My children are growing up quickly. There aren’t many more days for me to try to instill in them key truths that could shape their lives. I thought I’d begin a series of posts that point them to different things I want them to know, things that matter.
Your word I have treasured in my heart, that I may not sin against You. (Psalm 119:11)
Treasure God’s Word. Psalm 119 details in its 176 verses the many reasons why this is of such value. This is God’s Word to us, Him speaking. The God who created us, made us, loves us, knows us, died to redeem us—He has given us this personal Word.
It is different from anything else you will ever read. This is because it is “living and active” (Hebrews 4:12) and God-breathed (2 Timothy 3:16). These are His words to us. We dare not ignore this Word because it brings life and truth and direction.
Let’s let the Word itself speak for us as to what it brings: “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16). Just one verse before (2 Tim. 3:15), we see that from childhood, Timothy has “known the sacred writings which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith, which is in Christ Jesus.”
This Word brings wisdom, salvation, faith, training, teaching, correction, reproof, things that make us complete and adequate, equipping us for every good work. It will guard us from sin and help keep our way pure (Psalm 119:9, 11). That’s just to name a very few things!
What else does this? If you have any doubt, test it. Read it every day. Pray. Ask God by His Spirit to speak to you. Record what it tells you, things you see about God and yourself. Act on what it teaches you. Let it be the lamp unto your feet and the light to your path (Psalm 119:105). Nothing and no one else can deliver on these promises given to us in God’s Word, so take Him at his Word and treasure it.
There’s much more I could say, but go to the Word and let the Word tell you. Start in Psalm 119.
Then, from another angle, treasure this Word, your Bible, your physical, actual Bible. Read it, note in it, wear it out from use. Do you know how many people in the world do not have a Bible written in their own language or available to them, who do not have the freedom to own one and read one, who may not have the money to purchase one, who would be persecuted if they had one? We have multiple copies in various translations and versions all over our house. We are given free ones regularly. With so much access and abundance, it’s easy to take it for granted, underestimate its value, or set it aside. Treasure it because it is a treasure! Be thankful!
I was given my first study Bible when I went to college at our state’s big university. I took that Bible to church, but also took it in my backpack to every Campus Crusade or RUF meeting, to every Bible study, to sorority meetings when I was chaplain, to every place where God’s Word would be discussed or read. I wrote in it. I underlined. I wore it out. I still have it today. Though at some point I got a new study Bible and started all over again, I can pick up that first study Bible and see and feel and remember and taste all that God was doing in my life during those years. And it’s something I can share with you.
Take your Bible with you where you go. Display its worth to yourself and to others. Value it and treasure it. Read it, study it, and let God through His Word mold and make you into the man or woman of God He desires you to be. You won’t regret it! Give it time. Be persistent. Keep seeking God. He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him in faith (Hebrews 11:6).
For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart (Hebrews 4:12).