Praising and glorifying God’s word are such an important part of our relationship with the Lord and churchgoers who resist it in any way will find themselves in a downward spiritual trend, lacking spiritual growth or maturity. It’s sad to see how prevalent it is for churches and individual believers to allow themselves to be duped out of praising his word and questioning it to the point of accepting cheap imitations that purport to be God’s word when they really aren’t.
It’s bad enough the world by Satan’s influence attacks the Bible. However, even more disturbing is when people in Christianity are trained to subtly raise doubts about it by saying, “The translators got this word incorrect and a better translation would be…” Or when they claim “The actual Greek or Hebrew for this word should be…” They undermine the faith of babes in Christ needlessly when the Lord has promised his people his word would always be easy to find and discern for them nearby, not in complications of learning foreign languages (Deuteronomy 30:11-14).
But thanks be to God for the many faithful who cannot be talked into pushing God’s word aside for the counterfeits who base their “Bibles” on the paraphrases of men and not on the preserved word as found in the Textus Receptus and Masoretic text. The following scriptures give us the why and how on the importance of glorifying God’s word:
4 In God I will praise his word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me. …10 In God will I praise his word: in the Lord will I praise his word. 11 In God have I put my trust: I will not be afraid what man can do unto me. Psalm 56
46 Then Paul and Barnabas waxed bold, and said, It was necessary that the word of God should first have been spoken to you: but seeing ye put it from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, lo, we turn to the Gentiles. 47 For so hath the Lord commanded us, saying, I have set thee to be a light of the Gentiles, that thou shouldest be for salvation unto the ends of the earth. 48 And when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad, and glorified the word of the Lord: and as many as were ordained to eternal life believed. Acts 13
Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you: 2 Thessalonians 3:1
In the context of Psalm 56, we find that trusting God enough to praise his word gave David the confidence that God would defeat his enemies and their wicked schemes. It gave him the boldness not to fear men as he refused to compromise in cowardice to appease them, resulting in the increase of his faith and increased determination to do God’s will as he grew closer to God.
In Acts 13, the Gentiles glorified the word of the Lord so much that in the verses after the ones quoted above, they spread God’s word throughout their region and refused to let persecution of Paul and Barnabas keep them from being filled with joy and the Holy Ghost. Finally, in 2 Thessalonians Paul stressed how praying that the word be glorified would help them in their missions ministry as God changed the hearts of sinful men just as he did for the Thessalonians.
The Lord can and will do all of these things for us today when we praise his word, especially since his word is above his name because it lays out the trustworthy terms of our covenant with the Lord (Psalm 138:2).