A Deep Confidence in Daddy (Meditation on Psalm 119:43-44)
And take not the word of truth utterly out of my mouth, for my hope is in your rules. I will keep your law continually, forever and ever
Sometimes, off in a distant room I can hear my children quietly saying to one another, “Daddy told me that I could”, and with bold confidence they proceed to tell their uninformed sibling the “new rule” according to daddy. Have you been there as a parent perhaps? I must admit, it’s cute and can be funny listening to them. For my kids, their hope in my rules run very deep, and their confidence is strong. They know that if they’re taunted or wronged, I will come to the rescue and uphold my own word to their accuser… even if that’s simply to help them settle a score with their brother or sister over who gets to play with a certain toy! It is in these fleeting moments as a parent, I see a much deeper glimpse of our Father in heaven.
There is one amazingly similar testimony that we each have as believers in Christ, the testimony of the Holy Spirit who dwells in us. What is that testimony? We find it beautifully captured in Romans 8:15-16:
“For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, ‘Abba! Father!’ The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God.”
The testimony of the Holy Spirit is incredibly captured in those two amazing words: Abba! Father! The deepest theological knowledge, the highest scholarly degrees, and winning every Bible quiz game you play will never replace the one and true testimony of the Holy Spirit, by whom we can cry Abba Father! The demons know much about God, but they will never be able to cry out “Abba Father!”. Roughly translated, Abba means “daddy”, although intentionally left in its original Aramaic form in most Bible translations for the pure shock factor that this word represented in its representation of the relationship we can have with God. Daddy! We are no longer slaves to the slave master sin, ruled by fear, but we’ve been grafted into the branch, adopted as sons, and joint heirs with Jesus!
I’d like to encourage you to briefly pause and recall the words you’ve personally spoken recently. Take a moment to do this simple exercise with me:
Think about the last 3 people that you interacted with and play back in your mind the words that were on your lips. Slowly, one interaction at a time… all the words that were on your lips. Play it back in your mind’s eye.
Consider the correlation that the Psalmist makes between your hope and your mouth. Are you reflecting the deep Abba Father testimony of the Holy Spirit in the words that you say? When we allow the fears in life, and the flesh to take over, we tend to shrink away from speaking boldly the Word of God. We lose sight of who our Daddy is… we drift, as the writer to the Hebrews says. Is your hope deep in the knowledge of Gods law, knowing with confidence that His Word will not return void, and we can approach his throne with boldness and confidence? Not with fear as though we were still ruled by the slave master, sin.
God is true, His judgements are righteous. Romans 3:4 tells us “Let God be true though every one were a liar, as it is written, “that you may be justified in your words, and prevail when you are judged.” Like the Psalmist who says his hope is in God’s rules, or His judgements – He knows that God will do what he has promised. For the sake of the taunter mentioned in verse 42, the Psalmist pleads for God to take not the word of truth utterly out of his mouth – He is resting on God’s law and pleads with Him to be true to those words. Have you been wronged? Has someone taunted you recently or talked about you behind your back? Take courage! and don’t let the word of truth be taken from your mouth – Hope in His word! Like the deep confidence my kids have in their daddy, remember who sits on the throne of Heaven, Abba Father!
Abide in His Word, delight in it, and obey it!