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Sunday, September 2, 2012

Strengthened 4

From yesterday we saw that David did not separate Love and Truth from each other in Psalm 139:1 – 3.  In the second half of verse 2 he tells us why.  Note that the second half of the verse starts with the word “for.”  He is giving you the reason he has not separated Love and Truth.  He has magnified His Word according to all His name.  (If you are reading the Message or NET Bible you will not get that.  Look at the NIV, NAS, or ESV.)  David is connecting the Word to God’s name.
The Word of God is magnified by all of the Name of God.  That is all of His nature and character.
Notice how name is modified, all His name.  Not just part, all.  The name communicates who the person is.  Not part of who a person is.  The Word is magnified by all of who God is.

This is echoed in 2 Peter 1:3 – 4.  We read there that the promises of God, the Word of God, allow us to become partakers of the divine nature.  So if this is true, that the Word of God reflects the name, the nature and character of God, then all of God’s nature and character are magnified through it.  That is truth, holiness, love, etc., they cannot be divided.  All of God’s name, all of God’s nature and character, magnifies His Word.  Why?  He is the source of His Word.  Just as you can discern the nature and character of a human author through the study of what he may write.  So it is with God’s writing; just a bit more important.

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