Proverbs 2:1-5, “My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding – indeed, if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God.”
It is estimated that every year some 300,000 new books are published worldwide. My, what a torrent of print! Yet, of all those books published, one volume, the Bible, stands out above and beyond all the others. So, how do we explain the appeal of this ancient book? The answer is simple, “It is God’s Word, given in human language and tells us about God, our Creator, and His purposes for the world. Moreover, it also gives us the most accurate understanding of mankind’s perplexing nature and why we behave the way we do. Robert Coles, a Harvard professor has interviewed hundreds of people in many different societies and walks of life. When asked what he had learned from his research on human nature, Dr. Coles pointed to the Bible on his desk and said this, “Nothing I have discovered about the makeup of human beings contradicts in any way what I learn from the Hebrew prophets … and from Jesus and the lives of those He touched.” My brethren and friend, the writings of others and our own experience can teach us much about why we behave as we do. Only the Bible tells us that our sinful heart is the heart of our problem, and that we can be changed from within by trusting Jesus Christ as Savior of our life. Someone said that the Bible is a mirror that lets us see ourselves as God sees us.
If you were walking down the sidewalk and came upon a dollar bill most of us wouldn’t ignore it. We would gladly pick it up and put it in our pocket. Yet, we often ignore the Bible, a treasure chest overflowing with God’s precious promises to us. David, the likely author of Psalm 119, recorded the rich blessings he experienced as he studied God’s Word and stored it in the pocket of his heart. David not only rejoiced in God’s Word, but he also used it as a personal safeguard against sin. He said to God, “Your Word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You” (Psalm 119:11). David did much more than memorize God’s Word. He saturated his heart with its truth, using the following methods:
(1) He meditated on God’s precepts.
(2) Contemplated His ways.
(3) He delighted himself in the Lord’s teachings.
For the above reasons, David could say, “I will not forget Your Word” (Psalm 119:16), for we don’t easily forget what we treasure in our hearts. My brethren, we are to use the Bible, God’s treasure chest, filled with priceless truths, precious promises and unending resources. Within His precious Word there are sound and solid nuggets of truth waiting to be discovered, if we will only dig for them. As His children, He has provided us with His Spirit as our Counselor ready, able and willing to communicate the secrets of God and the hidden things that He longs to share with His precious children, you and me. Once we find these priceless truths, like David, we need to hide them in our heart so that we’ll remember and rejoice in them (Psalm 119:14). Thus, the Bible, God’s treasure chest, is the basis for these devotionals, so as you read them, take time to read and study the Scripture verses because they are designed to help find those precious gems and nuggets in God’s precious and Eternal Word.
Let God’s Word fill your mind, rule your heart, and guide your tongue.