A Bible Devotion from Psalm 119 Vs 65-72
The Law Is Better Than Thousands of Coins
Of Gold and Silver
65 You have dealt well with Your servant,
O LORD, according to Your word.
66 Teach me good judgment and knowledge,
For I believe Your commandments.
67 Before I was afflicted I went astray,
But now I keep Your word.
68 You are good, and do good;
Teach me Your statutes.
69 The proud have forged a lie against me,
But I will keep Your precepts with my whole heart.
70 Their heart is as fat as grease,
But I delight in Your law.
71 It is good for me that I have been afflicted,
That I may learn Your statutes.
72 The law of Your mouth is better to me
Than thousands of coins of gold and silver.
Psalm 119 Vs 65-72, NKJV
How does God teach us His commandments? In this section of Psalm 119, the Psalmist says in verse 67 that before he was afflicted he went astray. After this affliction from God, however, he kept God's Word. We are very hesitant to consider that the difficulties and griefs we experience may actually be from God so that He will cause us to return to obedience of His commands. Like a father, God may afflict His people, but He is truly good to us and only sends afflictions to return us to His Word.
Even though we know that we are happiest when living in obedience to God, we are so quickly tempted to turn away from His Word due to the wickedness all around us and the wickedness that is so prevalent in our own heart. The proud forge lies against us to turn us away from God, but we are protected by God's Word.
The proper response to affliction from God is revealed by the Psalmist in verse 71. It is good for us to be afflicted because we then learn God's statutes. Through experiences such as these we learn to love God's law more and more. Look at the amazing testimony of the Psalmist in verse 72: The law of Your mouth is better to me than thousands of coins of gold and silver.
Our goal as Christians should not be to win the lottery, but rather to grow as Christians so that we learn to love God's Word more that all of the money in the world. We are truly rich in the treasures of God.
Pray that you will remember the lessons from Psalm 119 Vs 65-72 and be patient when afflicted by God and grow in your love of the statutes of God.
More Devotions on the 119th Psalm Vs 65-72 from my blog, Daily Bible Devotions.
Teach Me Good Judgment, verses 65-68
Good Affliction, verses 69-72