The psalmist wrote, “It is time for you, Lord, to work: for they have made void your law” (Psa. 119:126). Wicked men, in the psalmist’s day, were making God’s word void; they were breaking God’s law, violating it, and making it of none effect. They are doing the same today. How?
The wicked men of David’s day made the law of God void by their stubborn refusal to live by its precepts. If such conduct made the law void then, it also makes the law void today.
What God said about divorce and remarriage is being set aside by our lawless society (Matt. 19:1-12). Whereas God allowed one reason for a man to remarry, men have set aside God’s law to grant divorces for any reason. By our lawlessness, mankind has legalized adultery. What God has said regarding homosexuality is being scoffed at (Rom. 1:26-27 f; 1 Cor. 6:9-11). Homosexuals are wanting to be treated as if their immorality is the norm in spite of their sinful, lawless conduct. Therefore, instead of remaining in the closet out of shame, they are demanding equality in marriage, in parenting, and in every facet of society. Pornography is present virtually on every popup on the internet, every magazine rack, and even on our television. One doesn’t have to seek out this perversion, it seeks us out and that in our very home.
There are no teeth left in the laws of man. A man can commit a crime which a serious punishment, and be on the streets in a matter of weeks or months. Women are raped and left for dead. The elderly have become prisoners in their own houses because of the lawlessness which characterizes our society. Children can no longer play freely in the park or even in their own back yard without fear of being abducted, raped, or killed. It is time for you , Lord, to work: for they have made void your law” (Ps. 119:126).
Denying The Inspiration of God
Many today have denied that the Bible is inspired of God. The result is that the word of God is reduced to the mere words of men. The authority which resides in the word of God has been voided. Many have undermined the commandments of God by treating the inspired revelation as if it were the misguided opinions of a given man who only reflected the social conditions of his time. Paul’s statements regarding the subordination of women is one example. He is supposed to have been a writer who only reflected the social mores of his day.
By denying the inspiration of the Bible, every word becomes suspect. What is considered right by one man is considered wrong and uninspired by someone else. Rather than being obedient to the law, man becomes a judge of the law (Jam. 4:11). The modernist goes through the Bible with his scissors and excises those parts with which he disagrees, denying that they are truth. The end result is that he has created a religion which is governed by his own doctrine (Mt 15:7-9).
The modernists who deny the verbal inspiration of the Bible have made the word of God void. They need to learn what the psalmist wrote, “Therefore I esteem all thy precepts concerning all things to be right; and I hate every false away” (Ps. 119:128). Modernists fill many of the pulpits, control most of the denominational seminaries, control most of the media, and control most of the secular centers of learning. “It is time for you, Lord, to work: for they have made void your law” (Ps. 119:126).
The Philosophy of Man
Many believe the philosophical doctrine that the truth of all knowledge must always be in question. This position states that man can never know anything positively. What is true is true for today, but may very well be false for tomorrow. Absolute truth to them is never absolute.
The Bible plainly teaches that there is a truth, and that truth has been revealed to man in the Bible. The psalmist said, “You are near, O Lord; and all your commandments are truth” (Ps. 119:151). Again, he wrote, “You righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and your law is the truth” (Psa. 119:142). Our Savior stated the same thing when he said, “Sanctify them through your truth: your word is truth (Jn. 17:17). Any position which teaches that there is no absolute truth is contrary to God’s word.
The Bible also teaches that this truth can be understood. Jesus said, “If ye continue in my word, then are you my disciples indeed; and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (Jn. 8:31-32). Notice that one can know the truth; that truth is known through continuing in Christ’s word; that truth which is known through continuing in Christ’s word frees man from sin. Paul also wrote “. . . wherefore be not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is” (Eph. 5:17). Man has the ability to understand the Lord’s will. “It is time for you, Lord, to work: for they have made void your law” (Psa. 119:126).
Traditions of Man
Another manner in which God’s law is set aside by man is through human tradition. What God has said is replaced by man’s wisdom and opinions. What God commanded about baptism has been made of none effect by traditions of men. Jesus commanded that men be immersed in water for the forgiveness of sins. Human tradition among many denominations has stated that sprinkling or pouring are acceptable “modes” of baptism. The result is that many denominations practice sprinkling or pouring rather than baptism (immersion in water). What God said has been set aside by human tradition might as well not have spoken on the subject because human tradition has set it aside.
Multitudes of God’s commandments have been set aside by the traditions of men. What God has spoken regarding the organization of the church, the work of the church, the name of the church, the worship of the church, the moral standards of God’s people, and many other items are presently being set aside by the religious leaders of our day on no higher authority than human tradition, man’s own opinions. “It is time for you, Lord, to work: for they have made void your law” (Psa. 119:126).
Conclusion: Despite the vast majority of society has set aside the word of God in one way or another, not every person has rejected God’s revelation. There are still a few saints who seek to obey the word of God. They are hate, they are despised, and they are mocked, yet they reach forth their hand to all who will give heed. They are like David who said, “I beheld the transgressors, and was grieved; because they kept not your word” (Psa. 119:158). They recognize that there is grace to wash away every sin which a man commits, even as God’s grace has forgiven each of us of our sins. Yet God’s word is spurned and refused. “It is time for you, Lord, to work: for they have made void your law”! (Psa. 119:126).