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More Desirable Than Gold

Psalm 19

The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.

Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge.

There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard.

Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun,

Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoiceth as a strong man to run a race.

His going forth is from the end of the heaven, and his circuit unto the ends of it: and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof.

This portion of scripture is as beautiful as any portion of scripture in the Bible in my mind. It describes how what we see in nature shows that there is a God. There’s so many who talk about Atheism in our world today and they are trying to take away our Christian symbols. The beauty of this portion of scripture is that it explains that all you have to do is look at this creation and it’s almost impossible to deny there’s a God.

Just look at the heavens. Look at the stars. The only star as we can see of the stars are the Milky Way – one galaxy. There are thousands of galaxies out there many of them much much bigger than the Milky Way. The nearest star to Earth besides our sun is almost four light-years away. The vastness of just our own Galaxy is staggering.

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The beauty is that the creation spans all languages. Every tongue and every nation can see the Creator in the creation.   David says his going forth is from the end of the heaven so nothing is hid from him. Anyone who doesn’t recognize God in his creation is indeed a fool. Remember earlier we went to the verse that says only a fool doesn’t believe in God.

The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.

The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes.

The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.

10 More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.

I’ve always loved this song. How many of you remember singing this song in your churches back in the eighties. Maybe some of you still sing it.  It’s a beautiful song that declares the beauty of God’s word as well as any does.

Look at the symbolism and think about how it applies to you.  The perfect law of the Lord converts the soul. The testimony of the Lord makes the wise simple. The statutes of the Lord make our heart rejoice. The Commandments of the Lord are pure and they open up our eyes. The fear of the Lord endures forever. The judgments of the Lord are true and righteous all the time.

Can anyone deny these things? Now I know that the law doesn’t convert the soul but after we’ve been saved the word definitely is what forms and shapes us. And doesn’t our testimony help those who don’t know the Lord could become more wise to his ways? Don’t his statutes make a heart rejoice? His commandment certainly opens up our eyes to what he expects of us and what he expects us to avoid.

He finishes this section by saying all of these things should be desired more than gold. Gold only lasts on this earth and it will fade away and be gone.  God’s word and his statutes endure forever. So we need to keep them day after day and they will be like honey in our mouths, only sweeter. What a beautiful analogy this is.

11 Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward.

12 Who can understand his errors? cleanse thou me from secret faults.

13 Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression.

In these verses David goes into a little discourse on how the word keeps him from sinning against God. First he says that we are warned by the scripture. You have to remember in the Old Testament the law was given to show people what was sinful. In Romans chapter 5 verse 13 Paul says there was sin before the law but that sin is not held to anyone’s account when there is no law.

So David tells us here that we are warned to stay away from sin by the word. He also says that keeping the law brings great reward. He then asks the Lord to keep him and cleanse him from any secret faults he might have.  These are the sins that he doesn’t recognize. And he especially asked God to keep him from presumptuous sins.

Is there anything in your life right now that you know is sinful but you think the God will overlook it because of all the good things you do? I don’t see anywhere in the Bible that says God will overlook sin. I’ve been there!  I’ve had times that I have had terrible sin in my life and it had dominion over me. But I was a worship leader, I was preaching in the church, I was teaching Sunday School. Certainly God would overlook that one fault that I had. Wouldn’t he?

Thinking that God will make an exception for you is pride at its worst. We have to be so careful not to get into a position where we are presuming that our sin will be overlooked. We must say is David said that we will be upright and be innocent from any great transgression. Take a really good look at your life and make sure that you’re not in the position I was once in. I thank God that he delivered me.

14 Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.

I am sure many of you have used this portion of scripture in your prayer life. What better way to end this song then by asking that the words of your mouth and the meditation of your heart will be acceptable to God. That is certainly my desire. That a bad word or a sinful thoughts will not escape my mouth. That my thoughts and words will be pure before God.

He is our strength and our Redeemer.  He has saved our soul, and He gives us the strength to overcome anything that comes our way.  God will see us through anything.  So if we can keep our words and thoughts pure and acceptable to God, we will be doing just fine!

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1 thought on “More Desirable Than Gold”

  1. Thank you Pete, so much for this. We need these reminders of the vastness and majesty of our God. I love when David said in Psalm 8:3 “When I consider the Heavens the works of thy fingers, the moon and the stars which thou hast ordained, what is man that thou art mindful of him…” In the midwest this time of the years, as the trees begin to change colors, I breathe in the air that He made and praise Him for the seasons. No one will be able to say in that day, that they didn’t know, for as you quoted, “The Heavens declare the glory of God and the firmament declareth His handiwork…” Bless the name of the Lord.

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