The heart of man is drawn to the riches of this world. Many of us spend large amounts of time and energy acquiring and keeping our wealth. Even those of us who are not wealthy will let our lives be dominated by the desire for wealth or jealousy over those who have it. I grew up in rural Mississippi among some of the poorest folks in this country. Money and how they could get more was the dominant theme of their lives. I have also seen those making six or seven figures worry without end about their money. Do they have it invested wisely? How can I get more? How can I keep more? We believe money will bring happiness, thus we pursue it with all our might.
But for the psalmist all the riches in the world cannot compare to the gold that is mined from the law of God (Psalm 119:14). He rejoices in the law of God as if God had given him all the wealth in the whole world. The word “way” is a synonym for the how one lives or his conduct. The psalmist is not just delighting in reading God’s law. The pot of gold is not his daily quiet time. True riches are found when he learns to walk in God’s ways. Obedience to God’s word is what he really longs for. Obedience is his treasure.
For many of us obedience to God’s Word is a duty. It is like punching the time clock at work or stopping at a red light. Do this or we will get in trouble. But we should aim higher than an obedience which comes from duty. Our goal should be an obedience which comes from delight. Obedience should be a want to, not a have to. A love for God and his Word and a belief that only in obedience is there true joy should drive us to walk in the way of His commandments.
We love our sin. This is the most obvious reason the joy of God’s Word is blunted. Many of us want our sin and the Bible at the same time. But it does not work that way. We cannot simultaneously love God’s Word and love our sin. Are you clinging to a sin that might be keeping you from loving obedience?
We love the world. We treasure this world more than the next. We horde things that rust, die, and rot instead of treasure in heaven. We account for every dime and nickel. Does the world have your devotion, affection, and loyalty instead of God’s Word? Watching your life would men know that you love obedience to God’s Word more than your stuff?
We are distracted and busy. We do not settle down to think on and consider God’s Word. We do not take time to examine our lives and see if we are obeying. We flit from thing to thing. Days will go by, maybe weeks, and we have seriously thought about our walk with God. Obedience requires a deliberate disciplined life where God’s Word and how to apply it to our lives is meditated on (Psalm 1:2). Could it be that you do not rejoice in obedience to God’s Word because your life is whirlwind? Could it be that you have traded a flurry of activity for the riches of God’s Word?
What gets our blood pumping more, a six figure income or obedience to the Word? Is God’s Word our delight? Do we long for it more than riches? Does obedience to it bring us joy? If not, we need to repent and work and pray for the day when we rejoice more over obedience than a raise or bonus.
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