Precious and Sweet – Psalm 19

“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also,” the Lord says in Matthew 6:21. (NIV) So what do you treasure? What do you crave? When nothing else is occupying your mind, where does your focus turn?

            In Psalm 19, David talks about God’s Word, His law. He loved God’s Word! In verses 7-11 he talks about this love. He uses words like perfect, trustworthy, right, radiant, pure, sure and altogether righteous. Then he uses two words and descriptions in verse 10, that really stand out to me.

            The first is precious. “They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold.” (NIV) There are few things in my life more precious to me than two simple gold bands. The first was given to me on my wedding day: a symbol of my husband’s commitment to me that still continues almost 32 years later. The second he also gave to me, but twelve years later, when I was pregnant with our fourth son and my hands had swelled and I couldn’t wear my wedding ring. So he got me a gold band that was a little bit bigger so I could have a ring on that finger at all times. It’s not the gold, but what it represents that makes these precious to me. God’s Word and laws were that precious to David.

            The second word is sweeter. “They are sweeter than honey, than honey from the comb.” (NIV) I LOVE sweets! Candy, chocolate, cookies, doughnuts! I don’t have just one sweet tooth; they are all sweet teeth! And I do love honey, especially honeycomb. God’s law is sweeter to David than that sweet treat. “By them is Your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward.” (vs 11 NIV)

            David continues this prayer, “Who can discern his errors? Forgive my hidden faults. Keep Your servant also from willful sins; may they not rule over me. Then will I be blameless, innocent of great transgression.” (vs 12-13 NIV) David loved God’s law and prayed for God’s help in following it. I want that same devotion to be in my heart as well, and pray with David, “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in Your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.” (vs 14 NIV)

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