I rejoice at thy word, as one that findeth great spoil. – Psalm 119:162
Several years ago, I received a metal detector for Christmas. I was intrigued by the prospect that I might discover something
of value by using this interesting gadget. While it was not the most sophisticated type of metal detector, it did have a discriminating device that
could sort out different types of metal. My first experience turned up several tabs from aluminum cans and a few pennies. The next time, I found nine
dimes in one little group, which really excited me. Another time, I found two 24-carat-gold rings. Today, the detector is stored on a shelf in my garage,
but it still holds the potential for an exciting outing.
The Psalmist states that he rejoiced at the Word of God as one who had found a great treasure. I have read of those who have used metal detectors and found
some very valuable items. Yet I am not envious of those who have outdistanced me in the field of treasure hunting, because I realize that I have at
my fingertips the greatest treasure in the world, and that is the Word of God. It continually excites me when I find the daily bread that I need to
sustain my spiritual life.
The translators of the King James Bible penned these words to King James himself: “But among all of our joys, there was no one that more filled our hearts,
than the blessed continuance of the preaching of God’s sacred Word among us; which is that inestimable treasure, which excelleth all the riches of
the earth; because the fruit thereof extendeth itself, not only to the time spent in this transitory world, but directeth and disposeth men unto that
eternal happiness which is above in heaven.” They understood that while God’s Word yields wonderful benefits in this life, an even greater reward will
be in the life to come. Now that is a treasure worth seeking!
Whatever we may deem important in this life, may we never lose sight of the fact that the most valuable treasure we can attain is to know and do God’s
will. God makes Himself accessible to us through His Word, if we will only purpose our hearts to seek Him.