THE REAL DEAL
TEXT: PSALM 19:7-14.
🔑KEY VERSE “More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb” (PSALM 19:10).
Over the centuries and ages, nations and communities have gone to war for spoils in the form of gold, silver and for territories bearing rich material resources and promising vast untapped wealth. Africa was violently balkanised between the 19th and 20th centuries because of her enormous potential riches. So today, there is still more strife on the continent as a result of the quest for the control of riches.
But the word of God insists that mankind could save itself needless heartache, loss and stress if it follows the counsel of its Creator. “The statutes of the LORD are right… More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward” (verses 8, 10, 11). Not only is the way prescribed in the Bible better; when we keep to it, there will not be payback of regrets as man has witnessed in struggles over wealth.
There is a double portion of blessings packed into adhering to God’s precepts. While it offers far more than this world gives, it also warns about what the Lord requires to enable one make heaven. Now, knowledge of that is certainly a precious possession, weightier and nobler than all the wealth of the world.
Man has incurred much loss through the centuries for placing earthly earnings above God’s laws. But the real and perfect deal is the word of God, which suffices for peace and contentment here on earth and for eternity with Christ Jesus in heaven.
✍THOUGHT FOR THE DAY Aim for heaven’s golden streets, not ephemeral earthly things.
BIBLE IN A YEAR: NUMBERS 8-10.
The true source of wealth
- The description of the word of God
a. There are 6 descriptions of the word of God in vv7,8,9. What are they?
b. What are the supernatural implications of each of the descriptions as written in vv7-9?
c. Those who are not well acquainted, admonished and addicted to the study and practice of the word of God are missing the supernatural impact of the word of God.
Lord, I want to give more attention to the study and practice of your word. Help me to have the needed discipline and determination
- The desire for the wisdom of God
a. The word of God is the wisdom of God. Why must you desire it more than earthly wealth? vv10,11
b. The wisdom of God gives eternal life if followed and “all other things (including earthly wealth) are added with it v11, Matthew 6:33.
c. The wisdom of God reveals the imperfections in your life and teach you how to be made perfect vv12,13. Many mighty are fallen because of ignorance of the wisdom (word) of God.
Q How serious do you take your Quiet Time?
I hereby ask for more love and hunger for the word of God
- The determination of the wise v14.
Reflect on his determination turned prayer points in v14 and do the same.
Lord, let your word be producing supernatural transformations in our life as we hear and read the word
HYMN Thy word is a lamb to my feet
- Thy Word is a lamp to my feet, O Lord,
Thy Word is a light to my way;
It shines in my soul like a star by night,
And comforts and cheers me by day.
O wonderful, wonderful Word,
My treasure, my hope, and my stay;
Each promise recorded delights my soul,
And brightens each step of my way.
2 Thy Word is a lamp to my feet, O Lord,
And, trusting in Thee as my all,
Whatever of evil may cross my path,
I never, no, never can fall. [Refrain]
3 Thy Word is a lamp to my feet, O Lord,
And oh, when Thy glory I see,
For all the rich blessings its truth has brought,
The praises will I give unto Thee. [Refrain]