30 As for God, his way is perfect: the word of the LORD is tried: he is a buckler to all those that trust in him.
David looks back at his experience of God’s unerring guidance and protection in his endurance of many dreadful troubles, and now declares, “As for God, his way is perfect”. David does not complain against God for all his troubles, but glorifies Him with his testimony that God’s ways are perfect. He stands up for God, declaring the perfection of the divine providence.
Whatever be the circumstances through which God would lead us, He will do it perfectly. We may not always understand why He would lead us through certain situations and may even be startled at His ways, just like the psalmist who said, “Thy way is in the sea, and thy path in the great waters, and thy footsteps are not known” (Psalm 77:19). However, we can trust Him that His ways will lead us perfectly to His glorious purpose and that we will be able to see the perfection of His way in hindsight. As it is said, “providence reads best backwards.” But let us not hesitate to walk in His way, which is unerringly perfect.
His way is according to the counsel of His Word. To walk according to His Word is to walk in His way. Hence David prayed, “Teach me thy way, O LORD; I will walk in thy truth” (Psalm 86:11). David also testified, “I have chosen the way of truth: thy judgments have I laid before me” (Psalm 119:30). Like David, if we walk according to God’s Word, we shall experience His perfect providence, no matter what circumstances He may lead us through.
“The word of the LORD is tried”. The Bible has been tested and proven perfectly triumphant. God’s servants, who have put their trust in all that it says and stayed the course that it charters, have found it to be the perfect guide to follow. The Bible has stood the test of time. Those who mocked at it and those who sought to destroy it, have all perished; but none of its words has fallen to the ground. All its truths continue to prove faithful and unerring. “The word of the Lord endureth for ever” (1 Peter 1:25).
To trust God’s Word is to trust in God Himself. To walk according to His Word is to walk in His perfect providence. Everyone who trusts God and His Word shall experience His good providence – “he is a buckler to all those that trust in him.” He will shield all who walk in His perfect way.