I don’t know what the price of gold is, but I know it’s more than I can afford. Many people would rather have a stack of cash on their coffee table instead of a Bible, but David wrote to help us grasp the value of owning our own Bible. This revelation is tucked away in the latter half of Psalm 19.
David begins the psalm with a declaration of the wonder of nature. While many people take nature for granted, as though it is a product of its own invention, it is really God’s silent voice that shouts to every part of our globe that He is powerful, imaginative, and brilliant. David then follows these thoughts with a description of the impact of God’s Word.
David penned these truths in Psalm 19:7–11, “The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul. The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple. The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes. The fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever. The ordinances of the Lord are sure and altogether righteous. They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the comb. By them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward.”
The Bible “revives the soul.” It renews hope and confidence when we are discouraged.
The Bible “makes wise the simple.” It helps us to make better choices.
The Bible “gives joy to the heart.” It replaces guilt and shame with joy.
The Bible “gives light to the eyes.” It allows us to see life more clearly instead of living in the darkness of human opinion.
The Bible “is more precious than gold.” It tells us how to have eternal life, which no amount of money can buy.
The Bible “is sweeter than honey.” It tastes good to our soul when we obey.
The Bible “warns us and rewards us.” It helps us to avoid danger and foolish decisions, and to experience grace and love.
Jesus made it clear that the Bible will make absolutely no difference in our lives unless we DO WHAT IT SAYS. He said, “Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.” (Matthew 7:24–27)
Without the Bible, I’m left without God’s truth, His light, and His love. That would be a price too high to pay. Today, you and I are given the opportunity to read God’s Word and to nourish our souls with His mercy, grace, love, and holiness. Let’s take advantage of it!