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By Campus Pastor Tom Parker, Timber Hills
“Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles! Laud Him, all you peoples! For His merciful kindness is great toward us, and the truth of the Lord endures forever. Praise the Lord!” —Psalm 117:1-2, NKJV
What is truth? Have you ever heard someone say to you, ‘You believe your truth and I will believe my truth’? As if there is truly a difference in what is truth. Yet there is absolute truth: for example, if you jump off a two-story building – what happens – yes, you plummet to the ground. Or you decide that you will have a wonderful drink of fresh water that is ice cold, even though there is only one drop of poison in the glass – what happens – you die.
We live in world where we find it so hard to understand, discern or even accept truth. We wonder what to do or even how to interact with others to fully live within the truth we see and hear in our world today.
We watch the news, listen to others and, yes, it seems that there is no longer absolute truth within our world today. Actually, this did not just start in our modern times, for people throughout history have taken the path of their own wishes and desires to spin the truth as they see it.
Yes, we live in a world that is trying to get us to believe the lies that suit multiple agendas. Remember Satan in the Garden of Eden spun the truth just enough for Adam and Eve to eat the forbidden fruit.
So, as we read today’s Scripture passage, we can rest assured that there is but one absolute truth and that is the Word of God: “The truth of the Lord endures forever.” It is so awesome to have this peace and assurance as also found in Hebrews 13:8, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.”
One more thought from our Scripture is that by God’s mercy, we can realize that God is truly in control of this world. His mercy is our key to our salvation because of His Son on the cross of Calvary (as we approach the Easter season). Wow! We need to “Praise the Lord!”
Rev. Tom Parker has served PHS as a Campus Pastor at Timber Hills and Presbyterian Homes of Bloomington since 2013. He is a Baptist General Conference ordained minister and has served as a senior pastor in the church for several years and also worked for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. God has blessed him with three daughters, nine grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
The Light for the Way series provides staff with an examination of a biblical reading to deepen our focus on scripture. Thank you for engaging with this series as we seek wisdom through prayer and reflection as a Christian Ministry.
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