What we as believers need is to be constantly oriented to our Lord and His precious Word.
Among other things the psalmists testify, “The words of the Lord are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times” (Psalm 12:6). Yes: God’s law is perfect; His testimony is sure; His statutes are right; His commandments are pure (Ps. 19:7-8); His Word is right (Ps. 33:4). “The judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb” (Ps. 19:9-10). And, “The counsel of the Lord standeth for ever, the thoughts of his heart to all generations” (Ps. 33:11).
The best we believers can do, therefore, is to listen to this Word of God, revealed in the Holy Scripture. There we find the way of life; there we find our Lord Himself. There we find rest for our restless souls.—His Word is a lamp for our feet and a light for our path (Psalm 119:105). His Word is our measure, our foundation and our authority. In this sense we are gladly called “fundamentalists”; we depend upon the foundation of the firm, sure, reliable Word of God.
In this Word also we find in dark hours again and again comfort and strength for our heavy way. The Holy Spirit—Martin Luther already emphasized this—works in us and changes us, if we let ourselves be strengthened and corrected by Scripture. The living God Himself, the God of Israel, we may call “Abba Father” by faith in Israel’s Messiah Jesus Christ. And therefore we like the psalmists may trust Him and know, believe and retain what is written.
He is our God (Ps. 25:1), our Strength (Ps. 18:1), our Rock, our Fortress, our Deliverer, our Protection, our Refuge, the horn of our salvation, our high tower (Ps 18:2), and a shield around us. He is our Glory and the One who lifts up our head (Ps. 3:3). He is our Hiding Place, who protects us from trouble and surrounds us with songs of deliverance (Ps. 32:7). He sustains us (Psalm 3:5). He lets us dwell in safety (Ps. 4:8). He is with us (Ps. 23:4). Thanks to the greatness of His love, He lets us enter His house (Ps. 5:7). He receives us when our father and mother desert us (Ps. 27:10). He hears the voice of our weeping (Ps. 6:8). He hears our supplication (Ps. 6:9). He sees our affliction and notices the anguish of our soul (Ps. 31:7). He answers us and saves us from all our fears (Ps. 34:4). He reaches out His hand from on high and pulls us out of deep waters (Ps. 18:16). He plucks our feet out of the net (Ps. 25:15) and puts them in a wide place (Ps. 31:9). He lifts us out of the pit of destruction, out of the mud and mire, and sets our feet on a rock. He strengthens our steps (Ps. 40:2). He is good to us (Ps. 13:6). He heals us (Ps. 30:2). He makes our light shine; He lightens our darkness (Ps. 18:28). He is our light and our salvation and the strength of our life (Ps. 27:1). He surrounds us with strength and makes our way perfect (Ps. 18:32). He gives us the shield of salvation, His right hand supports us, and His condescension makes us great (Ps. 18:35). He keeps us safe in His dwelling in the day of trouble. He hides us in the shelter of His tent (Ps. 27:5). He is our Redeemer (Ps. 19:14). He is our Shepherd (Ps. 23:1). Our times are in His hand (Ps. 31:15). He makes us lie down in green pastures, leads us to still waters, restores our soul, and guides us in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake (Ps. 23:2-3).
Yes, the Triune God, our Father who dwells in us in Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit, deserves to be our One and Only. Is that really true? Yes. We can test it by measuring our thoughts, our speaking and our lives by His Word. His Word, which is more precious than silver and gold, will teach us, correct us, educate us and direct us, that “the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:17). “Maranatha. Our Lord, come!”
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