TFTW | That’s It!
September 25, 2012
“Forever, O Lord,
Your word is settled in heaven.” — Psalm 119:89 (NASB)
On the wall of a friend’s home is a plaque that reads: “God’s Word said it, I believe it, That settles it.” At first glance, the message looks good.But as I began to ponder those words, I began to see that it could be used as a “loophole”.
If God’s Word said it, why does it have to depend on my belief for it to be settled?
Wasn’t the Psalmist’s declaration, “Forever, O Lord Thy Word is settled in heaven” speaking of the finality of God’s Word?
The whole Psalm 119 is related to the Word of God. The poet teaches what the Word is and what it does. He also teaches how we are to value God’s Word.
In the portion following verse 89, we see how the Psalmist relied on the Word in times of difficulty. He called it “my delight”. He had been revived by the Law and he determined never to forget it.
The truth, authority and importance of Holy Scriptures are proclaimed in both the Old and New Testaments. Jesus Himself taught His disciples to abide in His Word.
Even though it is God’s Word, it has been challenged from the very beginning. But today, more and more, it is so-called Christians who have doubts. These people do not see God’s Word as absolute. They reason and explain their finite rationale over infinite authority.
They pick and choose their belief. Promises of blessings they deem good and embrace. But passages that address sin and make them uncomfortable, are explained away.
Whenever I counsel, I do so from the Word of God. I believe God’s Word speaks to every situation. And here I often meet with opposition from so-called believers. They question the Word. They do not agree that God addresses their issues. Arguments vary from linguistic to cultural differences. To them, experiences of others are more authoritative than God’s Word. However they might argue, I say it is unbelief.
“God’s Word said it,” so no matter what we think, “it is settled!”
What we believe may affect our lives but it does not change the essential value of His Word.
How do you personally value Holy Scripture? How do the decisions you make in life reflect your regard for the Bible? Ask God to help you to embrace His Word as final. When His Word speaks — That’s It!
Thought For The Week (TFTW) is contributed by Dr Koh Siang Kiang, Associate Professor (Christian Education) at the Singapore Bible College (SBC). She graduated from SBC and Dallas Theological Seminary (DTS), USA, and has served in various ministries for more than 35 years, including teaching at DTS. Dr Koh has been with SBC for the last 10 years, and has a passion for people and teaching the Word of God. She also loves to make the Bible come alive by leading tours to the Holy Land, and has led 12 such trips. To help her relax, Dr Koh likes to cook and cross-stitch.