Spurlin

"Forever, O Lord, thy word is settled in heaven." The previous quotation is couched in Psalms 119:89 and was written by the sweet singer of Israel, King David, by inspiration of the Holy Spirit. Psalm 119 is a Psalm of David, which no doubt was written during his darkest hour. King Saul was consumed with jealousy, making every effort to find the young man to destroy him for the people's love of David was greater than their love for King Saul. Psalm 119 is permeated with warnings and exhortations for us to soberly consider when facing adversity. David was facing his darkest hour and the one place where he could find peace and solace was in the law of God. David said "teach me good judgment and knowledge: for I have believed thy commandments" (Psalm 119:66). Facing trials and difficulties in this life demands that we consult God and his revealed Word. David also said "thy law of thy mouth is better unto me than thousands of gold and silver" (Psalm 119:72). This young man wise beyond his years attached great value to the law of God showing that it superseded "gold and silver." There is a marked lack of value attached to the Word of God, and far too many in our modern age fail to take advantage of this great artesian well of truth. David frightfully said, "the wicked have waited for me to destroy me, but I will consider thy testimonies" (Psalm 119:95). This young man facing his enemies and fearful of his own mortality was confident in the testimonies of God. We too, when facing trials and tribulations of any magnitude, will find God's Word to be helpful and soothing to the aching heart. David cried out the familiar refrain "thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path" (Psalm 119:105). The young man, David, found great solace in God's will as a "lamp" and a "light" which were valuable tools and helpful utensils in their day as well as ours. Little wonder the words of David were everlasting, "For ever, O Lord, thy word is settled in heaven" (Psalms 119:89). In like manner, Jesus uttered, "heaven and earth shall pass away, but my word shall never pass away" (Matthew 24:35). The permanence and durability of God's Word is comforting to those who seek peace at a time of spiritual thunderstorms and tempests that batter against our souls.

Man is so fortunate to have a book of inspired writings that will sustain us during the time of trials (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Timothy 3:12). Other books may serve a valuable need for a brief time, a year or two, perhaps a generation, if one is so fortunate. However, the Bible is "forever settled in heaven" and one does not have to be concerned about rescinding or changing any part, like sectarians regarding their creed books and the Catholic Church with reference to the book of Catechism. Examining great heroes like Abraham, Moses, Job, Joseph and Paul is a constant reminder that their victory over evil came when their trust and confidence was placed in God and his holy Word (Romans 15:4, 1 Corinthians10:13).

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