Throughout the Bible, God places the utmost importance on his word, whether his word is spoken or written. In fact, his word is so important that he has elevated it higher than his own name, including the name above every name–the Lord Jesus Christ. Here’s what Psalm 138:2 tells us:
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.
Now if we consider that at the name of Jesus, every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess (whether those knees or tongues are in the earth, under the earth or above the earth) that Jesus is Lord, and if we consider that at the name of Jesus devils are cast out and people are healed, then how much more powerful is God’s word, since it is more important than God’s name? So what could be so important about it that he magnifies it above all his names?
It boils down to two reasons that impact our relationship with him:
- God wants us to know everything included in the covenant relationship we have with him. His words are the terms of our contract to let us know what his character is and what we can expect from him in relation to what our character is and what he expects from us.
- God wants us to know that the terms of his contract (his word, his testament) are irrefutable, immutable (they can’t change), and everlasting. We can count on what God told his people a thousand years ago in his word to still be in effect for his people today.
If it weren’t for the Lord magnifying his word so high, then we couldn’t rest assured in the whole host of benefits he promises whether it’s eternal life or his never leaving us nor forsaking us or his power to heal or our future resurrection. This is why Psalm 119:89 tells us “For ever, O Lord, thy word is settled in heaven.” Many have taken this to mean that heaven is the only place where God’s flawless word can be found, so we have the license to make all kinds of Bible versions that use the language that suits us. But that isn’t what the context means at all. If you read the verses surrounding this verse, it is telling us that God is faithful to ensure that his words and the meaning of his words cannot be changed. They are established and protected so that even if someone on earth were to publish knock-offs of his words (by adding to them or taking away from them), his genuine words are still accessible to those who seek them. It also means that the cheap knock-offs of his words that flood the marketplace cannot render null and void the true principles of his genuine words.
His words are the greatest treasure in heaven, “where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal…” If God’s word is so powerful that it is settled in heaven, we know it is settled on earth as well since God establishes his will on earth as he does in heaven. We as believers run into trouble and create problems when we fail to magnify God’s word as high as he does. Here are more verses that show us how high his word is magnified:
God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good? Numbers 23:19
The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever. Isaiah 40:8
Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away. Mark 13:31
Harry A. Gaylord