My church did a conference last month with several other churches in our area. They do this every year, and each year it is a great blessing. This year’s focus was on the Scriptures, how important they are and the attitude a Christian should have toward them.
The first night, my pastor gave a message entitled “Cherish the Scriptures”. His focus was on Psalm 119, opening with verse 131.
I open my mount and pant, because I long for your commandments. ~Psalm 119:131.
Out of all the chapters in the Bible, none say more about the Scriptures then Psalm 119. Out of the 176 verses in the chapter, all but 7 mention the Bible in some form, using words like law, rules, and precepts.
Many verses in Psalm 119 talk of a longing for God’s Word and desire for something very precious. Here are just a few:
My soul in consumed with longing for your rules at all times. ~Psalm 119:20
Behold, I long for your precepts, in your righteousness you give me life. ~Psalm 119:40
The law of your mouth is better to me than thousands of gold and silver pieces. ~Psalm 119:72.
Oh how I love your law! It is my meditation all the day. ~Psalm 119:97
How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth. ~Psalm 119:103
What is interesting is the writer is talking about a longing for the Law. The books that most people tend to skip over when reading the Bible. These books are Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. If you are familiar with these books, you know that they talk about some pretty heavy stuff! But these are the books that the writer of Psalm 119 longs for. Why? Because it is the Word of God. They outline His standards for living. Not only that, they point out how short we fall of meeting those standards and how desperately we need a Savior.
So after looking at these verse in Psalm 119, we have to ask ourselves this question. What is my attitude toward the Word of God? Do I read it out of guilt? As if reading it is something I have to do in order to earn some kind of merit points with God? Do I read it out of respect for all the heavy stuff it deals with? Or, do I read it simply because I love to read the Words of God?
Ideally, the answer would be the last one. But we all know that that is not always the case. So, we need to ask ourselves this question.
Here are 3 main reasons:
1. They reveal God’s ways.
The Scriptures tell us what God expects of us.
How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word. ~Psalm 119:9
I Have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you. ~Psalm 119:11
Put false ways from me and graciously teach me your law. ~Psalm 119:29.
2. The Scriptures reveal God’s works.
Forever, O Lord, your word is firm fixed in the heavens. Your faithfulness endures to all generations; You have established the earth, and it stands fast. By Your appointment they stand this day , for all things are your servants.” ~Psalm 119:89-91
3. The Scriptures reveal God.
With my whole heart I seek you;
let me not wander from your commandments! ~Psalm 119:10
Psalm 119:10 is the key to understanding the chapter. The Psalmist is taking a whole chapter, 176 verses, to tell of not just his love of Scriptures, but his love of God.
The LORD is my portion; I promise to keep your words. ~Psalm 119:57
You are my hiding place and shield; I hope in Your word. ~Psalm 119:114
There is no way to know about God apart from Scripture. The Scriptures are God’s word to us to tell us about Him and to teach us about who He is. For those reasons alone, the Scriptures are indeed more precious than gold.