Truth Hunter Bible Cover 2Truth is always relevant and it bears repeating. I do quite a few speaking and preaching events. And I notice many things as I enter new places. My focus is usually on the people. But in one particular event, my eye was drawn to a man’s Bible cover. It spoke volumes to me. And this remains one of my favorite pictures!

As a preacher and teacher, my job is to communicate truthfully. And I find it best to use object lessons. It really is true that a picture is worth a thousand words. Jesus used many object lessons. So it is always exciting to run across a picture that communicates; one that makes a good object lesson. Those are wonderful moments to me. And they can be both challenging and inspiring!

Seeing Truth

I took the picture of the Bible cover and I filed it away to share at a later time. Why? Because Truth Hunter embodies what Christians ought to be. In far too many cases, Christians approach the Word in order to find out if IT agrees with THEM. There are colorful ways to say how backwards that is!Truth Hunter

No one can improve on God’s Word. We simply have to subject ourselves to it. To that end, I offer you the following 10 points. There may be an observation as well. You’ll be able to tell the difference. After all, the messenger is never as important as the Word of God. That’s true if one is a public speaker, preacher, or blog writer!

Soli Deo Gloria!

Lead me in Your truth and teach me, For You are the God of my salvation; for You I wait all the day. 

That is Psalm 25:5. It begs the question: How often do we want to be led by popular opinions?Truth Hunter Cover

For Your lovingkindness is before my eyes, and I have walked in Your truth.

According to Psalm 26:3, His truthfulness should mark our way. Do we trust His lovingkindness or our own conventional wisdom? 

You, O LORD, will not withhold Your compassion from me; Your lovingkindness and Your truth will continually preserve me.

Do we look to be preserved by Divine Truth or our Facebook friends? Psalm 40:11 gives us the answer!

For Your lovingkindness is great to the heavens and Your truth to the clouds.

His truth is infinite and matched by His lovingkindness (Psalm 57:10).Truth Hunter

I will also praise You with a harp, Even Your truth, O my God; to You I will sing praises with the lyre, O Holy One of Israel.

Such magnificence is worthy of praise according to Psalm 71:22. Genuine praise is first rooted in the reality of Who He is and then in what He has done.

Teach me Your way, O LORD; I will walk in Your truth; Unite my heart to fear Your name.

Psalm 86:11 confirms that we must be taught His ways – they are not native to us! And walking according to His Word requires a healthy fear (reverence; awe) for His name.

Not to us, O LORD, not to us, but to Your name give glory because of Your lovingkindness, because of Your truth.

Psalm 115:1 reminds us of several things. Our Father doesn’t have truth, He is truth. Therefore, He is worthy of ALL praise.EquipUs logo

I will bow down toward Your holy temple and give thanks to Your name for Your lovingkindness and Your truth; For You have magnified Your word according to all Your name.

Psalm 138:2 opens with OUR humility. That leads to gratitude and understanding the value of His Word.

As it is written in the law of Moses, all this calamity has come on us; yet we have not sought the favor of the LORD our God by turning from our iniquity and giving attention to Your truth.

Truth in newspaper headlineAccording to Daniel 9:13, sin will be the result of failing to revere the trustworthiness of His Word.

For I was very glad when brethren came and testified to your truth, that is, how you are walking in truth.

3 John 1:3 lets us know walking in Truth encourages others and makes our witness more effective.

(Updated post. Original version posted December, 2014)