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Psalm 119:86 – “All your commands are trustworthy; help me, for men persecute me without cause.”

Paul Fink was the Homiletics professor at the college that I attended. He also taught Inductive Bible Study. Inductive Bible Study is to pastors as Anatomy and Physiology is to doctors. It’s the essential course that must be taken and passed if you are going to succeed in the rest of the program. It is a foundational class. It’s a class that gives pastors the skills that they will need for the rest of their life as they prepare sermons, Bible studies, etc.

There is a concept that Fink loved to share with his young Bible scholars. He would often say, “When you are studying the Bible and come upon the word all, don’t try to make more of it that it is. All means all and that’s all all means!”

It’s a good priciple. And, it applies to Psalm 119:86. In fact, the word is beautiful in this context. All of God’s commands are trustworthy. ALL of God’s commands are trustworthy! ALL! And, in case you live in a cave, you’ll find that this kind of guarantee is unusual. There are very few things in this life that we can absolutely depend upon. David couldn’t depend upon being safe. But, he could depend upon the commands of God. Following God’s commands is always worth it.

Take some time today to thank God for the complete perfection of His Word.

Dear God,

Thank You that we can completely depend upon You. Where You make commands, they are worth following. Where You speak about anything, it is worth listening to. Where You make promises, we know that we can depend upon them. Thank You for inspiring David to use the word all in this passage. We need to hear that.

In Jesus’ name,

Amen.