Psalm 119:159-160 - Consider how I love Your precepts! Give me life according to Your steadfast love. The sum of Your Word is truth, and every one of Your righteous rules endures forever.
"It just doesn't add up." When something does not make sense, when a mystery remains unsolved or what we hear is unbelievable, we may say that the facts just do not add up. The psalmist does not face that kind of mathematical—and spiritual—challenge. For him, everything is in the hands of his Lord and it all adds up: "The sum of Your Word is truth." The psalmist himself, the prophets, apostles, and evangelists were moved by the Holy Spirit to write down the words of God. Even when the Word and promises of God were veiled in mystery, the inspired writers knew and believed that at the right time it would all add up and the sum would be truth with a capital "T."
When the time came for the prophecies to be fulfilled and the mystery revealed, "the Word became flesh and dwelt among us ... the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth" (John 1:14). Jesus is the sum of it all. The steadfast love of God, the wisdom and mystery of the Word, the divine power and grace add up to the Truth revealed in human flesh in the Holy Child of Bethlehem. In the infant in the manger, in the weak, helpless victim on the cross, and in the glad news of the risen Savior, the Truth was revealed and the promise fulfilled. Jesus, the Son of God, is "the Way and the Truth and the Life" (John 14:6a).
By God's grace through faith in Jesus, we have forgiveness for our sins and the gift of eternal life. Jesus Himself is the Way and the Life. He is the Truth and in Him every prophecy and promise of God add up. The unbelieving world may try to undermine that divine sum, suggesting, "Well, your faith may be true for you, but it isn't true for me." That is the way the devil does addition, but he is "the father of lies" (John 8:44b), and nothing he does or says can ever add up to truth.
God and His Word can be trusted even when some things, from our earthly point of view, may not make sense. Frightening events, trials, and sorrow may be troubling mysteries for us. As the apostle Paul writes of our present, limited understanding, "For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face" (1 Corinthians 13:12). One day we will finally and fully grasp the math. The sum of it all is and always has been in the hands of God, and the sum of His Word is Truth.
WE PRAY: My God and Savior, I believe that in You everything adds up to the Truth. Amen.
This Daily Devotion was written by Dr. Carol Geisler.
1. People sometimes say truth changes from one context to another. How can we depend on God's Word as truth, no matter what our circumstances?
2. What does "The sum of Your Word is truth" mean to you?
3. What is God's wonderful truth for us in Jesus' life, death, and resurrection?
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