“Your word I have treasured and stored in my heart, that I may not sin against You.”
Psalm 119:11 AMP
Psalm 119 is the longest chapter in the Bible. It has 176 verses. I love it because it exalts the Word of God! It declares in so many glorious and descriptive ways the beauty, power and excellence of God’s Word!
For me, The Word, is God’s love letter to the world. Jesus is the Living Word and the Holy Bible is the written, God-breathed Word and my most prized possession. It causes my heart to sing because through His Word, I can commune and fellowship with my God. The One who loved me so much that He gave His only, begotten, special, unique Son that He and I could experience intimate relationship with one another. He truly is Abba Father, the loving and personal Father. My relationship with Jesus is the single most important aspect of my life.
Reading through Psalm 119 is a delight and praying through it brings such comfort, peace, strength, joy and hope. There is absolutely much power in the Word. Verse 11 speaks of its power to cause us not to sin. I particularly like the Amplified translation as it speaks of treasuring and storing the Word in our hearts. The Word in our hearts is a strong defense against sin and broken fellowship with our Lord and Savior.
Merriam-Webster defines treasure as something of great worth or value. Jesus and The Word should be our greatest treasure. Nothing should have any greater worth or value for they are the measure, the plumb line, for all other things.
I looked up some synonyms for treasure and this is what I got:
- appreciate – connotes sufficient understanding to enjoy or admire a thing’s excellence
- value – implies rating a thing highly for its intrinsic worth
- prize – taking a deep sense of pride [value] in something one possesses
- treasure – emphasizes jealously safeguarding something considered precious
- cherish – hold in high estimation
The question is how much do you and I appreciate, value, prize, treasure, and cherish the Word of God? Does it cause us to praise the Lord with an upright heart (v. 7), walk in obedience (v. 1, 8), seek God with all our hearts (v. 2, 10)? Do I rejoice in (v. 14), meditate on (v.15) or delight in (v.16) His Word? The meditation and washing could go on and on, many selah moments to be experienced, so much talking with our Savior…just by spending time in Psalm 119. I pray that you will…me as well! Truly the Word is sweeter than the honey comb, more precious than silver and gold!