King David’s heart was grieved by the idolatrous practices around him and was longing for the worship of the Living God. This may have been during the time he was living among the Philistines, when King Saul was trying to kill him. He passionately wrote,
“I will praise You with my whole heart; before the gods I will sing praises to You. I will worship toward Your holy temple, and praise Your name for Your lovingkindness and Your truth; for You have magnified Your word above all Your name. In the day when I cried out, You answered me, and made me bold with strength in my soul. (Psalm 138:1-3 NKJV).
Even though the majority of people were worshiping false deities, in the very presence of those idols, David lifted His voice with all his heart and sang praises to the living God. His soul longed for the tabernacle in Shiloh. He declared without shame or embarrassment the goodness and majesty of Almighty God and the truth of His Word.
It was through this steadfast dedication to Almighty God and the great confidence in the His Word, that David found strength of soul to stand without compromise. He cried out to God in those times and saw answers to his prayers.
These are important lessons for the born again believer today.
Living in this idolatrous and hedonistic culture, the soul of a child of God is vexed by the open expression of sexual impurity and nakedness. The spirit is grieved by the love affair with the demonic and the acceptance of Spiritism.
How do we stand without compromising our faith and convictions?
King David gave assurance that we will find such strength in the Holy Scriptures. God honors His Word above His name.
The Psalmist proclaimed, “Forever, O Lord, your Word is settled in Heaven” (Psalm 119:89). “Blessed is the man,” wrote King David, “who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the paths of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night” (Psalm 1:1-2 NKJV).
The written Word reveals the true identity of the Living God to mankind. It is by the principles and precepts of His Word we understand His ways. The Holy Scripture makes known the acceptable way to worship Almighty God; and by it we are taught how to live a righteous and godly life.
The Holy Bible was written by God, infallible and inerrant. He chose to have men pen and publish His Word so all of mankind, in all ages, and in all nations, may have His Word. No human has the right or the authority to alter His Word. It is the Word of God and no one, regardless of their education, knowledge, or expertise has been given the permission to rewrite, add to, or take away from the Holy Scriptures.
God alone holds such authority.
He writes Holy Scripture and He has not given permission to any man, angel or spirit to add to it or to take from it. It is quite the opposite. “Every word of God is pure; He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him. Do not add to His words, lest He rebuke you, and you be found a liar” (Proverbs 30:5-6 NKJV).
“For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the Book of Life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book” (Revelation 22:18-19 NKJV).
Even if an angel gives a revelation or a spirit gives a vision or dream, they are not Holy Scripture. Such revelation should not be honored or revered as equal to Holy Scripture.
Translating the Scripture from the original text into a current language or for a people group, while carefully maintaining accurate word for word meaning, is absolutely necessary. That is quite different from when mankind takes it upon Himself to make the Word of God more relevant; historically accurate; or generationally updated. Truth will always be distorted by such steps.
The most expert in the field is viewing and editing the eternal Word of God with a finite mind, a sin nature, and a proud self-will. The best he will ever do is “know in part” linguistic forms, historical data, cultural details, and archaeological facts. Yet, they hold themselves out as capable of judging where a portion of Holy Scripture is divinely inspired and that part is suspect? Would they judge God’s knowledge and writing?
For centuries, it was believed by higher critics that King David was a myth, equal to King Arthur, because there was no historical or archaeological documentation, other than Holy Scripture. Then a marvelous discovery was made at Tel Dan in 1993 during an excavation led by Avraham Biran. An inscription on a fragmented shard from the 9th Century BCE commemorates the victory of an Aramean king over two southern kingdoms, “the king of Israel” and “the king of the House of David.” Clearly, this is a reference to the divided kingdom of Israel. Most scholars believe the inscription is a commemoration of Hazael of Damascus when he defeated Jehoram of Israel and Ahaziah of Judah.
This means the Bible is true, right? No! The Bible was true all along. If the church fully embraced the higher critics, the story of David and Goliath and all the other lessons from the life of King David were discarded as myth; though they were absolutely true!
What is being corrected, edited, rewritten, or completely discounted in the Holy Scriptures by those inside the Evangelical Pentecostal movements, today? Church, do not be disillusioned or deceived.
We must fully embrace God has given to us His Word. We can trust it. It is our book of hope. It is a full revelation of God and our instruction for life.
God’s word is established forever!