The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul. The statutes of the LORD are trustworthy, making wise the simple. The precepts of the LORD are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the LORD are radiant, giving light to the eyes. The fear of the LORD is pure, enduring forever. The ordinances of the LORD are sure and altogether righteous. They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the comb. By them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward. Psalm 19:7-11 (NIV)
Your word is more precious to me than gold. Your word is sweeter to me than honey. I can say that with great conviction. I can believe this without a doubt. Why do you have such strong belief and solid conviction about the value of my word? That is a very good question. Let me first say why gold and any other material possession is of no real and lasting value to me. I am passing through this life. I brought no material possessions into this life and I will take no material possessions out of this life. What I or anyone else thinks they own is theirs to enjoy for a very, very short time. One might say that I or anyone else is like a short-term renter of the material things of this life. No material possession holds any long term or eternal value. That is true. The wealth and material possessions of life can also do me great harm. How so? If I allow my life to be all about pursuing material possessions, I will miss what is of lasting and eternal value. I will chase after what is not important. I will live for what will not last. What is of eternal of value? Knowing and loving and following and serving you is of eternal value. Your word is of eternal value. How is my word of eternal value? Your word helps me to come to know and to love and to follow and serve you. Your word revives me. Your word makes me wise. Your word makes me radiant and gives me joy. Your word guards and guides me through life. Your word molds and shapes me. Your word strengthens and sustains me. I will become the person you have called me to be as I take your word deep into my heart and mind and life. Yes, you will. Beyond of all these things, your word will make me able to bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. Yes, it will. As I bear fruit for your kingdom, I will be storing up treasure in heaven with you. For all of these reasons I can confidently say that your word is more precious, desirable or valuable than gold. Yes, you can. Keep on meeting with me in my word. Yes, I will.
Lord, use your word to do your work in my life. Revive me by your word. Make me wise by your word. Make me radiant with joy by your word. Guide my life by your word. Help me to know the warnings, value, sweetness and reward of keeping all your word. Amen
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