Friday, November 23, 2012

Above Fine Gold!

 125I am thy servant; give me understanding, that I may know thy testimonies.
 126It is time for thee, LORD, to work: for they have made void thy law.
 127Therefore I love thy commandments above gold; yea, above fine gold.
 128Therefore I esteem all thy precepts concerning all things to be right; and I hate every false way. 
(Psalm 119:125-128, King James Version)

Above Fine Gold!

What do you love more than money? Think carefully before you answer, for the truth is: there is nothing we tend to love more than money, or at least more than the pleasures and comforts that money can buy. After all, we are creatures who love our comforts, our pleasures, and our "toys."

The writer of Psalm 119 was frustrated; seeking the salvation of God and His righteous word, he was almost overcome on all sides by his oppressors. Do the people of this world seek the goodness of God? Do the people of this world love righteousness, goodness, and truth? No!

Yet, when the Psalmist pondered the things of God, he was almost overcome with joy and peace. The more he learned and became familiar with the Word of God and His testimonies, the more he was driven to pursue God's purity. As His knowledge of truth, purity, and holiness increased, so did his discomfort with the things of this world.

Are we, as children of God, so very different from the Psalmist? No, we are not. Why, then, do we seem to rush after the things of this world and ignore the things of God? Why do we spend our lives serving our selfish pleasures while ignoring the only things that will fill our lives with joy and peace? That is the great enigma, is it not?

As believers, living in a world that is really not our home, we are continually bombarded by the lusts of our flesh. Paul explained it this way in Galatians 5:

 16This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.
 17For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.
 18But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law. (Galatians 5:16-18, King James Version)

There is a better way. Rather than being led by the lusts of our flesh, Christ has redeemed us from our sins. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, we walk according to faith as we are commanded in God's Word. What are the results? God grants us such peace, love, and joy, that we discover our love for His commandments to be above gold--yes, above fine gold!

 22But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
 23Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. (Galatians 5:22-23, King James Version)

Let us then so immerse ourselves in the Word of God, that we may find our hearts and lives filled with love for Christ. For it is He who loved us, saved us, and washed us in His own blood that we might shine with His righteousness, His joy, and His peace, both now and forever!

Amen! Even so, come quickly, Lord Jesus!

God Bless You,

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