Forever, O Lord, your word is settled in heaven.
Forever, God’s truth is settled. Settled means it is fixed, unchanging, and eternal. His Word is true. It was revealed to us in His Son, Jesus, full of grace and truth (John 1:14). The Word is God’s spirit and His life. We only benefit from God’s truth when we believe it in our hearts (John 6:63, Matthew 9:29, Romans 10:10).
—For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
The Word of God is living and powerful. When we believe its truth, we experience its life and power within us. Cutting through the hardened heart with one single stroke, the Word separates truth from what is not true.
We are comprised of spirit, soul, and body (1 Thessalonians 5:24). Together, the soul and spirit make up the heart. Only the severe sharpness of God’s Word can separate between soul and spirit. Only the intense examination of God’s Word reveals if what we believe is born of our feelings or born of God’s truth.
The relationship between soul and spirit is like the relationship between joints and marrow. The marrow of the bone produces life-giving blood. But bones are not connected to each other without a joint. Without joints, the body would not work the way it was designed to work. Without the truth of God’s Word and its life-giving power, our lives would not function the way God designed them to function.
Our born-again spirit is where God has given us new life (John 3:6, 2 Corinthians 5:17). Just as bones are connected by joints, our spirits are connected to our bodies by our souls. The new life that is in our born-again spirits cannot reach our bodies except through our souls, which are also referred to as our minds. Our minds are where we determine what is truth and what it not truth. It is where we determine what we believe. The Word discerns the thoughts and intents of our hearts. Either, we filter what we believe through God’s truth or through what we feel. Therefore, the renewing of our minds with God’s truth is crucial to experiencing the new life we have received in our born-again spirits (Romans 12:2).
For God’s truth to be ours, we must take ownership of it and believe it. To believe it, we are renewed by its truth until we believe it in our hearts. We choose not to live by the feelings of our minds but to believe the truth of His Word. We take the Word which was fulfilled in Christ. We take the new life of Christ that He has given us and allow the Holy Spirit to teach us. When our thoughts and understanding are renewed by God’s truth, we conform to His truth because we believe it. We know who we are in Christ. We live out of our new identity. It is only then our lives can prove what is the good, perfect, and acceptable will of God (Romans 12:2-3). Believing the truth of His Word in our hearts makes all the difference.
Forever, Lord, your Word is settled in heaven. And you have given it—you have given yourself—to us. We choose to know your truth. We choose to know the life you have given us. We choose you.
© 2022 Lynn Lacher