“Truly, I love your commands more than gold, even the finest gold.”
This ash tree is really putting on a show. She is dressed in gold – the very finest.
Crimson ivy, a stone path, autumn sunshine, a pole fence, and you have a picture-perfect photo opp.
It’s one of my very favourite spots in the whole yard every fall. I love the colours. I love the play of light in the leaves. I love how the branches spill like a golden waterfall over the fence. I love how the path gets illuminated with colour.
Pure gold. Valuable as an image to hold all through the winter months to come. As such, this view is like money in the spiritual bank.
That image of value, of riches, sure isn’t what most of us would think of when we think of the commands of God.
“I just love following the commands in the Bible. They just make me feel rich.”
Yeah. Said no one ever.
(At least, not that I’ve heard lately.)
Humans really don’t like following rules and regulations. We do from a sense of obligation, or a desire to not get slapped with a fine or a ticket.
But here in Psalm 119, which deals deeply with the treasures found in God’s Word, King David is sharing his delight and joy in following God’s guidelines. He goes as far as saying it is better than the finest gold.
What does a king need more than subjects to rule?
The coffers to fund his projects.
Interesting that this king would have such a love affair with the book of his God. Very interesting that he would value his God’s ideas and regulations more than riches.
It sure gives a different spin on value.
This whole season of covid has taught me that relationships are more valuable than money. There’s nothing like being deprived of human contact during self isolation to make you crave human contact.
And in the isolation of ruling a nation and trying to keep all the conflicting groups happy, in dealing with taxation and building projects and frequent raiding parties from aggressive neighbours, I bet David had ample opportunity to learn to value the calming and grounding presence of a holy God more than the gold in his fortress.
Let the golds of the leaves this season challenge your heart. How much are you valuing God and His presence?
Autumn reminds me of the impermanence of what we often hold onto that really isn’t gold. Popularity. Social status. Money and riches and likes on Facebook can’t begin to compare with the permanence of the care and attention and favour of God.
A new perspective from the heart and pen of a king king gone…who is at this very moment enjoying the forever presence of the King of Kings.
Learn to savour and value what is truly more valuable than the finest gold with me?
Father, it is so easy to dismiss You in our search for what this world says is valuable. Remind our hearts that You and Your commands last far beyond our lifetimes, and are what is worth pursuing above all else. Amen.