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The Word

I saw this quote recently that was attributed to Charles Spurgeon, which got me thinking.

“If we do not love the Bible, we certainly do not love the God who gave it to us”

My first question in thinking critically is: “But, is that true?” If I receive a gift from my parents who gave it to me out of their incredible love for me, and I don’t really “love” that item as much as I love them, is that a bad thing? Does that mean I don’t love my parents?

So in similitude to this story or train of thought, is that God gave us the Scriptures, but if we don’t love that “gift” (as much), but we love God, is that bad? Isn’t this the same thing as loving our parents more than the gift they give us?

In actuality, SHOULDN’T we love them more than any gift they give us? Shouldn’t we love God more than any gift He gives us? Isn’t the main theme in Christianity these days for everyday Christians to say “I love God” and not really have to commit to any particular walk of life, or really live that out in any way. We should know that it’s enough to love Jesus. …right?

I was reading recently some Scripture passages and some devotional thoughts, and came across the verse in Psalms 138:2 that says:

“I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.”

Psalm 138:2

What got me thinking was the last part of that verse: “…thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.” God magnified His Word even above His name! What? Aren’t all the names of God very important and directly a part of His attributes? This sounds rather strange even in our Jesus culture today I think. It seems this is SO VERY different than my quick example that I just gave though. God’s Word isn’t just a gift to us to help us or provide a nice ‘life’s manual”.

It is SO MUCH MORE!

God’s Word is part of His very being and existence. Spurgeon’s thoughts were right! In understanding the relationship between God and His Word, we can only conclude that it is one and the same. If we love God, we will have that same desire and love for His Word.

And the opposite is true. If I do not LOVE his Word, how can I really love God? If I’m not in Scripture daily, reading His precious words to me every day, how can I really say I love God? I want to show God my love through my actions. After all, isn’t love a verb, not a noun? We show our love by the things we do with or for those whom we love. The more I truly love the Lord, the stronger my desire will be to read His Word. I will WANT to dig into Scripture and try to understand God better and better.

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Let us absorb these thoughts and let the Word of God sink into our hearts more often. Spurgeon said it pretty well after all in a portion of his commentary:

CH Spurgeon commentary on Psalm 138:2

For thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.” The word of promise made to David was in his eyes more glorious than all else that he had seen of the Most High. Revelation excels creation in the clearness, definiteness, and fulness of its teaching. The name of the Lord in nature is not so easily read as in the Scriptures, which are a revelation in human language, specially adapted to the human mind, treating of human need, and of a Saviour who appeared in human nature to redeem humanity. Heaven and earth shall pass away, but the divine word will not pass away, and in this respect especially it has a preeminence over every other form of manifestation. Moreover, the Lord lays all the rest of his name under tribute to his word: his wisdom, power, love, and all his other attributes combine to carry out his word. It is his word which creates, sustains, quickens, enlightens, and comforts. As a word of command it is supreme; and in the person of the incarnate Word it is set above all the works of God’s hands. The sentence in the text is wonderfully full of meaning. We have collected a vast mass of literature upon it, but space will not allow us to put it all into our notes. Let us adore the Lord who has spoken to us by his word, and by his Son; and in the presence of unbelievers let us both praise his holy name and extol his holy word.

And Matthew Henry has some good thoughts as well:

Matthew Henry Commentary on Psalm 138:2

For thou hast magnified thy word (thy promise, which is truth) above all thy name. God has made himself known to us in many ways in creation and providence, but most clearly by his word. The judgments of his mouth are magnified even above those of his hand, and greater things are done by them. The wonders of grace exceed the wonders of nature; and what is discovered of God by revelation is much greater than what is discovered by reason. In what God had done for David his faithfulness to his work appeared more illustriously, and redounded more to his glory, than any other of his attributes. Some good interpreters understand it of Christ, the essential Word, and of his gospel, which are magnified above all the discoveries God had before made of himself to the fathers. He that magnified the law, and made that honourable, magnifies the gospel much more.

2 Comments

  • Thomas Balzamo

    Good thoughts! If you ever do a study comparing the traits of the Written Word (Scripture) and the Living Word (Jesus), there are quite a few of the same descriptions used of each- true, precious, righteous, perfect, eternal, light, pure, a judge, etc. I guess John must have thought through all of that when he called Jesus, “the Word”. Thanks for the post!

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