By Shari Abbott, Reasons for Hope* Jesus

Treasure can be thought of as anything that is considered to be precious or to have great value. We all must define what the treasures are in our lives, and how they affect our daily living. 

The Bible speaks a great deal about treasure.  Jesus said in Matthew 6:21, “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also,” and in Proverbs we read that “in the house of the righteous there is much treasure” (Proverbs 15:6).

Is there “much treasure” in your house? 

Consider the treasures in your life.  Do they bring honor and glory to God?  Or are they things that draw you away from God?  Remember Jesus’ words:

Matthew 6:19-20  Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:  But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:

The psalmist proclaimed one of his great treasures:

I rejoice at Your word as one who finds great treasure (Psalm 119:162)

Is God’s Word a treasure to you?  Are you reading the Bible daily?  

Research with over 120,000 people worldwide revealed that people who engage in Scripture 4+ days per week grow spiritually (display healthy behaviors) versus those who read Scripture 3 or less times/week, who display no/little difference in behavior than people “of the world.” (1)

Find pleasure in reading and meditating on God’s Word and you’ll find great treasure — a treasure that will strengthen and grow you in your relationship with Jesus.   

Psalm 119 is a great treasure.  It’s the longest psalm and the longest chapter in the Bible — and it’s all about celebrating the Word of God.  This psalm reflects on the goodness of God’s Law using eight words:  law, testimonies, promise, precepts, statutes, commandments, judgements and word.

The psalmist praises God for His mercy and goodness in providing instruction for holy living, and he petitions God for direction and protection:

Psalm 119:24  Thy testimonies also are my delight and my counsellors.

Psalm 119:125  I am thy servant; give me understanding, that I may know thy testimonies. 

Psalm 119:133  Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me.

Take a few minutes today to think about what a great treasure the Bible is …and then give thanks, both for the Word of God and to the God of the Word. 

For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven. 

Thy faithfulness is unto all generations: 

thou hast established the earth, and it abideth.

Psalm 119:89-90 


(1) www.centerforbibleengagement.org


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