God has said that He has exalted His name above His Word. I wouldn’t have believed that unless I read it in the Bible. But it’s there (see Psalm 138:2).
We might draw the honor that God places on His word out even further- and place it even higher- because the implication would be that God has exalted His Word above all of His names. And, in the Bible, we see that His names are how He reveals Himself… to know the name of God, was to know God. Yet, for us, He has exalted to the same height (or higher!, depending on what translation you read).
I’ve heard people (Christians) accuse other Christians of what they call “Bible-idolatry,” that is, of holding the words of Scripture too highly- as if we could honor God’s Word too much. But, the Bible seems to say that God wants His Word exalted! So, when we honor the Scripture, we honor God (and receive the rewards that honor brings).
Here’s what I’ve learned about myself: Most often, my temptation is not a decision to “choose God’s good” or “choose wrong.” Rather, we are most often faced with the decision of using some of God’s Word while leaning on our own understanding, thereby diluting His message to us.
When we resolve to honor God’s Word, however, we can be assured that regardless of circumstances we will thrive.
How do we honor God’s Word? More to come…