Millions In Gold and Silver

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Christians sometimes struggle to make the Bible practical or real.  Here is one reason that the practicality of God’s word is difficult for us. We miss the obvious illustrations that the Bible does provide to help us see how practical it is. For example look at Psalm 119:72:


“The law from your mouth is more precious to me
    than thousands of pieces of silver and gold.”


One translation says the amount should be stated as millions in gold and silver.  Now how many of us think that life would be much easer to manage if our bank accounts contained millions of dollars?  We would probably think that if this happened our problems would be over.


The Holy Spirit is being extremely practical by providing this truth to encourage his people. Few of us will ever have millions in our bank account. But all Christians have access to the precious word of God. The Holy Spirit tells us that his word is more valuable than any amount of money in your account. He is telling us in practical fashion that we already have more than we need to address the problems in our life. How much more practical can the Bible be?


Do you have ears to hear?

Jay Younts
John A. (Jay) Younts is the Shepherd Press blogger, and is a ruling elder serving at Redeemer Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Moore, South Carolina. He has written Everyday Talk, Everyday Talk About Sex & Marriage, Finding the Right Track, the In Touch With Paul stewardship series, and What About War. He has studied and taught about biblical childrearing for 30 years. He and his late wife Ruth have five adult children.