Psa 119:89 Lamedh. Forever, O LORD, your word is firmly fixed in the heavens.
Psa 119:90 Your faithfulness endures to all generations; you have established the earth, and it stands fast. (ESV)
What a statement we have here. The word of God is fixed forever in heaven. Nothing can change it. It stands fast.
Forever is eternity. It has no beginning nor an end. It denotes the eternity of God, no regression, no cause. It also denotes the future eternal. It will not end. The word of God is timeless.
God’s word is a manifestation of His character, His “logos”. It is His expression, specifically in this context, for His faithfulness. “Firmly fixed” is from the hebrew ‘natsab’, meaning settled or established. God’s character and His expression thereof is established forever.
‘word’ is from the hebrew ‘dabar’, and it means a heck of a lot of different things, none of which can be excluded from this context:
“a word; by implication a matter (as spoken of) of thing; adverbially a cause: – act, advice, affair, answer, X any such (thing), + because of, book, business, care, case, cause, certain rate, + chronicles, commandment, X commune (-ication), + concern [-ing], + confer, counsel, + dearth, decree, deed, due, duty, effect, + eloquent, + glory, + harm, hurt, + iniquity, + judgment, language, + lying, manner, matter, message, [no] thing, oracle, X ought, X parts, + pertaining, + please, portion, + power, promise, provision, purpose, question, rate, reason, report, request, X (as hast) said, sake, saying, sentence, + sign, + so, some [uncleanness], somewhat to say, + song, speech, X spoken, talk, task, + that, X there done, thing (concerning), thought, + thus, tidings, what [-soever], + wherewith, which, word, work.”
It will not change.
That gives us as Christians great confidence and trust. We can trust that the decress of God, governing all of the above, are clear and fixed. It is not relative or conditional. We have full confidence.
Specifically, we have confidence in God’s faithfulness. It is rather curious that God should be described as faithful. Why should God be described in those terms? Surely we are the ones who should be faithful, and God, well, He just is.
What is God’s faithfulness? He cannot be faithful to anything lesser. He is God, so His faithfulness cannot mean the same as ours, that we should remain in a state of full trust in God.
The hebrew here translates as:
literally firmness; figuratively security; moral fidelity: – faith (-ful, -ly, -ness, [man]), set office, stability, steady, truly, truth, verily.
That sure looks a bit like how we can describe our own faithfulness, but let’s turn the context to God. He is secure and steady in His own decrees, essentially, He does not second-guess Himself.
We read about the establishment of the earth here. It stands fast, by God’s decree, after His creation thereof. It was all His doing, and His plan. It happened like that, and will continue like that.
How glorious that we can know that God planned us from the beginning. He firmly established all of us, in eternity past, and whatever He had planned will not change. He will not second-guess the mercy He extends to us. He will not look back and wish that He never created us. He has such high value for us that He, the most Holy and omnipotent God, stands fast on our behalf.
He stands unchanging as the world around us changes. He remains faithful to His decrees as churches waver and embrace humanism. He is firm as attacks on Him and His children increase.
Stand fast with God. Be faithful to Him, as He is faithful to His decrees. Trust unconditionally and fully, with full confidence in His love.