The Bible Our Authority

Cecil Martens

READ : Psalm 119:1-8

There is an impressive place nestled in the mountains of Southern California called Forest Home. Thousands of young people and adults go there every year to have fun and to be inspired. When I was there I saw a famous tree, tall and stately, on the east side of the lake. In front of the tree was a bronze plaque saying it was here almost 50 years ago that Billy Graham made a momentous decision which determined his future life and ministry. After struggling with some questions and doubts, Billy knelt there and decided to believe and accept the Bible as his only authority for faith and life. Is it any wonder that Billy’s favorite expres sion is, “The Bible says….”?

The author of Psalm 119 took the Bible seriously. To him it was God’s inspired and authoritative Word too. He would readily agree with those who say, “The Bible says it. I believe it. That settles it.” Observe verse one, “Blessed are they whose ways are blameless, who walk according to the law of the Lord.” A person is truly happy if the Bible is accepted as the ultimate standard.

This is a day when absolutes are being discarded. Tolerance is becoming the supreme determiner of standards of behavior. Some Christians set aside the Bible as the supreme authority.


Father, thank you for the gift of the Bible. Help me to want to believe and obey its message. In Jesus’ name. Amen.