An Alphabetical Analysis
Volume 10 - Practical Truth - Page 73 of 277
we give back to Him what is His own, namely ourselves and all we have, day by
day and ask Him to cleanse and use us in the practical working out of this
supreme aspect of service while the day of opportunity lasts.
May every believer whose eyes have been enlightened to apprehend the
Mystery and the high calling of God in Christ Jesus be among those of whom it
can be said with truth that they are wholly consecrated to the Lord.
'Doth His promise fail (gamar) for evermore?' (Psa. 77:8)
'The Lord will perfect (gamar) that which concerneth me'
(Psa. 138:8)
lf the reader will consult an analytical concordance, he will discover
that the Authorized Version uses the word 'fail' to translate over forty
Hebrew and Greek words.  Some of the passages where the word 'fail' occurs
have no bearing upon either the purpose of God, or the doctrines of grace,
but quite a number will compensate the earnest student for his search.  We
have selected out of this number, seven, not because the number seven is
attractive, for we had made our selection before we counted their number.  We
sincerely hope that the consideration of these seven different words used in
the original by God, will throw light both upon the root causes of human
failure, and of the assurance that we have of Divine success.  It so happens
that we noted down the different Hebrew words alphabetically, and as there
does not seem any reason to start with one passage more than another, let
this order be our guide now.  The word which we now investigate, therefore,
is the Hebrew gamar.  It is translated 'fail' in Psalm 77:8.  Psalm 77 is one
of the 'Sanctuary' Psalms, a group that begins with Psalm 73 where Asaph is
seen to be in despondency and in a critical mood, until he 'went into the
sanctuary of God'.  This group of Psalms extends from Psalm 73 to Psalm 79.
References to the sanctuary are found not only in Psalm 73, but Psalm 74
speaks of the 'enemy in the sanctuary' (verse 3), and the burning up of 'all
the synagogues of God in the land' (verse 8), and calls upon God not to
'forget the congregation' of the poor (verse 19).  Psalm 76 speaks of the
'tabernacle' and 'dwelling place' (verse 2).  The sanctuary is mentioned also
in the Psalm under consideration:
'Thy way, O God, is in the sanctuary: Who is so great a God as our
God?' (Psa. 77:13).
This reference to the sanctuary, however, does not come in the opening
section of the Psalm, but as in Psalm 73, its occurrence marks the turning
point from doubt to trust.
The Psalm opens with a cry,
'I cried unto God with my voice,
Even unto God with my voice; and He gave ear unto me.
In the day of my trouble I sought the Lord:
My sore ran in the night, and ceased not:
My soul refused to be comforted' (Psa. 77:1,2).
The words 'My sore ran' which we find in the Authorized Version is
altered in the Revised Version to 'My hand was stretched out'.  The
Authorized Version reads the passage as a figure, the hand standing for a
blow struck by the hand, but this finds little or no favour with