Psalm 19:10 -More to be desired are they than gold, Yea, than much fine gold; Sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.
In this psalm, David has spoken highly of the word of God. He spoke of the word as the law of the Lord, as the testimonies of the Lord, as the statutes of the Lord, the commandments of the Lord, the fear of the Lord, and the judgments of the Lord! Have you noticed how often David refers to Lord? David understood the most important point of all about the Word; it belongs to the Lord! No matter what you call it, no matter what you say it provides or does, it is the Lord’s! And David was thrilled with that truth!
David said the word of the Lord, (and all the other synonyms for the word) was to be desired more than gold, and more than much fine gold. I looked up the value of fine gold. Gold is considered to be a precious metal. What makes it so precious is because it is beautiful and costly. It is also an element and a mineral. I read that it takes about a ton of ore to get one third of an ounce of gold. Fine gold is the purest form of gold with a current value of about $1500 per ounce. But David said the word is more precious than gold.
If any of us were to realize one day that in our backyard was a ore deposit of gold, we would do everything in our power to guard it and to mine it in order to obtain the wealth of that gold. Nothing would stop us, distract us, or keep us from mining every ounce of gold that we could get from that deposit. Why? Because of its great value and all that we could do with that gold. Yet David stated that the word of God is more precious than gold.
Gold is also precious because of its usefulness. It is used in art, in electronics, in dentistry and in medicine. It is used to find fingerprints on surfaces like plastic or leather. Much like the word is precious because it converts the soul, rejoices the heart, makes wise the simple, endures forever, etc! As the value of gold is increased because its versatility, so is God’s word.
David described it also as a lamp to his feet and a light to his path. He said the entrance of the word brings light. He said he hid the word in his heart that he might not sin against God. David also said that the word is life to those who find it and health to all their flesh. There is so much more to the word of God that we have yet to understand. Then John stated that the word became flesh and dwelt amongst us. That in the very beginning of time was the word, and the word was God and the word was with God. These truths, in and of themselves, make the Word of God the most precious, the most valuable of all.
David also said that the word of God is sweeter than honey and the honeycomb. Again, I went to Google because I wanted to know why David was comparing the word to honey and the honeycomb. The honey in a honeycomb is sweet, but the honeycomb is notably sweeter. There was much info on how the bees make honey and the honeycomb, but the thing that stood out to me is the strength of the honeycomb. It is the home of the larvae of the bees as well as the storage place of the honey. It is built instinctively with hexagons which allows for a lot of weight without using a heavy material. But the raw honey is by far sweeter in the comb than the stored honey. What was David saying? You will miss the best part of the Word of God if you jut focus on what seems to be restrictive about the word of God. The word is sweet, and it is strong enough to produce sweetness in your life.
I don’t know about you, but I have found myself wanting to spend more time reading and meditating on His Word. I have truly experienced the wonderful benefits of His Word and shouldn’t ever have need of a reminder, but I do! And I am grateful to received it. Take some time this week to show God that you understand the value of His Word and will make a point to live life, valuing Him and His Word. Wonderful Jesus!