The Desirability Of God's Word

October 19, 1997
by Charles Scobie

Psalm 19:10

    More to be desired are they than gold,
    even much fine gold;
    sweeter also than honey,
    and drippings of the honeycomb.

In this verse the Psalmist continues to praise God's Word in a way that really challenges us to reassess our values.

It's easy to say that God's Word is precious to us, that we value it and treasure it, but can we honestly say that it is more important to us than financial success and material pleasures ? That's what the Psalmist is saying here.

Even today, gold remains the symbol of material wealth. In a society in which hockey players can make $10 million a year and "the bottom line" seems to be the only thing that counts, do we really think there are some things more important than money?

In ancient times there was no such thing as sugar; the only sweetening agent was honey. Today we have gourmet foods and an incredible array of luxury items at our disposal. Where do they rank in our scale of values?

The words of the Psalmist invite us to conduct an audit of our life style and to assess where God's word fits in our order of priorities.

Prayer: O Lord, there are so many pressures on us today which in subtle ways distort our scale of values. Help us, we pray, to value your Word, spoken to us through Scripture, above even the best of what this world has to offer. Amen.

About the author:

Charles Scobie
Sackville, New Brunswick, Canada

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