All the paths of the LORD are mercy and truth to such as keep his covenant and his testimonies.
This text is intended to represent a universal attribute of God, in all His ways in His government of the world. As such it sets before us an important element of strength to the Christian. To the saved, every event, of whatsoever kind or magnitude it may be, or seem to be, is under the ordering of one sole guiding hand, and is a token of mercy and truth.
I. THE ASCRIPTION OF MERCY AND TRUTH TO ALL THE PATHS OF THE LORD. Mercy in sparing and delivering His people when they do not deserve it. Truth, in that it is in accordance with promise. His Word will in the end be found faithful to the letter, and whoever takes his stand on that shall never be ashamed. There is a close connection between the Word of God and His paths. There is a great deal implied in the word "paths": in all the events of the world we may see God moving, see by faith, that is; for His paths are in the deep waters, obliterated from view in the very act of making; His footsteps are not known, except as revealed to the spirit by the Spirit. Whatever comes to us is a path of God. For the illustration of this idea, see the evens of David's history. You cannot unravel the web of Providence; but this is certain, "all the paths of the Lord are mercy and truth."
II. THE PERSONS IN WHOM THIS ATTRIBUTE OF GOD'S ACTS IS VERIFIED. "Unto such as keep His covenant." Hereby is intended such as have come out from their worldly conversation, and are endeavouring to run the race of God's children as Christians in the world. The lowest may be said in some sense to "keep His covenant." The highest do not keep it perfectly. What of the remainder?
(G. Jeans, M. A.)
Parallel VersesKJV: All the paths of the LORD are mercy and truth unto such as keep his covenant and his testimonies.