“For God’s Word is solid to the core; everything he makes is sound inside and out. He loves it when everything fits, when his world is in plumb-line true. Earth is drenched in God’s affectionate satisfaction.”Psalm 33:4-5
Someone once told me about the origin of the word “sincere.” It comes from two Latin words sine cerum, meaning “Without wax.” Apparently, the phrase began life as a sort of tradesman’s guarantee that the clay pot on sale was guaranteed “without wax.” That is to say, that during its manufacture, there had been no clumsy mishap which the potter had sneakily covered up with a blob of wax. It was an important guarantee, because any wax would render the vessel useless when filled with liquid. Unless it was sine cerum, it could not do its job.
The claim in Psalm 33 is that God’s word is sine cerum.
Sometimes untrustworthy people may insist that “I give you my word. My word is my bond.” They make a claim to be trusted, that their promise can be depended upon. And –being human- their promises are sometimes kept, sometimes broken.
It is different with God. God’s Word is solid to the core. It stands up to the sine cerum test. No additives, no shady deals. It delivers what it promises.
To a faithful Israelite this would have meant one thing: Covenant. God is righteous, just, true, faithful and unfailing in love because he is true to his covenant. In a world where there would have been a lot of uncertainty they could rely on the fact that God does not go back on his word.
For followers of Jesus, whenever the word “Word” is used, it is impossible not to think of John 1 and the wonderful exposition of Jesus as the “Word of God” “made flesh.” And in Him all things hold together, the perfect working order of Father, Son and Holy Spirit, the amazing symbiosis of Creator and creation…
He loves it when everything fits!