Printed, Permanent and Preserved
“Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation forever.” (Psalm 12:7)
It is strange how many worthy commentators misinterpret this verse of Holy Scripture. It is very true and most comforting that the LORD our God will indeed keep and preserve His people in and from every wicked generation, but the subject of this verse is not the preservation of God’s elect. The subject of this verse is the preservation of the words of the LORD. Read Psalm 12:6 along with our text, and this becomes inescapably self-evident, plain, and obvious: “The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation forever.”
Unbelieving men and women do not like what God says; they never have, and they never will. And because they hold God’s word in contempt, they often handle God’s word deceitfully, attempting to change what God says to confirm their own biases and validate their own prejudices. Oh, but try as they may, the words of the LORD are printed, permanent, and preserved forever.
It matters not how hard they try to erase Romans 9:13; God loved Jacob and hated Esau. Love means love, and hate means hate. Self-righteous God-hating Arminians can scrub, squirm, and shift about all they like; they will never succeed in making the word, hate, mean love less. Oh, yes, they find God’s sovereign love for His elect offensive, but it is true all the same. In their warped minds, they think God has to love everybody, but in the grand scheme of salvation, what men think matters less than the number of swollen ticks attached to the devil’s duff. Romans 9:13 is printed, permanent, and preserved, and no one will ever change it.
Religious pretenders love robbing God of His glory. They love ascribing His work to themselves because they think they are gods—sovereign, almighty, and in control. Such people really believe that they will themselves into God’s kingdom by a decision. Oh, but believers know better! According to John 1:12, the sons of God “were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” Hold your breath, stomp your feet, and go completely apoplectic, but all the anger in the world will never alter the words of the LORD. The chosen sinner’s spiritual birth into God’s heavenly kingdom is accomplished by God’s will, God’s power, God’s grace, and God’s Spirit, not by man’s will, man’s power, or man’s decision. Read it, believe it, bow to it, and rejoice in it, but all attempts to change it will only result in failure and the certain destruction of the one who dares lift up his tool upon it. The words of the LORD are printed, permanent, and preserved from this generation forever.
The worldly wise, the supposedly brilliant, and the devil’s dupes have recently been at work on Isaiah 40:22, madly and feverishly labouring to turn God’s stationary, enclosed, circular earth into a spinning ball. Wedded to a false god and needlessly hitched to their own preconceived ideas of creation, these would-be police of the “church” have been working around the clock, attempting to turn “the circle of the earth” into “the sphere of the earth.” Oh, but have they succeeded in their cunning craftiness? Well, let’s see. Open your Bible to Isaiah 40:22, and see what it says. If it says the sphere of the earth, they have succeeded in changing the words of the LORD, but if it says the circle of the earth, their endeavours have all been for naught. Let’s read it together: “It is He that sitteth upon the circle of the earth.” Weep or laugh, but do not pretend like you do not know the difference between a circle and a ball. Isaiah 40:22 is printed, permanent, and preserved forever from this generation of religious hypocrites.
Oh, but these devils just will not give up. They hate God’s doctrine of a circular, fixed, and stationary earth. They have taken counsel together, and they have purchased the best erasers that money can buy. They open their Bibles to Psalm 93:1, and they read, “The world also is established, that it cannot be moved.” Uh-oh, what will they do? They get their expensive erasers out, and they get to work. “This world, God’s earth, moves, orbits, spins, revolves, and wobbles about through outer space at break neck speeds. Erase, revise, edit, and change the words of the LORD,” they say. Ah, but there it is, even after all their hard work: “it cannot be moved.” Rejoice, child of God, the words of the LORD are printed, permanent, and preserved from this generation forever.