Friday, March 16, 2012
“I will hear what God the LORD will speak: for he will speak peace unto his people, and to his saints: but let them not turn again to folly” (Psalm 85:8 KJV).
There are many voices and sounds in our world. They all compete for audience. Obviously, we cannot listen to all of them. There are many books in our world, and they all vie for readership. Obviously, we cannot read all of them. To which voice should we hearken? Which book should we trust?
The psalmist who wrote today’s Scripture made a choice: “I will hear what God the LORD will speak.” He wanted “every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the LORD” (Deuteronomy 8:3; Matthew 4:4; Luke 4:4). This is the definition of inspiration (notice, “inspiration,” with “spir” meaning “air/breath”). “All scripture is given by inspiration of God” (2 Timothy 3:16a). That means that the King James Bible does not merely contain God’s Word; it is God’s Word. Moreover, it contains His very “words” (not simply His thoughts).
In Romans 3:1,2, the Apostle Paul refers to the Bible as the “oracles of God” (“oracle” means “an authority that was spoken,” etymologically related to “orator”/speaker; cf. 2 Peter 1:21). The prophet Stephen referred to the Ten Commandments and the Mosaic Law as “the lively oracles” (Acts 7:38)—infallible, authoritative, living words because God spoke them.
As the future prophet Samuel said to the LORD, “Speak; for thy servant heareth” (1 Samuel 3:10). God wants to “speak peace unto his people, and to his saints.” Do you want to hear what He has to say to us Christians? God’s Word comes not in the form of an audible voice, but in a Book—the King James Bible (notice “scripture” in 2 Timothy 3:16 refers to something written [a book], not an audible voice). Open up that Book, begin in the book of Romans, and read what God has to say to you! Once we learn from God’s Word, “let [us] not turn again to folly” (that is, continue in God’s wisdom; return not to your previous thoughts of folly/foolishness).