Forever Your Word Is Settled In Heaven

Text: Psalm 119:89-96

Twelfth stanza of Psalm 119 – This lesson is about stability. God’s word is settled/fixed in heaven. This allows us to have stability in our lives if we follow the word of God.

God’s Word is Forever Settled (v. 89)

  • The laws of man are always changing – God’s law does not change (Galatians 1:6-9)
  • God will not change His mind (1 Samuel 15:29) – He is not affected by polls or special interest groups
  • His word endures forever (1 Peter 1:24-25)
  • What about the old law? … it changed (Colossians 2:14) – but that was prophesied as part of God’s plan (Jeremiah 31:31-34); no such prophecy in the New Testament (Jude 3)

Creation Proves the Power and Faithfulness of God (v. 90-91)

  • God created the heavens and the earth (Genesis 1:1; John 1:1-3) – it continues “according to [His] ordinances” (v. 91; cf. Colossians 1:16-17)
  • God promised that His providential care would continue after the flood (Genesis 8:22) – His care “throughout all generations” (v. 90) is a witness to Him (Acts 14:16-17)
  • If the earth can stand as long as it has, we can trust God’s word to stand (v. 91)
  • Why is this important to remember? … just as physical birth continues through God’s providence (Genesis 4:1; 1 Timothy 2:15), spiritual rebirth continues through His word (1 Peter 1:23); God continues to give life if we trust and obey; His ongoing care proves that we can trust Him

Forsaking God’s Word Leads to Destruction (v. 92)

  • We need God’s word to protect us from the destruction that comes from following our own way (Proverbs 14:12)
  • We need God’s word to protect us from the forces of evil that are against us (Ephesians 6:12-17)
  • If we drift away from God’s word, we will not escape the penalty we deserve (Hebrews 2:1-4) – that penalty is spiritual death (Romans 6:23)

We Enjoy Stability As We Follow God’s Word (v. 93-95)

  • Paul warned about being “carried about by every wind of doctrine” (Ephesians 4:14) – to prevent this, we go to God’s word (Ephesians 4:15); knowledge leads to maturity (Ephesians 4:13); so the Lord set up the church to help us know the word (Ephesians 4:11-12, 16)
  • How we can enjoy stability despite the evil and turmoil that exists around us – never forget God’s precepts (v. 93), seek His precepts (v. 94), diligently consider His testimonies (v. 95)
  • We have a firm foundation by following the Lord’s teachings (Matthew 7:24-27) – stand firm in the faith (1 Corinthians 16:13); hold to what was taught (2 Thessalonians 2:15)

God’s Word is Infinitely Better Than the Word of Man (v. 96)

  • Man is on a never-ending quest to acquire knowledge (Ecclesiastes 1:13; 12:12; Acts 17:21; 2 Timothy 3:7) – there is a limit to what we can know (Proverbs 25:2; Deuteronomy 29:29)
  • There is no limit with God (Romans 11:33; Psalm 147:5) – His ways are higher than ours (Isaiah 55:8-9); the foolishness of God is wiser than men (1 Corinthians 1:25)
  • More than just God’s word being enduring, it is forever right (Psalm 119:160)

Conclusion

  • With all of the turmoil that exists in the world, God’s word provides us with a solid foundation
  • His word is “forever…settled in heaven” (v. 89) – we need to trust in God and believe and obey His word

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