Mr. Valiant-for-truth

Michael Wilcock

READ : Psalm 119:105-112

My heart is set on keeping your decrees to the very end. (v. 112 NIV)

The psalmist has pulled himself together. Now in these nun-verses he sounds like that great character in the Pilgrim’s Progress, Mr. Valiant-for-truth, into whose mouth the author John Bunyan puts his best-known song: “Who would true valour see, Let him come hither; One here will constant be, Come wind, come weather.” He is under no illusions about the hardships in store for those who set out to go God’s way, but at the same time he is totally confident of the power of God’s Word to keep him in it.

Like the psalmist in the mem-verses (97-104), Mr. Valiant-for-truth had listened with all his ears to the Word of God as it was spoken to him by “one Mr. Tell-true.” As a result, when he came to face the trials and tribulations of the kaph-verses (81-88) he could testify: “I still believed what Mr. Tell-true had said, and that carried me beyond them all.” Then, speaking about himself: “There’s no discouragement shall make him once relent his first avowed intent to be a
pilgrim.”

Such servants of God are well aware of the suffering, the danger, and the snares that may await them on the way. All the more real on that account are the praises of their mouths and the joy of their hearts (vv. 108, 111).

PRAYER

Lord, help me, by the power of your Word, to be faithful to you to the very end.