Psalm 119:127

from
Psalm 119: An Exposition
by
Charles Bridges
(Rephrased)

"Therefore I love your commandments more than gold,
yes, than fine gold."

I love your commandments! Because of the scorn and reproach that the world casts upon them, shall they not have double value in my eyes? The world reckons them as dross, but I love them more than gold, yes, more than fine gold. Monetary wealth is the hope, confidence, and idol of the worldly man, the love of which has been the ruin of thousands. Are not the commandments of God to be desired more than it? "For her proceeds are better than the profits of silver, and her gain than fine gold. She is more precious than rubies, and all the things you may desire cannot compare with her." Here the Lord has unlocked his golden treasure for us and enriched our souls with "the unsearchable riches of Christ."

In the worldly man we have the image of the miser brought before us. His heart and treasure are in his money. With what delight he counts it and with what watchfulness he keeps it, hiding it in safe custody lest he should be robbed of that which is dearer to him than life! Christians should be misers as well, that is, spiritual misers. Let them count their treasure, which is more than fine gold, and hide it in their hearts for safe keeping. There the great robber shall not be able to reach it. Oh, Christians, how much greater is your portion than the miser's treasure! Hide it, watch it, and retain it. You need not be afraid of covetousness in spiritual things. Rather "covet earnestly" to increase your storehouse. By living upon it and living in it, it will grow richer in extent and more precious in value.

Have I through Divine grace been enabled to withdraw my love from the unworthy objects which once possessed it and anchor it on that which alone offers satisfaction? Let me give some reasons why God's commandments should be held in the highest esteem. First, they infinitely transcend those things which the world hopes to obtain by venturing their all, yes, even their temporal happiness. Second, while the world and my own heart have combined only to flatter me, God's commandments have revealed to me my true state--that of a self-deceived, guilty, defiled sinner before God. They have been as a schoolmaster to bring me to Christ, the only remedy for sin and the only rest for my soul. Third, they have often supplied wholesome reproofs in my wanderings and plain directions in my perplexity. Fourth, they restrict me from that which would prove my certain ruin. Fifth, the Lord has "accepted me as a sweet aroma" when I obey his commandments. Why should I not love them? Can money, even fine gold, offer me such blessings as these? Can they heal my broken heart? Can they give relief to my wounded spirit? Can wealth offer any peace or prospect of eternal comfort for me on my deathbed? No. But what cannot the precious word of God do at that awful time of trial!

O my God, I am deeply ashamed that I love your commandments so coldly, that they have so little influence upon my conduct, and that they so often take a lower priority to objects of comparative nothingness in your sight. O that my heart might be wholly and habitually exercised in obeying them, that I may find the "work of righteousness to be peace, and the effect of righteousness to be quietness and assurance for ever!" (Isa. 32:17.)

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