May it never be! Rather, let God be found true, though every man be found a liar, as it is written, “THAT YOU MAY BE JUSTIFIED IN YOUR WORDS, AND PREVAIL WHEN YOU ARE JUDGED.”
Paul’s own rhetorical question is answered with a resounding “NO!” Can God’s faithfulness be broken? Can God’s very Word fail because of the sin of man? Absolutely not. God’s faithfulness is found true through and through by His very Being and Nature. He has proven His irrevocable promises to His people for their salvation which stands true and anything said to the contrary is a falsehood. Man’s wickedness seeps into the light and does it’s best to writ God of His claim to save His people. But man is a liar and God will be found justified in all that He has proclaimed. Paul’s reference to Psalm 116:11 connects David’s cry to God to save him. David says, “v1 I love the Lord, because He hears My voice and my supplications, v4 Then I called upon the name of the Lord: O Lord, I beseech You, save my life! v8 For you have rescued my soul from death.” Paul is using David’s story of salvation from the Lord as a reminder that God is faithful even when we are faithless. Despite David’s sin against Uriah, God is found true and justified in His promise to redeem and save him. Lastly, Paul says that God will prevail when judged. How is God judged? This is in relation to the question of the nullification of God’s faithfulness. Man may question God’s faithfulness but God’s word will remain true and proven true against man’s lies. When His faithfulness is questioned, it will always remain steadfast and true.
Lastly, we see a contrast of man’s flimsy broken word and God’s unparalleled faithfulness. Matthew Henry says it best, “All men are fickle, and mutable, and given to change, vanity and a lie altogether vanity. All men are liars compared to God.”
What peace and comfort we can take that when the world is full of deceit and lies, we can look to God for our salvation with complete trust knowing that He will do what He says He will do.