walk in the word
The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple (Psalm 19:7, esv).
The Bible can be described many ways. Even in only a few verses from this one psalm—Psalm 19—David referred to it as being “the law of the Lord,” “the precepts of the Lord,” “the commandment of the Lord,” “the fear of the Lord,” “the rules of the Lord,” His decrees and judgments (verses 7–9). God’s Word is simply too grand and comprehensive to be reduced to one single concept. Each descriptor is meant to alter the way you view every portion of Scripture.By walking in the ways of the Lord, you can live each day with the wisdom you need. Click To Tweet
The aspect of “testimony,” for example, from verse 7—this idea of the Bible being “the testimony of the Lord”—should influence the way you hear and receive it. Think of it almost as if God is appearing on the witness stand, testifying—delivering His own “testimony”—about Himself. This is who I am. This is what I’m like. This is how I handle things. This is My character. He’s giving expert opinion on how He’s created life to work. This is what is true. This is what you need to watch out for. This is what will bring you joy.
But unlike the courtroom testimony we’re familiar with, where judge and jury must try to ascertain whether what’s being said is true or not, “the testimony of the Lord is sure.” It’s reliable. It’s durable. It’s altogether trustworthy. His testimony is the standard for what’s true. The word “sure” in the original language is similar to our word “amen”—the word we sometimes hear from an enthusiastic congregation, when they’re registering agreement with what’s being said. Yes! That’s right! I agree!
It is “sure.”
And because His Word is so “sure,” it can give us something we desperately need.
It can make us “wise.” It can show us what to do. God’s witness to Himself is so reliable that it can take a vacillating simpleton and make him or her skilled in daily living.
That’s what being wise means. Skilled in daily living. Wouldn’t you love to see that happening? Wouldn’t you love the confident feeling of living consistently on solid principle, on God’s sure testimony? How many of us, who have been so clueless at times—when we haven’t really known what we were doing or what to do next—would love to finally see some positive distance growing between the way we live and the way the rest of the world lives?
We live in a world of simpletons: people who value what is worthless and disdain what is priceless. People who laugh at perversity and wince at morality. People who wink at wickedness and condemn the righteous. People who embrace what is foolish and reject what is wise.
But your testimony can be what God’s testimony declares. You can be spared the heartache experienced by those who do not weigh the realities of life against the measure of what’s said in His sure, reliable, and durable Word. By walking in the ways of the Lord—by aligning all your thinking and planning and doing and decision-making so that it squares up with the witness God makes to Himself in Scripture—you can live each day with the wisdom you need.
You have skills if you have His testimony.
You’ll walk wisely if you walk in His Word.
Lord, thank You for the matchless gift of Your testimony that is sure and undeniable, incapable of being proven wrong or misguided. Nothing that You say anywhere in Scripture is tarnished by the least bit of deception or duplicity. Your Word is perfect and completely integral, so I am safe in trusting every word and every line. Your truths are what I want for my skill set. Help me hear You and apply Your Word with new confidence, knowing You will make me wise through it, and through the sure and certain name of Jesus, amen.
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