“Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so . . . “ As a child singing this song, I didn’t understand the importance of knowing the trustworthiness of an information source. My parents taught me this song, and I trusted my parents. If they said that the Bible said that Jesus loved me, it must be true.
As adults, we’re constantly bombarded with information – some true, some distorted, and some blatantly false – and we have to try to discern the trustworthiness of the source. We may start to wonder how we can ever find truth in the midst of so much conflicting information. But one source we can always trust is the Word of God.
Today we’re starting another hymn series, and each week we’ll look at a verse of the hymn, “How Firm a Foundation.” Here’s the first verse:
“How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord, is laid for your faith in his excellent Word! What more can he say than to you he has said, to you who for refuge to Jesus have fled?”
The writer of this hymn wanted us to know that God has given us a firm foundation for our faith in His Word. In the Bible, God has told us everything we need to run to Jesus and find our salvation, our refuge, and our hope in Him.
“Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world.” (Hebrews 1:1-2)
All of God’s Word is good – the Old Testament and the New Testament. “God spoke”—what an amazing privilege we have to read His Word! But we also have an incredible gift the Old Testament saints lacked: God speaking to us by His Son, Jesus Christ.
We can read our Bibles and see how all the Old Testament pointed to Him. We more clearly understand God’s plan of salvation through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. And we live with the certain hope of His return and the consummation of His victory over all things.
When we run to Jesus for refuge from suffering, from sin, or even from death itself, we know He is there and that He loves us, because our Bible tells us so.
No matter what you face this week, you have a firm foundation in God’s trustworthy Word.Share