He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he.
I. WHAT WE ARE TO UNDERSTAND BY THE TRUTH OF GOD. Not only His veracity, but His faithfulness.
II. THAT THIS PERFECTION BELONGS TO GOD. And this I shall endeavour to prove.
1. From the dictates of natural light. Natural light tells us that truth and faithfulness are perfections, and consequently belong to the Divine nature; and that falsehood and a lie are imperfections, and to be removed from God.
2. From Scripture. The Scripture doth very frequently attribute this to God (2 Samuel 7:28; Psalm 25:10; Psalm 31:5; Revelation 3:7; Revelation 6:10; Psalm 15:3; Psalm 16:7). And the Scripture doth not only in general attribute this perfection to God, but doth more particularly assure us of His sincerity and truth and faithfulness. Of His sincerity, that He deals plainly with us and speaks what He intends, that His words are the image of His thoughts and a true representation of His mind. And as the Scripture assures us of His sincerity, He of His truth and faithfulness in the accomplishment of His predictions and performance of His promises.I come now to the last thing I proposed, to make some use of this doctrine.
1. If God be a God of truth, then this gives us assurance that He doth not deceive us, that the faculties which He hath given us are not false, but when they have clear perceptions of things, they do not err and mistake.
2. If God be a God of truth, then there is reason why we should believe whatever we are satisfied is revealed to us by God. A Divine revelation is a sufficient ground for the most firm assent; for this very thing, that anything is revealed by God is the highest evidence, and ought to give us the most firm assurance, of the truth of it. Hence it is that the Word of God is called the Word of truth, yea, and truth itself: "Thy Word is truth" (John 17:17).
3. If God be a God of truth, and faithful in performing His promise, then here is a firm foundation for our hope and trust.
4. The truth of God is matter of terror to the wicked.
5. Let us propound to ourselves the truth of God for our pattern and imitation. Would you be like God? be true and faithful.
Parallel VersesKJV: He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he.
WEB: The Rock, his work is perfect, for all his ways are justice: a God of faithfulness and without iniquity, just and right is he.