I am very intrigued by a trend that I have seen develop regarding TV programs. I will describe it instead of naming the actual shows. There are various shows by which the hosts go to either auctions or junk yards or storage units or the homes of people & then bid on what they find there. Yes, it is the proverbial…
“One man’s junk is another man’s treasure”
The aspect that most amazes me is the bidding war that will occur at these sites. Much of the time, the bidder does not even know what they are actually bidding on. They are only permitted a cursory look over. They are unable to touch or move anything before bidding.
After winning the bid, they then scour through looking for their big hit – the item that will bring them money upon resale. By the end of the program they almost have the viewer convinced that this would be a lucrative means of making an income. Almost. Be assured, I am not going to start a new career!!!
This morning I was reminded of all this when I read……..
” I rejoice in your word like one who discovers a great treasure.” (Psalm 119:162 NLT).
Today we tend to define “treasure” as accumulated wealth or anything considered valuable. But the writer of this psalm used it to mean, “booty, spoil, used in relation to the aftermath of a military victory”. (Expository Dictionary of Bible Words). The Jewish people were constantly engaged in war. They were a people that often needed to defend themselves. They knew what it was to walk away having gained plunder. The treasure represented victory to them. It represented gain.
I wonder if I regarded Scripture as a treasure gained, if I would not then be more victorious each day thus gaining more treasure? Today I cannot help but wonder if it is not a cycle that starts in our lives? So it would kind of look like this:
Read God’s Word—>treasure gained—>rejoicing over victory through God’s Word—>read God’s Word—>more treasure gained
Now the plunder may not be material gain. But it sure would be a booty of joy, peace, relationships, healing, a job, a promotion, a rift mended, a new friend, a good conversation with a friend, family, encouragement, affirmation, assurance, guidance.
To the psalmist, God’s promises were everything to him. He had set his mind to knowing & keeping God’s Word.
“I claim your rules as my permanent possession, for they give me joy. I am determined to obey your statutes at all times, to the very end.” (Psalm 119:111-112 NET).
So three questions to ask ourselves today:
- are we laying claims to His Word as our permanent possession?
- Is His Word the joy of your heart? Bringing you joy?
- Is your heart set on keeping His Word to the end? the very end?
If we can answer “yes” to these questions, then we have found our treasure. We do not need to do a cursory once over like on the TV programs mentioned. We can dig deep. Dig often. The treasure is there & waiting for us each time. We can store it deep in our hearts, accumulating truth after truth.
“In my heart I store up your words, so I might not sin against you.” (Psalm 119:11 NET).
Let’s start our own………Storage War!