I wanted to conclude this series of articles with focusing our attention on Psalm 19:7:
The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul;
the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple;
There is only one phrase in the text I want to look at and it is the phrase “The Law of the Lord is Perfect.” The “law of the Lord” is the writer’s way of saying God’s Word. The only word left is the word perfect. I looked in every major English translation and they all translated the word the same way … Perfect. So I decided to look at what the word actually means. It has a great number of nuances: complete, sound, having integrity, unimpaired, without defect, blameless, right, entire, lacking nothing, or full. But at the end of my study and search every dictionary said that the best way to translate it is “perfect” or “flawless.” The adjective is translated in Leviticus 1:3, in describing the requirements for the sacrificial animals, as without defect of blemish.
How then, in light of this statement, are we to view God’s word? One might say that the word is “all we need.” (2 Tim. 3:16-17) To look outside of God’s written word for instruction on life and faith is to search in vain. God’s word is complete, which means it is settled. Unchanging, eternal, and it cannot be improved upon. It is lacking nothing. John Owen (1616-1683) wrote that “God has revealed in the Bible everything that is needed for our salvation and to enable us to worship Him.” Owen has been referred to as:
“without doubt not only the greatest theologian of the English Puritan movement but also one of the greatest European Reformed theologians of his day, and quite possibly possessed the finest theological mind that England ever produced”
That is a pretty impressive statement. Read the following by Owen’s biographer Stephen Westcott: He states that if:
“John Owen was to view the scene of the church today, if he was to see the craving and the lusting for new revelation beyond the Bible, he says it would all come back to the root cause of being unpersuaded of the perfection of the written Word of God.
Let me translate that. The root cause of our struggles in the present day church is that we are UNPERSUADED of the perfection of the written word of God. That gives me some serious cud to chew over! In a day when we are seeking out the next and greatest spiritual thrill. We we are living in a culture that finds sufficiency in very little. Even the church today is seeking some new word from the Lord. The answer to our problems is right under our nose … or perhaps a better way to put it … it is right where we last left it.
The Law of the Lord is PERFECT.
Let me close by sharing a quote from theologian John Frame:
When we encounter the word of God, we encounter God. When we encounter God, we encounter his word. We cannot encounter God without the word, or the word without God. God’s word and his personal presence are inseparable. His word, indeed, is his personal presence. Whenever God’s Word is spoken, read, or heard, God himself is there.
The Law of the Lord is Perfect …
See you Sunday … Bring your Bible