“The law of the Lord is perfect,
refreshing 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,
The decrees of the Lord are firm,
and all of them are righteous.
They are more precious than gold,
than much pure gold;
they are sweeter than honey,
than honey from the honeycomb.” –Psalm 19:7-10
Do I treat God’s Word as more precious than money?
I’m blessed with an abundance of resources and versions of the bible, many available free online. We have multiple bibles in our home and I’m never far from access to the Word.
Because the bible is so readily available to me–which is a wonderful blessing–I wonder if it is more difficult to view it as preciously as I ought?
What we should revere and hold in high regard is the actual Word of God, which is recorded and written down in bibles. The physical book itself derives its entire value from being the vessel of God’s written word.
It is more clear to me when I view scripture itself as precious to me and don’t think about a physical bible. When I think about the actual verses themselves, then I know they are “more precious than gold.”
Take for example the passage below prophesying that Christ would come and purchase our healing and forgiveness by His blood.
“Surely he took up our pain
and bore our suffering,
yet we considered him punished by God,
stricken by him, and afflicted.
But he was pierced for our transgressions,
he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
and by his wounds we are healed.
We all, like sheep, have gone astray,
each of us has turned to our own way;
and the Lord has laid on him
the iniquity of us all.” – Isaiah 53:4-6
Of course that is more precious than any amount of money or treasure! What would I rather have than the knowledge of the forgiveness of God? What would I trade for the wisdom and insight of God contained in the scripture? For the promises of His love, grace, and mercy? The revelation of His glory and might? The stories of His faithfulness and righteousness from generation to generation?
You can’t put a dollar amount on the Word of God. By His word everything was made that has been made.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.” – John 1:1-3
God’s word brings “refreshing to the soul”, “makes wise the simple”, “gives joy to the heart”, and “light to the eyes”, it is “righteous” and “endures forever.”