A Glorious Attainment

J. D. Conley
October 2, 2016

The sweet singer of Israel made this marvelous declaration, "Therefore I love thy commandments above gold; yea, above fine gold" (Psalm 119:127).

How many people today can truthfully say, "I love God's commandments above the finest gold?" If you had a choice between having a love for God's Word, and a chest full of the world's finest gold, which one would you choose? What I mean by a love for God's Word is not a fond sentimental affection for a leather bound book with gold edged pages upon which is stamped, "Holy Bible." Rather, what I mean by a love for God's Word, is a deep and abiding appreciation for its content, for its truth, for it's life altering, world changing, soul saving value! Assuming that we have a love for God's commandments, could we be tempted to trade it in for glittering box gold? How many have traded down for much less?

Notice that David states, he loved God's commandments. Many people find God's commandments distasteful, restrictive, burdensome and even repulsive, but not "[the] man after [God's] own heart" (Acts 13:22). Yet how many so-called Christians have made the choice to pursue physical wealth over spiritual health? They have chosen the rusting baubles and trinkets of this world, over the eternal radiant riches of God's Word, (Matthew 6:19-21; James 5:2-3). One need not read far until covetous people, even a few Christians, are encountered, exposed and punished (Luke 18:23 ff.; Acts 5:1-11; 1 Timothy 6:9-10; 2Timothy 4:10; Revelation 3:17-18, etc). These tragic examples should spur us on to even a greater love for God's will and direction in our life. Truly, "his commandments are not grievous" (1 John 5:3).

We can Know the glorious declaration David made in verse 127 of the 119th Psalm is true, because "All Scripture is given by inspiration of God" (2Timothy 3:16). David did not exaggerate his feelings for the Divine commandments, instead he truly loved them more than fine gold. Remember, David as king, had the wealth of the kingdom at his disposal. He is speaking from first hand experience as well as by inspiration. David knew exactly what it was like to possess fine gold, and yet, he affirms he had greater love for God's commandments! May we crave and cultivate this glorious attainment too.