“I will thank You with my whole heart; I will sing praise to You before the gods; I will worship toward Your holy temple, and give thanks to Your name for Your mercy, and for Your truth; for You have magnified Your Word above all Your name. You answered me in the day that I cried; You emboldened me in my soul with strength” (Psalm 138:1-3).
The New Testament book of Hebrews sets forth a resplendent view of God’s mercy that provided what His holy law and justice required.
“Therefore, brothers, having confidence for the entering of the Holy of Holies by the blood of Jesus, which He consecrated for us, a new and living way through the veil; that is, His flesh; and having a Great Priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, our hearts having been sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our body having been washed in pure water; let us hold fast the confession of the hope unyielding, for He who has promised is faithful” (Hebrews 10:19-23).
God promises to save all those for whom Jesus Christ was a propitiation (Romans 3:21-26). Those who believe that Jesus died for everyone without exception DENY (among other things) that a LIVING WAY was actually consecrated for all whom Jesus represented at the cross. This confession of universal atonement is NOT a “felicitous inconsistency” muttered from the muddled lips of regenerate brethren. Rather, this confession is a clear and distinct revelation of an unregenerate and evil conscience that seeks to enter the Holy of Holies by the sweat of self-righteous endeavor (cf. Romans 10:1-4; Philippians 3:2-9; 2 John 1:9). The Bible presents death as being victoriously put to death through the efficacious work of Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 15:54-57). The universal atonement doctrine of demons presents death as being triumphant and very much alive.
I have difficulty completely understanding and articulating what “You have magnified Your Word above all Your name,” means. But it makes me think of how (in a sense) God’s Word of gospel promise witnessed in Christ’s incarnation, atonement, resurrection, ascension, and intercession is magnified above all the types and figures. There might be other (and perhaps more precise) ways to understand this phrase.
“And he likewise sprinkled both the tabernacle and all the service vessels with the blood. And almost all things are purified by blood according to the Law; and apart from shedding of blood no remission occurs. Then it was needful for the figures of the things in the heavens to be cleansed with these; but the heavenly things themselves by better sacrifices than these. For Christ did not enter into the Holy of Holies made by hands, types of the true things, but into Heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God on our behalf, not that He should often offer Himself even as the high priest enters into the Holy of Holies year by year with blood of others; since He must often have suffered from the foundation of the world. But now once for all, at the completion of the ages, He has been manifested for putting away of sin through the sacrifice of Himself. And as it is reserved to men once to die, and after this, Judgment; so Christ having been once offered to bear the sins of many, Christ shall appear a second time without sin to those expecting Him for salvation” (Hebrews 9:21-28).
Because we have this unyielding hope and earnest expectation of salvation by the blood of Jesus that truly puts and bears away sin, we cry out to God to embolden, strengthen, and energize us for His Name’s sake and by His Holy Spirit.
“Then having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all defilements of flesh and of spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God” (2 Corinthians 7:1).
“… according to my earnest expectation and hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but as always in all boldness even now Christ will be magnified in my body, whether through life or through death. For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain” (Philippians 1:20-21).
“… this mystery among the nations, who is Christ in you, the hope of glory; whom we announce, warning every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man full-grown in Christ Jesus, for which also I labor, struggling according to the working of Him who works in me in power” (Colossians 1:27-29).
“For the saving grace of God has appeared to all men, instructing us that having denied ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live discreetly and righteously and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and appearance of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself on our behalf, that He might redeem us from all lawlessness and purify a special people for Himself, zealous of good works. Speak these things and exhort and convict with all authority. Let no one despise you” (Titus 2:11-15).
“And let us consider one another, to incitement of love and of good works” (Hebrews 10:24).