More Valuable Than Gold

Psalm 19:10 (thought to be written by David) says the Word of God is "... more desirable than gold, yes, than much fine gold; Sweeter also than honey and the drippings of the honeycomb." (NASB)

Wealth, whether in the form of gold or some other type of precious metal or even currency, is usually much desired. Some people will do just about anything to obtain wealth. They covet after material things which are their number one ambition in life. People also desire good food. Imagine the drippings of a honeycomb or picture another type of food which you highly desire.

There is something which should be more desirable than these, and that is the Word of God. The Bible is communication from our Creator. The Scriptures are so important because they tell us how to obtain eternal life.

David elsewhere pointed out in Psalm 119:97, "O how I love Thy law! It is my meditation all the day." In verse 105, he said, " Thy word is a lamp to my feet, And a light to my path." God's Word is our guide to heaven. Job 23:12 says, in keeping with the second half of our text, "...I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my necessary food."

Consider a poem written by Ken Thomas called "Our Precious Bible."


"Our precious Bible, book divine"
It tells of God and the beginning of time
It's a “light to our pathway, a lamp to our feet”
May we always realize its taste so sweet

It tells where we came from and why we're here
The possibility of life in that heavenly sphere
It tells of a Savior, the divine Son of God
Who as God/man this earthly pathway trod

Who died and was raised to save us from sin
If only we'll hear and let Him come in
If by faith we repent and are baptized into Him
We can have that home in the heavenly realm.
(Mark 16:15-16; Acts 2:22-38, 40-41, 47)
-Kenneth E. Thomas 11/10/03

Abraham Lincoln once said, “I believe the Bible is the best gift God has ever given to man. All the good of the Savior of the world is communicated to us through the Book.”

What is your attitude toward the Word of God? Do you desire God's Word? Is it more desirable to you than gold or any material wealth? Do you study it enough to really know what it says? Most importantly, do you love God's Word enough to actually follow it? In Matthew 7:21, Jesus said, "Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven; but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven." James 1:21 says, "But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves."

God's Word is truly more valuable than gold, even fine gold; it is as sweet and desirable as honey. Do you look at it like that? If not, you should.

By Mike Johnson

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