More To Be Desired Than Much Fine Gold

Blog: Max Dawson
September 24, 2015
That’s what King David said about the words of the Lord in Psalm 19:10. This little segment of Scripture is only five verses long, but it says a great deal about God’s word. Here is what David wrote in Psalm 19:7-11.
(7) The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul; The testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple;
(8) The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; The commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes;
(9) The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever; The judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether.
(10) More to be desired are they than gold, Yea, than much fine gold; Sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.
(11) Moreover by them Your servant is warned, And in keeping them there is great reward.
In these few verses God’s word is held high, supplying men with the things they need most in life. But look particularly at verse seven. Here are four things that God’s word does for us.

1. Man needs a perfect source to guide him. We are imperfect. God is perfect and so is His law. It is without blemish. It is sound and upright. It does not fail. In its entirety, it directs man in the way he should go. Thus, in respect to its character, the law of the Lord is perfect.

2.Man needs the conversion of his soul. The word used here indicates a “turning back” to God, a “restoration.” By the power of the God’s word, a man’s mind is brought back to what is right and true. God’s word puts a sound mind within us. Thus, in respect to intent, the law of the Lord is designed to convert our souls.

3. Man needs a faithful guide. That is, he needs something that is sure and certain. There is no doubt associated with what God says. There is nothing shaky or false within God’s directives. God testimonies can be trusted with certainty. Thus, in respect to its nature, the law of the Lord is sure and can be embraced with confidence.

4. Man needs wisdom from God. It should not be necessary for us to try to prove that point. Just look at the messes we make when we don’t listen to the word of God! But the law of the Lord is intended by God to take the simple, uninformed man and turn his heart to wisdom. And the ultimate wisdom that he gains is that which leads him to salvation in Christ. Thus, with respect to design, the law of the Lord produces wisdom.

All this–just from verse seven! And there is more in that one verse than I have written here. Can you see why David says God’s testimony is more to be desired than much fine gold?

I hope you read all the way down to this last block. I am afraid that sometimes when we see something written about the word of God, we sort of give it a “ho-hum” glance and pay little attention to it. Because, “after all, we already know about all that stuff.”

Do we really know? Do we really see God’s word as more valuable than fine gold? If we really did, wouldn’t we pay more attention to it?

What if reading and obeying God’s word actually produced real gold for us? What if hundred dollar bills just came rolling in every time we read it? How much would we read it then? You already know how much, don’t you? Oh, how carnal we are!

If we really, truly treasured and loved the Bible, wouldn’t we read it more? And, finally, do we love God’s word enough to follow it?

Blessings to you, Bible student!