Show me Your ways, O LORD; teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation; on You I wait all the day. (Psalm 25:4-5, NKJV, emphasis added)
God keeps His truth forever and we learn this through waiting on Him with hope.
Happy is he who has the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the LORD his God, who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them; who keeps truth forever, who executes justice for the oppressed, who gives food to the hungry. The LORD gives freedom to prisoners. (Psalm 146:5-7, NKJV)
We find a gold mine of truth in this passage of Scripture before us. We have been learning that we wait upon a God who is worthy of our praise because of who He is; and who He is we call His attributes. This passage is full of the Lord’s attributes and includes some promises we can depend on. Recall that the LORD, or YAHWEH, is God’s covenant (promise by contract) name. The Psalmist points out by using the Name, LORD or YAHWEH, that we can trust in His truth because He keeps that truth forever. Let us pull some of the golden nuggets out of this part of Psalm 146.
Happy is he who has the God of Jacob for his help (Deuteronomy 33:29). Here we have a beatitude in a construction like the Beatitude’s of the Christ in Matthew 5. The Hebrew word for happy is similar to the word blessed in the Beatitudes, and means more precisely bliss. It is never used of God and always used of man, because it is a gift from the Lord. The truth of happiness comes only to those who wait upon God for His help in any circumstance. Remember it is help to get through circumstances, not around them, because we want to walk in His ways, paths, and truth to develop Christian character that will last a lifetime.
Whose hope is in the LORD his God (Jeremiah 17:7; Titus 2:13; and 1 Peter 1:3). We have covered the truth of the hope that the person who is developing character through waiting on God has. Happiness, through the construction of this sentence, is also to him who hopes in the LORD his God.
Who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them (Ecclesiastes 12:1-7; Isaiah 43:15; and 1 Peter 4:19). We who wait upon God in truth have the wonderful reassurance that our hope is in the Creator God who has all of creation under His control and is working for His glory (Romans 1:20). The Lord made it all and all creation follows Him to accomplish His will on earth (Romans 8:19-22). And the Creator has created us to be His new creation in Christ Jesus (2 Corinthians 5:17 and Galatians 6:15).
Who keeps truth forever. We learned earlier that truth is eternal because God is eternal. The Hebrew word for keeps means to watch, to preserve, to guard, to be careful, to watch over, to watch carefully over, to be on one’s guard. The Creator God will keep His truth – we have total assurances of His promises and that He has our perfect plan ready for us. We can trust in the Lord’s truth – always as we wait upon Him.
Who executes justice for the oppressed. Another attribute of God is that He is justice (Deuteronomy 32:4; Job 8:3; and Psalm 89:14 and 97:2). Throughout Scripture the Lord is concerned with the justice of the oppressed. If you are oppressed, take courage because the Lord is on your side. If you have plenty you are to share it with the poor and needy. This is not about money in as much as human value. The person who waits upon God in truth will develop Christian character and be used of the Lord to execute justice for the oppressed.
Who gives food to the hungry (Matthew 15:32 and 25:31-46). God takes care of those in need and we His people should do likewise and without worrying about it (Matthew 6:25-34).
The LORD gives freedom to prisoners. Those who wait upon God with great hope and develop character are those who have been set free from the shackles of the enemy and of sin. What a wondrous truth to take in! True freedom is the freedom we have in Christ Jesus or Lord.
True freedom is in Christ as we take the reign of our life away from Satan or the Self and give it to the Lord, thus becoming His prisoner. Prayerfully meditate upon the following passages of Scripture and ask the Holy Spirit to make the truth presented a reality in your life:
Psalm 69:32-33; Psalm 79:11; Psalm 82:1-4; Psalm 102:18-22; Isaiah 42:7-9; Isaiah 58:6-7; Zechariah 9:11-17; John 8:31-36; Romans 6:15-23; Romans 8:1-2; Romans 16:17; 1 Corinthians 7:22-23; Galatians 5:1; Ephesians 3:1; Ephesians 4:1; Colossians 4:10; Hebrews 13:3; 2 Timothy 1:8; Philemon 1, 9, and 23; and 1 Peter 2:13-17