Psalm 19:8,10 – The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes. More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. (KJV)
The psalmist is speaking of two lovely things in life which most of us enjoy: gold and honey.
When gold is cleaned and polished, it shines. It sparkles. It's captivating. Most of us enjoy wearing jewellery made of it and displaying it at times.
Honey is delicious. It's sweet and smooth. It's easy to digest and comes now in so many different flavours.
Although we may enjoy these things a great deal, Jesus wants to bring our attention to something that we should enjoy more, something to be desired more. Some folks spend a lot of time seeking gold or things in life that they desire as much as gold. We can spend a lot of time and money trying to satisfy all our physical appetites and yet still be hungry after all.
Jesus teaches us that "where your treasure is, there will your heart be also" (Matthew 6:21 KJV). What do we treasure in this life? Riches? Fame? Status? Or the statutes of the Lord? These are more to be desired, God says, if we choose to love Him above all else.
Psalm 19:9 – The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether. (KJV)
God's Word teaches us that no matter how enticing or beautiful the things of this world may be, or how delicious and delightful that satisfying all our appetites can be, if we are wise, we are to desire — even more than gold and honey — His Word, His truth, and His righteousness.
- I'd rather have Jesus than silver and gold.
I'd rather be His than have riches untold. …
I'd rather have Jesus than anything
This world affords today.
– Rhea F. Miller
Prayer: Lord, help us to desire You above all and more than anything this world can offer. Amen.